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League of Legends’ animated Netflix show, Arcane, is coming back for season 2, and while there’s a trailer out and a release window, other details on the show’s return are pretty sparse.


Arcane season 2 is set for release in November of this year. We don’t know exactly when in November though, since the release month is all Netflix has revealed so far. Perhaps even more importantly, we don’t know exactly how Arcane season 2 will be released. The first time around, Netflix eschewed its usual batch-release model in favor of releasing the series a few episodes at a time. It’s unclear if the streamer will do that again, release them all at once, or maybe even opt for a one-episode-a-week schedule this time around.



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After months of speculation, HBO has announced who'll play Abby in The Last of Us (TLoU) season 2 – and it's an unusual but nonetheless terrific choice.


In a post uploaded to Max's X/Twitter account yesterday (January 9), it was revealed that Kaitlyn Dever had been cast in the hit show's second season.


In a joint statement via Variety, co-showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann said: "Our casting process for season 2 has been identical to season 1: we look for world-class actors who embody the souls of the characters in the source material. Nothing matters more than talent, and we’re thrilled to have an acclaimed performer like Kaitlyn join Pedro [Pascal], Bella [Ramsey], and the rest of our family."




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Filmmaker David F. Sandberg, who has spent the past several years in the land of superheroes, is returning to his horror roots.

The Shazam! helmer has signed a deal to direct Until Dawn, an adaptation of the PlayStation horror video game being made by Screen Gems and PlayStation Productions. All three units fall under the Sony corporate umbrella.  


Gary Dauberman, the screenwriter behind hit horror franchises It, Annabelle and The Nun, is doing a pass on the a script originally written by Blair Butler, who previously wrote Sony’s vampire thriller, The Invitation.


First released in 2015, Until Dawn is an interactive horror video game that follows eight friends and frenemies who are brought together at a remote mountain retreat. With live-or-die scenarios featuring a mysterious killer, cannibalistic wendigos, a cable car and a long-ago mining cave-in that reverberates into the present day, the members of the group must fight through their fear if they all hope to make it through the night in one piece. The game proved to be a surprise hit with critics and received numerous gaming awards nominations.



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MachineGames has given us our first look at its Indiana Jones game, now officially called Indiana Jones and The Great Circle (as suspected). And that's not all! We officially now know it is coming this year. Get your fedoras at the ready, our beloved professor will be whipping his way onto Xbox Series X/S and PC, including Game Pass, in 2024.


Thanks to the new footage, which was shared at this evening's Xbox Developer Direct, we also have some nice background bits about the upcoming game, which we will play through the eyes of Indy as a lot of it is first person (it's the "ideal perspective," the developer said). Oh, and Todd Howard also popped up to compliment how accommodating Lucasfilm has been.


Now, let's talk new footage. It, of course, all started with Nazis, with the Great Circle taking place between the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Last Crusade (and yes, Indy looks like Harrison Ford complete with scar on chin).


The developers talked a lot about the puzzle solving in the game, as well as the locations, which MachineGames are making as "authentic as possible". While things start at Indy's college, he will also be making his way to The Vatican and further afield on The Great Circle's release.


During all this globe-trotting, Indy will be working with another character - Gina - on his adventure. She is an investigative reporter (ahem, Elena Fisher?) with "a lot riding on this adventure". Villain wise, we will be dealing with Emmerich Voss, who is described as an "intensely psychological man... obsessed with the human mind and manipulating it".


Meanwhile, when Indy can't use his wits, he can use his whip, MachineGames says. This means combat, distraction and traversal. This game is for "everyone", the developer proclaimed.



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FROM IGN.COM


The first trailer for Knuckles is here, giving viewers an exciting preview of the Paramount+ Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off series featuring Idris Elba as the titular echidna ahead of its release this April.


The Knuckles sneak peek dropped along with the announcement that all six episodes of the star-studded event series will be available to stream on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Canada on April 26. Other territories will find it in their streaming libraries on April 27, with the exception of Japan, where the series will roll out later this year.



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EXCLUSIVE FROM INSIDERGAMING.COM


Insider Gaming sources have revealed that Respawn Entertainment is developing a first-person Star Wars Mandalorian game that is in its early stages of development.


