A new year means a new selection of movies and TV shows arriving on Netflix. We're now well into January, and this month, a number of films, shows, and specials will debut on the streaming service, including several Netflix Originals.
The most notable arrival is the Batman series of films. Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin are all now available to stream, having been added as of January 1. Additionally, Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins have also debuted. They were joined by all four movies in the Lethal Weapon series, National Treasure, and The Godfather trilogy.
When it comes to TV, January has brought new seasons of originals One Day at a Time, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Grace and Frankie, and The Adventures of Puss in Boots. Among other arrivals are all five seasons of Showtime's Episodes, the second season of Colony, and a new batch of Eastsiders episodes.
Sadly, along with the arrivals come the months departures. Leaving Netflix in January are seven Saw movies, several Pokemon animated films, and The Addams Family, for starters. Perhaps most importantly, all six seasons of Lost disappeared from the streamer on January 4. So if you've been meaning to revisit that cursed island, it's time to clear out your schedule.
You can take a look at the full list of what's coming and going on Netflix in January below. You can also see what's new on Amazon Prime in January 2018.
The regular season of the inaugural year of the Overwatch League is officially underway this week. As the premiere esports circuit for the game, it's a massive undertaking by Blizzard, an entire year in the making. It'll feature over 100 players from around the world, with 12 areas playing host to them: Boston, Dallas, Florida, Houston, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and two in Los Angeles. Whether you're an avid Overwatch fan or a curious onlooker who has never escorted a payload, our explainer provides essential facts, from how the season will flow to how you can watch the matches in person. We also have a guide on how to watch Overwatch League online.
How is the season structured? The regular season, which has now begun, consists of four stages. Each stage lasts five weeks, with the final one ending on June 16. Incidentally, this end date is the Saturday after the E3 Expo. The first part of the Overwatch League schedule kicked off on January 10.
What are the big prizes? The prize pool awarded at the end of each stage is $125,000. The Overwatch League champions will be awarded $1,000,000.
Where is the tournament held? Blizzard opened an arena in Burbank, where all the Overwatch League matches will be held. This state-of-the-art facility features multiple sound stages, control rooms, player lounges, and even a Blizzard merchandise store. The arena already played host to the Overwatch Contenders matches and the Hearthstone Championship Tour.
How can I get tickets? You can buy tickets here.
How much are the tickets?
$20 for the weekday (half day) events; begins at 4PM
$30 for the weekend (full day) events; begins at 11AM
The first day of regular season is sold out.
How can I track the season progress outside of overwatchleague.com? You track your favorite teams, keep up with league news, and set alerts using the Overwatch League app. You can even customize spoiler settings so you can watch completed matches without knowing the outcome in advance.
Are there new skins? Blizzard has released a new Overwatch update which, among other things, adds new skins. A lot of skins. There are 312 in all, with each character getting one for each of the League teams. You can see all of the new skins in our gallery, and you'll be able to snag one for free. You'll have to purchase others; you can read more about how you get the new skins here.
How many teams and divisions are there? There are 12 teams, split evenly into two divisions. They're made up predominantly of American teams, although the players come from all over the world. Mirroring the NFL, there are two Los Angeles teams, the Gladiators and Valiant. There also three international teams, the London Spitfire, the Seoul Dynasty, and the Shanghai Dragons.
Check out our gallery where you can learn about the teams' backgrounds, ownership info, and other fun facts.
The inaugural season of the Overwatch League has officially begun 12 teams split into 2 divisions will play for the next six months to see who is the ultimate Overwatch champion, while competing for a prize pool totaling $3.5 million. Unless you're fortunate enough to make it to Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California, you're going to have to watch the matches online.
Here are the details on where, when, and how you can keep up and follow your favorite teams during this first week of the Overwatch League regular season. In the meantime, you can start getting your hands on new Overwatch League skins in-game.
How and Where: Simply go to overwatchleague.com where live matches play out through an embedded Twitch livestream. Past matches will be archived under the site's Videos tab. You can also catch the matches directly on Twitch.com and at mlg.tv, or through the embed below.
You can also track your favorite teams, keep up with league news, and set alerts using the Overwatch League app. You can even customize spoiler settings so you can watch completed matches without knowing the outcome in advance.
The Overwatch League and Twitch are also developing innovative rewards and other programs for fans, which will bestow the league’s most steadfast viewers with unique Overwatch League in-game items with exclusives. More details about insider content and additional rewards for the biggest fans, as well as Cheering with Overwatch League Cheermotes, will be announced as they become available. The matches will be broadcast on multiple channels with three different languages: English, French, and Korean.
When: Here is the schedule for the first week of the first stage, which runs from January 10 to January 13 (times are in PST).
January 10, Wednesday
4PM - San Francisco Shock versus Los Angeles Valiant
6PM - Shanghai Dragons versus Los Angeles Gladiators
8PM - Dallas Fuel versus Seoul Dynasty
January 11, Thursday
2PM - London Spitfire versus Florida Mayhem
4PM - Philadelphia Fusion versus Houston Outlaws
6PM - Boston Uprising versus New York Excelsior
January 12, Friday
4PM - Los Angeles Valiant versus Dallas Fuel
6PM - Florida Mayhem versus Boston Uprising
8PM - San Francisco Shock versus Shanghai Dragons
January 13, Saturday
11AM - London Spitfire versus Philadelphia Fusion
1PM - New York Excelsior versus Houston Outlaws
3PM - Seoul Dynasty versus Los Angeles Gladiators
Click here to learn more about Overwatch League including facts about the season structure, how to buy tickets, and what apps you can download.
