Square Enix recently revealed that they will be releasingFinal Fantasy XV: Royal Edition for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 6. The Royal Edition will be filled with new features to the franchise including a first-person mode, being able to control the Royal Vessel, and a new dungeon to explore. This new edition will also launch alongside the Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition that will be available for Steam, Origin, and Windows 10. Both the Royal and Windows editions will be available for $49.99.
Both the Royal and Windows version, will also include the base game, together with 20 game add-ons and DLCs, as well as an expanded map, new enemies, and side quests. Check out the full list of features of both editions from Square Enix:
- Expanded Map: Insomnia City Ruins – all-new side quests and enemies such as Cerberus and Omega will be available through the expanded map of the Crown City of Insomnia. Players will also take on the Rulers of Yore.
- A fully-controllable Royal Vessel boat, expanding the world of Eos and allowing players to explore the area between Cape Caem and Altissia. Players will also be able to fish aboard the vessel and discover new fishes and dishes.
- A new accessory that can activate the new action “Armiger Unleashed” – players will be able to unleash powerful attacks while the Armiger is summoned. After collecting all of the royal arms, players will be able to find an accessory in an unidentified part of the world, enabling access to Armiger Unleashed.
- A new first-person camera mode, allowing players to experience the game from Noctis’ perspective.
- More than a dozen pieces of downloadable content including weapons, Regalia car skins and item sets
- All season pass content including Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto, Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades,and Episode Ignis
- Archive – players can review the “Cosmogony” stories scattered throughout the Final Fantasy XV world. Additional local myths and legends will also be placed in various new locations, allowing players to obtain more information about the world.
- Quest to obtain and Strengthen Regalia Type-D
- New Trophies
- The Final Fantasy XV base game
For players who already own Final Fantasy XV on consoles, you can still avail all of the new content of the Royal Edition, without the base game by purchasing the Final Fantasy XV Royal Pack for a lesser price of $19.99. You can check out the pre-order details of both editions here.
I'm sure many of you have heard of the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White Housebecause President Donald Trump attacked it saying that the information in it is false. He even tried to stop it from being published. Well, now the book, written by Michael Wolff, is going to be adapted into a TV series. I'm sure Trump is going to be very happy about that.
Endeavor Content has purchased the film and television rights to the book, which dives into what it was like the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
It largely portrays Trump as unprepared for the enormity of his office, and that he is unable to focus his attention on policy details. The book also includes quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as 'treasonous.'"
Since the book has been released it's been flying off shelves. Even though it seems like Trump is one of the most hated Presidents, people obviously enjoy reading about him and people are taking the opportunity to make money off of all the craziness. Here's the description that came with the book:
The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous―and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.
In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations: -- What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers
Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.
Seems like an interesting book that will make for an interesting series. There's no doubt it will end up being a huge hit.
Before the book was released, Trump made the following statement:
"We are going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about a person, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts."
Wolff said that the book is based on over 200 interviews and that he had access to the White House and Trump himself. So, there's got to be some truth to what is being written in this book... right?! Read the book and decide for yourself. Or just wait for the TV series.
Lots of fans are still talking about and debating over Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In the process, director Rian Johnson continues to explain why he made the choices that he made with the film. I don't think I've ever seen a director have to explain so many things about a movie before. As much as I loved the film, I don't think he needs to explain himself, and I kinda wish he would just stop.
Anyway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who starred in Johnson's Brick and Looper finally got a chance to see the film for himself, and after watching it, he wrote an essay that was posted on Medium defending the film and how Luke Skywalker was handled called "A New Old Skywalker". It's actually a really good write up, but I doubt it will change any of the haters minds.
He starts out by saying that even though he is good friends with Johnson, he is not speaking for him with this essay and says that this is just his opinion. He also wanted to make sure to point out that he's not telling anyone they are wrong in their opinions.
"In our ever more gamified culture, with endless awards shows, publicized box office figures, and the all-knowing Tomatometer, it seems conversations about movies are more and more often put into quantified terms of good and bad, best and worst, right and wrong. And then there’s the twitface-insta-fueled tribalism, people taking sides, pointing fingers and spitting venom at the other guys. There seems to be a lot of that going around right now from both lovers and haters of this movie. Dear oh dear, folks. This isn’t politics or sports. The fruit is in the subjectivity. If you feel differently than I do, I’m 100% cool with that. I think it’s often in these very differences of perspective that movies can be at their most enlightening, helping us learn something about each other and ourselves."
