Titanfall, the hugely-anticipated shooter from Respawn Entertainment, is set to launch in the UK on March 14 for Xbox One and PC, with the Xbox 360 version coming on March 28.
While there's not long to wait, we're aware that interest in the game has never been stronger. Which is why we've decided to give away one of the game's incredible Collector's Editions, along with an Xbox One console.
One lucky winner will receive both the Collector's Edition and the console.
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Actor Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Thor: The Dark World) has been cast as the antagonist Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book.
Deadline reports that Elba will play the villainous bengal in the live-action/VFX hybrid film, with VFX overseen by Academy Award-winner Rob Legato (Avatar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo, The Titanic).
German actor Thomas Kretschmann, who was recently cast as the evil Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, will get to play yet another bad guy in Agent 47, the sequel to 2007’s Hitman.
The story, based on the popular video game series, sees Rupert Friend (Homeland) as the titular Agent 47, a bald-headed, barcoded badass who gallivants around the globe killing folks all stealthy-like. (The role was originally intended for the late Paul Walker.)
The beta build of independently developed action-adventure game Lifeless Planet has now hit Steam Early Access.
"Lifeless Planet is being developed almost entirely by one person, so I'm putting the game in Early Access to get assistance from the community to make sure bugs are fixed and gameplay is refined before launch," writes David Board of Stage 2 Studios. "... The levels I'm sharing in early access (levels 1-6 of 20 levels) are in beta."
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Community is an audacious show that usually swings big and that can sometimes mean not quite hitting the mark. Such was the case with "App Development and Condiments”, which certainly went all out in terms of oddness and was in line with Community when it came to a pop culture target (mixing the modern idea of rating, well, everything with 1970s sci-fi, a la Logan's Run), but didn’t quite come together.
I’ve enjoyed the Shirley and Jeff dynamic in the past, but this episode seemed to take a bit of a step back in their friendship, with them having issues from the start. It almost seemed like having Jeff and Shirley teamed up during this week’s bizarre Greendale dynamic would have been a better direction than having them at odds once more, before realizing their issues stemmed from their similarities - a lesson it feels like they’ve already learned.
Winter must be almost over because things are heating up in the world of Xbox. This week we're talking about Rocksteady's new Batman: Arkham game, the next-gen project BioWare is considering, the return of Watch Dogs (we played it!), more Titanfall, the massive Xbox One March update, hypothetical scenarios in which Microsoft could sign the recently-ousted creator of Uncharted, and more! Plus: a mea culpa of sorts for new Xbox boss Stephen Elop.
Facepunch Games is exploring the idea of implementing an internet-based item editor, says studio head Garry Newman.
"We want to get it in a position where anyone on the team can edit items," Newman explains in the latest Rust update. "Then we want to open it up to the public – like TF2 did with hats."
Items submitted by gamers will not automatically appear in-game; contributions will be voted on by other players, as well as moderated by the Rust team.
"That’s our dream anyway," Newman continues. "It’s getting the items in game that’s a bit more involved...
once we’ve laid the foundations we’ll be able to add new items like it’s nothing."
The two co-presidents of developer Naughty Dog have released a statement clarifying that other key employees were not factors in the departure of Uncharted series writer Amy Hennig.
"We feel it necessary to clear up a very important point that was unprofessionally misreported when the story broke," Evan Walls and Christophe Balestra said in a joint statement on Naughty Dog's site. "Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann were NOT involved in what transpired."
The statement does not offer further clarification on Hennig's departure, with the co-presidents signing off with: "There is nothing left to be said on this subject. Now we’re going back to what we should be focused on – making games."
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(Hey, guys. It's Fowler. I'm filling in for Roth this episode as she's out of town at a press junket. Rothiness shall resume next week.)
FOUR YEARS LATER?
I know time-jumps and skip-overs have been a part of this show since the very beginning, and are altogether unavoidable when it pertains to long sea travel, but this was the biggest leap to date. "Invasion" indeed picked things up years later, revealing that Ragnar and Aslaug had not only remained together, but produced multiple sons (with another on the way).
The fate of Lagertha and Bjorn are unknown as they weren't featured on the episode at all, and with the time jump I'm assuming that we'll see a new actor playing Bjorn if and when we do catch up with the two of them. Making young Nathan O'Toole's tearful goodbye in last week's premiere even more meaningful.
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One of the recurring elements of Big Bang Theory's seventh season I've enjoyed is the increased emphasis on slightly less character pairings. When a series lasts this long, you really have to shake up the dynamics and make sure not every episode revolves around Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny. And while "The Friendship Turbulence" did have one subplot focused on Leonard and Penny, it balanced that out with others that paired Sheldon with Wolowitz and Amy with Raj. The end result was a nice mix of the familiar and the new. Unfortunately, the decision to focus equal attention on all three plotlines ensured that none really received the attention it deserved.
When the Fantastic Four casting was announced it sparked plenty of discussion and dissatisfaction from fans due its different approach to the comic book characters. Michael B. Jordan (who will play the Human Torch) has spoken up about fan criticism and shared his take on, and familiarity with, the character.
Cinefilos.it posted a video from an event in Rome, where Jordan addressed the concerns, calling them “expected.” Jordan likened the outcry to fans not being happy with a change in continuity, and accepts that he “can’t make everybody happy.”
A day of non-stop incoming news! The biggest of which hit this afternoon when Jack Tretton suddenly announced his leave from Sony. And can someone say, "Watch Dogs has a release date!"? Because Watch Dogs has a release date.
