Gwent Closed Beta Begins October 25

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CD Projekt Red has announced the starting date for the closed beta for Gwent, the full-fledged card game based on the minigame in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The beta, playable on PC and Xbox One begins next Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm CEST (which translates to 12pm Central time). Interested users can sign up via the official Gwent website. Invites to the beta will roll out in waves, so users who do not receive an invite on the first go may be able to get in at a later date. Registration will remain open after the beta begins.

No word was given on when the beta will end. If you're looking to get a feel for how the beta plays, you can read Matt Bertz' preview.

Deadpool Director Not Directing Sequel Due To 'Creative Differences' With Ryan Reynolds

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Deadpool Director Not Directing Sequel Due To 'Creative Differences' With Ryan Reynolds

Of all the superhero action movies this year, Deadpool might have been the most surprising. It managed to deftly translate the source comics' style to film effortlessly, becoming a financial and critical success.

Unfortunately, one of the people behind the film's success, director Tim Miller, will not be around for the sequel. According to a report from Deadline, Miller will not direct the film after "creative differences" between him and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds emerged. Miller will be working on the film adaptation of Influx, a film adaption of a David Suarez novel.

We don't know what the creative differences could have been over, so it's hard to know if this will benefit or hurt the film in the long run. All we can hope for is that this doesn't lead to another X-Men Origins: Wolverine situation.

One-Person Project Lost Soul Aside Is A Timed PlayStation 4 Exclusive

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One-Person Project Lost Soul Aside Is A Timed PlayStation 4 Exclusive

Lost Soul Aside is an impressive one-person project from developer Bing Yang. Created in Unreal Engine 4, it takes some visual cues from the Final Fantasy series, though it looks to play more like Devil May Cry. It's gorgeous and looks like a game from a much larger team.

After speaking with a number of developers about turning his passion project commercial, Yang has announced via Twitter the game will be a timed PlayStation 4 exclusive.

So there will be a time exclusive on ps4,and there will be multi weapons, will try to finish the game in 2018, thank you. pic.twitter.com/j8q2dI7Mfx

What To Watch This Weekend: Wizard World, Super Smash Bros., And Counter-Strike

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What To Watch This Weekend: Wizard World, Super Smash Bros., And Counter-Strike

This weekend is full of exciting tournaments, but it's really just a precursor for next weekend, when a number of huge tournaments will kick off and conclude at the same time. But why worry about the future when there's plenty to watch this weekend?

If you're looking for a number of different games to watch today and tomorrow, make sure to tune into Wizard World Tulsa's gaming stream, which will have exhibitions and tournaments in Street Fighter, Naruto, and more. (Stream, schedule on Twitch page) 

For a more dedicated fighting game event, check out the Red Bull Battlegrounds, which will finally choose its finalist for the Red Bull Battle Grounds from a 16-player bracket from across the United States and Canada. (Stream / Schedule)

Weekend Warrior – Laughing In The Face Of Technological Dystopia

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Halloween chills are in full swing this weekend with temperatures getting down into the 40s. It's the perfect weather for staying inside and playing something creepy. Most of the staff will be checking out Gears of War 4 or trying to nab those precious Overwatch event loot boxes before the event is over. If you're in the mood for something spooky Black Mirror just got its third season on Netflix. Let's us know in the comments what scary things you'll be up to before this All Hallow's Eve.

Brian Shea (@BrainPShea) – I might not have a ton of time to game this weekend, but I'm planning on working some Pokémon SoulSilver, Batman: Arkham Origins, Overwatch, and Hitman into my Saturday and/or Sunday.

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I'm certainly hoping to play more of Jackbox Party Pack 3... it's reaaal fun. Other than that, I'll probably continue to blast through Battlefield 1's neato campaign. Oh, and I should probably give Civilization VI a spin... I just don't think I'm smart enough. Have a good weekend!

Reader Discussion – Which Shooting Game Are You Most Excited About This Season?

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Reader Discussion – Which Shooting Game Are You Most Excited About This Season?

It's a big season for shooters, and we want to know the game that is top on your list.

Gears of War 4 and Destiny: Rise of Iron hit a few weeks back, and have already pulled in large swaths of players. We just posted our review of the new Battlefield 1, and our review for Titanfall 2 hits next week. And Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare should be in gamers' hands by early November. Meanwhile, other big games from this year, like Overwatch, have continued to roll out new content in recent months. 

It’s safe to say that’s shooters are big right now, and that many of the releases this year are hitting some high quality marks. 

Donald Glover Cast As Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian

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Donald Glover Cast As Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian

A post over at the official Star Wars site brings some exciting movie casting news: Donald Glover, known for his recent original series Atlanta, as well as his role on Community, has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming but still untitled Han Solo film. The actor will join Alden Ehrenreich in his role as a young Han Solo.

Lando’s involvement in the story is yet to be detailed, but the post does explain that we’ll see “Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld.”

The Han Solo film is currently targeting a release in 2018, with directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord leading the effort.  

Bungie Helps Two Game Developers Get Engaged In Destiny

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Bungie Helps Two Game Developers Get Engaged In Destiny

We’ve heard lots of great stories over the years about people who get married or engaged in cute ways related to video games, but it’s pretty rare that a game and studio as big as Destiny and Bungie get involved in such a cool way with an individual proposal. But that seems to be what happened this time around, as a series of tweets from Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail reveal a heartfelt proposal from Adriel Wallick, who helps organize the annual Train Jam game development event.  

The tweeted pictures show off a couple of in-game custom elements that enabled the proposal, including a letter from Adriel to Rami, an in-game custom emote for the proposal, and even a special artifact called a Ring of Eternity.

Ismail accepted the proposal.

Bungie Details New Destiny Festival Of The Lost Features

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Bungie Details New Destiny Festival Of The Lost Features

Destiny has increasingly focused on creating content for its players to engage in over real time, with designated times for competitive tournaments and holiday themed events. Last year saw the introduction of the Halloween-centric Festival of the Lost, and Bungie has just announced the details behind the event’s return. 

2016’s Festival of the Lost will go live after reset next week on October 25, and run through November 8. Players can expect opportunities to collect new masks, emotes, consumable items, and engage in several different quest lines, including a quest line that begins in the Iron Temple, the new social space that first showed up at Rise of Iron’s launch. 

The introduction video is notable (and amusing) for the inclusion of Eris Morn. Her gloomy, Eeyore-like attitude toward the Festival is the perfect touch to communicate what the Festival is all about. At one point she declares: “Candy will not save you!”

Revamped Slain: Back From Hell Hits Xbox One Today

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After being released on PC then pulled then released again on PC and PS4, Slain: Back from Hell is coming to Xbox One today for $14.99.

Slain: Back from Hell is a gothic-tinted action-platformer with obvious Konami-inspired roots. But its original PC release in March was met with overwhelmingly negative feedback when players played a poor, "reckless" game instead of the game they thought they were promised. Developer Wolf Brew Games acknowledged the criticism and came back in August with a whole new game with an exhaustive but necessary changelist.

The combat, dialogue, difficulty, bosses, enemies, and more were all overhauled, improved, and streamlined for this Back from Hell release.