While it has been 13 years since the National Treasure franchise put out a film for everyone to enjoy, it seems the patience of its fans is finally being rewarded with a National Treasure 3, script writing courtesy of Bad Boys 4 screenwriter Chris Bremner. We know this because a report from THR regarding Bad Boys 4 outright confirmed that Chris Bremner was working on the screenplay for this third National Treasure movie; Jerry Bruckheimer was also said to be involved.
Unfortunately, hotly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed yet again, with its April 16th date no longer in the cards. Instead, we won’t be getting the game until September 17th, though it will still be available to pre-order. Other than this delay, however, the game is still set to released on Xbox, PlayStation, and Stadia, so nothing has changed on that front.
Humble is well-known for providing excellent bundles of games at very low prices, and there is one such bundle going on right now, that will net you 7 games for the extremely low price of $10; and one of those games is the quite popular Stardew Valley. This bundle benefits the non-profit animal sanctuary Sweet Farm, which is why the bundle mostly includes games that revolve around nature and animals. Of course, like most Humble bundles, this one will give you different games based on how much money you want to pay, due to its tier system. If you pay just $1, you’ll get MagiCat, Evergarden, and Niche: A Genetics Survival Game. If you pay at least $7.20, you’ll also get Ultimate Chicken Horse, Samorost 3, and Equilinox. Finally, if you choose to pay the full $10, you’ll get Stardew Valley along with all of that. Regardless of how much money you spend, you will also get the soundtracks for MagiCat and Niche.
Amazon has recently revealed that they no longer plan to go through with the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. In fact, Amazon Studios no longer plans to even film the pilot episode of the series. The showrunner was Glen Mazzara of Walking Dead fame, working alongside production company MRC, which has worked on things like Ted, House of Cards, and Ozark. But since Amazon has decided not to run with the series at all, MRC is now meeting with other networks to discuss getting The Dark Tower TV series running. Who those networks are is being kept secret for now.
Getting free games on a regular basis is pretty standard fare these days. With the generosity of services like Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Now, us gamers get free games every month, and it is well and truly sweet. For Sony fans in particular, we’ll be getting three particularly noteworthy games added to PlayStation Now for January 2020. Unfortunately these games will only be available for a short time, but as a subscriber to the service, you’re able to pick them up as early as January 1st.
It was in 2018 that Amazon (yes, that Amazon) announced they would be producing a video game of their own. A massive multiplayer online game called New World. Originally, it was marketed as free to play, but now that the game is actually getting closer to launch day, Amazon has marked the price of a pre-order at $40, hitting us all with the old switcheroo. Of course, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds; that $40 will grant a player lifetime access to the game. Still, it seems a bit underhanded. Or it would, if Amazon weren’t keeping their end of the bargain to some degree. On 12/13/19, the company began notifying people that had pre-ordered the game in 2018 when it was announced (and when it was supposed to be free), that they would still get the lifetime access to the finished product at no charge. The email that said as much reads as follows: "Today, we're making 'New World' available for pre-order again. You were one of the first customers to order New World, and you ordered it when it was free-to-play," according to a copy of the email Reviewed by Business Insider. "Your order is still good, and your price — $0.00 — is still good also."
The Game Awards 201 naturally included a great deal of announcements, with many of them being, as you may have guessed, about games. However, one title no one may have been expecting was that of a Fast and Furious video game based on the movie franchise. Dubbed Fast and Furious: Crossroads, the trailer makes it seem as though we’ll get everything one expects out of such a franchise; cars, drama, action, and insane thrills. Many of the characters we saw resemble characters from the films, so get ready to see Vin Diesel on your consoles. Of course, all we really got about the game was a trailer, so frankly we don’t know all that much about it. But we do know which platforms the game will release on, as well as who is developing the game and who is publishing it. The game will be released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, in May of 2020. It’s being published by Bandai Namco, and developed by Slightly Mad Studios, which also worked on a few Need for Speed games, as well as the Project Cars series.
Originally known as Project Scarlett, Microsoft has finally revealed the true nature of their next generation console. Its name? Xbox Series X. People have been asking questions about it since the project was revealed, such as what kind of games it would have, what level the graphics would be at, and how powerful it would be. With the next generation finally being revealed by Microsoft, we finally have some insight into the answers to some of those questions. A lot of those details were revealed by the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. With the next generation, it’s obvious that graphics are going to be a major factor, and Phil Spencer outright said as much. "We wanted to have a dramatic upgrade from the Xbox One base console. So when we do the math, we're over eight times the GPU power of the Xbox One, and two times what an Xbox One X is."
It’s been a mystery until now, but Warner Bros. has finally revealed the release dates for two major movies; The Matrix 4 and The Flash. It seems that one day these properties will come back to the big screen of cinema, but don’t get too excited; it won’t be soon by any stretch. It seems we won’t be seeing The Flash until July 1st of 2022, and for the currently untitled fourth Matrix movie, we won’t be seeing that until May 21st of 2021, which is, oddly enough, the same day John Wick 4 hits the theaters. Does Keanu Reeves ever rest? As for why these movies are so far off, it’s debatable. The Flash had serious trouble getting started from the very beginning, with two directors being lost in 2017 over creative differences. The movie was supposed to come out in 2021, but then it got delayed, with another director leaving earlier this year. Right now, the director of ‘It’, Andy Muschietti, is set to take command, though that isn’t set in stone just yet.
