Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Dev Answers Our Questions About The Next Microsoft Exclusive
Microsoft’s next exclusive, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, launches on March 11 for Xbox and PC, and through Xbox Game Pass. A sequel to the well-regarded 2015 original from Moon Studios, the sequel moves beyond the forests of Nibel and into a new domain, with puzzles to solve and abilities to use.Like the original, Will of the Wisps is developed by Moon Studios, a team of independent developers around the world who work together as part of a unique decentralized studio structure.In the lead-up to Will of the Wisps’ release next month, GameSpot caught up with executive producer Daniel Smith and composer Gareth Coker to learn more about the ambitious project. In the interview, the developers speak about the unique development structure, where the story idea for the sequel came from, what makes the music so compelling, and lots more.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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The Matrix 4 Adds Another Cast Member In Mystery Role
As filming gets underway in San Francisco, The Matrix 4 continues to add to its cast. The Wrap reports that Spartacus actress Ellen Hollman has been cast in an unspecified role in the upcoming action movie starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Hollman would be just the latest new addition to the cast, following Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Given her background as a Jiu Jitsu martial artist, we might see Hollman performing stunts or action scenes in The Matrix 4, but this is only speculation. Hollman played Saxa on Seasons 2 and 3 of Spartacus, while she also had roles on Into the Badlands and NCIS: New Orleans. Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Greninja Voted Most Popular Pokemon by Players
After tallying “millions” of votes from around the world, Greninja has been named 2020’s Pokemon of the Year. The final evolution of Pokemon X and Y water-type starter Froakie, Greninja earned over 140,000 votes, topping second-place finisher Lucario by 38,000, according to The Pokemon Company. Mimikyu, Charizard, and Umbreon rounded out the top five. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/27/pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-zarude-the-rogue-monkey-trailer”] Aside from its recognition as a Stage 2 starter Pokemon, Greninja is a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and is featured prominently in the Pokemon XY anime as Ash’s main companion in the Kalos region. The top vote-getters from each region are as follows: Kanto – Charizard Johto – Umbreon Hoenn – Rayquaza Sinnoh – Lucario Unova – Chandelure Kalos – Greninja Alola – Mimikyu Galar – Dragapult Other notable Pokemon in the overall top 30 include Bulbasaur (13), Pikachu (19), Eevee (20), and Blaziken (29). The announcement comes on National Pokemon Day, which also featured the reveal of Zarude, a new mythical Pokemon for Sword and Shield. [poilib element=”poll” parameters=”id=3ab83d7e-1eda-46e6-a32f-1cd32e0c9ecc”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.
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15 Minutes Of Wonderful 101: Remastered Switch Gameplay | PAX East 2020
See direct gameplay of The Wonderful 101: Remastered running on the Nintendo Switch from PAX East 2020.
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Biggest Explosion in the Universe Detected
An explosion big enough to fit fifteen Milky Way Galaxies in a row has been discovered. CNN World reports the record-breaking explosion originated inside the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster 390 million light-years away. Experts also say the explosion was likely created by a supermassive black hole. Black holes are well known for sucking in matter, but they also shoot it outwards in the form of jets or beams. The energy behind this explosion breaks all previous records, beating the previous largest known explosion five times over. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/27/star-wars-the-high-republic-explained”] Astronomers observed the explosion from both ground and space-based telescopes like NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory, Australia’s Murchison Widefield Array, as well as the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope located in India. However, the explosions were also noticed several years ago in 2016 but were so large astronomers at the time believed it was too unlikely to be one. It wasn’t until now that the X-ray data was combined with radio wavelength data from ground-based telescopes to help confirm the cavity created by the explosive black hole. These observations also tell us that the explosion is no longer occurring as the jet activity has stopped meaning there’s no longer any gas to power the explosion. This subsided explosion isn’t all astronomers have been up to recently. Radio signals have been picked up repeating in an odd pattern and a new method to detect potentially habitable planets using radio waves has been developed. As for other big destructive forces, stay tuned for six billion years from now when the sun destroys our solar system’s asteroid belt. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=philip-k-dick-adaptations&captions=true”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”]Hope Corrigan is an Australian freelance writer for IGN. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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Borderlands 3 Spring 2020 Content Road Map Revealed
During PAX East 2020, Gearbox revealed the 2020 Spring Content Road Map for Borderlands 3. The three months of content will kick off with the Lovecraft-themed Guns, Love, and Tentacles DLC before seeing regular free updates.In March, Guns, Love, and Tentacles will be released, which introduces a new planet to visit and story missions to complete. Gaige and Deathtrap will both return and the DLC will offer plenty of new legendary loot and cosmetics.This is only the beginning–Gearbox has Borderlands 3 DLC planned for most of 2020.In April, Borderlands 3 will get its Mayhem 2.0 update. This update is aimed at altering the endgame Mayhem Mode, which is a challenge-based game mode for players looking to earn legendary loot more quickly. The update will alter the mode so that its effects are more in line with Borderlands 3’s tone. So, for example, instead of shotgun damage decreasing and pistol damage increasing, you’ll have goofier effects like everyone getting a big head–increasing the likelihood of scoring headshots for both you and your enemies.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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The Simpsons–Watch A Clip Of Kevin Feige Playing Thanos Parody Chinnos
The Simpsons will air “Bart the Bad Guy” on Sunday, March 1, an episode that will parody the Marvel Cinematic Universe–specifically, the last two Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame. In anticipation of the episode, Fox has released a clip from it, showing off Kevin Feige’s appearance as Thanos parody Chinnos.The episode, which also features Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo, will involve Bart accidentally seeing a superhero film before its release and becoming “Spoiler-Boy”, with the power to spoil the movie for everyone else.Judging from this clip, voice acting might not be Feige’s greatest talent–but we’ll forgive him, especially since the next wave of Marvel films is aiming for greater diversity. Variety is also reporting that Cobie Smulders (who plays Agent Maria Hill in the Marvel movies) will feature in the episode as Hydrangea. Her husband, Taran Killam, will also voice a character named Airshot, and YouTube star Tal Fishman will play “Reaction Guy”. The episode will also star Joe Mantegna, who voices Fat Tony. Variety’s article also has some exclusive screenshots from the episode, showing off some of these characters as they’ll appear in the episode.The majority of The Simpsons is available on Disney Plus–here’s our list of essential episodes.
