VR developer Polyarc--creators of the successful storybook adventure Moss--has announced the game"s sequel, Moss Book II, will be launching next spring on all virtual reality headsets.
The sequel to 2018"s VR adventure was first announced during a PlayStation State of Play event on July 8, leading the broadcast with a short reveal trailer. Polyarc has since released some behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube detailing the game"s development, from the hero Quill"s animation to the game"s environmental design.
The trailer revealing the announcement shows the mousy hero Quill traveling deeper into the castle where her uncle was held at the end of the first game. The game"s story, according to the official press release, will see Quill hunted by a «winged tyrant» throughout the story, though «Quill has a plan of her own, one that could finally end the merciless rule of the Arcane and save the world from a great unmaking.»
Actor Sarah Snook (Succession) will reportedly take over the lead role Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid"s Tale) was originally set to play in the upcoming horror-thriller Run Rabbit Run, according to Deadline. Moss has had to step down due to a scheduling conflict.
Via IMDb, the film"s synopsis is as follows: «[Snook] plays a fertility doctor who believes firmly in life and death, but after noticing the strange behavior of her young daughter, must challenge her own values and confront a ghost from her past.» Additional casting for Run Rabbit Run has yet to be revealed. Pre-production is expected to move forward this month, ahead of upcoming filming to take place in Victoria and South Australia.
Novelist Hannah Kent wrote the script based on an original idea developed with Carver Films, with Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw from that company set to produce. XYZ Films will executive produce alongside 30West, and executive producers Deanne Weir and Olivia Humphrey.
The latest set of drivers for Nvidia"s graphics cards are here, improving Halo Infinite and preparing users" hardware for Icarus, the upcoming co-op survival title from DayZ creator Dean Hall"s studio, RocketWerkz.
Halo Infinite"s improvements come along with new optimal settings in GeForce Experience for Inscryption, Farming Simulator 22, Crab Game, and Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. While what"s being changed in users" GeForce Experience settings isn"t entirely clear, the result should be a frame rate boost for each game.
While getting more frames per second in Halo Infinite is exciting, the bulk of Nvidia"s latest driver update is dedicated to Icarus. The survival title, which sends players on missions to the surface of an alien planet to scrounge for resources, will benefit from DLSS as well as a new piece of tech from Nvidia.
GTA Online«s weekly bonuses, posted over on Rockstar Newswire, cover a gamut of activities, from extra rewards in Gunrunning Sell Missions to the fun hunters vs. runners Top Fun missions. To even participate in the Gunrunning event, players need to first own a Bunker--and this week there"s an oh-so-convenient 40% discount on Bunker properties, as well as all upgrades and modifications.
And then, after you possess a Bunker, you can expand your operations by buying a Mobile Operation Center. It comes with an exclusive set of missions, and if you complete any one of them this week, rewards will be paid out in double. If you don"t already own one, Mobile Operation Centers and their assorted bells and whistles are also discounted at 40% this week. See below for a full list of which events will get you extra rewards.
Weekly Extra Rewards
- Extra 50% GTA$ and RP on Gunrunning Sell Missions
- 3X GTA$ and RP on Bunker Series
- 2X GTA$ and RP on Mobile Operations Missions
- 2X GTA$ and RP on Top Fun
- 2X Rep on all LS Car Meet Races
Placing Top 5 across 12 different Pursuit and Street races will get you a free Emperor Vectre, a sports car based on the real-life Lexus RC F. The Karin Sultan Classic, Obey Tailgater S, and Übermacht Cypher are also available to try on the Test Track.
One Halo Infinite player has accidentally discovered that you can use the game"s Skewer weapon to bounce shots off man cannons.
ManiacalZManiac, the player who discovered the new trick, shared the gameplay clip to the Halo subreddit, saying, «TIL the Skewer is affected by mancannons.» The 21-second-video shows the player reloading the weapon with the intention of firing it at an enemy across from them, but their aim seemed to hit the map"s man cannon ramp instead, which then propelled the Skewer shot to hit the enemy player directly.
The Halo Infinite player even earned the kill as the player board indicates, suggesting that this technique was intentional on 343 Industries" part. The video also shows off a few more angles of the kill, showing the Skewer hit the player in the head in a perfect arch.
