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Marvel's Avengers Support Is Ending, But All Modes Will Remain Playable

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 10:03

Marvel's Avengers, the 2020 live-service game from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, will lose its official developer support almost three years to the day since it was released, the studio said in a blog post. The final game update, version 2.8, is coming on March 31 with support for the game shutting down for good on September 30.

The team added that though developer support for the game is ending, both the single-player and multiplayer modes will continue to be available. The most recent content pack, which added the Winter Soldier hero and Cloning Lab Omega-Level Threat as part of update 2.7, will now serve as the game's final content update, with the forthcoming 2.8 patch only addressing balancing issues. The in-game economy will also be altered to reflect the new reality for the co-op superhero romp.

"When update 2.8 launches on March 31, 2023, Credits will no longer be purchasable and all remaining Credit balances will be converted into in-game resources to aid ongoing adventures."

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Massive New eShop Sale Includes Plenty Of AAA Games

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 08:25

Nintendo Switch and 3DS owners should check out this massive eShop sale that includes dozens of titles from major third-party publishers Capcom, Ubisoft, and EA. Many of the titles are discounted for up to 80% off during the sale, like Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered for $8 (normally $40), Immortals Fenys Rising for $12 (normally $60), and Lost in Random for $6 (normally $30).

This is also a great opportunity to pick up newer releases on sale, like Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope for $45 (normally $60), Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin for $20 (normally $60), and It Takes Two for $30 (normally $40).

While the sale mostly includes Nintendo Switch games, several Capcom-published 3DS titles are also on sale, including Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for $5 (normally $30), Resident Evil Revelations for $8 (down from $20), and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies for $5 (normally $30), among others. With the 3DS eShop set to close soon, this might be your last chance to pick up some of these games at low prices.

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Forspoken Preorder Guide: Get A Free Steelbook Case

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 08:21

After multiple delays, Square Enix's upcoming action-RPG Forspoken is almost here. Forspoken releases on PS5 and PC on Tuesday, January 24. If you're interested in Forspoken, there's still time to preorder a copy for launch-day delivery. In addition to the physical edition for PS5, you can preorder a digital copy for PS5 or PC. Alternatively, you can splurge for the Digital Deluxe edition, which comes with a bunch of extra in-game content. Regardless of which version you preorder, you'll receive preorder bonuses. Best Buy is even offering a free steelbook case to those who preorder.

Preorder Forspoken Standard Edition $70

The standard edition of Forspoken is available at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop. You can also preorder a digital PS5 copy of the game from the PlayStation Store, or grab the game on PC from Steam, Epic Games Store, and GMG.

Best Buy preorders come with a free steelbook case, and GameStop copies include a premium collectible cards featuring characters from the game. If you preorder the digital version on PlayStation Store, you get a batch of in-game bonuses including a crafting “starter kit,” and unique gear like the No Limits Cloak, Symbol Combo Necklace, and Trigger Happy Nails. Steam preorders come with the Elite Cloak, Spectra Combo Necklace, and Overlock Nails to equip in-game.

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Forspoken's Digital Deluxe Edition includes the base game plus a host of extra content like a mini digital artbook and digital soundtrack, plus the post-release DLC “In Tanta We Trust” prequel story planned for release shortly after the game’s launch. You will also receive early access for additional post-launch story DLC.

You can preorder Forspoken Digital Deluxe edition on the PlayStation Store, Steam, Epic Games Store, or GMG. Both versions come with the same in-game preorder bonuses as their standard edition counterparts, but PS5 preorders also include an additional rare resources kit to give you an edge in the early game.

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Forespoken is an action-RPG set in a vast fantasy world called Athia. Players control Frey, a young woman who's magically transported from modern-day New York city to Athia without warning. Not only is Frey thrust into a strange land, but she also receives special abilities thanks to a magical sentient bracelet named “Cuff” fused to her arm. Players use Frey’s powers to navigate sprawling landscapes with parkour-like traversal mechanics, sling spells at hostile creatures, and hopefully prevent a world-ending crisis threatening the world of Athia.

