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Fortnite's New Playground Mode Has Respawns And Friendly Fire‎

Fortnite continues to evolve, and its developers are giving a sneak peek into some big new additions to the game coming in the near future on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and iOS. Following a big new content update that introduced jetpacks to the game, Epic Games has released its fifth State of Development as a window into future content, with tweaks to controllers, quality-of-life improvements, more Limited-Time Modes, and a new Playground mode that allows respawns on the way.Playground is a Limited Time Mode that will load you into the Battle Royale map with an extended period of time to roam around the map. There will be increased resources, all treasure chests and ammo crates will be present, and friendly fire will be enabled, but with immediate respawns. We've also been promised there will be "Lloads of Llamas" on the way too.Epic is tweaking controllers, as well. It says, following feedback about Builder Pro feeling inconsistent, it has made major improvements. The same goes for the Turbo Building feature, which should be faster and more enjoyable to use. An optional "aim assist" is coming for Edit Mode, which will pull your crosshair toward the closest square when you're editing your buildings.There are performance enhancements on the way: Epic is optimizing load times and is promising to boost server performance. As for gameplay, here are a few of the changes and additions on the way:Challenge Progress Notifications--Starting in v4.3 there will be in-match pop ups to highlight your challenge progress. Track what you’ve completed and plan out your strategy for the remainder of the match or your next one!In-world markers--Marking positions on the map is a great way to communicate with your squad, but often the marker on the compass isn’t enough to get you to your location. We’re investigating ways to display an in-world marker to allow for easier navigation around the island.Victory Royale screen--Getting a Victory Royale should be a memorable experience, and the victory screen should support that. We want to freshen up the celebration and make it a bit more rewarding.High-resolution mini map--The ability to zoom in on the map was added in a recent update, but the resolution of the image isn’t quite as good as we want it to be. Our goal is to capture the world with as many details as possible to make it easier when figuring out where you're droppin’!Better Footstep and Vertical Audio--Our v4.2 update had some footstep audio improvements, where we added slightly more variation to above/below sounds. We recognize it’s still difficult to identify enemy position in high-density locations (such as Tilted Towers) and we’ll continue to iterate on this.There are many more changes to Fortnite on the way, and you can check out the game's latest State of Development for all the details. Meanwhile, read about the new additions and latest challenges that have just arrived in Fortnite's 4.2 content update.

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Transformers Movie Franchise's Future Is Suddenly Uncertain‎

The Transformers series might be one of the most successful film franchises of all time, but 2017's Transformers: The Last Knight wasn't nearly as big a hit as the previous movies in the series. The spin-off Bumblebee is due out later this year, but plans to continue the series beyond that remain uncertain. It has now been reported that Paramount has removed the Transformers movie planned for 2019 from its release schedule entirely.As reported by Variety, the film was originally set for release on June 28, 2019. However, it no longer appears on the schedule and has been replaced by the comedy Limited Partners, starring Tiffany Haddish.This follows the rumors back in February that Habsro, the toy manufacturer which owns the rights to Transformers, is planning to reboot the whole franchise. It was also reported that a new agreement with Paramount means that Hasbro will have greater control over the property, including greenlighting movie projects.This is something of a change in fortune for the series. In October 2015, Hasbro announced that there would be at least four more movies, and that a "writers room" had been established to map out the next decade of Transformers across movies, TV, and digital.The Last Knight made $605 million worldwide. This was well below the $1.104 billion haul for its predecessor, 2014's The Age of Extinction, and less than the first movie made back in 2007.Bumblebee hits theaters on December 21, 2018 and stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. It will be directed by Kubo And The Two Strings director Travis Knight, who is making his live-action debut.

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Why Detroit: Become Human For PS4’s Most Talked About Mechanic Is Its Worst‎

Detroit: Become Human shines in so many ways except for one. We talk about why Detroit's most innovative feature might be its worst.

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Fortnite Challenges Get Much Easier To Track In Next Update‎

For Season 4 Battle Pass owners, Tuesdays are an exciting day in Fortnite. A new set of weekly challenges is released, and although you have the full season to complete them, players are eager to get them done and earn new rewards. That process is about to become a more pleasant one, thanks to one of several new quality-of-life changes coming soon.Epic Games has outlined many of the new features and changes that are slated for update 4.3 and beyond. One thing that is coming in 4.3 is challenge progress notifications. As you accomplish your objectives, a message will pop up during matches to let you know where you stand toward finishing a given challenge.Currently, you can only check on how you're doing with challenges in between matches from the main menu. You can also take mental notes (or physical ones, if you really want to get wild), but that becomes difficult when a bunch of challenges pile up. Was I supposed to get Eliminations in Tomato Town and open chests in Greasy Grove, or the other way around? How many more shotgun kills did I need? It gets confusing and can impact your ability to get things done if you're shooting at enemies with a pistol when you're already done with that challenge.It's a minor adjustment, but it's just the sort of thing that's much appreciated by players--especially when Epic continues to roll out new playable content. It's also not the only quality-of-life improvement that will benefit those seeking to complete challenges, although others are useful to everyone. For instance, Epic is experimenting with adding in-world markers (to go along with those you see on the map and compass) and continuing to reduce load times.The latest Fortnite update, 4.2, introduced the long-awaited jetpack for a limited time. There's a lot more to look forward to on the horizon, as we're also on the verge of seeing more new limited-time modes, including one called Playground that includes respawns and friendly fire.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Spoiler Talk & Best Easter Eggs!‎

Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now! Chastity and Rob give you their spoiler filled reviews of the Han Solo Star Wars anthology movie and list their favorite easter eggs!