From here, he gets into his opinion of what happened to Luke Skywalker. After going into a little background of Luke's past and the way he was in the previous films, Gordon-Levitt dives into it, saying:
The way I see it, The Last Jedi takes two big risks in its depiction of Luke. 1) He’s different than he used to be. 2) Not only is he different, he’s changed for the worse.
As for the first risk, he didn’t have to be different. He’s one of the most iconic movie characters ever. A safer bet would have been to bring him back and make him just like he always was. This is what The Force Awakens did exceedingly well. For example, the Han Solo we meet in that movie is pretty much the same charmingly roguish character we loved in the original trilogy. Yes, he’s gotten older, had a kid, but it hardly seems to have changed him much. And that was fine by me. Seeing him again after so many years felt like a sweet reunion with an old friend. So, why not do the same for Luke?
Leaving Luke unchanged would have been a huge missed opportunity. Think about how rare this is. A trilogy of movies is made with a young protagonist played by an actor in his 20s. Then, no fewer than 40 YEARS LATER (A New Hope came out in 1977) this actor gets to play the same character as an older man. I don’t know how many times that has ever happened in the history of movies. Has it ever happened?
This gives the filmmaker and the actor an extraordinary opportunity to tell a story about one of the most universal truths in human experience — getting older. We all get older, and those of us who are lucky enough to survive our youth all face the joys, the terrors, the puzzles, the pitfalls, the surprises, and the inevitabilities that come along with doing so. Re-meeting our beloved protagonist decades after we last saw him, only to learn that the passing years have changed some of his most fundamental qualities, I’ll admit, it’s almost hard to see. But in that glaring contrast between the Luke of old and the new Old Luke, The Last Jedi offers a uniquely fascinating portrayal of a man’s life marching inescapably forward.
Time changes us. Go talk to anybody in their sixties and ask if they feel very different than they did in their twenties. The look on their face will almost surely speak volumes. As do so many such looks from Mark Hamill in what I feel is a beautifully nuanced and heartfelt performance.
The second big risk I mentioned was that Luke has not only changed, he’s changed for the worse. But to me, the obvious response here is that movie characters are usually better when they’re flawed. Speaking as an actor, when I’m considering whether or not I want to play a certain character, I’m always looking for a healthy balance of virtues and shortcomings. Otherwise, it doesn’t feel real. No one is a perfect hero or a perfect villain, we’re more complicated than that, every one of us. Flawless characters feel thin. And forgive me if I blaspheme, but the young Luke Skywalker always did feel just a little light to me, which is why it was so cool this time around to see him fill out into a more imperfect human being.
A flawed main character is one of the main distinctions between a story with substance and a gratuitous spectacle. It’s often through a character overcoming their flaws that a movie can really say something. Yes, when the movie begins, Luke has grown cynical. He’s lost faith in what it means to be a Jedi. He’s let fear of the Dark Side of the Force corner him into isolation and inaction. But he needs to start there, so that he can overcome this grave deficit.
To me, this is a story about not losing faith: faith in the outside world, faith in your allies as well as your enemies, in the future as well as the past, in the next generation that will take your place, and yes, faith in your own damn self. Luke has made mistakes that had terrible consequences, and his regret is so strong that he wants to give up. We need to see that despair, hidden under a crusty front of indifference, so that when he finally decides to put himself out there and make the ultimate sacrifice, it means something. It means more than just stalling the First Order to let the remainder of the Resistance escape. Our protagonist has arrived at the end of his journey. He’s re-found his faith, both in the past and the future of the Jedi Order, and even more importantly, in himself. Again, it’s in that glaring contrast between a journey’s beginnings and its end where we find a story’s meaning.
And so, speaking of faith, I’ll end on a bit of a meta note here. It feels to me like a good chunk of the backlash against The Last Jedi is about exactly that. Star Wars has a certain sanctity for a great many of us, and it’s understandable why current circumstances might rattle a fan’s faith. The ultimate authority in this world, its auteur, George Lucas, has recently passed the torch onto the next generation. The new owner of Lucasfilm is a massive media conglomerate. But I think the new Luke Skywalker of Episode VIII gives us good reason to feel reassured.