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New On Amazon Prime Video In February 2023: Carnival Row, Harlem, And Halloween Ends

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 07:41

As the winter settles, but the days slowly get brighter, this is still more content to consume and more reasons to stay inside. Prime Video has released February's slate of new films and TV shows. Most newly-added movies will be available on Prime Video starting February 1, with TV shows and other films gradually becoming available over the next weeks. Also check out our February lineups for Hulu and Disney+.

Harlem's second season debuts on February 3. From Tracy Oliver, co-writer of Girl's Trip, this comedy show follows four best-friends living in Harlem in New York City. As they navigate their careers, relationships, and how they pick up the pieces when things fall apart.

Supernatural murder mystery Carnival Row kicks off its second and final season on February 17. Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne reprise their roles as Inspector Rycroft Philostrate and Vignette Stonemoss respectively. As a series of murders ramp up tension between humans and the fae, the Black Raven plots revolution, but a new society outside of the row may still upend everything.

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Years After Release, Factorio's Price Is Increasing On Steam Due To Inflation

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 07:32

Factorio, the factory base building strategy game from developer Wube Software, is permanently becoming more expensive next week. Starting January 26, the base price will be increased from $30 to $35. According to the studio, the decision is to account for inflation. The studio confirmed to GameSpot that the price change "will apply across all platforms," including Nintendo Switch.

During its early access period, Factorio had a base price of $20, which was bumped to $30 back in 2020 once version 1.0 was released. Ever since, the PC version has remained at said price, except for the occasional sale. But as Wube Software announced today on Twitter, this is an "adjustment to account for the level of inflation the Steam release in 2016," referring to the year in which early access began.

Good day Engineers,
Next week, on Thursday 26th January 2023,
We will increase the base price of Factorio from $30 to $35.
This is an adjustment to account for the level of inflation since the Steam release in 2016.

— Factorio (@factoriogame) January 20, 2023

The strategy title has received dozens of updates ever since its 1.0 release, with the latest two being as recent as last week. In late 2022, the developer launched a Nintendo Switch version--the first console port of the game that also shared a base price of $30--which has also been receiving support since.

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New Humble Bundle Includes 7 Hidden Gems From 2022

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 06:39

Humble Bundle presents the In Case You Missed it: Gems of 2022 bundle, which packs a value of $159 across seven games for just $23.

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As per usual, there are different payment tiers to choose from. The lowest tier, which starts at $15, includes a total of four games: Supraland Six Inches Under, Haiku, the Robot, PowerSlave Exhumed, and Source of Madness. This already grants you a fun metroidvania to plunge through, a modern version of a classic console game, and more.

The middle tier, which starts at $20, also includes Zero Sievert and Submerged: Hidden Depths, which are a top-down shooter with survival elements, and an exploration voyage through ancient ruins, respectively.

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New Tencent MMO Tarisland Is Already Being Called A WoW Clone By Fans

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 06:09

Chinese gaming giant Tencent recently unveiled its new MMORPG Tarisland, and it wasn't long before fans noticed it bears more than a passing resemblance to Blizzard's own World of Warcraft.

Like WoW, Tarisland looks to be a fantasy MMO with an exaggerated, more cartoonish art style. There are paladins, mages, dragons, elves with an affinity for the color purple that live in a giant tree, and more. That, of course, wouldn't be enough to justify the clone label, but taking a closer look reveals that many of the game's characters and environments look to have borrowed liberally from WoW. The designs of the game's elementals, dragons, airships, and even some of the game's playable classes and races, in particular, all appear to be heavily inspired by Blizzard's signature style.

The game's announcement trailer even features a dragon that looks incredibly similar to WoW's Deathwing landing atop the ramparts of a city, in a scene that is extremely reminiscent of the WoW: Cataclysm cinematic. Tarisland even looks to include dragonriding, the big new WoW feature that just debuted as part of the game's well-received Dragonflight expansion.

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Netflix With Ads Shows "Solid" Early Results

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 06:08

After only a couple of months of availability, Netflix seems pleased with early returns on the streaming service's new ad-based tier. Company executives believe the low-priced subscription option--$7 monthly in the United States--could bring in over $3 billion each year in the future.

