343 Industries is upgrading the Halo 3: ODST campaign and giving it away for free, alongside other gifts, if you played Halo: The Master Chief Collection between its launch date and today.
The news was announced in a blog post, "A Thank You to Our Fans from Bonnie Ross," written by the studio head at 343.
"This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world. We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues. As a token of our appreciation and to thank fans for the continued support and understanding, we will be offering the following items..."
Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda, Roth Cornet and Chris Carle bring you the latest in genre movie news.
We discuss the latest movie news, including The Interview, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, The Sinister Six, Aquaman, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Trek 3, an animated Super Mario Bros., Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and more.
We also discuss our favorite and least favorite movies of 2014, and look ahead at what's hitting theaters in 2015.
We also discuss this week's release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and our overall thoughts on Peter Jackson's Tolkien trilogies.
Respawn Entertainment has split into two development teams, and one of them is working on something not related to Titanfall.
The news comes from a Game Informer interview with Vince Zampella, Respawn's CEO. When asked about a second team, he responded briefly but clearly, saying:
"There is a second team. Non-Titanfall related... The Titanfall team still exists as a fully functional team...We have another team in pre-production that's smaller, just starting up. But it's a much smaller group at this point."
In this last episode for 2014, Alaina, Alex, Justin, and Mark Ryan gather to discuss Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 event, Skype's pretty cool new translation preview, the Curiosity Rover's latest findings on Mars, and a very weird stain on Justin's pants. (Yeah, that happened.)
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The holiday season is here! Snow, hot cocoa, and the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire are in the air.
With GTA Online getting into the holiday spirit by adding snow, ugly sweaters and ginger bread masks, we wanted to see if you could take things a step further with your Photoshop skills. Try to take any of the following box art and get them into the holiday spirit.
You're welcome to use the provided box art images or pick any video game image your heart desires. As soon as you give it that holiday flair, be sure to share it in the comments below or tweet at @IGN using hashtag #IGNChallenge. Good luck!
Google decided to delay the announcement of which cities would be receiving Google Fiber to next year.
February of this year saw Google strike up talks with 34 different cities across nine metropolitan areas, in search of the next best place to bring Google Fiber, their high-speed internet service. The Google Fiber team was supposed to make a decision before the end of the year, PCMag reports, but have pushed back the announcement to 2015.
"We've been working closely with cities around the U.S. to figure out how we could bring them Google Fiber, and we're grateful for their vision, commitment, and plain old hard work," a Google spokeswoman told PCMag. "While we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up; we'll be back in touch sometime early next year."
In an interview with the Associated Press, Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto briefly discussed the company's future hardware plans.
When asked if he'll continue to design Wii U games after the release of Star Fox next year, Miyamoto said the focus is on the Wii U "for the time being," but that Nintendo is working on new hardware ideas too.
"...For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems. While we're busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be."
Even after a couple weeks with Elite: Dangerous, I'm still balanced on a knife's edge between profound boredom and rapture. More than a few times, I have reached a space station and immediately exited to desktop, then pushed away from my desk to go do something — anything — else. Then I find myself back at my computer five minutes later, mug of coffee in hand, and launching back into the game.
Because there is nothing else like Elite. I don't think I can remember another game that let me feel like I really was out exploring the stars. After dozens of jumps, my heart still lurches toward my throat when my ship emerges from hyperspace and brings me face to face with a burning star, mottled by solar flares and wreathed in solar filaments. It's a mix of fear and awe that, even after growing used to the workaday business of flying spaceships in Elite, still impresses me every time.
Here's some Hannibal news that may come as a bit of a surprise. Michael Pitt, who played Season 2's sicko one-percenter Mason Verger, has opted not to return to the series.
The Verger character is still a part of Season 3, as always intended, but the role has been recast. TVLine is reporting that The River's Joe Anderson will be playing the Verger role now.
Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto says discontinued Amiibo functionality may still be made available, in the form of cards.
The company recently revealed that some of the less popular Amiibo figures likely won't return once stores run out of stock. That would effectively mean their functionality with games would be unavailable to most players, but Miyamoto says they're looking into other solutions.
