Hasbro Announces Overwatch Ultimates Toy Line

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Hasbro Announces Overwatch Ultimates Toy Line

Following up on its tease earlier this week, Hasbro has announced a line of Overwatch-themed action figures, unveiling the first line featuring nine characters who aren't Roadhog.

The trailer of the line is short and sweet except for not including Roadhog, giving each of the figures in the line a quick once-over. The characters in the line are:

The figures retail for $22.99 for single figures, and $49.99 for dual packs (which don't look like they're available separately). If you're Reinhardt main, however, you'll have to pay $49.99 for the extra-large figure. If you're a Roadhog main, not being able to buy a figure of your favorite character is free. You can browse and purchase the entire first series here.

Dota Auto Chess Is The Fourth Most Popular Game On Steam, Reaches Over Four Million Players

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Dota Auto Chess Is The Fourth Most Popular Game On Steam, Reaches Over Four Million Players

Dota Auto Chess, a custom game inside Dota 2, continues experiencing enormous success, garnering a playerbase much larger than most games on Steam.

The game recently surpassed a brand-new milestone: 300,000 concurrent players, and is currently sitting at over four million total subscribers. This is a sign of the mod's continued growth, as only last month the game was sitting at over 100,000 concurrents and nearly 700,000 subscribers, according to esports outfit Team Secret's director of operations Matthew Bailey.

This makes the mod itself one of the most popular games on Steam. If you were to rank Auto Chess on Steam's official player statistics rankings across all games on Steam, it would place fourth, putting it ahead of the Steam playerbases for Rainbow Six Siege (the game is also available on consoles and through Ubisoft's own store on PC) and Grand Theft Auto V (which is also available outside of Steam through the Rockstar Social Club store), and behind Steam exclusive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which sports more than twice the concurrent playerbase.

Destiny 2's Trials Of The Nine Won't Be Back For A While, Says Bungie

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Destiny 2's Trials Of The Nine Won't Be Back For A While, Says Bungie

Trials of the Nine, one of Destiny 2's most competitive activities and which only took place on weekends, isn't going to return any time soon, as Bungie still trying to figure out how to make the mode work with the current state of Destiny 2.

On its blog, Bungie announced the mode still isn't ready to return. "We still don’t have a timeline for when it may return, but we do want to give you an update on our current thinking about Trials," the developer said.

Bungie feels the mode didn't reach the highs of the the original Destiny's Trials of Osiris, the original competitive mode for the series, especially when it come to rallying like-minded players to play at their best. Though the company has pushed many parts of Destiny 2 to be more like Destiny, this won't be the case for Trials. "Both Destiny and the online PvP scene have evolved since 2015, so we don’t believe that bringing back the 2015 version of Trials of Osiris would accomplish what our goals are today."

What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch League, Evo Japan, And Rainbow Six Siege

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What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch League, Evo Japan, And Rainbow Six Siege

It's a big week all over the world! Overwatch League starts off here in the States, Counter-Strike gets some love in Poland, and fighting games are big in Japan.

The Overwatch League started back up this week and will be finishing its first run of matches tomorrow. You can catch old favorites like the Shanghai Dragons (favorites because who doesn't like an underdog?) face off against new teams like the Vancouver Titans. (Stream / Schedule)

When they're not shutting the stream down due to Dead or Alive-related incidents, Evo Japan brings some of the most competitive fighting game action for Street Fighter Vthe King of Fighters XIVSoulcalibur VITekken 7, and more. (Stream / Schedule)

Weekend Warrior – Something Old, Something New

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Weekend Warrior – Something Old, Something New

February is a big month for gaming, with huge titles like Anthem, Jump Force, and Far Cry: New Dawn knocking on our doors. Some Game Informer editors are catching up on their backlogs as they ready for the month's biggest titles, and others are diving right into new games like the stellar Metro Exodus. Let us know in the comments section below what games you'll be playing this weekend!

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’ll be starting my journey in Anthem on PC! Other than that, I’m sure I’ll play some more Apex Legends and also keep playing Kingdom Hearts III on PS4… My apologies to all listeners to The Game Informer Show podcast for sharing my opinions on Kingdom Hearts III so far. I’ll keep at it. Have a good weekend!

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I’m spending this weekend playing more of Wargroove and, of course, getting some final loot boxes in the Overwatch Lunar New Year event. I need that Reaper skin.