Deadline reports that Netflix co-CEO Greg Peters talked about the success of the ad-based tier during the company's fourth-quarter earnings interview. He said growth of the new cheap option is "solid," bringing in new subscribers instead of current members switching. Additionally, their engagement matches what's seen from higher-paying customers so far.

"We're just getting started," Peters said. "We're constantly improving, and we see the trajectory ahead of us."

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CoD: Warzone 2 And Modern Warfare 2 Patch Notes Address Frustrating Chat Bug And More

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 05:55

A new update has arrived to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, addressing several frustrating bugs and crashing issues across multiplayer, battle royale, and DMZ. The full patch notes can be seen below, but a few highlights include a fix for the annoying chat bug and battle pass issues.

One major change in the update is the much-needed fix for the chat bug that caused multiple player names to remain on screen when talking in chat. This was frustrating because it caused the names to remain frozen in future matches as well, and the only way to correct it was to relaunch the game.

While it may be too late for those who already completed it, fixes finally arrive to Season 1's battle pass. Players who still need to finish completing the pass should now experience fewer freezing and navigation issues. The update also introduces a new feature to highlight any unspent battle pass tokens.

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Captain America: New World Order Reportedly Adds To Its Cast

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 05:25

The next Captain America movie, New World Order, has reportedly added another cast member. According to Deadline, Xosha Roquemore (The Disaster Artist, Space Jam: A New Legacy) will star in the upcoming MCU movie, though Marvel has yet to confirm the casting.

Roquemore would join a cast that includes Anthony Mackie in the lead role, along with Tim Blake Nelson and Harrison Ford, who will make his MCU debut with the next Captain America film. Roquemore's role in New World Order has not been confirmed.

Carl Lumbly returns from the Falcon and the Winter Soldier series, while Danny Ramirez plays Joaquin Torres. Julius Onah (The Cloverfield Paradox) will direct New World Order, which is written by Falcon and the Winter Soldier's Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson.

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EA Restores A Limited Number Of Madden Cloud Franchises, Others Lost For Good

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 05:19

EA has restored a limited number of Madden 23 cloud saves that were corrupted in December but confirmed that others are completely lost and unrecoverable.

Since Madden 23 launched in August last year, many players have reported issues with the game's Franchise mode while others have lost saved data due to the faulty cloud services. Some players were locked out of the leagues because of this problem and although a fix arrived on December 15, another issue appeared days later. This bug made it so an unknown number of player-made leagues were permanently deleted, with no way to get them back.

However, it looks like EA has finally been able to help some players with the issue. An email sent to select players--via MillsTwitch on Twitter--explained that after Franchise cloud saves corrupted some leagues during a 10-hour window on December 28, the team began investigating and working to recover the missing leagues.

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Invincible Season 2 Trailer Reveals Late 2023 Release Date

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 05:17

Almost two years after it first aired on Prime Video, Invincible is back with a new trailer and late 2023 release window for Season 2. Based on the Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley comic book series, Invincible follows high school student Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun) as he discovers his superpowers and learns about the dark legacy behind them.

The first season of the animated show was a big hit for Amazon, and while the trailer below doesn't show any of the upcoming action or drama from the next season, it does at least feature a little fast food bonding between Invincible and Allen the Alien (Seth Rogen):

After the first season aired, Amazon was quick to renew the show for two more seasons. Besides having great animation, a storyline that is incredibly faithful to the comic book source material, and one of the best memes of 2021 (Think Mark, think!), Invincible also has a very stacked cast of talented voice actors. The cast includes JK Simmons as Omni-Man / Nolan Grayson, Gillian Jacobs as Atom Eve, Jason Mantzoukas as Rex Splode, and much more.

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Save $600 On This Refurbished MacBook Air

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 04:34

With a new MacBook Air starting at $1,000, the powerful laptop isn’t a great fit for frugal shoppers. No doubt you’ll get a lot of versatility and longevity for your money--but $1,000 is a lot to spend on a laptop. Thankfully, budget-minded shoppers can save a bundle of cash today by opting for a refurbished MacBook Air, which is now on sale for $380.

Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch (Refurbished, 2017) $380 ($999)

This refurbished MacBook Air comes with everything you’d want out of an Apple product. Not only does it boast a sleek design, but inside you’ll find an Intel Core i5 1.8GHz processor, 128GB SSD, and a 720p FaceTime HD camera. You’ll also benefit from its 13.3-inch screen and 1440x900 resolution.

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The MacBook Air offers around 12 hours of battery life and comes with a 30-day parts and labor warranty. There’s even a 30-day return policy should you change your mind about the purchase.

Of course, getting a MacBook Air for just $380 means working around a few concessions. In this case, that’s the 2017 model year. But because it’s been refurbished (and Apple products have impressive durability), this affordable laptop should treat you well for quite a long time.

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Netflix's Cobra Kai Renewed For Sixth And Final Season

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 04:27

Netflix has announced that Cobra Kai, the Emmy-nominated hit comedy that continued the Karate Kid story for a new generation, will return for its sixth and final season. No air date was confirmed, but fans were promised it would arrive "soon."

Co-creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg wrote a letter--designed as All Valley Karate Championship stationary--thanking fans for going on this journey with them, and saying that they ended the series on their terms.

"Our day one goal with Cobra Kai has always been to end it on our own terms, leaving the Valley in the time and place we've always imagined," it read. "Reacquainting the world with the Karate Kid universe has been our humble honor."

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Where Is Xur Today? (January 20-24) - Destiny 2 Exotic Items And Xur Location Guide

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 04:04

Big changes are coming to Destiny 2 in next month's Lightfall expansion, but right now, Xur remains a fixture in the game as he pops into the Solar system with a refreshed stock of weapons and armor. There's also a new Trials of Osiris weekend starting right now, a perfect arena to try out some new builds in, so visiting Xur is always worthwhile just in case you're missing a few items from your arsenal. Here's where you can find Xur and what Exotics he's selling this week.

This week you can find Xur in the EDZ, in the Winding Cove area. For his weapon, Xur is offering Vigilance Wing. Hunters can pick up the Raiju's Harness chest armor, Titans can grab the Aramamentarium armor, and for Warlocks, Xur has the Transversive Steps leg armor.

Xur LocationXur's location in the EDZ.

Spawn in at the Winding Cove transmat zone, then hop on your sparrow and go north. Take the collapsed overpass on the left and look for a cave near the bend in the road. Follow the tunnel through the cliff face to reach a higher ridge where a Fallen dropship has crashed; you'll find Xur waiting there.

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Trials Of Osiris Rewards This Week In Destiny 2 (January 20-24)

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 04:00

Only a few more weeks remain in Destiny 2's current Witch Queen era, and once Lightfall arrives, PvP is going to feel very different once the Strand subclass is introduced. Before that happens, there's still plenty of time to fight for a Flawless run in The Trials of Osiris. As usual, Xur will also be hovering around the Solar system this weekend, so check in with the Agent of the Nine to see if any of his gear can help you in your quest. Here's where you'll play Trials of Osiris this weekend and what weapons you can earn.

Map: Wormhaven

  • Reputation Rank 4: Upgrade Module x 2
  • Reputation Rank 7: Enhancement Prism x 3
  • Reputation Rank 10: Trials Weapon (Changes for each rank reset)
  • Reputation Rank 13: Upgrade Module x 2
  • Reputation Rank 16: Trials Weapon (Changes for each rank reset)
  • Flawless Reward: Burden of Guilt (Adept)

Trials weapons now carry the Alacrity Origin Trait. It gives you increased aim assist, reload speed, stability, and range on your Trials guns when you're the last living member of a fireteam or running solo. You can also choose to swap to the Crucible Origin trait, One Quiet Moment, which greatly enhances your gun's reload speed when you reload while out of combat.

