Star Wars: Episode IX Getting A Rewrite With A New Writer

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Star Wars: Episode IX Getting A Rewrite With A New Writer

Disney has altered the deal.

Jack Thorne, a British writer known for theater, television, and film, has been tapped to rewrite the untitled Star Wars: Episode IX before it begins filming next year. 

Director Colin Trevorrow and writing partner Derek Connolly took the first shot at the script over the past year. No word on why Disney is having Thorne rewrite their attempt, but it surely is not in their schedule to rewrite the movie in the next six months. 

Playdek Officially Gives Up On Unsung Story, Hoists Upon A Publisher

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Playdek Officially Gives Up On Unsung Story, Hoists Upon A Publisher

In 2014, at the height of Kickstarter's video game renaissance, a small developer named Playdek announced a dream project for many: a spiritual sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics in collaboration with that game's writer and director, Yasumi Matsuno. Today, after years of delays, missed milestones, and opaqueness, Playdek has announced that they are handing off Unsung Story to Little Orbit, the publisher apparently behind Barbie & Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue and Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends.

Unsung Story was funded at over $600,000, meant to merely expand on an existing foundation and smooth out the edges for a game that was, according to Playdek, already likely to happen. While Matsuno clarified he was not directing, he had gone on to say that the game was his vision, and he covered everything from the mechanics to the story. It is not difficult to see why backers were excited.

In late 2015, after having gone radio silent for almost a year, Playdek revealed that the project had shifted focus and they were concentrating on a Player vs. Player system, leaving behind the Final Fantasy Tactics successor people backed in 2014. A year later, in 2016, Playdek announced that they had just secured proper funding for the game and were working toward a playable build. Playdek was not honoring requests for refunds. Earlier this year, the game was shelved indefinitely.

New Trailer For Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Is Musically Charming

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New Trailer For Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Is Musically Charming

Ubisoft is seemingly leaning into the baffled amusement that Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle has evoked by releasing a new musical trailer for the game.

An operatic rabbid sings a subtitled ballad about Princess Peach set to gameplay of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach herself, and their parallel rabbids fighting bosses and other enemies. The fights take place in jungles, snowy fields, and swamps, offering some much needed variety after the initial E3 footage.

Check out the trailer below, and don't forget to watch Four Reasons Strategy Fans Should Be Excited For Kingdom Battle and read the developers talking about Rayman's absence and Mario Kart's influence.

ArenaNet Announces Path Of Fire Expansion For Guild Wars 2

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ArenaNet Announces Path Of Fire Expansion For Guild Wars 2

In a livestream broadcast today, ArenaNet announced Path of Fire, the second expansion for Guild Wars 2. 

Balthazar, the god of fire and war, has gone rogue and is setting out on a campaign against the Elder Dragons. In your quest to defeat him, you'll travel to the Crystal Desert and the adjoining kingdom of Elona.

Traveling around these large locations will be made easier with the new mounts that you can unlock and train, such as the Raptor pictured above. The expansion also includes nine more elite specializations to further customize your level 80 character. 

Runic Games Announces Hob Releasing On September 26th

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Runic Games Announces Hob Releasing On September 26th

Torchlight and Torchlight 2 developer Runic Games has announced today that their new action adventure title, Hob, will be released on September 26th on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Digital pre-orders on Steam or GOG receive 10% off the price of the game. PlayStation 4 players get 10% off a regular pre-order, 20% off a PlayStation Plus preoder, and a dynamic theme featuring the game's main character.

Check out the game's release date trailer below and check out our video feature on why Hob is so interesting from March.

John Cena Gets Lead Role In Transformers Spin-Off Bumblebee

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John Cena Gets Lead Role In Transformers Spin-Off Bumblebee

John Cena is bringing the SmackDown to upcoming Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee. Cena, who originally rose to fame as a professional wrestler for the WWE, has recently taken his talents to Hollywood, appearing in films such as Sisters, Trainwreck, and Daddy's Home. His exact role is still ambiguous at this time, but hopefully it will include him rapping.

The film is being directed by Travis Knight, known for Kubo and the Two Strings, who looks to shake things up by having Bumblebee grow close to a young, coming-of-age protagonist who unknowingly purchases Bumblebee in his alternate form. The lead role of unwitting teenager will be played by Shia LaBeouf Hailee Steinfeld.

Paramount stated they hope that this will be the first spin-off in what will culminate in a Transformers cinematic universe; although, if we keep getting so many cinematic universes, we might not be able to fit them all in our own universe.

Persona 5 Joker Figure Available For Pre-Order

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Persona 5 Joker Figure Available For Pre-Order

This 6-inch, highly-articulated figure of Persona 5's protagonist is available for pre-order now. He comes with three faces, a gun, a knife, and an alternate hair piece to show off his iconic mask. Plus, Joker also comes bundled with his lovable cat-like partner, Morgana.

Orders are expected to ship March 2018. You can pre-order Joker here if you're stateside, or through Good Smile Shop if you're overseas (which will also net you a sparkling eyes face for Morgana as a pre-order bonus).

This news comes shortly after the announcement of the Person 5 anime, which will premiere in Japan by 2018.

Nintendo Pushes Fix For Switch Battery Indicator Glitch

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Nintendo Pushes Fix For Switch Battery Indicator Glitch

Imagine the scenario where you are finally able to secure a Switch, you take it home, plug it in, and you can't tell if it's actually charging.

This scenario is surprisingly not uncommon, prompting Nintendo to push a fix for the problem in the latest firmware update, alongside instructions for what the user has to do beyond the update. The circuitous process, which requires repeating the steps several times, involves completely draining the battery with the AC adapter plugged directly into the system.

You can find the full instructions on Nintendo's website, though it does require downloading the new update first.

Go Behind The Scenes With Matterfall Developer Housemarque

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Go Behind The Scenes With Matterfall Developer Housemarque

Sony released a video today of Matterfall developer Housemarque talking about its design mentality for the game and the skills required to get good at their visually astounding platformer.

Matterfall follows other Housemarque titles known for its visual flair, such as Resogun, Super Stardust HD, and Nex Machina. The game takes place in a sci-fi future where an alien material referred to as "Smart Matter" has infected the world. The player uses the smart matter to their advantage to fight back by creating platforms and generating shields.

Sony and Housemarque plan to release Matterfall on August 15th.

Super NES Classic To Be Made Available For Pre-order In Late August

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Super NES Classic To Be Made Available For Pre-order In Late August

The fervor for the Super NES Classic, Nintendo's mini-console hosting a boatload of 16-bit nostalgia, is difficult to understate, exacerbated by the lack of legitimate pre-orders going up. Nintendo has confirmed today that pre-orders for the system will go up in late August in North America, putting to rest the concern that availability would simply be a free-for-all at release.

Nintendo clarified that a "significant amount" of Super NES Classics would be available at release, though shied away from any specifics. The responses to the Facebook post where Nintendo announced their Super NES Classic plans treat this assurance with suspicion, after having been burned with the NES Classic last year. The statement from Nintendo also states that the Super NES Classic will only be available for this calendar year.

The Super NES Classic was announced on June 26th with no information on pre-orders available, until retailer Wal-Mart accidentally went live with a pre-order listing in late July. After subsequently cancelling all those orders, Wal-Mart was forced to apologize for the error. After scalpers found success with the NES Classic in 2016, many fans expect a repeat of the exorbitant secondhand prices with the Super NES Classic.