According to sources, the game will see the player take control of a Mandalorian bounty hunter (unclear who) set during the time when the Galactic Empire is dominating across the galaxy. It’s your job, as a bounty hunter to capture bounties dead or alive for cash rewards.


As first reported by VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, the game was being led by Respawn creative director Mohammad Alavi, who left the studio to pursue his next adventure. According to Grubb, who didn’t disclose it was a Star Wars game at the time (but has recently), the game will be focused on “mobility” and “style” as guiding principles.


The game’s high mobility has been made possible storytelling-wise thanks to the Mandalorian’s jetpack, which allows the player to perform horizontal dashing, vertical jumping, boost sliding (somewhat similar to sliding down hills in Apex Legends), and more. Sources described the game as “very fast-paced” and as such will reward players who play in this style; for example, the player’s health will mainly regenerate based on successive kills.


As to be expected, playing as a Mandalorian bounty hunter gives the player a wide variety of weapons and gadgets including a wrist rocket, grapple hook, a visor for tagging enemies and bounties, and more.



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Lionsgate released the first trailer for the upcoming Borderlands movie:

Synopsis reads: 

Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous bounty hunter with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home, Pandora, the most chaotic planet in the galaxy. Her mission is to find the missing daughter of Atlas (Ramírez), the universe’s most powerful S.O.B. Lilith forms an unexpected alliance with a ragtag team of misfits – Roland (Hart), a seasoned mercenary on a mission; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound protector; Tannis (Curtis), the oddball scientist who’s seen it all; and Claptrap (Black), a wiseass robot. Together, these unlikely heroes must battle an alien species and dangerous bandits to uncover one of Pandora’s most explosive secrets. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.



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Two incredibly popular Star Wars games— 2004’s Battlefront and 2005’s Battlefront II—are coming back in a new classic collection that will bring 64-player online action to consoles for the first time as well as other new features and bonus content, too. And you won’t have to wait long as these classic Star Wars shooters are launching on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC in March.


Revealed on February 21 during Nintendo’s latest Direct, the Star Wars: Battlefront Classic Collection contains both Star Wars: Battlefront and its sequel in one package. These two games, developed by Pandemic (RIP), were primarily third-person shooters that played a lot like EA’s Battlefield games, with large open maps, vehicles, and objectives to complete. To be clear, these aren’t the same Star Wars: Battlefront games developed by Dice and published by EA in 2015 and 2017. These are the OG entries in the franchise which were originally available on PS2, Xbox, and PC.


This will be the first time that either of the original Battlefront games will be playable on Nintendo consoles. (One of the portable spin-offs did land on the Nintendo DS.) According to porting studio Aspyr, all previously released bonus content and DLC will be included, and Steam Deck will be supported too.



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After the welcome reception of the Super Mario RPG remake just three months ago, Nintendo is back with another remake in the form of Mario vs. Donkey Kong. The original 2004 title on the Game Boy Advance was a charming puzzle platformer that pits the two titular stars and age-old rivals against each other once again. But how does the remake handle the jump from GBA to Switch? Based on initial reviews, Mario vs. Donkey Kong is as charming as ever and a fun time for any puzzle fans out there.


The remake of Mario vs. Donkey Kong gives the graphics an overhaul and sports a new, higher-quality recording of the game’s soundtrack. Mechanically it’s largely identical to the original game, but the remake adds two new worlds, a casual mode without time limits, and local co-op. It appears as if these additions are all welcome, as is the prospect of having easy access to this GBA game in a new form, but there’s also a feeling that this signals a sort of filler-era at the end of the Switch’s lifespan.



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There are those among us who doubted, but friends, the prophesied day has come. Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree DLC finally got its official reveal today, in the form of a three-minute YouTube presentation that went live just moments ago. 


And hey, let's cut to the quick. Here's the skinny: Shadow of the Erdtree is set to release on June 21 this year, so make sure your bosses, friends, lovers, and rivals all know you're set to be ravaged by some kind of debilitating week-long virus around that time. That's right, folks, it's really happening.


In fact, quite a lot of it is happening. I'm no Elden Ring loremaster, but FromSoft sure seemed to cram a lot into that three-minute reveal. The main boss the trailer showed off looks to be a fellow named "Messmer the Impaler," and I'd be willing to bet money he has something to do with Rykard from the base game. Plus, looks like we'll be getting into Miquella's cocoon, which is the kind of sentence you can only really wring out of FromSoft games.