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PS4 Is Entering The End Of Its Lifecycle, Sony Says‎

[UPDATE] John Kodera, the PlayStation boss, offered some further details on his initial PlayStation 4 comments in an interview. Translated by video game industry consultant Serkan Toto, Kodera reiterated that the PS4 is in the final stage of its lifecycle. Over the next three years, Sony will take steps to prepare for the future, apparently. 1) In an interview with Bloomberg Japan, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Kodera says his company "considers various options around the PS Vita" again. This comes after his predecessor House said last fall that portable gaming is not a big market. — Dr. Serkan Toto (Kantan Games Inc.) (@serkantoto) May 23, 20182) He says that while PS4 and Vita are separate machines (home vs portable), Sony is continuously looking for ways to offer unique game experiences. — Dr. Serkan Toto (Kantan Games Inc.) (@serkantoto) May 23, 20183) While he doesn't use the word "PS5", Kodera says (again) the PS4 entered the final stage of its lifecycle and that Sony will spend the next three years "preparing for the future". //end — Dr. Serkan Toto (Kantan Games Inc.) (@serkantoto) May 23, 2018The original story is below.Today during Sony's Corporate Strategy Meeting, PlayStation boss John Kodera said the PlayStation 4 is entering the end of its lifecycle. While this could have a negative impact on Sony's gaming division overall, it probably won't because revenue from subscription services such as PlayStation Plus may help offset any decline in hardware sales, Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki quoted Kodera as saying. Importantly, Sony is not discontinuing the PS4 now or anytime soon, of course. The system is expected to continue to sell well, as new, exclusive games for it like The Last of Us: Part II, Spider-Man, and others come out.As some further important context, Kodera was talking to investors and analysts about the health and viability of the PS4 as a platform. Earlier this year, Sony said it expected to sell 16 million PS4s during the year, compared to 19 million during the year prior, so Kodera was more than likely attempting to contextualize and explain the downturn in sales and what that all means. And the wording about the PS4 entering the end of its lifecycle may mean the system still has many years left of viability, only that the console is not rising as fast as it once did as it relates to sales. And of course, that is expected, given the system was released almost a half-decade ago.The PS4 launched in November 2013, so it makes sense that the console would be entering the final stages of its lifecycle now given historical trends of consoles. The system has sold more than 79 million units by Sony's latest count, which puts it just below the PS3 which reached 80 million units in 2013.Sony's Game & Network Services segment, which houses the PlayStation business, is expected to remain a juggernaut for Sony, with PSN hitting 80 million monthly active users (which is up from 70 million this time last year). Additionally, Sony said it will look to add more PS Plus subscribers going forward, which will help Sony make more money on a regular basis. On top of that, Sony said it wants to create more first-party exclusives, while it's also looking at "harnessing growth opportunities" in the area of "add-on content."Overall, Sony predicted a downturn in profit for the Game & Network Services division for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. For that year, Sony expects its Game & Network Services unit to bring in between 130 billion and 170 billion yen in profit, which compares to 190 billion yen for the current fiscal year.Intriguingly, Kodera also said during the meeting that the period covering now through March 2021 would be a time when PlayStation will "crouch down once" to stand taller in the future. It's not immediately clear what he meant by this, however, but there is already speculation that a PlayStation 5 console is coming. PlayStation executive Shawn Layden recently confirmed that Sony's E3 2018 briefing will not include any hardware announcements, however.Also during the event, Kodera said PlayStation VR as a platform is growing, but not at a level that reaches what was projected. That's not the only PlayStation business that is not having the easiest time, as PlayStation Vue--Sony's TV streaming service--is running into tough competition that is having a negative impact, apparently. Kodera said PlayStation VR and PlayStation Vue can still grow, but not necessarily at the rate they would like to see.PS chief Kodera: PS4 is entering final phase of its life cycle, which would have negative impact to the unit, but recurring revenue via membership services etc should cushion some of that. — Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 22, 2018SIE chief Kodera: Beefing up first-party titles wouldn't just mean more new IPs. Strategy includes franchising successful IPs and refreshing existing IPs. — Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 22, 2018SIE chief Kodera: You can expect more exclusive titles for PS platforms! — Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 22, 2018SIE head Kodera told analysts and investors that the period until March 2021 would be when PlayStation to "crouch down once" to grow further in the future.hmmmmmm. — Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 22, 2018SIE head Kodera: PSVR growing, but industry's growth is below market expectations. PS Vue is facing harder-than-expected competitions. Vue and PSVR would aim for further growth with realistic outlook. — Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 22, 2018Earlier this year, NPD analyst Matt Piscatella told GamingBolt that the PS4 should have another strong year of sales in 2019, though not as good as 2018. He added that the next PlayStation console probably won't be released until 2020 or later.Sony's E3 2018 briefing takes place early next month in Los Angeles. We won't hear anything about new hardware; Sony will focus on four big games during the event.