The variety of historical settings of Assassin's Creed games has always been one of the highlights of the series, as it's fascinating to explore a dynamic, living recreation of Victorian England or Ancient Egypt. Previously, however, if you simply wanted to explore the cities and environments of the games, you still had to put up with some combat and storyline.
Today, Ubisoft announced the release date and price for a new mode, called Discovery Tour, for Assassin's Creed Origins that allows players to learn more about Ancient Egypt without the pressure of questlines or combat. It's designed specifically as an educational experience, and it'll let you see the entire world at your own pace.
There are two main components to Discovery Tour. First, the mode opens up the entire world to free-roaming, and quests and combat are turned off. This way, players can simply wander through the cities, villages, and deserts to see what Ancient Egypt might have been like.
Secondly, Ubisoft will also add daily guided tours to the game to provide players with a way to gain specific knowledge of Egyptian society and history. These tours will be curated by historians and Egypt experts.
Discovery Tour will be available as a free update to anyone who owns Assassin's Creed Origins on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 20. In addition, it'll be available as a standalone download for $20 only on PC.
In other news, Ubisoft announced that the first piece of DLC is coming to Assassin's Creed Origins on January 23. Called The Hidden Ones, it adds a new region, storyline, weapons, and more. In addition, a new patch was released today that improves the behavior of tamed animals and allows you to sell back outfits, among other things.
In Metal Gear Survive, you play a custom character who is the physical opposite of Metal Gear Solid 5's Venom Snake. This spin-off is an exercise in constant deprivation, where your stamina is limited and you have to seek out food and water, which you have to cook and purify respectively if you don't want to get sick. This is assuming you have the proper camping tools to being with, which you have to craft. There's also the matter of zombies infesting key mission areas, in a setting far away from what anyone would call "home". It's new territory for a Metal Gear game both literally and figuratively. And after a four-hour preview session with the single player story mode, plus one multiplayer session, we were left more curious than excited for the full game.
Almost every Metal Gear game has had some supernatural element, but Survive takes things to another level, or another dimension to be precise. Taking place after the events of The Phantom Pain, the soldiers of Mother Base--along with the base itself--find themselves transported through a wormhole into another reality. Tracking down your brothers in arms and finding a way back home is the main goal of the story.
Our demo started in Survive's third chapter, about an hour after the start of the story. Based on our initial missions, you can expect a lot of training-style goals and on-boarding. Collecting motherboards and learning how to gather water felt like chores rather than the more engaging objectives you typically find in a Metal Gear Solid game. At least there were a ton of zombies in key areas to keep us on our toes.
As you try to stay alive, you learn early on that you lack the diverse skills of the Metal Gear protagonists who've earned the codename Snake. Your stamina is grossly in short supply and you start off with only basic melee attacks. And if the the mission requires exploration into the map's foggy sections, you'll also have to manage your oxygen. It's a relief that normal walking speed is sufficient in getting away from zombies, provided you manage your stamina well. It remains to be seen if the undead can run later in the game.
These persistent demands on your well being feed into Metal Gear Survive's crafting component which, if this preview demo was any indication, plays a huge part in the overall experience. As with many other survival games with crafting, what you think you'll need to construct first might not be the most useful gear. And naturally, what you make will be limited by the ingredients you have, leaving you wondering what components should be saved and what should be used immediately.
We found that crafting fences--which you can construct instantly, provided you have enough resources--are a huge help in corralling zombies for easy slaying with your starter staff. Depending on how to lure zombies in missions areas, you can reach your objectives without having to killing everyone, although it would be in your best interest to craft more efficient weapons like a machete or handgun. That's because vanquished zombies drop kuban, the currency you spend to level up. Given the wide and diverse skills you can unlock in the Survivor class--the first of four classes--there's the potential that your custom soldier can one day be as talented as Big Boss.
This character progression incentive paired with the appeal of the multiplayer mode is what Konami is hoping will keep players interested in the long run, especially since the story takes only 20 hours to complete. Our brief session with the four-player co-op online mode echoed the base defense aspects of Fortnite, while burdening us with the aforementioned stamina and skill limitations from the story mode. Moreover, we discovered that the zombies in the easiest difficulty are at level 10, whereas our team ranged from levels 2 to 4. We didn't last very long.
For as much as we're not yet convinced of the long term appeal of Metal Gear Survive, we have to give what we've seen so far credit for going all in on its demanding survival-centric gameplay. The level of resource gathering and crafting isn't unusual for an open world zombie game, but in the context of the Metal Gear franchise, it's the biggest design departure since Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It was also comforting to see this spin-off retain some degree of the series' sense of humor, particularly when you send animals through mini wormholes rather than the Fulton balloon system from The Phantom Pain.
Check out our other coverage from this hands-on preview session:
With just a month to go before its release, Konami has confirmed some major details about Metal Gear Survive, the first new entry in the series since series creator Hideo Kojima left the company. One of the biggest new pieces of information we learned during a recent preview session was that the game will require a constant internet connection to play, even for single-player. This is not totally unheard of in gaming, as Destiny 2 and other online-focused games require a persistent internet connection across all modes.