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My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Tops Wednesday Domestic Box Office
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising came out on top of the domestic box office Wednesday, opening with $1.7 million from 1275 theaters, according to early morning estimates (via Deadline). Heroes Rising’s $1.7 million put it above Disney’s Call of the Wild, which came in second place Wednesday with $1.5 million, and Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which earned $1.1 million the same day, according to Deadline. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=the-5-best-new-heroes-in-my-hero-academia-season-4-so-far&captions=true”] Wednesday, Feb. 27, was also Heroes Rising’s first day in theaters so its earnings are at $1.7 million. That’s less than Funimation’s other hit anime movie, Dragon Ball Z Super: Broly, which brought in over $7 million on its first day, but $1.7 million is nothing to scoff at. That tracks higher than the first My Hero Academia movie released in theaters, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, which earned roughly $2 million in its first two days at the box office. Two Heroes only opened at 500 theaters though whereas Heroes Rising nearly tripled the amount of U.S. theaters for its theater release. We thought Two Heroes was good, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. We thought Heroes Rising was even better and gave it an 8 out of 10. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/06/30/my-hero-academia-castlevania-showrunner-wants-to-make-live-action-adaptation”] Heroes Rising comes off the momentum of the latest My Hero Academia season, which is still ongoing with episode 19 being the latest to drop. We imagine this movie will bring more eyes to the upcoming My Hero Academia game, My Hero One’s Justice 2. If you haven’t seen that game in action, you can check out some of our gameplay from a Deku vs Overhaul fight. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN who’s trying really hard to catch up on My Hero Academia so he can catch Heroes Rising out while it’s in theaters. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.
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The Nintendo Switch Is (Almost) Three Years Old – NVC 496
Welcoooome to Nintendo Voice Chat! This week, Casey DeFreitas is joined by Peer Schneider, Brian Altano, and Tom Marks to talk about all things Nintendo. First up, the Nintendo Switch is almost three years old, and the panel reflects on the system’s launch, some of Nintendo’s wacky experiments on Switch, and their biggest surprises and disappointments so far. Then, in the news, hear about Platinum’s recently announced project, a new Samurai Jack game headed to Switch, details from the Yacht Club Games livestream, and a whole lot more. Finally, hear another round of questions on this week’s Question Block. Timecodes! 00:00:00 Welcome! 00:02:16 Reflecting on the first three years of Nintendo Switch 00:24:00 News time! Yacht Club Games, Platinum, and more 00:31:20 Games out this week 00:42:10 What we’re playing 00:51:24 Question Block! From now on, we’ll share the list of games discussed in the episode right here in the episode description! That includes games out this week, and what the panel is playing. Games out this week: Rune Factory 4 Special – 2/25, $40 Samurai Shodown – 2/25, $50 Two Point Hospital – 2/25, $40 Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection – 2/25, $30 Metro 2033 Redux & Metro: Last Light Redux – 2/28, $25 each What we’re playing: Casey: Rune Factory 4 Special Peer: Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC, Darksiders: Genesis, Broken Lines Brian: Voxelgram, Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Tom: Something he can’t talk about… Finally, NVC shirts and sweatshirts are now available at the IGN Store! Use the code nvc10 to get 10% off your purchase of NVC clothes. Multiple styles and colors are available. NVC is available on your preferred platform! YouTube Spotify Apple iTunes Stitcher Podbay PlayerFM Podbean You can also Download NVC 496 Directly Here You can listen to NVC on your preferred platform every Thursday at 3pm PT/6pm ET. Have a question for Question Block? Write to us at [email protected] and we may pick your question! Also, make sure to join the Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast Forums on Facebook. We’re all pretty active there and often pull Question Block questions and comments straight from the community. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Logan Plant is the Production Assistant for NVC. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.
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Jungle Cruise Boat Sinks at Disney World
The Jungle Cruise tour at Disney World can get a little wet, but for some passengers today, it went underwater. Unlucky passengers earlier today at Disney World in Orlando clung to their boat as it began taking on water. A few guests tweeted about the boat sinking as it was happening. PHOTOS: Images Surface of Guests Clinging to Sinking Jungle Cruise Boat at the Magic Kingdomhttps://t.co/WyMYJ9vDS3 pic.twitter.com/WutkMd59SL — WDW News Today (@WDWNT) February 27, 2020 Disney confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it immediately called the Reedy Creek Fire Department to help passengers. The boat was then towed away after everyone was safely evacuated. The sunken boat only interrupted the attraction for 105 minutes according to an unofficial Twitter account. Despite the incident, the Jungle Cruise ride reopened for guests looking to get right back into the water. Our boat on the jungle cruise sank today. Fun times! #wdw pic.twitter.com/jCxjIOzu9Z — Matthew Vince (@synewaves) February 27, 2020 If you’re worried about your Jungle Cruise trip going a similar route, watch the upcoming movie instead. The trailer below provides a look at the movie coming on July 24, 2020, casting actors Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, among others. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/10/11/disneys-jungle-cruise-official-trailer”] Take a look at our 2020 movie box office predictions and see our estimate for the Jungle Cruise movie. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Jeffrey Lerman is a Freelance News Writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @Snakester95. Header Image Credit: WDW News Today
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