Many things were announced and revealed at the Game Awards this year, with some of the revelations being massive and the others just being news about upcoming games. One great piece of news that some people might have missed out on or forgotten about under the shadow of the Xbox Series X is the revival of The Wolf Among Us series. LCG Entertainment, which relaunched Telltale Games earlier in 2019, revealed a teaser trailer of the sequel during a press release. Of course, we don’t actually know much of anything about the sequel at all. All we know is that it is being developed for both PC and consoles, and that it will be an Epic Games exclusive. Other than that, we know nothing; no details about the plot, no timeline on whether or not it will always be an Epic Games exclusive, not even a potential release date. That said, that lack of detail doesn’t change the fact that the revival of the franchise is a quintessential miracle: considering how Telltale Games closed down last year, many fans believed The Wolf Among Us was doomed to remain a singular title that would never be touched again.
Considering that Death Stranding came out pretty recently, no one could blame you for not expecting a hefty discount on the title until 2020 at the earliest. And yet, the AAA Sony exclusive title is available at $20 off its usual price right now, assuming you take advantage of a particular deal. Don’t worry; we plan to tell you all about it. Right now, Walmart is selling copies of Death Stranding for $39.99, which is the lowest price the game has been since its launch. Ironically, Walmart was already selling the game for $49 prior to this, which is still a pretty sweet deal. Just for reference, this current price is better than even the one the PlayStation Store offered on Black Friday. That said, this is a better time than any to nab one of PS4’s most critically acclaimed games of the year.
If there’s one thing Walmart does regularly, it’s offer up great video game deals. Currently, one of their best Xbox One S bundles is back in stock, offering the disc-less drive all digital variant at just $149, which is the same price it was available at during Black Friday. Just like that day, you’ll be saving $50 on the usual retail price, which is a pretty amazing deal considering that you also get a game to go with it; the options are Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, or Fortnite DLC, the latter being 2000 V-Bucks and the Legendary Rogue Spider Knight Outfit. Needless to say, this deal is timed perfectly for Christmas (which was probably the intent on Walmart’s part). Whether you are looking to get an Xbox console for yourself or a member of the family, this is without a doubt one of the best prices you’ll be able to get an Xbox One S for. It’s also a great way to get access to the games that are included in the various bundles.
Bundles and deals go hand in hand, and the more you can get in one bundle at one price, the better. Disney+ has been out for just about a month now, and so far it’s been doing very well (in no small part due to The Mandalorian). That said, many people are interested in the notion of getting a Disney+ subscription at a cheap price. In an unusually generous act, Disney is offering a fantastic deal; a bundle with Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN for just $12.99 a month. In case you didn’t know, that’s the same price as one month of Netflix, except Disney+ has 4K HDR as its standard, while Netflix does not. It doesn’t take a economist to see why this is a great deal.
There’s nothing better than getting a normally expensive product for a whole lot cheaper. Keeping an eye out for deals is standard fare during the holiday season, since we’d all like to get gifts for others or ourselves for cheap. Well, if you’ve been thinking about getting a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, now is the best possible time to do it. That’s because you can get one at Walmart right now for the lowest price it’s ever been in the United States, $55.
Sony’s State of Play broadcast is one of the best ways to keep up with everything happening on the PlayStation console. The final State of Play broadcast for 2019 will be aired on Tuesday, December 10th, and despite being the last of the year, there’s some exciting news included with it. Of course, it’s more of vague teasers than detailed information, but it’s certainly better than nothing.
The sequel to the immensely popular shooter Overwatch was announced much earlier this year at the BlizzCon Expo, so we as gamers have known about it for quite some time. We’ve learned a good bit of information about it, such as the intent to add a single player campaign mode to the game, a major deviation to it’s almost entirely PvP multiplayer focus.
The Starbucks Roastery Reserve will feature an assortment of Starbucks Reserve specialty coffee, boutique Milanses Princi bakery and Arriviamo Bar that features coffee cocktails. Additionally the reserve will pay tribute to Chicago artists and feature locally inspired cocktails available for purchase. This is the sixth reserve roastery the company has opened with other locations in Seattle, Shanghai, Milan, New York and Tokyo.
When Google revealed the launch lineup for its soon to be released Stadia game streaming service, people were understandably concerned; it only had 12 games, some of which weren’t all that new or even that demanding in terms of processing power, which was kind of Stadia’s whole selling point. In fact, the initial response to the Stadia launch lineup was so lackluster that Google is making a last ditch addition to the whole thing; ten extra games will now be available at launch, barely a day before said launch actually occurs.
Disney+ is still in its opening week, but it has been plagued with problems small and large. The most recent one is pretty serious; it seems that thousands of accounts for the new streaming service have already been hacked. Some have even been found getting sold online, meaning it might be a good idea to change your password if you are a subscriber.
Thanks to information from Kotaku, it seems that a new Mass Effect game is in very early development at BioWare Edmonton, under the supervision of Mike Gamble. Gamble’s been working at BioWare since 2009, and had a hand in both Mass Effect 2 and 3 (also Andromeda, but we’re trying to get our hopes up here). He also worked on Anthem, but it seems he’ll be returning to where he started.