New World"s latest update brings some major changes to the endgame of Amazon"s MMORPG, most notably in the form of Expedition Mutators.
Using Mutated Expedition Orbs, which can be crafted or purchased from faction vendors, players can attempt more challenging versions of Expeditions with different modifiers each week, with extra powerful rewards on the line. Players will be scored on their performance, with number of kills, wipes, and completion time all factoring into the equation. Higher scores means access to higher difficulties and better rewards.
Going hand-in-hand with Expedition Mutators is the new Umbral Shard upgrade system. By gaining Umbral Shards from Mutated Expeditions, players can raise the max gear score of their equipment up to 625. Players can also earn Umbral Shards from opening Gypsum casts or crafting 600 gear score items, as long as that player has reached 600 Expertise in the corresponding item slot.
Are you looking to bring your Xbox Series X|S with you on your next scuba diving expedition? Or maybe you"re an avid rock climber who wants their beloved Series X to see the top of Half Dome. If so, you"ll want to check out the ultra-expensive Nanuk 938 Waterproof Hard Case--which clocks in at a cool $ 377.
To be fair, the ridiculously priced case does come with some impressive features. The entire thing is IP67 rated to be waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. There"s even a fancy «automatic purge valve» that equalizes pressure when traveling by plane, so your Xbox"s ears don"t pop. How thoughtful.
The popular battle royale game PUBG recently changed business models and became a free-to-play game. That switch proved to be very successful, with developer Krafton announcing today that the game saw a 486% increase in new players in the week after the switch to free-to-play.
That outpaces the player growth rate from back when PUBG initially launched in 2017. Krafton also announced that the growth rate for new players was higher, at 537%, in places like the Commonwealth of Independent States, Southeast Asia, and South America.
At its peak, PUBG reached 690,000 total «active» players on Steam as part of the transition, Krafton said. Not only are more people playing PUBG now following the business model switch, but the average playtime jumped by more than 100% on PC and console compared to the week before the change. And for PlayStation specifically, PUBG saw a 400% increase in average playtime, Krafton said.
Developer Rebellion has published a new cinematic trailer for Sniper Elite 5 and shared new details on a multiplayer mode that lets players invade others" games to try to take them out.
The new mode is appropriately titled «Invasion.» Players can drop into another person"s campaign and become an Axis sniper trying to hunt them down. «The invading Axis Sniper will have the sole aim to eliminate the player while the Allied Sniper will gain an extra objective: take out the invader,» reads a line from its description. It sounds reminiscent of Deathloop"s PvP.
Invasion mode is also supported in co-op, so multiple players can work together to try to take out the Axis sniper before they succeed. Axis snipers who successfully take down their targets will get bonuses, including weapons, items, and skins, while Allied snipers who take out the Axis enemy will get bonuses, too.
Only a few more days remain until Pokemon Legends: Arceus arrives on Nintendo Switch, and ahead of its launch, Nintendo has released a new trailer that teases the final evolutions of the starter Pokemon you"ll collect.
If you"ve been playing Pokemon games for a few years, you likely know exactly what each of these adorable little pocket monsters will eventually transform into. Rowlet"s first evolution gives it a stylish coif when it changes into Dartrix at level 36, and its final transformation turns it into thea hybrid Ghost and Grass-type archer Decidueye once it reaches level 34.
Cyndaquil evolves into Quilava at level 14, and from there it can assume its final form of Typhlosion from level 36. Lastly, Oshawatt changes into the adorable form of Dewott from level 17 and then eventually evolves into the burly Samurott at level 36.
There are a whole bunch of Star Wars projects in the works, including several movies and streaming series, but they all pale in comparison to the vast number of Star Wars video games on the horizon. From multiple publishers and across multiple genres, the current slate of Star Wars games is extensive and should have something for both longtime fans and younger players looking to get into the Star Wars universe. These are all the Star Wars games announced right now.
Star Wars Jedi sequel
One of the most anticipated Star Wars games in the works, the Star Wars Jedi sequel is being developed by Respawn Entertainment and directed by Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order lead Stig Asmussen. The previous game was a major success for the studio, despite eschewing modern conventions by being single-player and containing no microtransactions. According to Bloomberg"s Jason Schreier, it could be coming as soon as this year.
Respawn"s Star Wars FPS
Announced alongside the Star Wars Jedi sequel, a new first-person shooter Star Wars game is also coming from Respawn Entertainment. Not much has been revealed about this game yet, but we do know Peter Hirschmann will serve as director. He previously worked on a huge number of Star Wars games, including the original LucasArts Battlefront titles, multiple Lego Star Wars games, and The Force Unleashed, as well as shooters like Metal of Honor and Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection releases on PlayStation 5 this week, and Sony has now clarified a key detail about it--and it"s good news. Your PS4 game saves for Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy will carry over to the new PS5 bundle, along with your Trophies.
