Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth releases this Friday, Oct. 24, and PC players can begin pre-loading it now.
Additionally, players can also play Civilization V free on Steam until Thursday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. PST. Players who have already pre-ordered Civilization: Beyond Earth will receive the Exoplanet Map Pack at launch, which adds six custom maps to the game's lineup.
Civilization: Beyond Earth reimagines the expansive franchise in a new sci-fi setting, complete with advanced technologies, alien creatures and exotic planets to explore and, potentially, conquer. It's a spiritual successor to the 1999 strategy game Alpha Centauri, in which players were faced with similar unknown obstacles and extraterrestrial life forms.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for the identity of the new Robin. You have been warned.
The drawback with comic book solicitations is that they have a habit of spoiling comics months before they come out. That's a problem DC has encountered with their January 2015 solicits. The cover and solicit text for Batman and Robin #38 make it very clear who the new Robin will be in the aftermath of the current "Robin Rises" storyline. That led Batman and Robin writer Pete Tomasi to tweet the issue's cover ahead of its solicitation:
Focus Features has released new production photos from Insidious Chapter 3, showing writer-director Leigh Whannell, Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye, and Stefanie Scott behind the scenes of the upcoming horror film.
Insidious Chapter 3 began production over the summer in Los Angeles. Not only is Whannell the writer and director behind the film (and co-creator of the franchise), but he'll also appear in the horror movie.
The newest film in the scary series is set before the haunting of the Lambert family and follows a teenage girl and her family. Insidious Chapter 3 is scheduled to come out May 29.
There's going to be a special Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Nintendo Direct this Thursday, where 50 "must-see" features of the game will be revealed. Ahead of that event comes a whole slew of new Wii U specific screens- 110 to exact.
The screen shots don't show off anything we don't already know, but they do show more of the game running on the Wii U, and it looks gorgeous. The stages and characters are bright and colorful, and really show off what Nintendo can make the Wii U do. Other than the obvious "wow factor" of seeing Smash in high definition, it's great to see backdrops from the world of Nintendo rendered on the Wii U that otherwise don't exist. Seeing the Mario Galaxy stage in Smash Bros. on the Wii U is enough to make a Nintendo fan crazy with desire.
Casey Hudson, the former BioWare developer and creative director of the Mass Effect trilogy, tweeted a photo of an Oculus Rift headset, along with an accompanying quote: "It begins."
It's unclear what Hudson meant by the Tweet –– he didn't confirm any new employment positions, at Oculus or otherwise. The headset may just be a dev kit. However, Hudson left BioWare in August, saying he wanted to move on and "take on a new set of challenges," and hasn't previously announced where he might be heading next.
With casting rumors for Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot already swirling, we can add Lena Dunham and Melissa McCarthy to the list of potential stars. The two ladies are the latest actresses to express interest in the female-driven reboot.
The pair recently discussed the reboot in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres joked that the three ladies should take on Ghostbusters together, with McCarthy nodding that "it seems right."
Ellen confronted McCarthy, who starred in Feig's The Heat and Bridesmaids, about rumors that she's already involved with the project, but McCarthy repeatedly denied the talk. If true, McCarthy wouldn't be the first Heat alum to join the reboot. The Heat writer Kate Dippold is already signed on to co-write the script with Feig.
Not only did Legendary’s Digital Media division and Crackle announce more casting today for their forthcoming feature Dead Rising: Watchtower, but they've also released a new photo of the cast on the set of the live-action adaptation of the Capcom game.
21 Jump Street's Rob Riggle, Epic Meal Time's Harley Morenstein, Once Upon A Time's Keegan Connor Tracey and This Means War's Aleks Paunovic join previously announced cast members Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert.
The company says "Riggle will join the cast as Frank West, a weathered photo-journalist skilled in surviving Zombie attacks; Morenstein will play Pyro, a menacing biker and Logan’s (Paunovic) second-in-command; Paunovic portrays Logan, a hard criminal and the head of a biker gang and Tracey will take on the role of Jordan, a straight-laced journalist."
Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa has opened up about his role as Aquaman on the big screen.
According to ComicBook.com, Momoa appeared at the Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta this weekend. While there, he said that while he doesn't know much about the recently announced standalone film, he expects that shooting won't take place until 2016 or 2017.
