With the upcoming arrival of Dark Phoenix, the future of the X-Men film franchise is in a strange position. In the wake of Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox, and the rights to the Marvel characters it controlled, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that the team of mutant superheroes would become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But what about the universe that's been built over the last 20 years through X-Men movies? If the continuity of this franchise ends, will fans get a sense of closure from Dark Phoenix? That's the question GameSpot posed to Dark Phoenix director Simon Kingberg and producer Hutch Parker at WonderCon, during a roundtable interview.
Google Maps has released a "new game" for April Fool's Day called Snake. The title is free-to-play, and doesn't require any sort of download. This new game does actually exist, unlike some other April Fools' Day jokes, and you can play it right now. The joke Google is making is that Snake--a game that's decades old--is somehow new.
Google's Snake is relatively simple. After booting it up, you select one of seven different locations--Cairo, São Paulo, London, Sydney, San Francisco, Tokyo, or the whole world. You then take control of a train that's constantly moving forward, which you can redirect with the arrow keys on your computer. Your goal is to pick up passengers and drop them off at city landmarks, all while avoiding driving into the ocean. As you pick up passengers, the train grows longer, making it easier for you to accidentally corner yourself.
According to GameSpot sister site CNET, a Google spokesperson said that Snake will remain available to play on Google Maps for about a week. This isn't the first time Google has made an old-school style game for April Fools' Day, as, back in 2015, a Pac-Man game was added to Google Maps. For more gaming-related April Fool's Day gags going on this year, check out our round-up.
Battle royale is everywhere, from Battlefield V to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Even Tetris has been infected, with Tetris 99 offering the same every-player-for-themself design in the Tetris universe. While the genre's overflowing with a myriad of titles, the man who popularized it in the video game space, Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene, is moving on to something new.
Greene recently announced that his "new day-to-day focus will be heading up to a new division of PUBG Corp.: PUBG Special Projects." Green served as both the director and designer of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and while he'll "remain as a consulting creative director on PUBG," he's leaving the project behind to concentrate on new initiatives for the company. He's also leaving PUBG Corp.'s headquarters in Seoul, which will continue to work on PUBG, and moving to the newly-established Amsterdam office where he'll put his attention "on building out an entirely new division to focus on research & game development."
With only two episodes left, Gotham has finally revealed its final version of its take on The Joker. After Jeremiah (Cameron Monaghan) got dumped into a vat of chemicals by Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), fans waited eagerly to see what the outcome would be. Now, to celebrate April Fools' Day, Mr. J has delivered a couple of treats.
While this new poster and trailer stop short of flat-out calling the character Joker, something Gotham has shied away from doing since Jerome--the first iteration of the character--was introduced in Season 1, it's hard to deny it at this point. Still, the teaser trailer lists the character's name as J.
The teaser also shows what happened to Jeremiah after his Ace Chemicals bath. Horribly scarred, he's locked up in Arhkam Asylum and seems numb to the world as the song "I Feel Pretty" plays until something knocks him out of his stupor. "I feel something new," he says. "Something beautiful." The next show shows the character with his face painted white and The Joker's trademark red lipstick, while maniacal laughter echoes.
Releasing mini versions of classic consoles is an ongoing trend that took off with Nintendo's SNES and NES Classics and continued with Sony's PlayStation Classic. Now Sega is throwing its hat into the ring--the company announced March 30 that its own nostalgia console, the Genesis Mini (or Mega Drive Mini, for those in Europe), will launch worldwide on September 19.
The Genesis Mini will cost $80 / £70/ €80 / AUD $140 and comes with 40 games. Only 10 games have been confirmed so far: Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Space Harrier 2, Shining Force, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, ToeJam & Earl, Comix Zone, Altered Beast, and Gunstar Heroes. According to Sega, the rest of the games will be announced intermittently leading up to the console's release date.
Based on the Model 1 Genesis, the mini console is about 55 percent smaller than the original and comes with two classic three-button controllers, a USB-to-Micro-B power cable, and an HDMI cable. If you live in America, a power adapter will also come with it.