Konami said Metal Gear Survive requires a constant internet connection so the game can offer a "seamless" experience as players move between single-player and multiplayer. "Metal Gear Survive's online connectivity requirements were built to support a seamless integration between single player and co-op. This will also enable us to provide ongoing content post-launch."
Another detail we learned that Metal Gear Survive will have a microtransaction store where players can purchase virtual currency. Coins are available to purchase with real money (specific price points were not disclosed) or through standard gameplay, as is the case in many other AAA games. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain also offered a number of microtransactions, so this is nothing new for the series. You can check out the image above to see what's available to buy in Metal Gear Survive's store, including Boost Passes for various durations of time, but bear in mind that the game is not finished and as such, things could change.
In terms of length, Konami brand manager Jennifer Tsang told GameSpot that you can expect the game to take you 15-20 hours to play through the campaign. Of course, your mileage may vary, as everyone plays games differently. Also, the game has co-op and multiplayer so there are more reasons to come back and play more beyond the campaign.
Finally, Konami confirmed more details about Metal Gear Survive's upcoming beta. It will begin on January 18 and wrap up on January 22. For lots more on Metal Gear Survive, you can check out all of GameSpot's previous written and video coverage.
In Metal Gear Survive, the lost members of Mother Base will do whatever it takes to endure in a hostile alternate-dimension populated with dangerous zombie-like creatures and other enemy combatants. Focusing more on survival and resource-gathering as opposed to the series' familiar stealth-action gameplay, players will have to scrounge for supplies, craft new gear and equipment, and rescue other survivors across the lands.
While Survive retains much of the core mechanics found from Metal Gear Solid V, it goes about its core gameplay a bit differently, tasking players to strengthen their character and their base with the materials procured out in the field. In the early hours, you'll find yourself in the role of the Survivor, one of four unique classes in Metal Gear Survive. But as you advance in rank and acquire more resources, you'll unlock additional classes that open up new skills and upgrade the core attributes--strength, vitality, dexterity, and endurance--for your character. Below, you'll find a breakdown of the starting Survivor class--including the perks and bonuses that can be unlocked.
Be sure to visit us for more Metal Gear Survive content as we near its February 20 release. Moreover, check out our video of GameSpot editors Miguel Concepcion and Matt Espineli offering up their impressions based on the early hours of Metal Gear Survive.
It's only January, but Microsoft is already planning its Xbox E3 2018 briefing. Xbox boss Phil Spencer appeared on Major Nelson's latest podcast where he confirmed Microsoft is already having planning discussions for the show, some 5-plus months before E3 2018 in June.
Spencer didn't give away any specifics about what will be shown during the event. But intriguingly, he teased that this year's event may not be what you expect. There will be some "changes."
"I don't think we've talked about yet, but I think will be some positive changes at E3," Spencer said. "Could be fun for us; it'll be a nice change."
E3 2018 runs June 12-14 in Los Angeles. It's one of the biggest gaming shows of the year, and we're expecting a lot of big news from this year's event. One possibility for the show is the announcement of Halo 6, which we pretty much know is in development but hasn't been revealed yet. Microsoft is also reportedly working on a PlayStation Now-like game-streaming service, so E3 2018 could be the venue for the official announcement.
Spencer joined the exclusive Microsoft Senior Leadership panel last year as Xbox's chief speaker, where he speaks directly with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about gaming. Spencer said on the podcast that Microsoft--from the top down--believes in gaming, which is significant considering there was a time not too long ago when some believes Microsoft would sell off its Xbox division. "The support that we're getting, the ambition that the company has...hopefully 2018 will show some of that," Spencer said.
What do you want to see from Xbox at E3 this year? Let us know in the comments below!
A second open beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ is coming soon, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. This second round of public testing will start on January 17 at 9 PM PT and wrap up at the same time on January 18, running for a period of 24 hours.
The first Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta took place last weekend on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It ran into some network issues that couldn't be resolved quickly enough. As such, Bandai Namco announced that a second round of testing would be held at a later date, which we now know is the 24-hour period coming up later this week.
The first Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta featured a range of fighters, including Goku, Vegeta, Goha, Frieza, Cell, Kid Buu, Krillin, Piccolo, Nappa, Android 18, and Beerus. It remains to be seen if the same roster of characters will be available in this second open beta.
Dragon Ball FighterZ launches on January 26 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. As mentioned, the open beta is only available on console. The game uses a 3v3 format not unlike the newer Marvel vs. Capcom games. It also has a story mode that appears to take place after the Universe 6 Saga, and it also features a new character, Android 21.
For more on the game, check out GameSpot's roundup of all the "Dramatic Scenes" we have come across so far in the embedded video above. These are scenes that recreate iconic moments from the series when certain stage, team, and fighting conditions are met.
A new patch is available now for the PC edition of PUBG. This is not the biggest or most significant of patches following the 1.0 release in December, but it does include some notable changes and fixes. Starting off, it includes a client optimisation that should improved general performance when a lot of players are in the same area simultaneously. If players are bunched up like this, you can expect there would be a big firefight, so it's good to know performance should now be better in such an important time in your gameplay session.
There are also two bug fixes included with the new PUBG PC patch, the first of which fixes an issue where your character could be "instantly stopped and adjusted." The second fix is for a problem where the way your character moved during a replay seemed off. These are minor but welcome changes, and it's good to see developer PUBG Corp. continue to release updates to address the feedback fans have been sending in.