A FAQ confirms this and explains how it works. Players need to select «Story, Import Game from PS4» from the menu to important save data/Trophies to PS5. So if you started Uncharted 4 or Lost Legacy and never finished, you can pick up right where you left off in Legacy of Thieves for PS5.
People who already own Uncharted 4, The Lost Legacy, or The Lost Legacy Digital Bundle can upgrade to the Legacy of Thieves digital version for $ 10 when it releases on January 28. Additionally, those who buy or upgrade to The Legacy of Thieves Collection from the PlayStation Store will get a free ticket to see the Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland. This offer is good until February 3, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT. The movie arrives February 18.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0, the best-selling manga and recent winner of Crunchyroll"s Anime of the Year, will be hitting the big screen for one night only. Crunchyroll announced that Jujutsu Kaisen 0 will hit over 1,500 theaters on March 18 in the United States and Canada, with tickets going on sale on February 25. Following that, the highly anticipated movie will head to the United Kingdom as well as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and France with CRG events. To check when the movie is headed to you, check out Crunchyroll Movie Night for more information.
Created by Gege Akutami, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 tells the story of shy student Yuta Okkotsu, who finds himself under the guidance of the mysterious Satoru Gojo after being haunted by the curse of his childhood friend. Akutami wrote the series with no specific theme in mind, but simply wanted to write and draw cool-looking characters. They are often supported only by two editors while writing the series.
Akutami is a bit of a mystery, having never revealed their face to the public as well as their real name since they use a pen name. They will make their first television debut, but it will be under cosplay. The film debuted in Japan in late December and debuted at number one. The voice cast includes the legendary Megumi Ogata (Gridman the Hyper Agent, Cardcaptor Sakura) as Yuta Okkotsu and singer Kana Hanazawa (Princess Jellyfish) voicing Rika Orimoto.
The Fortnite 19.10 January 25 patch hopes you"re hungry, because it"s bringing you hot and fresh pizza straight out of the oven. The new Pizza Party item will now appear during battle royale matches, letting you throw your squad an impromptu pizza party right on the island.
Each box can be thrown a la the Shield Keg, instantly producing eight slices of Slurpshroom Pizza. When eaten, slices will heal players up to 100 health and 50 shields. Be mindful of where you throw your party, however, because once the pizza is placed on the island, it can"t be moved. The new Pizza Party items can be found in chests and supply crates, dropped by Loot Llamas, and randomly appear on the ground as loot. Also, the Tomatohead NPC in the newly revealed Tilted Towers has Pizza Party boxes for sale, so visit him if you need a quick bite.
Pizza Party joins tornadoes and the aforementioned Tilted Towers as some the biggest additions to the game since Chapter 3 began. The delicious new item also happens to be the favorite food of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who are rumored to be coming to Fortnite"s island as part of a deal with Paramount. Is this a signal of things to come? We"ll have to wait and see.
Electronic Arts has announced major plans to create more Star Wars games, with its studios and partners developing three new games, including a sequel to Jedi Fallen Order, an FPS, and a strategy title. Respawn is overseeing the development of all three games.
Respawn game director Stig Asmussen is working on the next entry in the Star Wars Jedi series, following the success of Jedi Fallen Order. Another game is a first-person shooter, with Peter Hirschmann as its game director. The third game is a strategy title from the newly established studio Bit Reactor. Respawn is producing this title, with Bit Reactor handling the development.
According to reporter Jason Schreier, the new Jedi game might be released as soon as later this year, while the other two titles are reportedly «many years away.» Indeed, in EA"s own press release, it called on developers to apply to the company"s open positions to work on the new Star Wars games.
Nvidia might be relinquishing its efforts to acquire chip maker Arm after facing numerous hurdles presented by regulators, according to a new report.
A Bloomberg report cites sources in Nvidia that are privy to the company"s plans to abandon the $ 40 billion acquisition. Nvidia announced plans to purchase Arm from current owners SoftBank in September 2020, expecting the deal to close within 18 months. As that deadline looms, Nvidia seems no closer to making the deal stick thanks to strong opposition from the FTC. The report states that Nvidia has already begun informing partners that the deal will not close.
The FTC announced last year that it was suing Nvidia over the acquisition, citing anti-competitive concerns. Arm supplies chip designs to numerous companies, including Nvidia competitors AMD and Intel. Its chip designs are also used in large server installations rolled out by Microsoft and Amazon, each of which could consider Nvidia a competitor as it accelerates efforts into machine-learning for industrial use. This makes the acquisition tricky for Nvidia, who are attempting to make the case that it will not interfere with competition.
Fight Club, the cult classic film that briefly convinced an entire generation to give shirtless bare-knuckle boxing a go, has been released online in China through the streaming site Tencent Video. Like all western exports, the film has been edited so that it can gain approval from China"s notoriously strict government and its censors.
