Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Adaptation Gets A Cast Announcement

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Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Adaptation Gets A Cast Announcement

A few months ago, Netflix announced that they would be adapting the 1998 classic anime series Cowboy Bebop into a live-action western show for the streaming service. There has been plenty of speculation and memes about the possible casting for the show, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, it appears we may have our first look at the cast and it's surprisingly alright.

As THR reports, the role of Spike Spiegel, the protagonist and space bounty hunter, is being played by John Cho. Cho is probably best known for films like Harold & KumarStar Trek, and Searching. His bounty-hunting partner, Jet Black, will be played by Luke Cage's Mustafa Shakir, who was also in the TV adaptation of American Gods. Faye Valentine is played by Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom's Daniella Pineda, while Shakespearean actor Alex Hassell will play Spike's villainous rival Vicious.

Still no word on who will be cast as the Bebop's hacker, Radical Edward.

Despite New Content, Starlink's Low Sales Mean No More Toys

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Despite New Content, Starlink's Low Sales Mean No More Toys

Ubisoft was betting pretty big on Starlink: Battle for Atlas, the spaceship-based toys-to-life game that came out long after most would say the toys-to-life bubble had burst. The game showed up at two E3 press conferences, featuring Nintendo's Star Fox for surprisingly interwoven content in the Switch version, and released with fairly decent quality toys late last year. Unfortunately, fans who were expecting more toys for their shelves and their controllers will be disappointed.

In a surprisingly-candid blog post that went up late last night, Ubisoft confirmed that Starlink didn't sell well enough to continue design and production for new toys. Despite future content, like a Star Fox expansion that pits Fox's teammates against Star Wolf's team, there won't be any new ships or figures to go along with it.

"Despite the immense and continuous support from our players, the sales for Starlink: Battle for Atlas fell below expectations," the Starlink development team writes. "Consequently, we recently made the decision to not release any additional physical toys for the Spring update and in the future."

Metal Gear: Survive's Wanderer Gets Put In Its Place: Your Shelf

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Metal Gear: Survive's Wanderer Gets Put In Its Place: Your Shelf

If you already have Metal Gear's iconic villains lining your shelf and have room for one more, Metal Gear: Survive's wanderer is looking to fill that space. 

The primary enemy in Metal Gear: Survive's eerie Dite, is the crytalized wanderer, which is being made available in a highly-detailed 1/6 scale statue by Gecco. For $299.99 (the price of brand new PlayStation 4 at the time of this writing) this 12.5 inch statue with built-in LED in the head can make a very particular statement in your home.

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Fan-Favorite Titanfall 2 Weapon Coming To Apex Legends

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Fan-Favorite Titanfall 2 Weapon Coming To Apex Legends

Apex Legends had some pretty hefty server issues yesterday. Alongside player progression being temporarily reset, it appears that the game also leaked a forthcoming weapon.

Anyone who's played a fair amount of Titanfall 2 is probably familiar with the L-STAR, a light machine gun that uses energy as projectiles. The powerful, if unwieldy, weapon has been the catalyst of many a kill streak in Attrition mode. Players discovered what it looks like an early leak for the weapon in Apex Packs (Legends' loot box, basically):

A few players were getting LStar skins before the servers went down.
They prolly erased everything to remove the skins I guess. You'll get back the rest of the stuff though. #ApexLegends #ApexLegendsleaks #ApexPartner #ApexLegendsBattleRoyale #Apexlegendsseason1 pic.twitter.com/cyfsz3Nsp3

Pokémon Go Fest Returns To Chicago This June

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Pokémon Go Fest Returns To Chicago This June

For the third consecutive year, Niantic is holding Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago. From June 13 through 16, trainers are invited to descend upon Chicago's Grant Park to complete in-game challenges, earn rewards, and hopefully catch rare Pokémon. Last year, trainers found Torkoal, Unown, and Celebi had migrated to Chicago for the festival. If the image above gives us an idea of what to expect from this year's spawns, Hippopotas and Pachirisu will be in attendance.

Pokémon Go Fest is just the first leg of Niantic's summer tour, which then heads to Dortmund, Germany for from July 4 to July 7. If you can't attend either festival, global events will be happening at the same time, and all players will be working together for special rewards.

Escaped Chasm Is A New, Small Game From Undertale's Lead Artist

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Escaped Chasm Is A New, Small Game From Undertale's Lead Artist

A lot of people, myself included, tend to unfairly refer to 2015's Undertale as a game made by one person, Toby Fox. One of the the other creators that helped make that game the well-loved classic so popular is Temmie Chang, the game's lead artist. Chang has now released a game of her own with some other developers called Escaped Chasm and you can pay what you want for the game.

The game is a very lo-fi, sad, short story that I don't want to give too much away about. However, you can check out this small trailer/montage below to get a sense of the game before playing it.

You can find the game on itch.io right now and Undertale fans will be pleased to know it features music from Toby Fox. There's a few different endings and the possibility is left open for a sequel or a fuller version of the game in the future, so Escaped Chasm could be an indie hit in its own right someday, too.

Dystopian Comedy Tabletop RPG Paranoia Gets A New Game And Trailer

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Dystopian Comedy Tabletop RPG Paranoia Gets A New Game And Trailer

Remember classic sci-fi tabletop roleplaying game Paranoia? The first edition hit in 1984, which predates me by just a bit, but a lot of my D&D-loving friends spoke highly of Paranoia. It is the perfect game to get swiped up in the 1980s tabletop nostalgia from things like Cyberpunk and it seems we're getting exactly that in the form of a new game titled Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory.

The game was actually announced a while back, but we got our first real teaser and sense of content today. Check out the trailer below.

The game is published by BigBen Interactive, which is likely best known for the upcoming Lovecraftian horror game The Sinking City. It is being made by Cyanide Studios, probably best known for goblin-lead stealth game Styx: Shards of Darkness. 

Respawn Temporarily Shut Down Apex Legends Servers After Update Resets Progress

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Respawn Temporarily Shut Down Apex Legends Servers After Update Resets Progress

One of the keys to having a successful game as a service is a very reactive team that is willing to isolate problems and attack them as soon as they appear. When it turns out a new update causes a pretty catastrophic error, there isn't much you can do besides close the curtains for a little while and figure out what went wrong, which is exactly what Respawn was forced to do today with Apex Legends.

After introducing a new version 1.1 update today, Respawn intended to do some small bugfixes and introduce some quality-of-life additions to the game. Instead, a bug introduced in the update caused people's entire account progression to wipe. Respawn quickly took down the servers to figure out what was happening and asked players who were still somehow inside the the system to not buy anything while they work on it.

Within a few hours, Respawn fixed and everything that was missing was restored, but it was a pretty scary time for the people who reported missing items, battle passes, and basically everything associated with the account. But now that the update is applied and doesn't, like, remove all your progress, you can now party up with squads you met in matchmaking. So go out there and make some lifelong friends.

First Trailer For Japanese Dragon Quest V Film Focuses On The Journey

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First Trailer For Japanese Dragon Quest V Film Focuses On The Journey

A few months ago, Square Enix revealed that Dragon Quest V will be getting a CG movie treatment in Japanese theaters. Long heralded as one of if not the best game in the series, Dragon Quest V was an obvious pick for a CG movie debut. Titled Dragon Quest: Your Story, the movie seems to closely follow the arc of the game, which shows a child growing up and gaining a family and eventually taking down the dark monsters that have been plaguing the world.

Today we get our first look at the movie, which you can see below.

Interestingly, the movie does not seem to be trying to ape the game's original art at all, which was designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. Instead, they appear to be going for more of a How to Train Your Dragon kind of look to the characters. It's initially a little surprising, but I think it ends up working.

Action RPG Breach Is Closing Down Alongside Developer QC Games

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Action RPG Breach Is Closing Down Alongside Developer QC Games

Breach, the stylish online action RPG game that has only been in Steam early access for a few months, but it won't be making it any further. The developer has revealed today that they will be closing down and the game will be shutting down with them.

The news comes from a blog post from developers QC Games, which starts off thanking fans for all their support, but quickly delves into less optimistic topics.

"Unfortunately, today is the last official day for QC Games, as we begin winding down internal operations on Breach," the blog post reads. "We’re sure you have a lot of questions about Breach, your accounts, and the future of the game. Our team is still working on defining what this means for Breach and for our community, and we’ll post an updated article soon with answers to as many questions as we can cover. "