Apple "Show Time" Event Starts Early With Odd Teases [Update]

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Apple is preparing to make its entry into streaming content with its Show Time event, but in an uncharacteristic move the company started up its stream early. The result has been a whole bunch of slightly odd teases leading up to the event. [Update: The event is ongoing, but already we've learned about Apple Arcade, which is a game subscription service that will let you pay a fee to access a variety of premium games on iOS, MacOS, and Apple TV. We also learned about Apple TV+, an Apple credit card, Apple News+, and more.

CNET reports that the stream featured a 1980s VCR aesthetic and had occasional interruptions by celebrities. Those include a call from Chris Evans (who plays Captain America in the Marvel films), a recitation of Emily Dickinson poetry, Sara Bareilles singing "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me," and finally, an overlay of Apple's CarPlay navigation. That appears to be tracking a path between Hollywood and Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.

Apple "Show Time" Stream Starts Early With Odd Teases

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Apple is preparing to make its entry into streaming content with its Show Time event, but in an uncharacteristic move the company started up its stream early. The result has been a whole bunch of slightly odd teases leading up to the event.

CNET reports that the stream featured a 1980s VCR aesthetic and had occasional interruptions by celebrities. Those include a call from Chris Evans (who plays Captain America in the Marvel films), a recitation of Emily Dickinson poetry, Sara Bareilles singing "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me," and finally, an overlay of Apple's CarPlay navigation. That appears to be tracking a path between Hollywood and Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.

The shenanigans appear to be over for the time being, but it was certainly an unconventional way for Apple to start building up the hype for its big debut. Reports suggest that Apple's streaming service has the involvement of big names like Oprah and Stephen Spielberg, and that it may have conducted talks with other big content providers like HBO and Showtime to be part of the service. Netflix is reportedly not taking part in these talks, positioning itself as a competitor for Apple. The payment model and what the service would include are still under wraps.

Samurai Shodown Uses Deep Machine Learning To Create Opponents

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The latest entry in SNK's classic fighting game series, Samurai Shodown, will launch for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch in June, publisher Athlon Games has announced. The PC version, meanwhile, will launch at a later, as of yet undisclosed time.

At launch, there will be a number of modes available to the player. Alongside the prerequisite story, online, and offline versus modes, there will also be a new asynchronous mode called "Dojo." While SNK didn't delve into the specifics of how it'll work, it did say that Dojo will use deep machine learning to create custom computer-controlled opponents. These AI fighters will learn from how a player behaves in online and offline modes, and battle against the player with this behavior in mind.

These AI characters will be shareable, and Samurai Shodown players will also be able to download versions of other players that are online. Ghosts will be available to fight in one-on-one battles, as well as a unique Ironman Challenge that pits a player against 100 AI fighters in a row. The potential here is interesting, especially when it comes to teaching how to play the game.

Watch PS4's "State Of Play" Stream Here Today: Start Times And More

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Sony has announced its own streaming presentation. The first such "State of Play" showcase will debut on Monday, March 25, and promises a series of game reveals, trailers, news, and more for PS4 and PSVR.

You'll be able to watch the stream in its entirety right here on GameSpot. Sony suggested in its announcement that this will be the first of many streaming presentations that it airs throughout the year, and that new ones will be coming regularly. Nintendo and Microsoft both hold similar presentations, called Nintendo Direct and Inside Xbox, respectively.

Though Sony hasn't detailed which games it will be showing off, it has several upcoming titles that could be part of the showcase. The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Dreams, Days Gone, and Death Stranding are all in the pipeline, and Sony is likely to pepper in some indies and VR exclusives as well. The company announced it will be skipping E3 this year, so a series of smaller presentations may be part of its way to fill the gap.

Fortnite Floor Is Lava LTM Is "Coming Soon," Says Epic Games

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Fortnite will soon gain a new limited-time mode, according to the in-game news feed. The Floor is Lava is coming soon to the battle royale game on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile.

Not much more is known about the LTM as yet. The mode's description states, "Get to high ground or build above the lava that's overtaking the island," while an attached label says the mode is "coming soon," but there's no more clues as to precisely when you'll be able to play it.

It's possible the mode will launch with the upcoming v8.20 update. The most recent update, v8.11, added the Flint-Knock Pistol, One Shot LTM, and more--here's hoping the next patch is similarly bountiful.

New Fortnite Floor Is Lava LTM Teased

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New Fortnite Floor Is Lava LTM Teased

Fortnite will soon gain a new limited-time mode, according to the in-game news feed. The Floor is Lava is coming soon to the battle royale game on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile.