Spoilers for a film that"s two decades old, below
One of the major changes to Fight Club--which also starred the late Meat Loaf--occurs right at the end, as Tyler Durden"s «death» has been removed and a happier conclusion has been added. If you forgot how the film ended, here"s the clip of Edward Norton"s nameless character standing next to Helena Bonham Carter"s Marla Singer, with the two watching as numerous buildings are destroyed as part of Durden"s plan to abolish consumerism. All to the tune of one of the best songs from alt-rock band The Pixies:
For the version released in China, the film cuts out the scene of the buildings exploding and adds on-screen text that reveals that Project Mayhem was successfully foiled by the cops, while Durden himself was captured and eventually sent to prison.
Peacemaker actor Chukwudi Iwuji is teaming up with writer-director James Gunn once again for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3., and now he has teased more about his part in the film.
Iwuji told The Hollywood Reporter that his character is «extremely powerful» and also «complex.»
"He"s certainly one of, if not the most complex characters we"ve seen in the freaking Marvel universe. So he"s deeply complex and deeply powerful, and I hope intriguing. I hope I bring that to it," the actor said.
After starring in the video game movies Doom and Rampage (and the video game-adjacent Jumanji films), Dwayne «The Rock» Johnson is gearing up for another video game movie.
He told Men"s Journal that he"s not allowed to say what the game is, but fans can expect an announcement sometime in 2022.
«I can"t tell you which game in particular we"re doing, but there will be an announcement this year,» The Rock said (via GamesRadar). «We"re going to bring one of the biggest, most badass games to the screen--one that I"ve played for years. I"m really excited to bring it to fans around the world. Of course we"re going to do right by our gamer friends--but really we"re just going to make a great movie.»
It"s time to return to The Matrix once again--again--and if you were holding out for a physical edition of The Matrix Resurrections, then you won"t have to wait much longer. Last year"s sequel to the hit sci-fi film series will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on March 8, but if you"re feeling impatient, you can also grab it via premium digital ownership on January 25.
The 4K and Blu-ray release contain the lion"s share of bonus content though, which includes numerous behind-the-scenes featurettes and sharper picture quality.
For those of you who plan to get the regular DVD release, you"ll be able to access the film and a single bonus featurette--Welcome to IØ--on that older format. If you missed the film when it came out last year, then you"ll be pleased to know that it"s a polarizing return to the franchise that"s weird, psychedelic, and still knows kung-fu. Just like all good Matrix films should be.
Greg Daniels has clarified the reports about an upcoming King of the Hill revival, telling fans to temper their expectations--the show isn"t confirmed to be happening yet. That being said, Daniels went on to say that the current plan, should the show get made, is to pick up the story 15 years after the finale.
Daniels told Collider of the show"s prospects, «We don"t have a deal to do it. I"m not exactly sure if we phrased it wrong, maybe, but it"s still not 100%.»
Daniels went on to say that no contracts have been signed yet for the new King of the Hill, and timing is also an issue. Daniels and co-creator Mike Judge are very busy at their new production company Bandera, with multiple other big projects in the works.
The Dan Brown TV series The Lost Symbol has been canceled at Peacock after one season. The streaming network has announced that the drama is not going return for a second season.
In a statement to Deadline, Peacock said, «We were so proud to bring this action-packed mystery thriller to our members and enjoyed watching this compelling series unfold with a satisfying, complete story.»
The sequel to Netflix"s very popular Adam Sandler movie, Murder Mystery, has been announced. Joining Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in the sequel will be a long list of big names.
The ensemble cast for the sequel includes Mark Strong, Melanie Laurent, Jodie Turner-Smith, Kuhoo Verma, Enrique Arce, Tony Goldwyn, Annie Mumolo, and Zurin Villanueva. In addition to Sandler and Aniston, Adeel Akhtar and John Kani are returning for the sequel as well.
MURDER MYSTERY 2 has found its cast.— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) January 24, 2022
Mark Strong, Mélanie Laurent, Jodie Turner-Smith, Kuhoo Verma, Enrique Arce, Tony Goldwyn, Annie Mumolo, and Zurin Villanueva will co-star alongside Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and returning cast Adeel Akhtar and John Kani. pic.twitter.com/Pym6ja3teS
2019"s Murder Mystery was a record-breaker at the time for Netflix, reaching 30.9 million households after its first three days. James Vanderbilt, who wrote the original Murder Mystery, is writing the sequel, which will be directed by Jeremy Garelick, according to Variety.
A classic point-and-click franchise"s latest entry is now available on your mobile device, as Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice has been added to both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store for $ 15.
Wet Dreams Dry Twice takes place immediately after the events of 2018"s Wet Dreams Don"t Die, as Larry finds himself stranded on a deserted island, his «soulmate» Faith gone missing. Players will explore the island through classic point-and-click gameplay, solving puzzles in order to find out what happened to Faith.