April 1 has arrived, and in the spirit of April Fools' Day, Ubisoft has kicked off a ridiculous new event in Rainbow Six Siege. The Rainbow Is Magic event is now live across PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it introduces a special playlist along with an assortment of colorful new cosmetic items in the popular tactical shooter.
For a limited time, players can take on a special rescue mission set in a redesigned, candy-colored version of the Plane map. The object: safely retrieve a VIP teddy bear from the vehicle. For this mission, players will be able to choose between four Operators--Blackbeard, Montagne, Smoke, and Tachanka--and nine "toy soldiers."
In addition to the special mission, Ubisoft has rolled out a new line of exclusive Rainbow Is Magic cosmetics. The collection consists of 17 colorful items ranging from BDUs to headgear. Players will receive one free Rainbow Is Magic Pack when they log in during the event and can earn additional ones by completing Ubisoft Club Challenges or purchasing them for 300 R6 Credits. As with other Rainbow Six Siege loot packs, there will be no duplicate items.
If you're curious about Jordan Peele's new The Twilight Zone TV series remake, you can watch the first episode for free. The show will be normally available exclusively through CBS All Access, but the first episode is currently live on the streaming service's YouTube channel for all to see.
The first episode of The Twilight Zone is titled "The Comedian," and it follows the tragic tale of Samir, a comedian struggling to connect with his audience with his humor. One day he's offered a solution: add a little bit of himself to his routine and he'll get the laughs he wants. However, once that part of his life has been turned into a joke, it will leave his life for good. Samir believes this warning is merely figurative, but as this is an episode of The Twilight Zone, of course it's anything but.
"The Comedian" premiered alongside "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet," which is itself a remake of one of the original The Twilight Zone's most memorable episodes, titled "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." This new version of the classic episode replaces the story of a gremlin trying to take down an airplane--which only the protagonist and the audience can see--with one of a man frantically trying to prevent a plane crash he's learned about through a podcast that's seemingly from the future. "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" is only available through CBS All Access right now.
When 2K released its latest installment of its wrestling series, WWE 2K19, there was an interesting challenge included in the game. If the player could beat an ultra-hard mode, they would have a chance to face WWE superstar AJ Styles in a one-on-one match, and if successful, they'd win $1 million. And the finals for the event will take place during Wrestlemania weekend.
On Friday, April 5, 2K and WWE will host the semifinals for the Million Dollar Challenge at Wrestlemania Axxess at Pier 12 in Brooklyn, New York. The finals will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and those who aren't in attendance will be able to at least watch the finale, which is taking place during the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn preshow. At 6:30 ET, it will be streamed on multiple platforms: Fox Sports digital platforms, WWE Network, WWE on YouTube, WWE 2K on Facebook and Twitter, on-demand after air on the USA Network.
During the event, WWE superstar Kofi Kingson, Big E, Paige, Ember Moon, and the Miz will be in attendance to coach the final four participants. The winner of the challengers will then take on AJ Styles one-on-one. If they win, they'll be awarded with $1 million. Gregory Davis from Jacksonville, Florida; Stephan T. Benson from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; David Hoey from Sydney, Australia; and Roman Droßard from Pfalzfeld, Germany are the final four that will compete in this tournament.
Metro Exodus going exclusive to the Epic Games Store was a controversial move for publisher Deep Silver. Valve called the move "unfair to Steam customers," apologizing for the short window the company had to inform customers that Metro Exodus wouldn't be available through its platform. Despite this, Steam keys for the game were sold online, and it turns out that those keys were stolen--and have now been deactivated as a result.
According to an update on the game's official Steam page, these keys for Metro Exodus on Valve's platform will no longer work. "These keys have been obtained illegally from the factory where physical key printing had taken place prior to the announcement of exclusivity with Epic Games," publisher Deep Silver wrote. "Due to the criminal nature of these keys, all unlicensed keys have been deactivated and activation/download of Metro Exodus without the executable file is no longer possible."
Further, Metro Exodus will be removed from your games library if you got one of these illegal Steam keys. "In addition, the software will be removed from the Steam library of any players using an unauthorized code. The keys being sold on this platform are stolen goods, and are therefore illegal."