Not much more is known about the LTM as yet. The mode's description states, "Get to high ground or build above the lava that's overtaking the island," while an attached label says the mode is "coming soon," but there's no more clues as to precisely when you'll be able to play it.

It's possible the mode will launch with the upcoming v8.20 update. The most recent update, v8.11, added the Flint-Knock Pistol, One Shot LTM, and more--here's hoping the next patch is similarly bountiful.

Horror Hit Us Smashes Records And Conquers Box Office Chart

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Jordan Peele's new horror movie Us proved that the success of his 2017 debut Get Out was no fluke. Peele's latest slice of social scares has opened at the top of the US box office with an estimated $70 million from its first three days. Not only does this hugely eclipse Get Out's $33 million opening, it makes it the third-biggest R-rated horror debut of all time, behind only last year's Halloween reboot ($77 million) and 2016's Stephen King adaptation It ($123 million).

The achievements of Peele's movie don't stop there. One notable thing about Us is that it is an entirely original film, whereas both Halloween and It were based on pre-existing material. As a result, Us scored the second largest opening ever for a live-action, original picture--second only to the most successful film of all time, James Cameron's Avatar. In this era of seemingly endless remakes, sequels, and shared universes, this is a notable achievement.

Elsewhere in the box office chart, the Marvel movie Captain Marvel dropped to second place with an estimated $35 million weekend gross. So far the film has taken $321 million domestically, bringing its worldwide total to $910 million. It currently stands as the seventh-biggest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe worldwide--although the impending release of Avengers: Endgame will almost certainly drop it down a place.

Second New Apex Legends Character Is Coming In Season 1, According To Sony

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Second New Apex Legends Character Is Coming In Season 1, According To Sony

Season 1 of Apex Legends launched on March 20 and, alongside the first wave of cosmetic items for players to grind out as part of the Battle Pass, developer Respawn Entertainment also introduced a new character called Octane. While most assumed that Respawn was planning to release one character per season, it seems that isn't the case and another Legend will be made available before Season 1 is over.

That's according to a listing for the Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass on the PlayStation Store, which references a second new character and a weapon. "Two new characters will launch over the course of the season," it reads. "But in the meantime, look out for a new weapon set to launch as the season progresses. Best of all, each new Legend and weapon will launch with a full set of cosmetics to unlock. Two new items will be introduced during the season that will offer something new and innovative to the strategic mix."

Apex Legends To Add Another Character In Season 1, According To Sony

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Apex Legends To Add Another Character In Season 1, According To Sony

Season 1 of Apex Legends launched on March 20 and, alongside the first wave of cosmetic items for players to grind out as part of the Battle Pass, developer Respawn Entertainment also introduced a new character called Octane. While most assumed that Respawn was planning to release one character per season, it seems that isn't the case and another Legend will be made available before Season 1 is over.

That's according to a listing for the Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass on the PlayStation Store, which references a second new character and a weapon. "Two new characters will launch over the course of the season," it reads. "But in the meantime, look out for a new weapon set to launch as the season progresses. Best of all, each new Legend and weapon will launch with a full set of cosmetics to unlock. Two new items will be introduced during the season that will offer something new and innovative to the strategic mix."

The first of those characters is Octane, who was not part of the Battle Pass itself but instead a separate purchase. He can be bought just like the two premium characters who were not unlocked by default with the game's launch, Mirage and Caustic.

Another New Apex Legends Character Is Coming In Season 1, According To Sony

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Another New Apex Legends Character Is Coming In Season 1, According To Sony

Season 1 of Apex Legends launched on March 20 and, alongside the first wave of cosmetic items included in the Battle Pass, developer Respawn Entertainment also introduced a new character called Octane. While most assumed Respawn was planning to release one character per season, it seems that another Legend will be made available before Season 1 is over.

That's according to a listing for the Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass on the PlayStation Store, which also references a new weapon as well as the second character. "Two new characters will launch over the course of the season," it reads. "But in the meantime, look out for a new weapon set to launch as the season progresses. Best of all, each new Legend and weapon will launch with a full set of cosmetics to unlock. Two new items will be introduced during the season that will offer something new and innovative to the strategic mix."

The first of those two new characters is Octane, who is available now and, thus far, the only new weapon introduced is the Havoc assault rifle, which became available in February. Currently, there are no further details on what the new weapon is. Although the same can be said for the new character, dataminers may have given us some indication of who's next. They found the names of a number of characters in Apex Legends' code and among them was Octane.