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The developers from new studio Edge Case Games have announced their debut game.
Called Fractured Space, the debut title is a tactical space combat game pitting players against each other online in large-scale space battles. Credits can be earned by players to build and upgrade their fleets, and several different ship classes and manufacturers will be available to choose from.
A release on Steam Early Access is planned for later this year, with a wide free-to-play release set for sometime in 2015. The team opted for an Early Access release in order to factor in fan feedback and implement fixes that would please the community.
Players who obtain the game through Early Access will be rewarded with exclusive perks including new ships and boosters.
This week’s Arrow, “Corto Maltese”, is notable for a couple of reasons – beginning with the DC Comics location it’s named after, which was first introduced by Frank Miller in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and has since been referenced in everything from Tim Burton’s Batman film (remember Vicki Vale's photos that caught Joker's eye?) to Smallville.
But more importantly, it’s who’s in Corto Maltese that is of note: Malcolm Merlyn and Thea Queen. As the final scene in last week’s episode indicated, Malcolm has been training his daughter – which doesn’t seem like it’s a good thing, given the terrible actions Malcolm has caused in the past.
SHIELD Agent Bobbi Morse - aka Mockingbird - made her debut last night on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. And while her supreme fighting skills and trademark batons were on display, her superhero suit wasn't (as she was undercover as a Hydra agent).
Well over at Marvel.com, they've got a first look at actress Adrianne Palicki in full tactical Mockingbird gear from next week's episode, "A Fractured House" - along with the concept art for Mockingbird's look by the series' Costume Designer Ann Foley.
Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer gameplay footage will debut at HaloFest 2014 on November 10.
Microsoft and 343 Industries are hosting HaloFest, which will celebrate the series as well as the launches of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall. The event begins November 8 with a two-day Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer tournament, presented by ESL, which just launched an app on Xbox One.
On November 10, 343 Industries will showcase the first look at the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer, as eSports pros will face off against one another in the beta. There also will be the world premiere of Halo: Nightfall, as well as interviews with 343 head Bonnie Ross, franchise development director Frank O'Connor, and more.
With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies set to open in just a couple of months, new details reveal that the Peter Jackson-directed films have reportedly cost $745 million to make.
According to the Associated Press, production costs for The Hobbit trilogy through March hit 934 million New Zealand dollars, which is the equivalent to $745 million USD. The financial info comes from recently filed documents in New Zealand, though it's unknown whether the price tag includes marketing and distribution.
John Riccitello is taking over as CEO at Unity Technologies.
"We keep our eyes out for the best talent and help wherever we feel we can use it at every level," wrote outgoing CEO, David Helgason, on a blog post on the official site earlier today. "That’s why I’m pleased to welcome John Riccitiello onto the Unity team as our new CEO."
Riccitello, who joined Unity's board in 2013 after serving as both COO and CEO at Electronic Arts, is described by the out-going CEO as a "heartfelt believer in the indie scene". Helgason, remaining on at Unity as Executive Vice President in charge of strategy and communications, will get to get back to doing what he "loves the most" - "strategy and connecting with developers."
Someone at Warner Bros. forgot to tell Ray Fisher he's the star of the standalone Cyborg film.
Warner Bros. recently announced their DC movie lineup between now and 2020. Everything was sounding great, Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa is set to play Aquaman, there's a second attempt at a Green Lantern movie, and even Wonder Woman is getting her own feature film. But in Warners' excitement, someone didn't tell Ray Fisher that he'll be needed in the 2020 Cyborg film. Oops.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Fisher explains that he hadn't been told how far Warner were planning on taking the Cyborg character.
Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Homeland, V) is headed to FOX's Gotham to play a famous character from the Batman-verse.
TVLine.com is reporting that Baccarin is set to play the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins - a "gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of the late Thomas and Martha Wayne."
Altruistic in nature ("What's altruism?"), Thompkins is determined to help the city's less fortunate, which means a steady gig as a caregiver at the brand new Arkham Asylum. She'll also develop eyes for Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) while also getting into her own fair share of hot water.
Respawn Entertainment announced its largest Titanfall update, Game Update 8, to date on a live stream today. The biggest news is a new 4 player co-op mode, Frontier Defense, where 4 players can team up to battle "waves of A.I." along with two other upcoming modes, Marked for Death Pro, and Deadly Ground. The update will go live tomorrow, October 23.
In Frontier Defense, players can visit load-out crates between waves of enemies to swap their load-outs to best handle the oncoming waves. More weapons are available for use during the matches than in the other game modes.
Marked for Death Pro is similar to Marked for Death, but the rounds are single-elimination. When the mark is killed, a point is awarded to the other team and the players respawn.
When it comes to the Xbox brand, Microsoft has a problem, and strangely, that problem revolves more around outside forces than its own console. Analyzing the limited data available makes it clear that Xbox One is selling healthily for Microsoft. Xbox One sales are steadily outpacing the Xbox 360's nearly a year into their respective races. It also has a fairly strong library of games that doesn't seem all that different from other consoles' oft-underwhelming year one slates. Hardware sales and games aren't holding Xbox One back.
No, Microsoft's big problem is Sony's PlayStation 4. For as well as Xbox One is selling, PlayStation 4 consistently does better. In fact, its sales have been historically high since its release in late 2013. For nine consecutive months, PS4 has outsold Xbox One in the United States, sometimes by a small percentage, and other times by a big margin. Even Titanfall, Xbox One's anticipated tour de force, couldn't stop the PS4 from outselling it the month the game launched. Optically, everything is pointing in PS4's direction. Xbox One's seeming difficulty in keeping up with PS4 on a technical level isn't helping to change the optical problems in a more literal sense, either.