Here's the news we covered:
Sony confirms Jack Tretton's leave as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America and announces his successor.
You can begin hacking things in Watch Dogs on May 27th. Check out the newly release story trailer and get pumped!
Guerrilla Games explains the reason Killzone: Shadow Fall's multiplayer portion may have appeared to be running at a lower resolution. They explain a technique called 'temporal reprojection'.
Note: We're not going to be doing weekly review of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland any longer, but we're checking in on the show as it returns from a long midseason break.
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Wonderland is back, and it comes with action, drama, and surprises. Not a bad return at all! The series has stumbled along the way, but they've told some interesting stories. And now that Cyrus is out of the bottle and the Knave is in it, there's potential for much more.
At first, the Knave and Lizard's back and forth was annoying. Her crush on him, him being unaware of her feelings – that's all been done to death. Boring. I was saddened to see the Lizard wanting to change who she is for love, that was disappointing. But, her accidentally wishing herself to her death? Did not see that extreme coming. Big twists might be Wonderland's specialty, and they pulled this one off with perfection. We'd gotten to know her just enough for it to hurt.
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Before I get caught up writing about the steadily tiring PawnEagleton strife, which basically breaks down into there are now two towns that hate Leslie and try to thwart her every move, I wanted to say that I really liked the final third of "The Wall," where Leslie found out that she was actually greatly appreciated by people in the federal government because of her thorough (and now legendary) grant proposal for cleaning up the Pawnee river.
In fact, she got a serious job offer out of it. And here I was figuring that in order for her to catch people's attention up above, she'd have to settle her affairs below. But, as it turns out, she gained recognition from one of those normal, everyday Leslie Knope "above and beyond" activities that no one in her hometown ever appreciated. And could, if she wanted to, leave all the madness behind her. But she's staying put for now in order to finish what she started, relying in the job still being available whenever it is that Pawnee and Eagleton come to their senses. Which also (once again) sets up a nice season (or, if need be, series) ender.
FX has signed off on a sixth and seventh season of the incredibly sharp animated sitcom Archer, keeping the show on the air until at least 2016, reports The Wrap.
Each season will consist of 13 episodes.
"Archer is one of the best comedies on television and has played a significant role in the growth of the FX comedy brand,” said Eric Schrier, FX Networks and FX Productions president of original programming. “We're grateful to Adam Reed, Matt Thompson and their team at Floyd County, and also our incredible voice cast, and are looking forward to supporting their work for at least two more seasons.”
Crystal Dynamics boss Darrell Gallagher has announced the studio’s 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider will surpass six million copies sold by the end of this month.
Gallagher revealed the news in a post on the official Tomb Raider blog.
Noting it was, in fact, one year ago this week that Tomb Raider was released Gallagher said “the team at Crystal has been overwhelmed with the way it was so warmly received by both critics and gamers.”
Tomb Raider, which became profitable late in 2013 after making news shortly after its release for failing to meet Square-Enix’s extremely aggressive sales expectations, was recently released on two additional platforms (Xbox One and PS4) and is expected to exceed six million copies sold by the end of March.
A few days ago, we revealed that storied game writer Amy Hennig was “pushed out” of Naughty Dog. Hennig has had a long career in the gaming industry before joining Naughty Dog back in 2004.
Hennig is best-known for creating and writing Sony’s ultra-popular, hugely successful Uncharted trilogy, and her exit from the studio – on bad terms, according to our sources – left a lot of people scratching their heads.
In a conversation with IGN, Sony’s Scott Rohde, the man in charge of software development for PlayStation’s roster of first party studios, said that Hennig’s exit wasn’t quite as dramatic as it seems.
With another IGN Trivia Night having come and gone, you know what that means. Another IGN Trivia quiz!
Before we get to the quiz, we wanted to thank everyone involved with our second IGN Trivia Night once again at Pedro's Cantina in San Francisco, CA. Eriq Martin and Naomi Kyle left 300+ IGNers collectively scratching their heads.
But many of you couldn't make it. And that sucks. So let's see how good you are at trivia. Do you know which Pokemon is #11 in the Pokedex? See if you can answer that and more in our Trivia Night quiz below!
With Cataclysm: Ultimates Last Stand coming to an end this week, the future of Marvel's Ultimate Universe has never been on shakier ground -- and they've been through quite a bit! As part of a new wave of Ultimate books, All-New Ultimates #1 will feature a younger generation of the Ultimates superhero team.
Spider-Man Miles Morales, Black Widow (a female clone of Peter Parker, formerly known as Spider-Woman), Kitty Pryde, Bombsell, Cloak and Dagger will make up the new team, which has a distinct "teenage rebel" quality about it. With S.H.I.E.L.D. apparently out of commission and most of the world's greatest heroes dead (or lost in the Negative Zone with Galactus), this new group of hoodie-wearing, gum-chewing teens will take the fight to the world's criminals and also homework.
EA has today released a stack of fresh shots from EA Sports UFC, featuring current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and 10 other fighters, including Benson Henderson, Gilbert Melendez, Mark Hunt, and Robbie Lawler among several others.
Rousey, described as arguably one of the biggest stars fighting in the UFC today and regarded by many as the top pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, holds the distinction of being both the first Women’s Bantamweight UFC champion and the first American woman to nab an Olympic medal in Judo.
See Rousey and the rest of the fighters showcased today in the slideshow below.
EA Sports UFC is coming to PS4 and Xbox One later this year. You'll also be able to catch Rousey in The Expendables 3 later this year, and Fast & Furious 7 in 2015.