Ghostbusters Car Becomes A Transformer In New Hasbro Toy

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Ghostbusters Car Becomes A Transformer In New Hasbro Toy

The Ghostbusters and Transformers have a lot in common. Both are frequently looked on by skeptical government employees. Both battle unambiguously villainous names like Decepticons or Vigo. Both also often get to where they need to be on wheels, which is exemplified with a new toy from Hasbro.

Discovered by website ToyArk, the Transforms x Ghostbusters crossover is called the Ecto-1 figure. It's not available yet and was leaked during a store redesign for Hasbro's Pulse store.

The page isn't up yet but you can count on ToyArk's site to post when it's finally available.

Evo Japan Cuts Stream During Dead Or Alive 6 Segment

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Evo Japan Cuts Stream During Dead Or Alive 6 Segment

Evo Japan, the Japanese version of the venerated fighting game tournament, is currently ongoing in Fukuoka, Japan. The newer branch of Evo is getting its footing in its second year, but is still a good place to show off what your fighting game can do to a market eager to play more games in the genre. Koei Tecmo clearly realized this when they brought in the upcoming Dead or Alive 6 for an exhibition at the event, but it ended with Evo ending the segment and suspending the stream for what was deemed inappropriate behavior.

The problem started when Koei Tecmo's presentation began with two women in scantily clad clothing talking about the game alongside Dead or Alive 6 director Yohei Shimbori dressed as Spetsnaz agent Bayman. The two women began spanking each other and showing off their cleavage to the camera by tugging at their outfits. Shimbori posed next to the women as they talked about Dead or Alive in general terms.

A little while later, Shimbori began an exhibition of the game. Using the pro wrestler Bass, he slammed female opponent Nyotengu down on her back, then paused the game and rotated the camera around a sexually suggestive position for 30-40 seconds. At this point, Evo cut the stream for what it declared as inappropriate behavior. 

Star Wars: Episode IX Has Wrapped Filming

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Star Wars: Episode IX Has Wrapped Filming

With a looming release date, it's only natural that principal photography on the latest Star Wars movie would wrap up sooner or later, but it's still a little bitter sweet with pictures of the cast crying and hugging as filming wraps up. Director J.J. Abrams posted exactly that as he confirmed today that filming on the movie has wrapped up.

Now begins the process of everything else, like editing and special effects and all those things that come together to make a Star Wars movie. We don't even know the subtitle of the third film in the newest trilogy yet, so marketing still has a good ten months to ramp up.

Star Wars: Episode IX will release on December 20 of this year. There isn't much word on what movies will come after Episode IX, but The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson confirmed he is still working on a new trilogy separate from the main episodes.

Square Enix Undecided On Whether Dragon Quest XI Switch Improvements Will Come To Other Versions

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Square Enix Undecided On Whether Dragon Quest XI Switch Improvements Will Come To Other Versions

The other day, Square Enix and Nintendo revealed that Dragon Quest XI for Switch, known appropriately at Dragon Quest XI S, would be coming to the console this Fall. The Switch version has a number of improvements to the game over last year's release on PlayStation 4 and PC, including some use of orchestrated music and extra story content for the game's characters. As of right now, Square Enix is not sure whether these new additions will come to the previously released versions.

According to Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki, when he asked Square Enix about the subject, they simply stated they are undecided on the matter.

About possible DQ11 new content addition to PS4 version: me: saw new stories added to Switch version. Any plans to release those for PS4 version?
Square Enix: "undecided."

Copyright Office Denies Alfonso Ribeiro's Application For The Carlton Dance

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Copyright Office Denies Alfonso Ribeiro's Application For The Carlton Dance

Late last year, the subject of dances in Fortnite came to the forefront when multiple lawsuits against Epic Games and other publishers were filed. The argument was that Epic and publishers like 2K were selling and profiting from dances created by other people, which was stealing their intellectual property. One of the plaintiffs is Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton from the 1990s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, who claims to be the originator of the Carlton dance, wherein someone swings their arms from side to side and shuffles their feet. 

As part of this lawsuit, to bolster his claim that he owns the dance, Ribeiro filed for a copyright on the dance last month. The U.S. Copyright Office has refused registration for, among other reasons, belief that Ribeiro is not the person who can lay claim to the dance.

According to an agent within the copyright office's performing arts division named Saskia Florence, Ribeiro's claim that he originated the dance has several fundamental problems. Chief among them is that the simple routine isn't choreography and thus a copyright doesn't make sense.