In the developer's blog post announcing this patch, the studio also said it hopes to provide an update on what's next for PUBG in the near future. That's all PUBG Corp. had to say on the matter; we will report back when those details are announced.
PUBG is also available in early access on Xbox One. Despite not running as well on the console, the game recently surpassed 3 million players. The Xbox One version also received a new update recently that fixed bugs and made other performance improvements. Another update added extra control options and more.
With the new patch applied, every area in game now features level-scaling. Previously, this was only available in the Legion expansion, but now it's online for the full game. According to Blizzard, "This new scaling system greatly increases the amount of options you have when deciding where to quest and when to move on to the next zones." Additionally, corresponding dungeons are scaling as well, including the rewards you get from beating them.
As you may be aware, before this update, WoW's levelling system put beginning players in a starting zone from level 1-10 or thereabouts. After that, they'd move on to higher level area in certain level brackets. But now, as explained by Kotaku, the starting area now features level-scaling from level 1-20, and when you reach level 10, you can move to many other areas that range in level from 10-60. After that, new zones will be available every five levels. It's a little more involved than that, and you can see a thorough breakdown of the new level-scaling feature here at WoWhead.
Today's new WoW patch goes much further than just adding the new level-scaling system. It also makes the in-game S.E.L.F.I.E. camera easier to get and adds more filters for it. A new Battleground, Seething Shore, is also added, while there are some changes to WoW's various classes as well. You can see the full patch notes below, as posted on WoW's website.
Every zone in Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Outland, Northrend, Pandaria, and Draenor now use the level scaling system introduced in Legion. This new scaling system greatly increases the amount of options you have when deciding where to quest and when to move on to the next zone.
All corresponding dungeons and the rewards therein now scale as well.
A long-forgotten evil has awakened once more. Travel back in time with 10-30 other adventurers to cleanse Ulduar of Yogg-Saron’s evil influence. While you journey through this memorable Wrath of the Lich King raid, your character will be scaled to player level 80.
Your fate is sealed. The end of days is finally upon you and ALL who inhabit this miserable little seedling. Uulwi ifis halahs gag erh'ongg w'ssh.
Players who have completed Antorus, The Burning Throne will be summoned to your capital cities, from which you’ll travel to Silithus to investigate the strange events surrounding the impact of Sargeras’ blade. Look for this new questline upon logging in.
The Alliance and the Horde fight over a precious new resource, Azerite, in this new 10v10 battleground. Seething Shore is a king of the hill battleground where the first faction to collect ten pieces of Azerite from randomly spawned nodes, wins.
The Seething Shore will become available as the story in Silithus unfolds.
Arcanomancer Vridiel’s hard work has paid off, and he now offers a token that transforms into a random Legion legendary for your specialization, for 1000 Wakening Essences. Activities now award six times as many Wakening Essences as before, and you can also continue to come to Vridiel to upgrade the Legion legendary items you already have for the cost of 300 Wakening Essences.
Combat resurrections mechanics in Mythic Keystone dungeons now closely mirror how they function in a raid encounter. When you start a Mythic Keystone dungeon, you will begin with one charge, and accumulate additional charges every 10 minutes. All combat resurrection spells now share a single pool of charges to a maximum of 5 charges.
Holiday dungeons are now available to all players starting at level 20. Items that drop from these dungeons will scale to your current level. In addition, keep an eye out for new items in many upcoming holidays, such as new Lunar Festival hats and a sturdier Sturdy Love Fool.
Self-oriented photographers rejoice! Your S.E.L.F.I.E. camera is now easier to obtain, and it has new background filters. Selfie Cam Mark I is available at level 15 in Stormwind or Orgrimmar via a quest, and you can upgrade to the Mark II Selfie Cam after completing a new level 30 group quest.
We’ve also added the following backgrounds, but you’ll have to figure out how to unlock them.
Revealed during Blizzcon 2017, the next big map for Overwatch finally has a realease date: Blizzard World is set to arrive on January 23. The official Blizzard Twitter account is distributing tickets to the fictional theme park that you can download here, just in case you want to feel like you're going on an actual amusement park vacation. However, as we learned during last year's Blizzcon Overwatch interview, Blizzard World is not a real place that the company is secretly building--not yet anyway.
The Blizzard World Overwatch map has a theme park style with attractions modeled after various Blizzard properties, including Starcraft and Warcraft; you can check out our initial impressions after playing in it for the first time here. The map has been available on PTR since last year, but its move to the official game means it will finally be available for Xbox One and PS4 players to try out.
In addition to the new map, game director Jeff Kaplan mentioned recently that even more characters, maps, and events are on the way to Overwatch in 2018. And the next big event coming up is based around the Lunar New Year, which will likely launch around the time of the Chinese New Year on February 16.
And in other Overwatch news, the newly minted Overwatch League has officially begun. While we were at the event, we got to chat with Kaplan about the company's esports strategy. And you can keep up with the current teams' standings with our roundup of League results here.
Hollywood and TV all-star J.J. Abrams is writing a new TV show and is currently shopping it to networks, according to a report today from The Hollywood Reporter. The drama is reportedly set in space, focusing on a family's struggle from tragedy to a new dimension.
From THR: "Sources say the Abrams drama is about a family--consisting of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter--who all get into a terrible car crash. After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up transporting to another land amid a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world."
