How Ubisoft Rebuilt Athens for Odyssey

How Ubisoft Rebuilt Athens for Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the 11th core game in the franchise, averaging one a year since the original’s launch back in 2007. Considering this, it’s no surprise that they’ve honed their collective skills to a fine edge when it comes to crafting digital reproductions of historic locations, and that in addition to creating one of (if not the) best-looking game in the series, Ubisoft Quebec has poured more effort and detail than ever into their rendition of ancient Greece – and nowhere in it’s massive world map is a better example of this than the city of Athens. “It’s that booming city of antiquity,” says Odyssey’s Creative Director Jonathan Dumont during a recent interview, “That we tried to picture as a city of light, as a city of the future, for them.” As the cultural, social and political hub of the Grecian world, Athens was many things to many people. A trading port, a center for academia and philosophy, an artistic haven or hotbed of political revolution and more, the diversity of 430 BCE Athens is difficult to put together. This largely stems from the fact that while one of the most famous cities from the era, it had already existed for thousands of years, constantly changing hands between rulers and societies, and would exist for thousands more before Ubisoft’s research teams could begin exploring it. Continue reading…
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EA Sports Boss: MVP Baseball Could Return Someday

EA Sports Boss: MVP Baseball Could Return Someday

When asked if EA was still thinking about one day returning to making baseball video games, EA Sports Executive Vice President Cam Weber simply says “the answer is yes.” “I would love to have a baseball game in our portfolio,” Weber says. “It’s something that once again, every couple years, we take a look and we talk about and theorize about what it might look like to get back into something like baseball.” In this month’s IGN Unfiltered (see the full interview above), Weber sat down to discuss his career journey, from The Simpsons: Road Rage to managing the world’s largest sports game company. Continue reading…
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Why Did Batman Go Back to His Old Costume?

Why Did Batman Go Back to His Old Costume?

Batman #53 features the return of Batman’s classic costume, and now we know exactly why the Caped Crusader is rocking his retro look. Warning: this article contains spoilers for Batman #53! This issue wraps up the “Cold Days” storyline, as Bruce Wayne and his fellow jurors deliberate and try to decide the fate of Victor Fries. Bruce is convinced that his mistakes as Batman have condemned an innocent man (in this case, anyway) to die. But short of admitting that he’s Batman, Bruce’s only option is to convince the rest of the jury that they put too much faith in Batman. He’s not the infallible god Gotham believes him to be. Continue reading…
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Why Netflix's Ozark Season 2 Is One of TV's Best Crime Dramas

Why Netflix's Ozark Season 2 Is One of TV's Best Crime Dramas

This is an advanced SPOILER-FREE review of Ozark Season 2. You can stream all 10 episodes on Netflix on August 31.  Netflix’s gritty Missouri-based crime drama, Ozark, is back with a darker, and much stronger, second season, which pushes the money-laundering Byrde family to the brink of collapse, as they struggle to not only survive, but also thrive in a criminal underworld filled with drug cartels, crooked government agents, and rapacious politicians. When Ozark first premiered in 2017, comparisons were made to AMC’s seminal Breaking Bad, and rightly so. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) are both hardworking, law-abiding individuals, who after suffering extreme circumstances, decide that a life of crime is their only way out. While those similarities are difficult to ignore, Ozark Season 2 does a solid job of distinguishing itself from other series within the same genre. Continue reading…
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Guardians 3: Chris Pratt Says It's 'Not An Easy Time' For Cast After Gunn's Firing

Guardians 3: Chris Pratt Says It's 'Not An Easy Time' For Cast After Gunn's Firing

It’s not been an easy time for the Guardians of the Galaxy cast following James Gunn’s firing, according to Chris Pratt. Speaking to the AP, Pratt explained the cast loves Gunn but everyone still wants to move forward, with the recent controversy being complicated for everyone. “It’s not an easy time,” Pratt said. “We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a complicated situation for everybody. “And you know, we just want to move forward and do what’s right and be the best people we can be.” Pratt and the rest of the core Guardians cast released an open statement defending Gunn. The filmmaker was fired by Disney after a series of older offensive tweets from the director recently surfaced. Pratt reiterated the open letter from the cast is mostly all they have to say about the situation. Continue reading…
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Hollow Knight's Next Expansion Changing Name to Avoid Potential Legal Action

Hollow Knight's Next Expansion Changing Name to Avoid Potential Legal Action

The upcoming Hollow Knight content pack formerly known as Hollow Knight: Gods & Glory is now officially Hollow Knight: Godmaster – this change is likely to avoid potential legal conflicts with another similarly named game. Announced by developer Team Cherry, this fourth and final free content pack for Hollow Knight is still coming to Switch, Windows, Mac and Linux on August 23, and it will reportedly contain the exact same content that it was going to before the name change. To announce this, Team Cherry poked a bit of fun at the situation. “So why the 11th hour change?” asked Team Cherry’s co-director William Pellen. “Well not only is the new name 100 times cooler, more distinct, more ‘Hollow Knight’, it also doesn’t conflict with the title of a certain mobile game, made by a very large, very powerful video game company! It’s a win win all-round! Now, let’s all take a moment to enjoy this stylish upgrade.” Continue reading…
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New Xbox Elite Controller Reportedly Launching in October

New Xbox Elite Controller Reportedly Launching in October

Rumors of an updated version of Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Wireless Controller have been circulating for months, and the latest one points to a release this fall. The Verge Senior Editor Tom Warren tweeted yesterday that a new $149 Xbox controller codenamed “Washburn” is due out in October. Though Warren never specifically called this controller “Elite,” it’s a pretty safe bet that this is what he was referring to, given that the $149 price tag he mentioned is the MSRP of the existing Elite Wireless Controller. Continue reading…
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Gone Home Announced For Nintendo Switch

Gone Home Announced For Nintendo Switch

Gone Home is coming to Nintendo Switch on August 23. Developer Fullbright and publisher Annapurna Interactive announced the Switch version today, on the fifth anniversary of the game’s original PC release date. A new trailer has also been revealed, which you can check out below: Gone Home is the story of Katie Greenbriar, who returns home to find her entire family missing. As she explores her family home, she begins to piece together what happened and learns something is very wrong. For more on Gone Home, be sure to check out our review, which gave the game a 9.5, calling it a “powerful experience,” and “a remarkable achievement.” Continue reading…
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Batman's Pain Is the Reader's Gain

Batman's Pain Is the Reader's Gain

Does Bruce Wayne believe in God? It’s a complicated question. On one hand, Bruce is the ultimate self-made man, lashing out at a world that betrayed him as a child and molding himself into the ultimate champion of justice. What need does he have for a higher power? On the other, he’s witnessed firsthand just how vast and strange a place the universe is. He knows for a fact that there are beings far outside the realm of mortal comprehension. Is it really such a giant leap from gods to God? This question becomes paramount in Batman #53, the closing chapter of “Cold Days.” As Bruce makes his final case for the idea that Mr. Freeze has been wrongly accused of murder, our hero delves into his own troubled past and reveals his complicated history with religion. The result is one of the strongest chapters of the series yet, and further proof that it’s always possible to find new angles on a character as ever-present as Batman. Continue reading…
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Westworld Season 3 Will Be a 'Radical Shift'

Westworld Season 3 Will Be a 'Radical Shift'

Westworld’s third season will be a “radical shift” for the show, according to showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan. Warning: Spoilers for Westworld Season 2 follow…Be sure to refresh yourself on the events of Season 2 finale with our “The Passenger” review. In an interview with THR, Joy and Nolan teased their vision for Season 3 and what fans can expect from Westworld moving forward. According to Nolan, it’s easier to take storytelling risks when most of the series’ main characters aren’t human. Continue reading…
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