Will Shadow of the Erdtree live up to the precedent set by previous FromSoft games? I've got a good feeling about it, but we'll only truly know when it finally hits on June 21. For now, you can find Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree's pre-order for $40 over on Steam.



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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 on PlayStation 5 is getting the much-requested and previously teased New Game+ option in March, as well as some other “highly requested features” and new suits for Spidey.


Spider-Man 2 on PS5 is a very good game. But when it launched in October 2023 it was missing some features a lot of players really wanted. Top of the list was New Game+, an option to let players replay the main story with all their powers and abilities. Insomniac initially suggested that an update adding New Game+ and more would arrive before the end of 2023. But plans shifted in December and Insomniac delayed the update until early 2024. And now we know precisely when the anticipated update is landing.


In a tweet posted on February 7, Insomniac Games confirmed that the New Game+ update would arrive on March 7. While the developer hasn’t provided the full patch notes yet, it did promise that a “complete list of features” being introduced in the update would be available closer to launch.



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editorial and creative workers at the popular video game and entertainment site IGN announced that they are unionizing with the NewsGuild-CWA.


Launched in 1996 as the “Imagine Games Network,” IGN was originally five different websites covering different consoles and online games. Eventually, the sites were housed under one consolidated brand and began to cover more than just games, including comics, movies, and TV shows. In 2013, IGN was purchased by media company Ziff Davis. The website has since grown into the biggest video game outlet in the world and one of the most popular entertainment sites on the internet, with over 470 million monthly visitors in December 2023 alone. And the staff who are responsible for that success are now forming a union.


On February 6, the IGN staff officially announced the IGN Creators Guild, a new union made up of just over 80 writers, editors, and content creators. IGNCG expects Ziff Davis to voluntarily recognize the guild because over 87% of eligible members have signed union cards. The IGN Creators Guild will be separate from the pre-existing Ziff Davis Creators Guild which is also part of the News Guild-CWA.



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FROM IGN.COM


As part of the first State of Play of 2024, Kojima Productions debuted a brand-new trailer for Death Stranding 2: On the Beach. Norman Reedus appears in the trailer, where we get a glimpse at this armory as he gets a tour of a ship.


His character, Sam Bridges, is working for a civilian outfit called Drawbridge who has a "generous patron." Sam is once again setting out to unite the world and bringing new areas into the network, and he's carrying a strange little puppet who hangs at his side (and seems to move at a lower frame-rate than the rest of the game.


The trailer features numerous environments, suggesting that it will be considerably more ambitious than the previous game.


As part of the gameplay, we also get a glimpse of Higgs as a robo-samurai character who looks like Sting and wields an arc welder-like electric guitar. Yep, it's a Hideo Kojima game. We also get a hint of BB-28's fate, and numerous other characters make a return as well.


Here's the official description.


Embark on an inspiring mission of human connection beyond the UCA. Sam—with companions by his side—sets out on a new journey to save humanity from extinction. Join them as they traverse a world beset by otherworldly enemies, obstacles and a haunting question: should we have connected? Step by step, legendary game creator Hideo Kojima changes the world once again.



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players noticed that Spec Ops: The Line was no longer available to purchase on Steam, leading many to fear that the acclaimed third-person shooter had been quietly delisted without warning. Sadly, 2K has since confirmed that is the case, and the publisher has also explained why it pulled the landmark shooter from digital stores.


Developed by Yager and released back in 2012, Spec Ops: The Line was a reboot of the lesser-known Spec Ops franchise. Like those past games, The Line was a third-person military shooter. However, the 2012 reboot garnered critical acclaim at launch thanks to its narrative which depicted a solider in the deserts of Dubai slowly losing his grip on reality, offering a meta-critical take on the way some military shooters glorify the horrors of war. While it didn’t sell as many copies as 2K would have liked, the game has gone on to become a cult favorite among shooter fans. And now, it’s no longer on Steam.


The publisher assured players that owners of the game will still be able to download and replay Spec Ops: The Line “uninterrupted” but it will no longer be easy to buy a digital copy moving forward. The Line remained available to purchase on GoG and Xbox shortly after it was pulled from Steam, but has since been removed from those storefronts too.



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