If the untitled new show gets made, it would mark Abrams' first return to TV since Fringe, which he created in 2008. Abrams is a huge name in TV, as he also co-created Felicity, Lost, and Alias. Recently, Abrams worked as an executive producer on HBO's Westworld and the upcoming Stephen King Hulu show Castle Rock.
Abrams' new show is now reportedly being shopped to networks, including HBO and Apple. It is unclear what other networks may be under consideration for the show. It sounds like it is still very early days, so there is also no indication as to when the show might premiere or who would star in it.
Abrams directed 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and was recently named the director Star Wars: Episode IX after Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow dropped out.
Genital Jousting, a multiplayer party game where you control a detached, flaccid penis complete with testicles and an anus, is now available in Australia and New Zealand.
The game first penetrated the United States and other parts of the world back in November 2016. However, Devolver Digital was worried that it might not clear Australia's ratings board, so it did not submit the game for a rating, according to Kotaku. Interestingly, the game does not appear in Australia's Classification Board database currently.
You can buy Genital Jousting right now on Steam Early Access for $5. It has a rock-hard 91 percent user rating after more than 2,700 reviews. The game will leave Early Access on January 18, at which time the price will rise to $7.
Genital Jousting includes a number of mini-games along with a story mode called "The Story of John." You play as John, a penis who is looking to find a date to take to his high school reunion. "He's wobbly, he's soft. But he wants to be hard. So very hard. He wants to show everyone his astounding rigidity," reads a line from the official description. "And with your help, that's exactly what he'll do."
Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ is almost here. The game recently had an open beta that will be available again before launch, and we recently showed off every super move. In the video above, you can see Easter eggs and every Dragon Ball Z-inspired finishing scene we've found so far.
These "Dramatic Scenes" recreate iconic moments from the series when certain stage, team, and fighting conditions are met. For example, landing the KO as Goku in a match against Frieza can trigger the famous Mighty Blast of Rage (or Angry Kamehameha) from the series.
Dragon Ball FighterZ follows a 3v3 format similar to more recent Marvel vs. Capcom games. It has a new story mode that seems to take place sometime after the Universe 6 Saga, and it introduces a brand-new character, Android 21.
Dragon Ball FighterZ releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 26. There are currently 24 fighters confirmed for launch, and the game will have a season pass that adds eight more characters to the roster post-launch. If you want to test your Dragon Ball knowledge, be sure to check out the History of Dragon Ball Games.
Diamond Select Toys has announced a new line of video game figures, this one based on NetherRealm's popular superhero fighting game, Injustice 2. Today, the toy company revealed the first three of its Injustice 2 Vinimates, which are scheduled to launch this summer.
The Vinimates figures stand four inches tall and sport a distinctive, blocky look. The initial batch will consist of three characters from Injustice 2: Batman, Harley Quinn, and Black Manta, each of which sports the attire and weapons they're equipped with in NetherRealm's title. Diamond Select Toys has shared the first images of each figure ahead of their release, which you can take a look at below.
Each of the Injustice Vinimates figures comes in a full-color window box and retails for $10. These aren't the only game-related figures from Diamond Select Toys; the company is also releasing a line of Vinimates based on Batman: Arkham Asylum. That line likewise consists of three figures--Batman, Harley Quinn, and the Joker--and launches later this year. You can see images of the Arkham Asylum Vinimates in their packaging above.
NetherRealm released the latest DLC character for Injustice 2, the Enchantress, earlier this month. She is the second character to arrive from Injustice 2's Fighter Pack 3, following Atom, who was added to the game back in December. The next fighters coming to Injustice 2 are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, though NetherRealm hasn't revealed when they'll be available.
Monster Hunter fans in the United States won't have to resort to importing if they want their PlayStation 4 to herald their love of the series. The new special-edition version of the PS4 Pro is officially coming to the US, Canada, and Europe alongside a new standalone version of the white PS4 Pro system in the former two countries.
Dubbed the Rathalos edition, the Monster Hunter World-themed console features the likeness of the Rathalos enemy on the top of the console in a subtle grey, along with red highlights. The top of the system also features the game's logo in gold, while the front is adorned with gold symbols. The system comes with a special red World controller, a physical copy of World, and some digital content. That includes a dynamic PS4 theme and two in-game bonuses: the Origin armor set and Fair Wind charm.
This package is priced at $450/£380, which is actually a slight discount if you were planning to pick up both a PS4 Pro and World. (The game features visual and performance enhancements when played on a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.) However, if you're interested, you'll only be able to pick it up at one retailer in the US, as it's a GameStop exclusive. Sony notes on the PlayStation Blog that quantities will be "very limited" when it launches on January 26, the same day as the game itself. There's no word on an AU release yet.
Alternatively, those in the market for a PS4 Pro will soon be able to pick up the Glacier White version of the system, which had been previously bundled with Destiny 2. Like the Rathalos bundle, this will be a GameStop exclusive in the US, where it will be available for the standard $400 later this month. In Canada, it will only be available through EB Games for $500 CAD. The color was already available in Europe.
The Rathalos bundle isn't the only exclusive for Monster Hunter fans on PS4. The PlayStation version of the game will also see exclusive content themed around Horizon: Zero Dawn, and it was the only console to see pre-release betas. One final Monster Hunter World beta is scheduled to take place later this month.
[UPDATE] Epic Games has clarified that vehicles and a new map could come to Fortnite: Battle Royale some day, though nothing is locked down as of yet.
"The team is focused right now on delivering the map update to players this week. While we have nothing to announce right now regarding vehicles or additional maps, the team dedicated to delivering all kinds of new content to players on a regular basis, and wouldn't rule anything out," a representative told GameSpot.
The original story is below.
Gears of War creator Epic Games' popular, stylized shooter/building game Fortnite has passed a new player milestone. More than 40 million people have downloaded the game as of January, the studio told Glixel. This is up 10 million from 30 million in December.
Epic wouldn't provide any details on how the 40 million downloads are spread between the paid Save the World version and the free PUBG-like Battle Royale mode. Whatever the case, 40 million is a massive figure, the likes of which many games never come close to reaching.
The interview covers other subjects as well such as under-the-hood improvements to make the game look and run better and more. You can read the full interview here at Rolling Stone.
Battle Royale's map is getting big new update this week on PS4, Xbox One, and PC that introduces new points of interests such as new named areas. Additionally, the map's biomes will be divided up more clearly with the aim of helping players distinguish them. "The swamp feels swampier, the mountains feel more mountain-y. Really, the different areas of the map feel more unique," he explained. For more on the changes, check out the embedded video above.
The critically acclaimed adventure game Night in the Woods is coming to Nintendo Switch, developer Infinite Fall announced on Twitter. The title is slated to arrive on Nintendo's console early next month, and it'll include new content from the game's definitive Weird Autumn edition.
Switch owners will be able to purchase Night in the Woods beginning February 1. Like other console versions, the game will run for $20. The Switch release also comes with the new side stories, dialogue, activities, and other content introduced in Weird Autumn, the director's cut-style update that released for other platforms last month. You can watch the first Switch trailer for Night in the Woods below.
Night in the Woods earned one of GameSpot's Editor Spotlight Awards for 2017. The game first launched to critical acclaim for PS4 and PC last February and was subsequently released for Xbox One this past December. Critic Kallie Plagge awarded the title a 9 out of 10 in GameSpot's Night in the Woods review.
"Both intensely personal and widely relatable, Night in the Woods doesn’t just tell a story--it gracefully captures complex, often unpleasant feelings and experiences," Plagge wrote. "From the quiet melancholy of doing nothing on a rainy day to the emotional vacuum of severe depression, I felt deeply, sometimes too deeply, while wandering through the cartoon-animal version of a small Midwestern town. Its witty writing and character development keep its crushing existential themes grounded, making Night in the Woods one of the most evocative games I’ve played in a long time."
A number of other acclaimed indie games are also coming to Nintendo Switch very soon. The gothic RPG Darkest Dungeon is slated to release on the Eshop this week. Meanwhile, the ultra-challenging platformer Super Meat Boy recently launched for the system and has been selling extremely well already.
There's still a few months before Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters. However, Disney and Lucasfilm have revealed the first bits of information about the upcoming Han Solo standalone movie, and it's something fans of the Star Wars franchise are going to want to pay close attention to.
The first synopsis of the film has been released. It reads, "Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes."
Not only is that synopsis the first actual description of the movie's plot, but it reveals that Han and Chewbacca won't be thick as thieves when the film begins. Instead, the audience will get to witness the first meeting between the scoundrel and the Wookiee that goes on to become his closest friend.
The relationship between Han Solo and Chewbacca is one thing fans of Star Wars never get tired of, so it's exciting to know Solo is going back to its roots. Given that Han will also be encountering Lando Calrissian, the movie will likely also feature the smuggler's first time on the Millennium Falcon--not to mention Han and Chewie's iconic race through the Kessel spice mines, which were previously teased.
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. They're joined by Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
The film will be directed by Ron Howard, who took over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller after they were removed from production during filming. Solo flies into theaters on May 25.
This is going to be a big year for the Walt Disney Company. In addition to the company working out an acquisition of 21st Century Fox, its film slate is already jam-packed with what will likely be some of the biggest films of the year.
Among those films are three new Marvel releases--Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Infinity War. In revealing their lineup of films in 2018, Disney has released new images from their upcoming Marvel releases, giving fans a little bit of excitement to keep them satiated until the movies actually hit theaters.
The images, which you can see above, include a shot previously seen in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. However, seeing it as a still gives away a lot of detail as the superheroes run into battle with the Wakandans. Among the questions you might have is where are Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers? What about Captain America's shield?
Based on his costume alone, this scene might be set before he's technically made an Avenger again. Beyond the shield, the iconic star from his chest is missing. At the very least, it's good to see War Machine back in action, as well as Hulk on Earth. With so many questions, you'll have to wait until Avengers: Infinity War arrives on May 4.
The new Ant-Man and the Wasp photo shows the movie's titular heroes in costume and ready for battle. This is the first time both heroes have been seen together, and it paints a very promising picture for the upcoming team-up. Ant-Man and the Wasp debuts on July 6.
Lastly, Black Panther's new photo shows King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), and Shuri (Letitia Wright). There's not much to glean from the photo, but it certainly seems like there's something interesting happening. Black Panther hits theaters on February 16.
Included with the Marvel photos are new looks at the films A Wrinkle in Time, The Incredibles 2, Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Wrecks the Internet, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, all of which will arrive in 2018. You can check them all out above.
Following the latest round of maintenance, a new update is now available for Destiny 2 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, while the new Faction Rally event is live. As expected, the hotfix patch doesn't make any sweeping changes, though it does make an important tweak for some players. Here's exactly what it does.
The patch notes consist of only a single sentence: "Players who do not own Curse of Osiris now have the ability to earn Season 2 rewards within Faction Rallies and Iron Banner." This was an expected adjustment, but it's nonetheless good news for anyone without the first DLC expansion, Curse of Osiris.
Bungie's plans for seasonal content were originally much different and would have required players to purchase DLC to continue accessing them. This resulted in a great deal of anger in December after the release of Curse of Osiris, when non-DLC players suddenly found they had access to less of the game than before. The month's Faction Rally event was canceled as Bungie worked to reverse course on how seasonal content would work. However, The Dawning went on as planned, albeit with all players allowed to participate.
As a result of that cancellation, we have not seen a Faction Rally or Iron Banner event since the start of Season 2, which began with Curse of Osiris's release. The first Season 2 Faction Rally is now underway, bringing with it new gear for players to earn. Season 2's first Iron Banner will begin later this month, on January 30.
Many other changes are on the way to Destiny 2 in the future, including a rework for mods and the addition of Masterwork armor. Bungie also intends to alter how Eververse microtransactions and Bright Engrams work, and it has plans for a variety of quality-of-life improvements.
Nintendo Switch owners may find themselves unable to use some of the console's online services for a few hours this week. Nintendo is performing maintenance on its servers over the next couple of days, which may affect your ability to play certain Switch, 3DS, and Wii U games online.
The first round of maintenance takes place today, January 16, and affects Switch's colorful online shooter, Splatoon 2. Servers will be taken offline at 4:50 PM PT / 7:50 PM ET and are scheduled to return roughly two hours later, at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET. During this time, Nintendo says "all network services" for the game will be unavailable, so you won't be able to participate in any online Turf Wars or Ranked matches until the maintenance period has concluded.
A second round of maintenance will follow tomorrow, January 17. That is scheduled to run approximately three hours, from 5 PM to 8 PM PT, and will affect "some network services" for unspecified Switch, Wii U, and 3DS titles. A final round of maintenance for Switch takes place on January 18, from 4:50 PM to 6:30 PM PT. It will likewise affect your ability to play certain titles online.
You can see this week's full maintenance schedule, courtesy of Nintendo's website, below. While Nintendo hasn't specified which games will be affected by the maintenance, it's safer to assume that online titles such as Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Pokken Tournament DX may also be impacted. Nintendo recently announced a DLC pack for the latter during last week's surprise Nintendo Direct, which will add two new Pokemon to the roster: Aegislash and Blastoise. For more news from the presentation, check out our roundup of all the new Switch games from the Nintendo Direct.
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Dark Souls Remastered is on its way for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and, as we learned at today's surprise Nintendo Direct event, it's also coming to Nintendo Switch. PS4 players in Japan have even more to look forward to; they'll be able to get their hands on a sleek-looking Dark Souls bundle.
The Dark Souls Trilogy box includes Dark Souls Remastered, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, and Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades Edition. It also comes with soundtracks for each of the games, knight and bonfire bookends, an encyclopedia, and a unique art set. It's due out in Japan on May 24 and will cost roughly $450, but hasn't been announced for any other regions at this time. Check it out in the image below, courtesy of the official Japanese website.
When it releases on May 25, Dark Souls' remaster will be playable in upscaled 4K resolution with 60FPS when playing on PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, or PC. 1080p resolution with 30FPS will also be available when playing the game on Nintendo Switch on a TV. The game will also support up to six players on multiplayer. You can read all about the announcement for PS4, Xbox One, and PC here.
In addition to the news about Dark Souls Remastered coming to Switch, you can catch up on all the other news and announcements from today's short Nintendo Direct presentation here, including the release date for Payday 2 on Switch as well as details for a free update to Super Mario Odyssey.
If you're a Xbox One Insider, you may be able to download a brand-new update. A Preview alpha build is now available for download for some players who take part in the Insiders Program, which allows players to test out new system and games features before they go live to all other players. Some new features will be available right away, with others rolling out over the next several weeks.
The biggest addition coming for Xbox Insiders is the Next Achievements feature in the guide. Now, those who test new features and games from Xbox One will be able sort a cross-games list of upcoming Achievements. This way, you can easily see which Achievements you're closest to and quickly launch the game to achieve them. You can also sort your Achievements by how rare they are.
Mini Game Hubs will also be available right in the guide, which means you'll be able to access game content from games you've recently played without having to leave the Game Hub itself. Mini Game Hubs allow you to easily see friends who are currently playing, upcoming Achievements, Looking for Group posts, and more.
There are also a few tweaks to social settings. A Do Not Disturb online status is coming, which will suppress notifications and let your friends know you're unavailable at the moment. Comments on community posts are also getting an adjustment, and soon you'll be able to peek at the most recent comment and see who has liked your comments. The Narrator is also now able to read large amounts of text.
The alpha build will also add additional inactivity shut down options to the power mode and the startup menu. You'll now be able to shut down the console after two, three, four, and five hours of inactivity. Some Insiders will also see "additional experimental features" to gauge interest and collect feedback on them.