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New James Bond Movie Confirms Oscar Winning Director‎

As suspected, the 25th James Bond movie will be directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and star Daniel Craig, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have confirmed. In a statement to Deadline, the pair said they are "delighted" to confirm Boyle and Craig for the 2019 film. Filming will begin in December."We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise," they said. "We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and thrilled that Universal will be our international distributor."A scene from SpectreSam Mendes directed the previous two movies in the series--Skyfall and Spectre. In 2016 he announced that he would no longer be involved with the franchise. "It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it," he said. "But I think it's time for somebody else. At the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters."Boyle also directed 127 Hours, Trainspotting, and Steve Jobs.Bond 25, or whatever it ends up being called, hits theaters on November 8, 2019. After some amount of uncertainty, Craig confirmed back in August that he will play Bond for the fifth time, following on from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. Veteran Bond writers Robert Wade and Neil Purvis have been hired to work on the film.Are you looking forward to the next 007 movie? Let us know in the comments below!

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Deadpool 2 Director Shares More Details On The Division Movie And The Video Game Curse‎

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is also directing the upcoming movie based on The Division that will star Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. He's now shared some information on how the film is progressing, and it sounds like good news for people who want to see the franchise move to the big screen.He told Collider that he and his producers are "aggressively moving forward" with the movie. Right now, they are still developing a script and looking for writers, so it's still early days. But Leitch and company are passionate about making it happen."We're all fired up to do it, but it's just getting on the same page… It could be [in the immediate future]," Leitch said about when the movie might happen. "I like the idea of working with Jake [Gyllenhaal] and Jessica [Chastain] and that's really interesting to me, so who wouldn't want to aggressively move forward and find a point of view on it and dig in?"In January 2017, Ubisoft announced that writer Stephen Gaghan, who won an Oscar for Traffic and also wrote Call of Duty: Ghosts, was attached to write The Division. However, Leitch's comments about still needing to find a writer suggest that Gaghan might have dropped out. Gaghan was also announced as The Division movie's director, but that is no longer true.Asked what drew him to The Division, Leitch said it was the world that Ubisoft created."I think the world that those artists created is really compelling, obviously for people who love the game but for people who even--just a cursory look at the artwork and the immersive quality, it's pretty amazing," he said. "I think it also asks some interesting questions about society and putting people in those interesting positions. For me, I thought that was a cool playground."The Division, like all other video game movies, faces something of an uphill battle given that video game movies have a history of being mediocre or worse. Collider asked Leitch if he was nervous about the so-called "video game movie curse.""I mean, yes and no," he said. "They're two different experiences. Obviously the video game you're telling your own story and it's so active, and cinema is all about one person's point of view guiding a story, you're telling a story. I think sometimes those things are in conflict, but on a project like The Division again it's like there’s these bigger themes in there that you can pull one out and attach some great characters to and you can have a compelling story, and also given the trappings of the world that people love, I think you can deliver a good movie."There is no word yet on the story for The Division movie, when it will start filming, or when it will come out. Ubisoft's latest video game movie was Assassin's Creed, which starred Michael Fassbender and opened in December 2016. It made more than $240 million at the global box office, according to Box Office Mojo; a sequel is reportedly on the way.As for Leitch, he co-directed John Wick and then solo directed the Charlize Theron movie Atomic Blonde. Deadpool 2 was his latest directorial effort.As for The Division game franchise, The Division 2 is on the way and will be discussed further at E3 2018 next month in Los Angeles. The first game was set in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan and was a big commercial success for Ubisoft.

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See WW2's Battlefield 1943 Running On Xbox One Backwards Compatibility‎

Battlefield is going back to World War II this October with Battlefield V. Presumably to celebrate the news, EA recently made Battlefield 1943--the last entry in the series set in World War II--playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility. We checked it out today and put together a video showing off some of the game's air combat. Originally released in 2009, Battlefield 1943 was always a budget-priced game, and today it goes for $10/£1 /AU$15 on the Xbox Store. It's also now available in the EA Access Vault.The game enjoyed high critical marks upon release, earning an average 83 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic. Our Battlefield 1943 review praised that its "balanced classes, diverse vehicles, and dynamic maps provide the kind of variety and replayability that is the hallmark of the most engaging online shooters." Microsoft is making more games backwards compatible on Xbox One at a fairly regular pace, and the list is getting rather lengthy.This week EA and DICE debuted Battlefield 5, with a close marketing relationship with Microsoft. It's going back to World War 2, and it seems EA has taken some lessons regarding microtransactions from its experience with Star Wars Battlefront 2. Check out our wrap-up of everything we know about Battlefield 5 for more details you may have missed.

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