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Final Fantasy XV: 5 Million Copies Shipped on Day One

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:28

Square Enix announced today that across digital sales and retail shipments, five million copies of Final Fantasy XV were shipped on day one. According to Square, this means XV has become “the fastest selling game in the history of the Final Fantasy series.”

Final Fantasy XV was released simultaneously worldwide, a first for Square Enix, which may have led to the increased sales at launch. Keep in mind that the numbers today partially represent units shipped to retailers, so we’ll have to wait to find out exactly how many copies have actually been purchased by consumers.

Final Fantasy XV launched for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 29. For our thoughts, check out IGN’s Final Fantasy XV review, and find a walkthrough and much more in our Final Fantasy XV wiki guide.

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What We Want From a Nintendo Theme Park

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 13:00

Nintendo has outlined its plans to bring themed areas to three Universal theme parks, and we can't wait to see what that entails. From Zelda to Star Fox to Pokemon, here's some of what we'd love to see in a Nintendo-themed section of Universal Studios.

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-->What better place than a theme park to make a real-life version of Luigi's Mansion? Think Disneyland's Haunted Mansion except you move through the house on foot with your own vacuum pack, AR glasses, and all-too-real ghosts that jump out and need to be defeated!

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The Mummy Trailer Teaser and Poster Revealed

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:31

Ahead of the movie's first trailer debuting this Sunday, the first teaser trailer for the upcoming The Mummy reboot, starring Tom Cruise, has been released along with a striking new poster.

The teaser only lasts 15 seconds, but it does give a good hint at just how powerful the Mummy is, and the type of globetrotting danger Tom Cruise will be in. The teaser, interestingly, also welcomes audiences to a "new world of Gods and monsters", hinting that there might be more than one Universal monster showing up.

The film will take place during present day, unlike the original 1932 movie. Tom Cruise joined the film earlier this year along with Star Trek Beyond's Sofia Boutella, who'll be playing the titular villain this time around.

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Her, Zero Dark Thirty Production Company to Publish Games

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:18

Annapurna Pictures, the production house behind films like Her, Zero Dark Thirty, and Sausage Party, will begin publishing video games with its new Annapurna Interactive division. The first games published by the company will be What Remains of Edith Finch and Gorogoa next spring.

Annapurna Interactive will also publish games from Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi and Monument Valley developer Ken Wong, whose next project is Mountains.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Adds Lootbox "Crown Crates"

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:14

Starting today, Crown Crates have been added to The Elder Scrolls Online.

According to a post on the game's official site, this new addition to the ESO Crown Store gives players the "chance to obtain exclusive and unique pets, mounts, and more alongside useful consumable items."

Crown Crates will be tied to a specific season, with a new season cycling in every quarter. The first season is Storm Atronach, and features an array of electric-themed goods, which you can check out in the gallery below.

Each crate includes a total of four items from a "randomized selection of useful consumables and collectibles" worth more than the cost of an individual create.

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PC Mouse Wheel Inventor on Its Original Purpose

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:00

In addition the being the co-founder and chief engineer at Oculus, Jack McCauley is the brilliant inventor behind the scrolling mouse wheel, a creation that was originally intended to serve a different purpose.

On the latest episode of our monthly interview show IGN Unfiltered, we asked McCauley how he came up with the idea for the scrolling mouse wheel, to which he replied, "It's not used in the way that I intended it to be used."

Instead of allowing users to move up and down with the wheel, McCauley said he "intended it to go forward into an application." Since users were already able to move along the X and Y-axis with a cursor, he wanted the wheel to allow a new method of control. "You can go X and Y with the cursor, but I wanted to go into it," he explained.

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Arrow EPs on Bringing Back Original Characters for Ep 100

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:30

Arrow's 100th episode forced Oliver Queen to look at how different his life could have been had he never become the Green Arrow. It's a familiar plotting device for comic book TV shows and one that worked well for Arrow as it reflected on its past five season.

"There’s a reason why these stories are iconic or familiar tropes even in comic books," executive producer Marc Guggenheim said at an "Invasion!" screening event. "It’s because when you show the protagonist the path not taken and you basically put them in the situation where they can choose to stay on that path or go back to their life with all of its ugly aspects and challenges, and they choose the selfless choice of returning to that ugly past, it makes your character stronger because, it’s like I said earlier, it forced Oliver to double down on his mission and commit to this life with all of its losses and failures and challenges."

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Vikings: Ragnar and Ivar's Relationship Is Incredibly Important

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:00

Full spoilers for Vikings' Season 4b premiere, "The Outsider," continue below.

Ragnar and Ivar are off for the father/son bonding trip of a lifetime, but it's a journey that's already had its share of ups and downs.

The Vikings: Season 4b premiere focused largely on Ragnar trying to recruit as many of his former allies as he could on his quest to confront King Ecbert. Though he ended up leaving Kattegat with just Ivar by his side, star Travis Fimmel thinks everything worked out the way Ragnar wanted.

"His relationship with Ivar I think it's his favorite relationship," Fimmel told IGN on a visit to Vikings' set. "It's a bit like that Johnny Cash song 'A Boy Named Sue' where the father did a lot of stuff because he knew he wasn't always going to be there for him, to really toughen him up and just to show him that his weakness is actually his strength. ... Ragnar sees a mind in Ivar that nobody else sees and doesn't treat him as a cripple -- admits he's a cripple, but he always believes that his mentality is the strongest thing."