The world of superheroes has some pretty cool stuff: green rocks that make a sun god weak, a magic hammer that channels lightning, and robots that walk, talk, and transform. But how are you supposed to keep track of all that stuff? We've got you covered.
Check out our Periodic Table of Superhero Elements, which tells you where an element comes from, what it does, and its notable uses in the world of superheroes and beyond.
Forget steampunk, the smartphone VR viewer from DODOcase is fiberpunk, seeing as its made primarily of cardboard.
The low-cost virtual reality headset works with a smartphone to approximate the sort of immersive, 3D VR experience of Occulus Rift or Samsung's Gear VR, but at a fraction of the price. For just under $30 USD, ($25, to be precise), you too can fold your way into the future of interactive computing.
That $25 will get you the latest version of the Smartphone VR Viewer Toolkit and a copy of the book "Virtual Reality Beginner's Guide." The toolkit includes all the parts you need to build your very own, low-cost VR headset (smartphone not included). The 40 page booklet gives an "educational overview" of the world of virtual reality.
With Wolverine officially dead (for now), we can’t help but wonder who will step up to fill his role in the Marvel Universe. Whenever a hero dies, it’s usually tradition for the mantle to be passed on to someone else so they can continue the legacy, like when Dick Grayson became Batman or Bucky Barnes became Captain America.
It’s worth mentioning that after Wolverine died, Marvel launched a new series called Wolverines, which stars some of the characters on this list picking up where Wolverine left off. But even knowing that, we wouldn’t put it past Marvel to have that series eventually lead to there being one true Wolverine replacement a la Batman: Battle for the Cowl.
Here’s our list of the characters -- both heroes and villains alike -- who we think have what it takes to fill Wolverine’s tiny yet formidable shoes.
If you don't call your brother back, he'll just track you down. At least, he will if he's Oliver Queen. Felicity has traced Thea's location to Corto Maltese, and Oliver, Diggle, and Roy go to retrieve her. Diggle's also there to check in on one of Lyla's field operatives who has gone missing, Mark Shaw (David Cubitt). Diggle may regret getting involved.
While most of the team is in Corto Maltese, Felicity stays behind and adjusts to her new job and Laurel meets Ted Grant (J.R. Ramirez). See photos of what's ahead in the below gallery.
Arrow: "Corto Maltese" Photo Gallery:
Watch Arrow: "Corto Maltese" on Wednesday, October 22nd, at 8:00pm ET/PT on The CW.
Microsoft is working on rolling out Xbox Live local servers in Australia in the coming weeks, according to a statement from Microsoft Australia provided to IGN.
“We know Xbox Live local servers are extremely important to our fans,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “We want to deliver the best gaming experience possible for Australians. We’re working on it, and should have good news to share in the coming weeks.”
Xbox Live is powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform consisting of 300,000 servers in a global network and the company revealed last year that it was extending that network by building data servers in Sydney and Melbourne. It was announced today that these new cloud data centres are due to come online next week for Australian customers and partners.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas could very well be re-released on Xbox 360 if a set of leaked Achievements is to be believed.
The Xbox Achievements site has a list of the new ways you'll supposedly be able to boost your Gamerscore. Though Rockstar has yet to announce anything officially, adding fuel to the fire is the fact the title's old Xbox Originals download has been removed from sale. Oh, and did we mention this month is the 10th anniversary of the game's original release?
Toys R Us has announced it's pulling all Breaking Bad toys from its stores after more than 8,500 people signed an online petition calling for their removal.
As we previously reported, Florida mother Susan Schrivjer feels that the Walter White figure in particular isn't appropriate considering it comes with a little tray of (plastic) crystal meth.
The superstore chain opted to release a tongue-in-cheek statement about the situation, which reads: "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite sabbatical'."
For her part, Schrivjer added the following update to the original petition: "It's One Small step!!!! Let's keep this up so Toys R Us stores all over will make this right decision!!!!"
The 100 returns for Season 2 tonight on the CW, right after Arrow. If you’re already watching it, glad to hear it – isn’t it cool? But if you’re not, here’s where I try and sell you on the series.
The 100: Season 1 was made available on Netflix streaming (in the US that is) today, so it’s very easy to binge-watch the 13 previous episodes now, which are also available on Blu-ray and DVD. But why should you want to? Glad you asked...
Here are 5 reasons to watch The 100!
(No, I'm not going with 100 reasons, as tempting as that was...)
CW has leaned more and more into genre series in recent years, with their biggest hits including the likes of Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries (and now The Flash).
Just in time for the holidays, RiffTrax Live is coming down the chimney for another big screen event, this time spreading Christmas cheer to K. Gordon Murray's Santa Claus.
RiffTrax, Fathom Events and IGN are proud to present the comedy event featuring the RiffTrax crew -- Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (known for their groundbreaking work on Mystery Science Theater 3000) -- as they deliver an all-new take on the 1959 holiday cult classic.
"All your favorite characters are here," Nelson said. "Santa, his reindeer, Merlin, the Devil himself and all his fellow devils, and of course a giant shirtless blacksmith. Merry Christmas?!" Suffice to say, this isn't your old man's Santa Claus -- or anyone's Santa Claus, let's hope!