As part of a major studio shake-up EA announced today, EA has signaled an intent to create a «connected Battlefield universe.» The recently launched Battlefield 2042 isn"t going anywhere, but the publisher plans to expand on the franchise in a big way. Much as Activision has complemented its annual Call of Duty releases with CoD Mobile and Warzone, it sounds as if EA wants to increase Battlefield"s prominence, and that could include new games from studios including Ripple Effect.
Speaking with GameSpot, Vince Zampella--the Respawn co-founder who is now also overseeing the Battlefield franchise--explained that the intent here is not to replace 2042, but to create a «connected Battlefield universe.»
«This is an „And“ strategy in many ways,» he said. «We will continue to evolve and grow Battlefield 2042, and we"ll explore new kinds of experiences and business models along the way that we can add to that foundation to provide an awesome array of experiences for our players. In this universe, the world is interconnected with shared characters and narrative. This universe is also built with our community as we harness the power of Portal and user generated content that puts creativity in the hands of our players.»
Electronic Arts is making major changes to its development structure as it focuses on growing and expanding the Battlefield series following what has been a challenging launch for Battlefield 2042.
The future-set military shooter launched in November and was swiftly criticized for a lack of features found in previous games and for its many bugs, some of which--including the infamous «unable to load persistence data» bug--prevented users from playing entirely. Perhaps the biggest change being announced today is EA is formally announcing the creation of a Battlefield universe that will seemingly span multiple games and offerings, which will be developed by different studios across North America and Europe.
Additionally, DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson is leaving the company to pursue a new endeavor outside of EA. The shake-up also includes Respawn"s Vince Zampella taking on a bigger role as the new overall boss of the Battlefield franchise, while Halo designer Marcus Lehto is building a new development team in Seattle focused on injecting more storytelling into the Battlefield universe. Ripple Effect, the developer of Battlefield 2042"s Portal mode, is developing a new Battlefield experience in the Battlefield 2042 universe.
A Fortnite Chapter 3 teaser trailer has leaked online ahead of this weekend"s Chapter 2 finale event, and the contents of the brief trailer seem to confirm the fan theories that have been swirling for weeks now. Below you"ll find a link to the trailer, but we should stress that spoiler-sensitive players should be wary of watching it. Though it"s just a few seconds long, it seems to reveal part of the outcome of the Chapter 2 finale that will happen on December 4.
The teaser was first discovered by @cooper17571967 who said they came across the ad on TikTok. It was then shared to a much larger audience by prominent Fortnite content creator and dataminer iFireMonkey, who confirmed its validity due to the origins of the video pointing back to a private dumping grounds Epic apparently uses to stash forthcoming marketing materials.
We"re sharing iFireMonkey"s post because he ensured it would not auto-play by linking out to it in his tweet, rather than embedding it directly. This is your final spoiler warning. The video and the rest of this article will include specific details regarding what"s shown in the teaser.
The Halo Infinite campaign is just around the corner, and while players have already been diving into its free-to-play multiplayer for a few weeks, it’s the campaign that serves as the focus in many players' minds. With the Halo campaign drawing nearer, you may be wondering which console presentation mode for Halo Infinite, quality versus performance, is right for you. That is, of course, a matter of opinion, but as the game doesn’t expressly say what each mode allows for, we’re here to fill in the details. Here’s everything you need to know about Halo Infinite presentation, the latest in the years-long conundrum of quality versus performance modes.
Halo Infinite quality mode
If you plan on taking on the Banished in quality mode, your results will vary according to the platform on which you’re playing the game. On Xbox Series X, quality mode will get you up 60 frames per second and a dynamic 4K resolution. If you’re on Series S, however, your visual experience will take a dip in both regards. There you’ll max out around 1080p and 30 frames per second according to Digital Foundry's tech tests.
Halo Infinite performance mode
If you’d rather play on performance mode, you’ll sacrifice a bit of resolution, with the game dropping to 1080p, in favor of a crisper 120 frames per second on Series X. Keep in mind, though, that your TV must also support 120 frames per second gameplay in order for you to experience it. Series S performance mode does manage to hit 60 frames per second too, so you’ll still have the option for that smoother experience on the small white speaker-looking console.
The second content season of Viking co-op survival action-RPG Tribes of Midgard is bearing down on players like Ragnarok, bringing a whole host of new changes when it drops on December 14. The new season marks the start of a new chapter in the game and brings a new boss for players to take on and a new biome to explore. Oh, and you can finally swim in the game, too.