That a big Hollywood studio would take such risks on such a big property — again, to present their central hero in a drastically different light than ever before, to unflinchingly deliver the ominous message that even the most pure-hearted idealists can struggle through darkness and doubt — these are not the kinds of decisions that get made when short-term profitability is prioritized above all else. These are risks taken in the interest of building a world that is not only good for selling popcorn and action figures this year, but that thrives in the long-run on a bed of literary substance and artistic dignity. As a fan, I take it as a sign of respect that the movie was not only a good time, but a provocative challenge. A lot of studios and filmmakers don’t think so highly of their audiences. In the end, to me, The Last Jedi demonstrates not only that we can still have faith in Star Wars, but that Star Wars still has faith in us.
I completely agree with Gordon-Levitt's thoughts on this topic. It's a well thought out piece that will help keep the conversation going while we wait to see what J.J. Abrams ends up doing with Episode IX. What do you think about what Gordon-Levitt had to say here?
Amazon Prime has released a new trailer for their upcoming historical fantasy series called Britannia. The show is set in 43AD during the Roman invasion of Celtic Britain and the Roman army is being led by a general named Aulus Plautius, who is played by The Walking Dead’s Governor, David Morrissey. He's on a mission to conquer the Celtic heart of Britannia which is filled with warrior women, magical forces, and sexy druid raves. Here's a description:
Britannia begins in 43AD as the Roman Army, determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the mysterious forces of the Underworld. Arch Celtic rivals Kerra and Antedia must face the Roman invasion led by Aulus Plautius as it cuts a swathe through the Celtic Resistance.
As you'll see, they are trying to give the series a fresh and modern feel by blasting rock music throughout the trailer. I'm not sure how I feel about what I'm seeing here. It looks like it might be good, at the same time it looks like it could suck. We'll just have to wait and see. I'll definitely give it a shot.
The series also stars Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Zoë Wanamaker (Madame Hooch from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), and Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars), who is taking on the role of King Pellenor.
The series is being produced by Sky Atlantic and it's set to be released on January 18th. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think. I also included a previously released Red-Band trailer to watch, just in case you missed it.
Good news to allBattlefield 1fans, as DICE, the developer of the game recently announced that the Prise de Tahure, one of Battlefield 1’s map that was previously exclusive to Premium Pass owners or those with the They Shall Not Pass DLC, will be free for everyone. The map will bring players an intense, night-time urban environment that will be free for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC users starting January 16.
DICE also announced a trial for the Turning Tides DLC’s Gallipoli that will be available from January 16 until January 22. Check out the trailer for the DLC above. The trial will give players a glimpse of some of the contents from the They Shall Not Pass and In The Name of the Tsar expansions. The trial will also give players access to some new content coming in for the second half of Turning Tides, which launches this month.
The first half of the Turning Tides expansion was already released during the end of last year, however, the remaining contents for the DLC, which will include the Zeebrugge and Heligoland Bight maps, the British Royal Marines faction, and a C-Class Airship vehicle will be released this January. As regards to future expansions, publisher EA and developer DICE have confirmed that details on Apocalypse, the upcoming fourth Battlefield 1 expansion, will be announced soon.
Turning Tides is the third DLC released for Battlefield 1 to date, and Apocalypse will follow early this year. DICE teases fans that the upcoming Apocalypse expansion will include “the most infamous battles of WWI,” and will introduce the “brutal tools and unique weapons born out of desperation and deadlock.”
Battlefield 1 is already available for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One today. Don’t forget to check out our full review of the PC version of the game here. Are you excited on the upcoming expansions for Battlefield 1? What is your best Battlefield moment? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Did you know that the eighth and most recent film in the Saw franchise, Jigsaw, was a huge success? The film was made on a budget of $10 million and it made over $100 million at the box office. That's an epic profit. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to you to learn that Lionsgate wants to make another sequel.
Even though Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) was killed off in Saw III, his horrific legend lives on and the studio just won't him really die. According to Bloody-Disgusting, Twisted Pictures is planning a ninth Saw movie and as of right now things are just in conversation mode. One thing they seem to know for sure is that Jigsaw directors Michael and Peter Spierig will not be returning to direct the film.
Jigsaw turned out to be an okay sequel, although it's pretty much more of the same. I just think they should just move on from the franchise and try to create something new. But the Saw franchise is still bringing in the big money, so as long as that continues to happen, we'll continue to see Saw movies.
Are you a fan of the Saw franchise and are you excited to hear that you will probably see a ninth film?