“I don’t know the director," he said. "I know about as much as you guys know. I know the Justice League will come first. That’s really what we’re going to focus on. I’m not sure if it will be
prior to Justice League or post. I don’t know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from. It will probably be his whole origin story I would think…I mean I don’t even want to get quoted on this s***. So I know we’re going to do Justice League first.”
The newest in a series of leaked images shows the front of Motorola's Droid Turbo, which is expected to be revealed at an upcoming Verizon Wireless event.
The image shows the back of both the red and black versions of the device, as well as the front screen, which hasn't been seen until now. Some of the leaked images have been published on Verizon's official teaser Twitter account, but the most recent was released by Evan Blass (@evleaks).
The newest Droid smartphone will be officially revealed at the Oct. 28 event, and it already has a wide array of rumored specs: 5.2 in. QHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM, a colossal 3,900 mAh battery and 21-megapixel camera. These specs suggest that Motorola's upcoming smartphone is significantly better equipped than its last.
There’s really not much to say about the free-to-play Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. It’s the Pokémon Trading Card Game, but the way it’s been recreated for iOS is unremarkable, technically poor, and has very little going for it outside of its connection to the beloved franchise. Even though the PC-based version has been going for years, it still feels incomplete and hurried. As a life-long Pokémon fan and avid card collector, I’m disappointed in its limited scope and across-the-board low quality, even as it allows me mobile access to a robust and engaging game I love.
The Pokémon TCGO looks and sounds strikingly amateurish. As far as the UI is concerned, I might’ve mistaken it for a cheap knockoff — the cards have the official recognizable art, but the character art is in a distinctly different style than the typical Pokémon fare, and the juxtaposition is a little strange. The generic background music adds to that unofficial feeling. It feels like the same song is played on a loop, and it wore on my nerves more the longer I spent battling.
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If you've been invited to a GTA 5 beta, it's probably best to ignore it.
With a statement on its website, developer Rockstar Games made it abundantly clear that no pre-release Beta test is scheduled for Grand Theft Auto V.
"Please note: There is no pre-release 'Beta' test for Grand Theft Auto V. If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam."
Rockstar clarified that though it released this warning last year for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, it still holds true for the upcoming PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions.
A Doctor Who game that teaches children basic computer programming is releasing on October 22.
The BBC has developed the free-to-play game, The Doctor and the Dalek, to build children's confidence and coding know-how. Syncing with the UK's computing curriculum, it will teach skills suitable for children aged six to twelve.
The game features voice work from Peter Capaldi - The Doctor to you and I - in an all-new story which sees The Doctor linking up with an unlikely ally.
"Children will be learning these increasingly important new skills while being actively entertained," said Jo Pearce, from BBC Wales' Interactive. "The idea behind it is simply to use one of our biggest, most popular brands to inspire children to find out more about programming."
Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Moana today, a long-rumored project now set for a late 2016 debut. The studio calls Moana "a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest." It's being directed by the Oscar-nominated team of Ron Clements and John Musker.
Here's the official plot synopsis, as well as the first official piece of concept art for the movie:
"In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore."
In case you thought all of TV's spooky offerings had already premiered, there are still a couple of Halloween-ish shows headed your way on NBC - with the return of Grimm and the premiere of Constantine, based on the Vertigo comic Hellblazer.
But it's not all demons and monsters. Boardwalk Empire wraps up its five season run this Sunday, with "Eldorado." Will Nucky be able to survive long enough to "cash out?" Is Gillian doomed to spend the rest of her life in the asylum? It's been a shorter final season than we may have liked, but the finale still looks like it's going to be an emotional one.
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Nintendo of America revealed today that Pokemon Puzzle Challenge and Pokemon Trading Card Game will launch on 3DS Virtual Console next month.
Pokemon Puzzle Challenge will hit 3DS first on November 6 for $5 USD, followed by Pokemon Trading Card Game on November 13 for $6 USD. Pokemon Trading Card Game already came out for 3DS Virtual Console in Europe.
In addition, Nintendo announced that by purchasing either Pokemon game, players will receive a free code for the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo on their receipts while supplies last.
Kevin Smith is a busy guy these days. Following the release of his new movie Tusk, the filmmaker began production on Yoga Hosers (which is a spinoff of Tusk). Following that, Smith will shoot Moose Jaws, rounding out his Canadian-based True North Trilogy. "It's very simply Jaws with a moose," he said of the film in his recent Reddit AMA (via Nerdcore Movement). "Set at a summer camp. Robert Kurtzman building giant man-eating moose."