Apex Legends Microtransactions: Prices, Skins, Battle Pass, And More

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Respawn's new battle royale game, Apex Legends, has arrived on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Much like Epic's massively popular Fortnite, while the game is completely free to download and play, it features microtransactions, giving you numerous options for spending real-world money if you're so inclined. Here's a rundown on what you can get.

There are three different types of currency in Apex Legends: Apex Coins, Legend Tokens, and Crafting Metals. Apex Coins are the only kind that can be purchased with real-world money, and they're used to buy Apex Packs (the game's equivalent of loot boxes), Legends (playable characters), and featured items. You can purchase Apex Coins in the following increments:

The remaining two forms of currency, Legend Tokens (represented with a red icon) and Crafting Metals (blue icon) can both be earned within the game. You'll receive Legend Tokens for leveling up, and these can be used to purchase most the same items as Apex Coins. Crafting Metals, meanwhile, can be obtained in Apex Packs, and they are used to unlock weapon skins and other cosmetics.

New 2K Studio, Helmed By Dead Space Creator, Is Making A Mysterious Game

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Take-Two Interactive Software has announced that game industry veteran Michael Condrey has joined 2K Games as the head of a new Silicon Valley-based studio. Currently unnamed, the studio will be working on a new, unannounced project.

"At 2K, we offer our collective audience a variety of engaging and captivating entertainment experiences," 2K president David Ismailer said. "We continually seek opportunities to empower and invest in the right people and ideas. Michael's unparalleled creative, production, and leadership accolades are well-documented and deserved. We are greatly inspired not only by his passion but the potential for his new studio to complement our existing portfolio and development expertise."

"Today's announcement represents a rare and special opportunity for developers to help build and shape a new Silicon Valley studio from the ground up," Condrey added. "I couldn't be more excited, or thankful, to embark on this next step in my career." Condrey's new studio joins the 2K umbrella alongside Firaxis, Hangar 13, Visual Concepts, and Cat Daddy.

Titanfall 3 Is Not In Development, Respawn Confirms As It Launches Apex Legends

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A new game in the Titanfall universe, Apex Legends, was announced and released today for PlayStation, Xbox One, and PC. It's the only Titanfall game coming for a while, it seems, as developer Respawn has now confirmed that Titanfall 3 is not in development.

Producer Drew McCoy candidly told Eurogamer, "The world thinks we're making Titanfall 3 and we're not--[Apex Legends] is what we're making."

Apex Legends is the result of putting one of the best FPS dev teams in the world on a game focused on doing a few things really well. We look at battle royale as a genre, not a mode, and we're here to help mold it. Hope everyone is enjoying the game as much as we had making it!

Star Wars: Taika Waititi Shares Details About The Mandalorian TV Show

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The new Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian is coming to the Disney+ streaming service, which launches sometime later this year. It boasts an impressive list of directors, including Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates). Another name that's taking the reins for an episode is Taika Waititi, who previously helmed Thor: Ragnarok.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour, Waititi shared some details about the "amazing" experience of getting to help craft his own little corner of the Star Wars franchise. "[Executive producer Jon] Favreau's a genius and so smart and so good at what he does and creating these worlds," he revealed during a post-panel group interview. "The scripts are really great. And yeah, it was really fun doing something in the Star Wars universe. It's every kid's dream just to see a Stormtrooper. When you're doing these scenes with like 50 or 60 of them, it's pretty amazing."

He was also excited to direct a story involving bounty hunters like Boba Fett. "For most kids growing up with those films, he was one of the most favorite characters, even though he was barely in the films," the director said. "Bounty hunters, the helmets are so cool. So yeah, I mean just getting to see characters like that and getting to shoot with them was pretty cool."

What The Hell Is Netflix's The Umbrella Academy?

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What The Hell Is Netflix's The Umbrella Academy?

Netflix's latest original series, Umbrella Academy, has finally arrived, bringing with it buckets of trippy, surrealist superhero hijinks. But the world of the Academy is actually more than just a bizarre 10 episode series to be binged from your living room--it's actually a cult classic superhero comic from Gerard Way (yes, as in the guy from My Chemical Romance) and artist Gabriel Ba.

Sure, it may not possess the weight of history that something like the Marvel Cinematic Universe has behind it, but the world of Umbrella Academy is actually expansive (and completely bizarre), making it a worthy read for anyone who might be interested in jumping into the new show. So what exactly is Umbrella Academy, how do you read it, and what does it all mean?

We're here to break it down for you, piece by abstract piece.

Sweetheart (2019) Review: Awful Vacation, Great Movie

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A great premise can generally only take you so far, but films that stick to them and don't get distracted can sometimes in turn achieve greatness. Blumhouse's Sweetheart takes the conventional and familiar survival story and turns it on its head with a tale of self-discovery, empowerment, and monster-fighting in what can best be described as Cast Away meets Cloverfield.

Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) wakes up one day and finds herself on an isolated island in the middle of the ocean. She's shipwrecked, and her only companion has a chunk of coral jutting from his stomach. Without wasting a second, Jenn pulls her friend from the water, yanks the coral, and stops the bleeding with a makeshift bandage. Sadly, it's too late, as her companion dies that night--and that's when the problems begin.

Taika Waititi Won't Be Directing Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, And Here's Why

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Ever since James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been wondering just who will take over the director's chair. After the smashing success of Thor: Ragnarok, many have seen Taika Watiti as the "go to" director for Marvel's next cosmic installment.

However, Waititi was firm that he will not be involved in the third Guardians movie. "I'm not doing that movie, but I'm hanging out with them," Waititi explained during the What We Do In Shadows panel of the Television Critics Association press tour. "I'm still hanging out with those guys and talking about new stuff. What might be yet, but yeah, I want to do another [Marvel] movie."

As for why Waititi won't take over for the next Guardians installment, it's all out of respect for Gunn's previous work. "For me, that's James's," Waititi continued. "Those are James's films. Going into something like that which has got his stamp all over it would feel like going in someone's house and going, 'Hey! I'm your new dad, and this is how we make peanut butter sandwiches now!' It just feels kind of awkward. I just wouldn't know how to follow up those two films because those are his babies."

Down Review: A Leap Over A Low Bar

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There is a gory moment in the third act of "Down" when the filmmakers abandon all pretense and restraint, spraying the screen with a fountain of blood. In that moment, the movie shows its hand; I turned my brain off and enjoyed the remainder of "Down" as a pulpy diversion. But as fun as "Down" was--and it was fun, to be clear--it was also disappointing. The first half of this film promised something better, more complex, and more discussion-worthy than what we ended up getting.

The film opens with a woman named Jennifer (Natalie Martinez) and a man named Guy (Matt Lauria) working late on a Friday night. They're headed down to the parking lot of their office building when the elevator suddenly stalls, four floors underground. Their cell phones don't work. Despite their best efforts to set off the alarm or call for help, they're trapped in this enclosed space for the 3-day weekend. So, they slowly get to know each other.