I've got some cool news for fans of the Alien franchise! It was recently announced that FoxNet had acquired the video game developer company Cold Iron Studios. They have created games such as City of Heroes, BioShock: Infinite, Metroid Prime 3, Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter. They also recently revealed a new game called Marvel Strike Force, which will be released later this year.
It's also been revealed that they are currently developing a PC and console shooter that is set in the Alien cinematic universe! There are no story details for the game yet, but it's still exciting! I love the Alien franchise and I've enjoyed playing most of the video games that have been released in the past, so I can't wait to see how this new game turns out. Cold Iron CEO Craig Zinkievich had this to say in a press release:
"We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe. Our background in building online worlds and taking established franchises to the next level in interactive entertainment is a precise fit with our product roadmap ahead; we can’t wait to share more information soon."
Judging from that statement, I guess we can expect this new game to be built as an interactive online world, which should be interesting. The game will also be developed on the Unreal Engine 4. Aaron Loeb, President of Studios, FoxNext Games went on to say:
"Cold Iron Studios has amazing design, craftsmanship and development talent that we are excited to welcome at FoxNext Games as we pursue our goal to build a multi-platform, multi-genre portfolio of great games. I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe."
To give you an idea of the style of Cold Iron Studios and the kind of stuff they are doing, here's the trailer for their upcoming game Marvel Strike Force. Watch that and then imagine it as a shooter with Colonial Marines battling Xenomorphs. This could end up being a lot of fun!
In DC Comics' Batman #39, The Dark Knight sports a brand new suit that has a Medieval flare to it. Some people aren't a big fan of the new look, including Catwoman, who tells Batman in the comic that he looks ridiculous!
In the story, we find out that Batman and Wonder Woman made an eternal vow to a warrior known as The Gentle Man, who fights off the hordes of Gehenna. As a way to honor their vow, Batman wears the new Bat-Knight gear. Batman even admits that he's not the biggest fan of it.
Check out a couple excerpts from the comic below and let us know what you think about Batman's new look!
Batman #39 is written by Tom King with pencils by Joelle Jones and colors by Jordie Bellaire. The official description is listed below.
SUPERFRIENDS finale! Since the beginning, the friendship between Batman and Wonder Woman has stood at the heart of the DC Universe. Now that friendship is coming apart, and as it does the universe itself begins to crumble. Don’t miss the conclusion of Batman’s epic team-up with Wonder Woman!
Director Yeon Sang-ho is back this year with a new film, Psychokinesis. His last film, Train to Busan, was well received and is even said to be getting a Hollywood remake. Psychokinesis follows a man (played by Ryu Seung-ryong) who one day discovers he has superpowers and he wants to use them to help his daughter. It is supposed to be a black comedy film, and looks like it’ll be a fun one to watch. Check out the poster and trailer below and let us know if you want to see it. It is slated for release in Korea on January 31, with no date for the US yet.
Amazon will continue its jaunt in the world of superheroes as it just granted The Tick a Season 2 renewal. Season 2, which according to Variety is set to premiere in 2019, will have its episode count cut down from 12 to 10. While that's a bit of a bummer, at least it didn't get canceled!
If you haven't watched the new series yet, catch up now before the second batch of Season 1 episodes hit Amazon Prime video February 23. It won't take but an evening of watching to catch up, and its pretty damn funny! Who's excited for Season 2?
In a workaday world where superheroes fly among us, mild-mannered accountant Arthur Everest (Griffin Newman) suspects The City is controlled by a fabled villain known as The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley), despite evidence of The Terror’s death 15 years ago. Arthur has a traumatic connection with The Terror, whose movements he has obsessively tracked since childhood. Arthur’s sister, Dot (Valorie Curry), is a paramedic who dotes on her brother but also provides a sibling’s tough love. The more he talks about super-villain super-conspiracies, the more she warns him to “keep it real.”
Fate soon brings Arthur together with a tall, verbally adroit muscleman with superpowers and a mysterious past: The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz). As they investigate the mystery surrounding The Terror, they draw attention from the electrifying enigma known as Miss Lint and a hyper-violent vigilante named Overkill, confronting the complexity of the struggle between good and evil. The Tick, bursting with relentlessly original storylines and quotable dialogue, shows what a blast crusading for truth and justice can be. Our culture is now awash with self-serious mythologies and grimly determined, interchangeable characters filling not just franchises but entire universes. The time has come for The Tick.
Here's the trailer for the upcoming second part of Season 1: