World of Warcraft subscriptions have once again passed 10 million, Blizzard Entertainment has revealed in the wake of the release of the fifth expansion for its world-leading MMORPG juggernaut.
Blizzard reports that, based on internal data, the Warlords of Draenor expansion (which was released last week) has shifted more than 3.3 million copies. Its release appears to have spurred a boost in subscribers across all major regions.
“We’re thrilled that so many players jumped in to play Warlords of Draenor on day one and are having a great time with the new content,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We poured a lot of hard work and passion into this expansion, and we appreciate all the kind words from players and the overwhelming support they continue to show for World of Warcraft.”
In an abuse of Walmart's recently announced online price match policy, several customers have scammed the department store by turning in screencaps of third-party Amazon listings for the PlayStation 4 at $90 USD, instead of its market price of $400 USD. That's less than a quarter of its usual price.
On Amazon.com, users with a registered seller account are free to create their own product pages. This user-created PlayStation 4 listing was evidently enough to trick some Walmart cashiers into selling at least a few of the consoles at just $90 USD, reports NBC News.
While an exact number has not been verified, some Twitter and Reddit users have posted photos of their receipts to confirm that the scam worked.
Last night I attended a very early screening of director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is based on the comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons and set in the world of British super-spies. The film, which represents the X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass helmer’s latest collaboration with Millar (who also created Kick-Ass), isn’t scheduled for release until February, so Fox has asked that we hold our review until closer to then. But I can say that the Colin Firth/Samuel L. Jackson starrer is fun and intense, an over-the-top love letter to the gadgets-and-glitz era of James Bond, but one that’s infused with the director’s hyper-violent action sensibility as well.
I also attended a breakfast with Vaughn this morning along with several other members of the press to talk about Kingsman, its development, and how he had to make the tough choice between directing this film or X-Men: Days of Future Past. Read on for that and more… but watch out for some vague spoilers.
As Ryan's old friend and podcasting partner Dan Amrich sits in to discuss Rocksmith 2014 for Xbox One (which Dan now works on), the crew discusses their thoughts on Xbox One's first birthday and the big Microsoft giveaway that goes with it. Plus: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's campaign, Dumb & Dumber To, game show video games (like 1 vs. 100!), Titanfall's just-announced Deluxe Edition, and more!
Another of Nintendo's retailer-exclusive Amiibo has been announced: Meta Knight will only be available at Best Buy.
"Best Buy will be exclusively offering the Meta Knight figure in early 2015," read a note from the company. The announcement didn't specify if the figure will remain exclusive to the store, or if it will expand to other retailers after a set period.
Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles was recently revealed as a GameStop exclusive Amiibo, after Nintendo stated that some of the figures will be exclusive to select retailers.
We're very close to the big crossover event between The Flash and Arrow, which will begin on the December 2nd episode of The Flash and continue the next night on Arrow.
Now, CW have reveled the first photos from the crossover - specifically from The Flash episode, which has the title "Flash Vs. Arrow."
Check out all the images below, as Oliver (Stephen Amell), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) arrive in Central City.
Rumor has it that Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Green Lantern) is Paramount's "top choice" to direct G.I. Joe 3.
"No serious negotiations as of yet, only that Paramount and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura want him to helm the pic," according to Schmoes Know. "Basically saying, it’s Campbell’s gig if he wants it."
Jonathan Lemkin (Shooter, Lethal Weapon 4) is scripting G.I. Joe 3, which will be a more Roadblock-centric tale tailored for star Dwayne Johnson. G.I. Joe: Retaliation's Adrianne Palicki is also rumored to be returning as Lady Jaye.
G.I. Joe 3 is slated to open sometime in 2016.
When Pixar Animation removed co-director Bob Peterson from The Good Dinosaur, it was forced to delay the film's release from 2014 to 2015 and lay off nearly 5% of its staff. The change in director led to a reworked film, causing John Lithgow to completely redo his part.
In a recent interview with The L.A. Times, new director Peter Sohn, who was given the directorial position after presenting a possible streamlined new version last summer, explains some of the changes that we can expect under his direction.
A few days ago, we reported that Netflix was in deep negotiations to bring back Longmire, which A&E had canceled after three seasons. It was great news, but nothing solid had been decided.
Now the news has arrived that Netflix has indeed ordered 10 new episodes of a fourth season of Longmire, to premiere for the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2015!
“When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great. We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire’s story for his large and passionate following,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.
More iconic Disney characters are set to debut on ABC's Once Upon a Time in the second half of Season 4.
Merrin Dungey will assume the role of The Little Mermaid's sea witch, Ursula, according to Entertainment Weekly. Dungey played Francie Calfo in J.J. Abrams' spy-action series Alias, and has also appeared in Castle, Betrayal and Shameless. During a brief prior appearance on Once Upon a Time, Ursula was voiced by Community's Yvette Nicole Brown.
