Twitch Prime members have no shortage of freebies to claim this month. On top of February's batch of free games, which will be available through the end of the month, one more title is now up for grabs for Amazon Prime members: Square Enix's popular MMO, Final Fantasy XIV.
From now until May 3, Twitch Prime users can download the Final Fantasy XIV: Starter Edition on PC at no charge. The Starter Edition includes the base game, which allows users to play up through level 50, as well as a free 30-day subscription to the game.
As with other Twitch Prime games, Final Fantasy XIV: Starter Edition will be yours to keep forever, but you'll need to subscribe in order to continue playing once the free 30-day period ends. To claim your free copy, simply click on the crown-shaped Prime Loot icon on Twitch's website. You can find additional details on Square Enix's website.
With a few notable exceptions, posters for superhero movies tend to look of a certain type: a stern-looking hero, surrounded by explosions, maybe a villain head peering over the background. As if to respond to this trend, the latest posters for Captain Marvel put the focus much more closely on the hero herself, with bright pop art-inspired backgrounds and heavy contrast to make the colors stand out.
The posters were shown off by Disney marketing head Asad Ayaz, who similarly got first dibs to debut the live-action Aladdin remake poster. This pair of posters shows Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, in both her Kree warrior helmet (complete with stylish mohawk) and the more recognizable superhero suit.
This movie is a prequel of sorts, and will take place largely in the 1990s with a young Nick Fury. It aims to explain the origins of Captain Marvel, and where she's been all these years as the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and various other heroes have faced multiple world-ending threats without her.
The launch trailer focuses on a team of four Freelancers suiting up for their next mission. Each Freelancer pilots one of the different Javelin exo-suits, and the trailer showcases the unique flight and combat mechanics of the four. You can watch it above.
First up is Ranger, which is strong enough to take a hit, but dashes out of the way of additional enemy fire before detonating the combos of the other Javelins with its precise, multi-targeting Ultimate attack. Up next is Colossus, which is strong enough to tank attacks with its shield as it dives into the front lines. Interceptor, meanwhile, dodges out of the way of enemy fire, darting between attacks with flips and dashes, and supporting the Colossus and Ranger on the front lines. Storm takes up the rear on the offensive, flinging fire, lightning, and ice from a relatively safe distance.
There are more massive changes afoot on The Walking Dead. After star Andrew Lincoln departed the series earlier in the season--along with co-star Lauren Cohan, who could still return--another character is saying goodbye.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Danai Gurira, who has played Michonne since Season 3, will depart during the 10th season. She has reportedly signed a deal for a "handful of episodes" that will air throughout Season 10--which was just ordered by AMC. THR also notes that it's likely Gurira will take part in the upcoming made-for-TV The Walking Dead movies that Lincoln will also star in.
The move comes at an interesting time for the actress. In 2018, she made a splash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. She's set to reprise her role as Okoye once again in Avengers: Endgame and--theoretically--in future MCU films. Given how busy Marvel Studios seems to keep its stars, also fitting in months of filming the zombie series could become difficult.
Netflix's new original film Velvet Buzzsaw premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and the art world thriller may be the last thing you would associate with superheroes. But back in the '90s, its writer/director Dan Gilroy made a name for himself rewriting troubled scripts for Hollywood. One of those scripts was Superman Lives, the proposed fifth live-action Superman movie that would have starred Nicolas Cage and been directed by Tim Burton. It was a dream project for Gilroy, but unfortunately the project was shut down right before filming was due to start, and it has since become one of the most legendary canceled movies ever (check out the documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? For more crazy stories about the production).
Ubisoft has announced that New Game Plus is coming to Assassin's Creed Odyssey. The mode is scheduled to release before the end of February, but an exact date hasn't been revealed yet.
The announcement was made via a tweet on Assassin's Creed's Twitter account. The tweet is fairly vague, so any information on how New Game Plus might work--such as whether you'll be able to restart as the protagonist you didn't play as or whether you'll keep all your ship lieutenants you recruited through story missions--has not been revealed. However, another follow-up tweet revealed that more information about New Game Plus will be coming next week.
Next month, the remastered edition of Assassin's Creed III launches for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on March 29. The game includes a remastered version of Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD as well, and includes all the DLC for both--such as the three-part Tyranny of King Washington expansion. Both titles will feature 4K HDR support, and on PC, Xbox One X, and PS4 Pro, the games will play with "higher resolution textures, a new graphics engine, and several other graphical enhancements." You can buy this collection standalone, but it also comes included in the season pass for Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
The 61 Annual Grammy Awards will air live on Sunday, February 10 on CBS. But what if you want to watch through one of your gaming consoles? Whether you've cut the cord or you just want to watch in between gaming rounds, you can watch the award show right from your dashboard.
Both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have the CBS All Access app, which will be streaming the Grammy Awards live. A CBS All Access subscription costs $6 per month, or $10 for the commercial-free option. If you'd just like to check out the service and use it to watch the Grammys, you can sign up for a one-week free trial to gain access to the award show along with all of the other content. Keep in mind that charges will start automatically once the free trial ends, unless you manually cancel.
If you'd rather watch on Nintendo Switch, you'll need the Hulu app instead. CBS isn't carried in the standard Hulu line-up, but it is carried with the highest-tier Live TV package--ordinarily priced at $45 per month. Like CBS All Access, though, you can sign up for a free trial to test the service and watch the Grammys. Charges will apply automatically after the free trial ends.