"We're not making promises for certain figures, but the way 'amiibo' is designed is that certain games can have 'amiibo' specifically for that game," he told the Associated Press. "Other games can take advantage of past 'amiibo' that developers want to make their game compatible with. In the future, we have the option, if certain 'amiibo' figures are no longer available in stores, to release an 'amiibo' in card form with the same functionality."
Complex problems often need complex solutions, and now you can be part of such a solution in the quest to find an Ebola cure by donating your computer or smartphone's idle time.
The World Community Grid has teamed up non-profit biomedical research group The Scripps Institute to turn all that unused computing power into the advancement of "cutting-edge, scientific research." All that spare processing power is being harnessed to help screen through millions of compounds to help identify those which show promise in battling Ebola.
"The atomic structure of the target Ebola virus molecule and the structures of millions of candidate drug molecules," known as ligands, are inputs, reads a description of the program on its website. The program evaluates all orientations of the target and the ligand against one another, and the software then "computes the binding affinity between the molecules."
In some Sony news that doesn't involve The Interview or North Korean hacker threats, the studio has picked up Robert Rodriguez's live-action remake of Fire and Ice - the 1983 animated film collaboration between painter Frank Frazetta and animator Ralph Bakshi.
Rodriguez has had this film in the works since the deal was closed in 2010, shortly after his friend Frazetta's death. As reported by Deadline, this acquisition reunites Rodriguez with Sony for the first time since Columbia Pictures acquired El Mariachi.
Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet is currently in talks to star in Universal's Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs.
Last month, Sony dropped the high-profile picture, but Universal scooped it up and is moving forward with it. If cast, Winslet would join Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen, who are already signed on to play Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, respectively.
It is also rumored that Jeff Daniels could take on the role of former Apple President John Scully, though no offer has been made.
The film, based on Walter Isaacson's biography, will be directed by Danny Boyle from a script penned by Aaron Sorkin. Jobs will be comprised of three long scenes, with Jobs' daughter, Lisa, expected to be a character in the movie.
Today, Sony Online Entertainment launched a massive content update for its builder MMO, Landmark, which introduces five new monsters, additional gear, and graveyards into the game.
This month's update includes the following:
The series finale of The Legend of Korra is now available to view on Nick.com, and we're all misty-eyed here in the office. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
But before we spiral too deep into sadness, we wanted to know, "What will you miss most about The Legend of Korra?"
This is what you had to say.
A new set of entertainment apps have arrived on Xbox One, including Pandora, Vevo, Bravo Now, Telemundo Now, and Popcornflix. Several of these apps are region specific.
This marks one of the last batches of entertainment apps to come to Xbox One in 2014, preceded by Twitch, ReddX, Starz Play, HBO GO, and the several others brought onto the platform throughout the year. It won't, however, be the last.
"We look forward to bringing you more great experiences in the future," says the team at Xbox Wire. "Here’s to 2015!"
The Pandora app is a version of the popular internet radio for Xbox One, available to Xbox Live members only in the U.S. With Pandora, you can browse musicians, songs, genres, and create your own personalized stations. Bravo Now is a television streaming app that requires a login for your TV service provider, granting access to full episodes of Bravo shows. It's available only on Xbox One in the U.S.
Last year, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk revealed plans for the Hyperloop, a subterranean transit system intended to get passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 mins. Since the reveal, however, the project went quiet, with Musk opening the idea up for others to pursue. And more than a year later, others have.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has entered a new stage of the project, and will reveal financial and engineering research results later this week. The company is based on a network of more than a hundred professionals from companies such as Tesla, Boeing and SpaceX –– and all of them are working for free. However, if the model works, all of the volunteers will receive a share of the company's profits down the road.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Give It Up! – ($0.99)
Guide the bounces of a constantly moving blob and try to keep him alive in the crazily tough Give It Up!:
It was a little over a month ago that we received the Boomstick-epic news that Bruce Campbell would be reprising his role as Ash Williams for a new Evil Dead series for Starz - Ash Vs. Evil Dead. The series would be produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Campbell and would debut in 2015.
Recently, Campbell briefly spoke to Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd about the series and about what fans can expect from an older Ash.