The new season, dubbed Serpent Saga, will expand the game in much the same way the first season did, with players working their way across the biomes and completing tasks before challenging a new boss. Fenrir, the boss of the game"s first season, Wolf Saga, is still in the game, however--and if you want to really push yourself, you can try to defeat both massive monsters in the same session.
Alongside the launch of a major new update for Battlefield 2042, EA has spoken a bit about what"s next for the game. That includes the launch of a new map and specialist, which will hit next year, as well as time-limited 64-player modes for PC and new-gen consoles.
Following the third update that launches today, a new patch is planned to arrive for Battlefield 2042 later in December. But it"s next year that will bring with it a slate of new content, including a map called Exposure. While we didn"t get any specific details about its setting or what it will involve, EA tells GameSpot that it will be something special by saying it «tak[es] map design to a whole new level.» Just what that means is anyone"s guess at this point.
2022 will see the launch of the game"s first live season, and we"ll also be getting a new specialist, weapons, gadgets, and vehicles. Over the course of the year, we"ll get multiple seasons, each with its own set of new content. Further specifics have not been shared, and we don"t yet know the release schedule for any of this.
It"s been a big couple of weeks for Marvel"s Avengers, as the game recently added Spider-Man to its roster and a new high-level Raid activity. New content means new bugs, but a fresh patch was uploaded this week by developer Crystal Dynamics… which seems to have caused a few more issues in the superhero sandbox.
According to Crystal Dynamics, Marvel’s Avengers update 2.2 will load the game"s marketplace correctly for players who already purchased the Hawkeye or Civil War Starter packs, and players on non-PlayStation platforms will no longer receive bugged comics that causes the game to crash.
The developer has also highlighted several issues that players might have, such as the loss of resources and in-game currency for anyone who hasn"t logged in since the 2.2 release of Marvel"s Avengers. In the Klaw Raid, there are also reports of attack indicators not being displayed when the Klaw uses his beam attack.
For the second time this year, Dwayne «The Rock» Johnson has teased his involvement in Fortnite, and this time he"s all but confirmed he is the man behind the mask--and the voice--of The Foundation, one of the most important characters in Fortnite lore.
The Rock took to social media to make what may have been a run-of-the-mill video from the superstar. On the surface, it was nothing but an ad for his energy drink, ZOA, but Fortnite fans saw it differently. Inside The Rock"s fridge was the unmistakable mask of The Foundation, one of Fortnite"s mysterious Seven, a group of apparent meta-humans that are diametrically opposed to the Imagined Order, the game"s supposed villainous faction.
THE ROCK WITH A FOUNDATION HELMET, AND DONALD REPOSTED IT pic.twitter.com/D4gr7gezrk— HYPEX (@HYPEX) December 2, 2021
Also in the video on his table is a prop sci-fi gun that looks like something The Foundation may holster. The Rock also mentions a «Zero Point,» the life-creating energy source at the heart of the Fortnite island, and several times in the video, the camera spins upside-down--a likely nod to the Chapter 3 «flipside» theme that has been mentioned by some leakers.
With its third major update, Battlefield 2042 was supposed to become a more stable game, not one with more game-breaking bugs. But according to a post from the Battlefield Direct Communication Twitter account, as well as multiple users on Reddit, some players on PC have been unable to make horizontal mouse inputs since downloading the patch. Simply put, it means they can"t even look both ways before crossing the street.
We"ve noticed some players on PC aren"t able to use horizontal mouse input after Update #3 went live— Battlefield Direct Communication (@BattlefieldComm) December 2, 2021
Restore default settings by removing «PROFSAVE» files in My Documents > Battlefield 2042 > Settings to keep playing
Be aware this resets all your in-game settings pic.twitter.com/XCVcMt0Stj
Naturally, being unable to look left or right in Battlefield 2042, as it would in any game, is completely ruining the experience for some players on PC. That being said, there is a fix for the bug, but players will have to be willing to lose all of their in-game settings to implement it.
To re-enable horizontal inputs on PC, players have to navigate to My Documents, Battlefield 2042, Settings, in their file directory and delete their «PROFSAVE» files. Removing these will restore the game to its default settings, which also means losing any custom keybinds players may have set. However, according to the fan-run Twitter account Battlefield Bulletin, players only have to delete a set number of lines in one file.
While HBO is moving forward with a new Game of Thrones prequel show, House of the Dragon for release in 2022, one of its earlier ideas was canceled. Now it"s been revealed how much HBO spent on one of the earlier projects: $ 30 million. That"s how much HBO spent to film the pilot for a show apparently based on the Long Night and Age of Heroes starring Naomi Watts.
In the new book, Tinderbox: HBO"s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers, former WarnerMedia chairman Bob Greenblatt spoke about the canceled prequel and revealed its price tag.
«They had spent over $ 30 million on a Game of Thrones prequel pilot that was in production when I got there,» Greenblatt said, as reported by IGN. «And when I saw a cut of it in a few months after I arrived, I said to [HBO boss Casey Bloys], „This just doesn"t work, and I don"t think it delivers on the promise of the original series.“ And he didn"t disagree, which actually was a relief.»
Need for Speed may have made a mild cinematic debut back in 2014, but it almost made its way to television screens in the mid-2000s, according to former producer Craig Lieberman.
On his YouTube channel, Lieberman detailed how after he was employed as a consultant on Need For Speed: Underground at EA, he pitched a reality TV series to the company based on the popular racing game franchise. Lieberman"s idea was to pit several teams against one another in challenges that were inspired by the games, with each squad of contestants being responsible for assembling their own vehicles that would be used in these events.
According to Lieberman, one idea was for teams to compete in a timed lap challenge, and then move on to a segment where a panel of judges would vote on their cars and performance. To tie into the release of Need for Speed: Underground, members from each time would go head-to-head in in-game races.
Battlefield 2042 will celebrate the holidays with new skins themed around Santa Claus, it appears. The new skins seemingly leaked early and have now been removed for all to see, but not before people on social media captured images and shared them.
As you can see, some of the upcoming weekly mission rewards will give players the opportunity to unlock the «Big Nic» tank skin with reindeer on it, the «Little Blitzen» helicopter skin, and the big ticket item, a «Father Winter» skin that lets you become Santa with a machine gun. Check out these skins and more in the images below.
(@BFBulletin) December 2, 2021
New skins added to Battlefield 2042. pic.twitter.com/TICZfst4io— BravoIntel (@bravoINTEL) December 2, 2021
With the holiday season coming up, it"s expected that Battlefield 2042 and other games will get in the festive spirit with special skins, modes, and events, so keep checking back for more.
Halo Infinite"s Sniper Rifle is a very, very powerful weapon, and a new video that has gone viral shows just how much stopping power the ranged weapon has.
In a new clip uploaded by @sakanayalugang on Twitter, a total of 23 Spartans stand in a line and await their fate. As it turns out, the Sniper Rifle is strong enough to kill all of them in one headshot. The downed players rag-doll backwards as the points rack up. This gives the player a massive multi-kill that likely couldn"t be replicated as easily in any other way. Check it out below (via GamesRadar):
The Halo franchise is known for its «sandbox» nature that allows for these types of moments to happen. The sandbox has also led to some fantastic top plays and neat Mythbusters videos. Presumably players have only just begun to scratch the surface of what"s possible in Halo Infinite. When the Forge tools arrive in 2022, things are poised to get even more extreme.
Actress Scarlett Johansson spoke in an interview about the value of knowing your own worth in the wake of her lawsuit against Disney over Black Widow. The case was settled earlier this year, with Johansson reportedly getting a $ 40 million payout after the two sides went back and forth. Johansson"s legal team reportedly asked for $ 100 million in total payments for Black Widow.
«I think it"s important in general to know your own worth and stand up for yourself. In this industry, I"ve been working for such a long time, it"s been almost 30 years. There is so much that has shifted over those 30 years,» she told the Associated Press. «Sometime before maybe you would feel, „Oh, gosh, if I stand up for myself I might never work again or I might be blacklisted in some way.“ Thankfully, that"s changing in the zeitgeist. And honestly, I think that happening in an industry as huge and universal as the entertainment industry is really important…»
«Know your worth and stand up for yourself.» Scarlett Johansson speaks out at an @am_cinematheque event honoring her nearly two months after settling her lawsuit against Disney over her «Black Widow» pay. pic.twitter.com/d76WV0aesM— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) December 1, 2021
Avengers co-director Joe Russo commented on the settling of the lawsuit, saying it"s good news overall because, in part, it highlights how there is a «significant change» going on now in the film business with respect to how talent gets paid.