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Alien: Covenant Image Teases Return of Familiar Creature

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:36

20th Century Fox has released a new image for Alien: Covenant, teasing the return of a creature familiar to fans of the 1979 original.

Warning: Potential Alien: Covenant spoilers below.

In celebration of Ridley Scott's 79th birthday, Fox posted the following photo on Twitter, showcasing the director alongside the Space Jockey. This mysterious creature first appeared in the original Alien, which was direct by Scott.

Alien: Covenant image, via 20th Century Fox on Twitter

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Steam Winter Sale to Reportedly Begin on December 22

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:34

Valve's annual Steam Winter Sale will reportedly begin on December 22.

The sale's start date leaked in post on NeoGAF, which has since been corroborated by Eurogamer. Additionally, Eurogamer reports that the Winter Sale will conclude on January 2.

Coincidentally, last year's Winter Sale began on the exact same day in December, offering discounts on loads of popular titles, including Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the entire Witcher franchise.

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Comic Book Reviews for November 30, 2016

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:12

This week's comic book lineup included new annual issues from DC and a pivotal new chapter of Suicide Squad, the return of Ghost Rider and a Star Wars annual at Marvel, an eventful chapter of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the debut of Valiant's newest hero, Savage.

Scroll down to see our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Delayed

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:01

Ninja Theory, the development studio behind DmC: Devil May Cry and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, has announced that Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice has been delayed to next year.

The studio shared the news in an update video, saying they're "making great progress" on the upcoming action game that's based on Celtic mythology and explores mental illness. However, the progress made on Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is "not quite great enough" for a release in 2016.

As for why Hellblade won't be out until 2017, Ninja Theory said they had a project cancelled earlier this year which "took some time to sort out." The studio also cited the company's "rare opportunity" to collaborate with Epic Games to further advance motion-capture technology for the industry as another reason for the game's delay.

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Star Wars: What to Watch Before Seeing Rogue One

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:00

We're now mere weeks away from the release of another Star Wars movie, and the wait is getting harder every day. So why not pass the time by watching some episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars: Rebels?

The Top 10 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episodes

We've assembled a list of a handful of Clone Wars and Rebels episodes that can help get you in the mood for Rogue One. In most cases, these episodes probably won't have any direct ties to the new movie, but they do explore similar themes and can help fans get into the right mindset as they prepare to learn how the Rebel Alliance scored its first major victory against the all-powerful Galactic Empire.

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Perfect Holiday Gifts for the LEGO Lover in Your Life

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:00
The best Marvel, Star Wars, and Minecraft LEGO sets, plus great gifts for people who already have too many LEGOs.

Power Up Your Pokemon With Hyper Training

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:00
Give your monsters an edge in Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Gears of War 4 Testing Multiplayer Cross-Play This Weekend

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 08:54

The Coalition has announced plans to test cross-play for Gears of War 4 competitive multiplayer this weekend.

Starting this Friday, December 2, Xbox One players will be able to face off against those on Windows 10, the studio announced on the game's official forums. The trial, which is being conducted to explore the possibility of a permanent cross-platform option for Versus play outside of Private Matches, will conclude on Monday, December 5.

According to The Coalition, the goal of this test is to gauge player feedback from both Xbox One and PC users, as the studio decides how to move forward in delivering cross-platform play.

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Share Your Final Fantasy XV "Snapshots" on PS4 for a Chance to Win a PSVR

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 07:00
We want to highlight your best clips on IGN, and give you prizes for it too! This week it's Final Fantasy XV.

EA is Taking a 'Couple of Years' Break off Battlefield to Focus on Star Wars Battlefront

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 06:56

EA has announced that we won't see another Battlefield game "for a couple of years." Instead, the company is choosing to throw its weight behind production on a new Star Wars Battlefront title set for release in late 2017.

The publisher's chief financial officer, Blake Jorgensen, broke the news at the Nasdaq Investor programme. According to a transcription via Videogamer, the decision to focus on Battlefront centres around EA's desire to address player criticism that the original game was light on content.

"We were really working with the old canvas of Star Wars, the old trilogy," he said. "We weren't using any of the new materials that came out of

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #9 Review

IGN.com - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 02:00

For as many giant pigs, chickens and eye-ball men the Power Rangers faced during their original television run, actual stakes were hard to come by. That’s changed in a big way since their BOOM! Comics debut, creators Kyle Higgins and Hendry Presetya dialing up plenty of drama over the first eight issues. While issue #9 continues that trend by introducing yet another Morphin malady, its way of doing so somewhat shortchanges the events leading up to it.

At the start of the issue, the Rangers find themselves with their collective backs to the wall. Billy is missing, their powers are gone, and their Zords are in the control of the very monster they’re set to face. It’s high-stakes, all-or-nothing stuff, and Higgins does a great job of setting the tone to match. Tommy gifting his powers to his fellow Rangers was teased last issue, but it’s still fun to see Team Green in action. As far as memorable moments go, Jason’s arrival to reclaim his Zord stands as easily one of the series best, both in terms of narrative impact and in the awesome splash shot by Presetya. It’s some inspiring stuff, which makes the book’s back-end all the more disappointing.

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