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Netflix Password-Sharing Will Soon Cost You Extra

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 03:26

After warning subscribers for months already, Netflix looks like it's finally getting very serious about cracking down on password-sharing. As part of the company's latest earnings report, the company said it expects to roll out "paid sharing" to more users during this fiscal quarter.

The ability to pay money to share passwords will roll out "more broadly" in the months to come, Netflix said. The streaming platform said more than 100 million homes currently share passwords, and this "undermines" the company's ability to "invest and improve" the service, Netflix said. Password-sharing also hurts Netflix's ability to "build our business," the company said.

Netflix said it expects the crackdown on password-sharing, as well as the launch of Netflix's ad-based subscription tier, should help the company make more money in the long run. At the same time, Netflix said it anticipates some level of negative impact on engagement due to people leaving the Netflix ecosystem after the password-sharing fee program rolls out.

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New On Peacock In February 2023: Bel-Air Season 2, Lowndes County And The Road To Black Power, John Wick 1-3

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 03:26

February is right around the corner, and a new month means a whole bunch of new content coming to Peacock. Some of that content will be available on February 1, while other shows and movies will be available a little later next month.

On February 23, Bel-Air comes back for Season 2. The show is Peacock's dramatic and contemporary reimagining of the classic Will Smith sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show was renewed for this season before the series premiered in 2022. A synopsis for this upcoming season reads in part: "Will is at a crossroads in his life as a new figure comes into his life who challenges what he's learned in Bel-Air and competes for control of his influence. He juggles this while navigating his home life with the Banks family and trying to rebuild the trust that was broken at the end of last season. We'll see Will and Carlton's brotherhood start to evolve as they grow closer, but still challenge each other about their differences." Check out the trailer below, which points to further developments in Hilary's relationship with Jazz, and Viv and Phil.

Earlier in the month, Lowndes County And The Road To Black Power comes to Peacock on February 2. The documentary tells the story of the courageous campaign of citizens and activists who faced violence and oppression in the struggle for the right to vote in that Alabama county--which, at the time, was an impoverished rural region overrun with racial terrorism. Through first-person accounts and archival footage, viewers will learn the story of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizers who fought back.

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Save Big On 1TB Of Lifetime Cloud Storage For A Limited Time

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 02:58

If you're running out of local storage or simply want a convenient and affordable way to access your files on any device, purchasing cloud storage can offer great value. Right now, consider picking up a lifetime subscription to Koofr Cloud Storage , which is currently offering its 1TB plan for just $140. You’ll also find 100GB and 250GB plans on sale for $30 and $60, respectively, if you don’t need the full 1TB of storage space.

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Koofr might not be a big name like Google Drive or OneDrive, but it works in much the same way. You’ll be able to transfer files from your PC or smartphone and remotely access them through the Koofr app. In fact, you can even connect your Koofr account with existing platforms (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive) to make it even easier to shift around your cloud files. Beyond its ease of use, here are some other quick facts about the little-known, but useful, service:

  • Doesn’t track your actions
  • Upload and share files of any size
  • Koofr Duplicate Finder helps free up space by deleting duplicate files
  • Rename multiple files at once with the renaming tool
  • All files are encrypted for added security

In order to cash in on this current deal, you’ll first need to create a free Koofr account. Then, after signing up, you’ll be able to redeem this license for lifetime access. If you’re still on the fence, be sure to check out the overview video below, which shows off Koofr in action.

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Tron 3 With Jared Leto Is Happening - Report

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 02:47

The long-rumored third Tron movie is finally moving forward, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jared Leto, who has long been associated with the project, is still attached to star.

The Hollywood Reporter is also indicating that the movie, titled Tron: Ares, comes from a script by Jesse Wigutow (The Prince, It Runs in the Family) and Joachim Rønning (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) is in talks to direct.

Leto has championed a follow-up to 2010's Tron: Legacy since as early as 2017, and in the years since, many names have come and gone around the project--in 2020, for example, Garth Davis (Mary Magdalene, Lion) was reportedly onboard to direct. According to reports at that time, Davis "aggressively pursued the job and his take won over Disney execs," but at least for now there is no mention of his involvement.

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