Captain Johnny Vastano berated me in the after-mission report following a botched paratrooper drop behind German lines. Two squads of his boys—our boys—were gunned down before I realized my mistake. And even though Johnny was only a static portrait on the campaign map, it really made me feel like a piece of garbage. Far from the teeth-gritting misanthropy of the original Soviet campaign in Company of Heroes 2, Ardennes Assault’s real-time strategy retelling of the Battle of the Bulge made me regret every drop of American blood spilled—emotionally and mechanically.
Taking a cue from some of Relic’s best single-player experiences in the Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War franchise, this stand-alone expansion features an open-ended campaign map on which I was charged with pushing the Third Reich out of the greater Belgium area. My left, right, and… other left hands in this endeavour are three persistent companies that can move, engage enemies, take casualties, and be upgraded independently. Each has its own interesting units and abilities, and a voiced commander with context-sensitive dialogue and a unique personality and backstory that helps make them feel like real people I didn’t want to get killed.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick led an $8 billion buyout of former parent company Vivendi's stock last year, and today, the resulting court case reached a settlement, according to an Activision press release.
Defendants and multiple insurance companies are paying $275 million to settle the suits, which arose when Kotick and co-chariman Brian Kelly purchased 88 percent of former parent company Vivendi's stocks in October 2013, contributing $100 million from their own personal funds. Shareholders sued when Vivendi threatened to drain much of Activision's cash reserves.
Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai explained why he chose not to make Ridley, the space pirate villain from the Metroid series, a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
“I definitely know that Ridley’s a much-anticipated name for fans, but if we made Ridley as a fighter, it wouldn’t be Ridley any longer,” Sakurai told IGN in an email interview. “It’d have to be shrunk down, or its wings reduced in size, or be unable to fly around freely.”
“Providing accurate portrayals of characters is something I want to pay ample attention to,” he continued. “If I don’t stick to that thought, then we’d have to lower the quality or break the balance of the game. Something that goes way off spec could break the entire game.”
The latest free update for EA Sports UFC adds a trio of new contenders to the fighting game on PS4 and Xbox One.
The update comprises Myles Jury, the undefeated lightweight, Yoel Romero from the middleweight division, and former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski. This is EA Sports UFC's fifth free content update, and is now available for download worldwide.
Several of the previous free updates to EA's fighting game included new fighters as well, along with gameplay improvements and more in-game animations, namely during takedowns and maneuvers against stunned opponents.
Motorola is offering a new solution to chronic scatterbrain with the Motorola Keylink, a new device that locates lost keys and phones.
The Motorola Keylink is a small Bluetooth device you hang from your keychain. It syncs up with the free Motorola Connect app (on iOS and Android), which can be activated using a button on the Keylink. If your phone goes missing, you can make it ring with just a click of the Keylink button, as long as it's no farther than 100 feet away.
Guardians of the Galaxy actor Djimon Hounsou is in negotiations to play King Arthur's mentor in director Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Round Table.
According to Variety, the studio offered the role to Hounsou after negotiations with Idris Elba fell through. If cast in the role, Hounsou would play a Merlin-type figure who trains and mentors Arthur.
Everyone eventually dies in a video game. Whether it's getting your head cut off or crying on the ground, video games have shown us many different ways you can die in a game.
We asked the IGN community to send us their favorite death animations of all-time.
WARNING: Some gifs are intense
@IGN Lara being eaten by a T-rex. Because she doesnt jump when I tell her to.— Beth Robertson (@AlluraPhoenix) November 12, 2014
When Marvel announced their epic Secret Wars crossover for 2015, they hinted that the comic wold be accompanied by an onslaught of Secret Wars-themed merchandise. Today collectible manufacturer Gentle Giant Ltd. was the first company to reveal their plans for the Secret Wars license. As announced on Marvel.com, Gentle Giant will kick off a line of vintage-inspired Secret Wars action figures next year.
The original Secret Wars line was produced by Mattel in 1984. It was the first Marvel-themed action figure line and the first time many character like Wolverine had ever been immortalized in toy form. Gentle Giant is drawing directly from these old figures from the new series. They've digitally scanned the original Secret Wars figures and reproduced them in a larger, 12-inch scale. All the iconic accessories (even the lenticular shields) will be reproduced, and the resealable containers will recreate the old Secret Wars packaging.
On the immediate heels of the news that FOX had ordered a pilot for a U.S. remake of Luther, with creator Neil Cross and star of the original series Idris Elba both producing, comes the announcement that the U.K.'s Luther series will return for two new installments in 2015!
Yes, Idris Elba will make a welcome return to BBC One and BBC America next year to reprise his role of DCI John Luther, the murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.
The one year anniversary of Xbox One is coming up on Saturday and Microsoft is planning to celebrate with their fans.
"It’s been an unbelievable year, but we never would have gotten to this point without our incredible fans," Microsoft's Larry Hryb wrote on Major Nelson. "We want to thank you for being a part of an amazing 12 months by celebrating with you all weekend long."
According to the blog post, the Xbox One community has spent more than 2 billion hours playing games and earned a collective Gamerscore of more than 11 billion in the past year. As a thank you, eligible users will receive a personalized email detailing their own accomplishments and a few rewards including a Year One gamer picture, special Xbox One backgrounds, and free rentals of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods.