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.

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.

Transformers Are Coming To Netflix In New Animated Series

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Transformers Are Coming To Netflix In New Animated Series

It was only a matter of time before Transformers joined the ranks of other major franchises to get "the Netflix treatment."

Netflix and Hasbro announced its partnership today to bring a new animated series, War for Cybertron, to the streaming platform in 2020.

"In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before," said John Derderian, Director of Anime for Netflix.

Hasbro Releases New Line Of Fortnite NERF Toys

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Hasbro Releases New Line Of Fortnite NERF Toys

Hasbro unveiled a new line of Fortnite-themed NERF blasters and Super Soakers earlier today. Although the toys won't be physically available until March 22, pre-orders are already available through Hasbro Pulse

In light of the recent announcement, Hasbro also partnered with the prominent Fortnite Esports organization TSM. Pro-player and streamer, Myth, alongside his teammates, contributes to TSM's growing popularity as Fortnite remains a beloved multiplayer phenomenon

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Toys For Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Release In October

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Toys For Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Release In October

We still don't know when Respawn Entertainment's Star Wars game will release, but we now know when we can get the toys that are based on it.

On October 4, Disney and Lucasfilm are releasing new merchandise for three new Star Wars franchises: Jedi Fallen Order, the video game in development at Respawn Entertainment, The Mandalorian, the live-action Disney+ series by Jon Favreau, and the untitled Star Wars: Episode IX by J. J. Abrams.

This massive merchandise release is called Triple Force Friday. For the last few years, most Star Wars collectibles have been released at the same time on Fridays, which have been called Force Fridays, but this is the first time that three new properties are hitting at once. If stores are open at midnight, the merchandise goes on sale at 12:01 a.m.