Xbox is also investigating a series of issues and working out bug fixes, in this latest build, for the issues below:
Assassin's Creed Origins is about to get its first DLC expansion. Called The Hidden Ones, it will introduce several hours of new story along with side quests, events, and items. Ubisoft has now confirmed the expansion will release on January 23 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The Hidden Ones is a story-driven expansion that shares more about the growth of the Brotherhood. It takes place four years after the events of the main game in the Sinai, where players will clash with an occupying Roman force. The expansion increases the level cap to 45 and introduces two new legendary weapons, a new outfit, two new mounts, and multiple new weapons to the game. If you're a season pass owner, you can download the game at no extra cost. For others, the DLC will cost $10.
Ubisoft also revealed more information about Origins' second DLC, The Curse of Pharaohs. Unlike The Hidden Ones, Pharaohs will introduce a brand-new storyline, separate from the main game. This DLC will pit players against famous pharaohs and Egyptian beasts, and tasks you with investigating the cause of a curse that has brought the dead back to life. The expansion will come with new outfits, gear, and weapons, all themed around classic Egyptian mythology, and will raise the level cap to 55. The Curse of Pharaohs releases on March 6, and if you don't have the season pass it will cost you $20.
In addition to the two DLC expansions, Ubisoft has also announced a new mode, called Discovery Tour, which will allow players to learn more about Ancient Egypt without the pressure of quests or combat. It's designed specifically as an educational experience, and it'll let you see the entire world at your own pace. It releases on February 20 and will also cost $20. Meanwhile, a new patch was released today that improves the behavior of tamed animals and allows you to sell back outfits.
It's a big day for Destiny 2, with the first Faction Rally of Season 2 kicking off. Before that happens, though, a new hotfix is set to arrive, the launch of which coincides with maintenance. Servers for the game are offline as Bungie prepares to launch the new update. Here are the details on how long it will take and when the game will come back online. [Update: Maintenance is now complete, and Destiny 2 servers are back up with the Faction Rally event and new gear.]
As announced last week, this maintenance period will follow the standard pattern for Destiny 2. The process began at 8 AM PT meaning no one can now sign into the game. At 9 AM PT, everyone who was already online will be booted offline. Maintenance is expected to run until 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET / 8 PM GMT (7 AM AET on Wednesday, January 17), by which time you should be able to download and install the new hotfix. Specific timing could always change, but we'll update this story with any word from Bungie.
Patch notes for the hotfix have not been shared, but it deals primarily with unlocking seasonal content for all owners of the game. Previously, Bungie intended to lock things like Faction Rallies to those who owned the latest DLC, but anger from fans caused the developer to reverse that decision. The Faction Rally planned for December was canceled and will now launch today with new gear.
Bungie recently made some major announcements for Destiny 2. In addition to the return of Faction Rally and Iron Banner (the next instance of which begins on January 30), it outlined a wide variety of changes and improvements coming to the game. That includes the release of Masterwork armor and an overhauled mod system, a revamp to how Eververse and Bright Engrams are handled, and qualify-of-life changes. The studio also made it clear what content is free versus paid going forward.
If you're in need of new shows and movies to stream this week, Netflix is ready. The streaming service is adding quite a bit of content for the week, including your first taste of 2018 Winter Olympics programming.
While the Olympics don't kick off until February 9, NBC is debuting a two-part special, 2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold. The specials--which are available now--will only be streaming for a limited time, getting removed from Netflix at the conclusion of the games. In them, you'll get to know the athletes on Team USA and their stories leading into the Olympics.
If the winter games aren't something you're interested in, though, there's still plenty to watch on Netflix. New seasons of Friday Night Tykes, Grace and Frankie, and Trolls: The Beat Goes On all arrive this week, along with movies like Dallas Buyers Club and Wild Hogs.
There's plenty more arriving on Netflix this week, which you can see below. Additionally, you can take a look at everything coming and going on the streaming service in January.
The Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature, introduced in November 2015, lets you play original Xbox and Xbox 360 games on the current-gen console. But what games are available? We've rounded them all up--and we'll continue to update this post as new games are made available to the extensive list. More are added regularly, although new original Xbox games will be less common. [Updated January 16 with three more games]
New titles are bolded
New titles are bolded
Don't see your favorite game here? Microsoft has said it is holding discussions with all major publishers and developers to possibly bring their games to the program. However, the decision about whether or not a game is added to the lineup ultimately comes down to individual publishers. There's no guarantee everything will eventually be added.
What do you make of the lineup so far? And what games would you like to see added in the future? Let us know in the comments below!
It's been a quiet period for new additions to the Xbox One's backwards compatibility library. Following a number of additions in November, Microsoft's BC team took a break for the holidays, leaving us without any new titles for several weeks. Now, the first new releases of the year have arrived, with several more Xbox 360 games now being playable on Xbox One.
There are three new arrivals in all. The most noteworthy of the bunch is Far Cry 2, the excellent open-world first-person shooter. It's joined by another shooter, Sniper Elite V2, and racing game Driver: San Francisco, which is the most recent entry in the Driver series.
All three are now playable on Xbox One. If you own a physical disc, you can simply pop that into the system to begin playing. Digital copies can be found in the Ready to Download area of the My Games and Apps section on the console, or you can buy the games directly through the Xbox Store. As it happens, Far Cry 2 is among the Xbox games on sale this week.
Nearly 150 games were added to the backwards compatibility list last year, including the first original Xbox games. Those are not expected to be added as frequently as Xbox 360 games; the next batch is due out sometime this spring. There's no set schedule for new Xbox 360 games, but in the past we've typically seen additions come no more than a week apart. For a look at what's already playable, check out our list of all the Xbox One backwards compatible games.