2016 Video Game Release Schedule

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2016 Video Game Release Schedule

We've pulled together everything we know about 2016's video game releases in one handy location. This rundown of gaming goodness is a living, breathing list, and should help you plan out your gaming calendar for the next few months and beyond.

We promise you won't be sorry for bookmarking this and coming back to find out when your most anticipated games are scheduled to land on your PC, console, handheld, or mobile device. If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping (confirmed, but undated).

Daredevil Returns To Netflix On March 18

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Daredevil Returns To Netflix On March 18

The quality of Netflix’s original programming has continued to grow, with House of Card, Orange is the New Black, and most recently, Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Today, the streaming service announced when Daredevil returns for a second season.

When we last left The Man Without Fear, he had acquired his iconic red costume and cleared a major threat from Hell’s Kitchen. When the second season begins, another iconic Marvel character joins the fight. 

If you haven’t heard who that is, check out the trailer below. Stick around until the end for the reveal.

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One May Have Its Villain With Ben Mendelsohn

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Ben Mendelsohn, known for appearances in movies like The Dark Knight Rises and Killing Them Softly, is in negotiations to play the villain role in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One.

According to The Hollywoord Reporter, Mendelsohn is currently in negotiations to play Nolan Sorrento, the story's CEO antagonist who has intentions to take over the popular virtual reality game, OASIS. Mendelsohn will also be appearing in the next Star Wars film, Rogue One, as well as Star Citizen.

If Mendelson accepts the role, he will join the so far only confirmed cast member, Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel), who is playing Samantha Evelyn Cook. Protagonist Wade Owen Watts has not been cast.

Adr1ft Launching With Oculus, PS4 And Xbox One Versions To Follow Shortly

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We've known Adr1ft would launch alongside Oculus for some time, but now it has an exact date (just like Oculus) and have a better idea of when it will appear on other consoles.

According to a tweet from director Adam Orth, Adr1ft will be available March 28 in Oculus and non-VR Steam forms, and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will "follow shortly after."

#ADR1FT launches March 28th 2016 on #Oculus Rift VR and Steam non-VR. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to follow shortly after.

Psychonauts 2 Reaches Funding Goal Of 3.3 Million Dollars

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With six days left to go on its crowdfunding campaign, Psychonauts 2 has reached its funding goal of $3.3 million, with over 20,000 backers behind the project. The campaign is notable not only because the original game has become a cult classic but also because Double Fine used Fig instead of Kickstarter as their crowdfunding platform of choice.

What sets Fig apart from Kickstarter is that it allows backers to become investors in projects. News editor Mike Futter wrote an extensive breakdown on Fig's investment options and the importance of realistic expectations when backing a project like this and expecting a return.

Double Fine has also posted a video thanking its backers:

Here Are All Of The Currently Available Guitar Hero Live Tracks

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Here Are All Of The Currently Available Guitar Hero Live Tracks

Unlike its competition in the music game world, Guitar Hero Live has completely abandoned the traditional notion of DLC. Instead of selling gamers new music, Activision and Freestyle Games will be adding it to the streaming Guitar Hero Live service.

That means you’re likely going to want to know what’s available to play on the disc and via Guitar Hero TV. That’s where we come in.

We’ll be updating this list of tracks as more music is added. For now, you have more than 240 tracks to get you started and our review if you want to know what we think of the game.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens To Become Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time In U.S.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens To Become Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time In U.S.

According to Disney's projections, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will surpass Avatar's box office record of $750.5 million before the day is over. The film has been out for a mere 18 days, skyrocketing past  records held by the likes of Titanic and Jurassic World.

As CNN Money points out, the movie hasn't even opened in China yet, one of the biggest movie markets in the world. The film opens there this weekend and if it does well, it could take the record for highest-grossing film worldwide away from Avatar, as well. As of right now, The Force Awakens has made $1.55 billion worldwide and is #4 on the all-time worldwide list.

Except for Avatar, The Force Awakens leads the other top box office record holders by a rather sizable amount, with Titanic earning $658.6 million and Jurassic Park earning $635.9 million during their respective runs.

SuperData: Virtual Reality Poised To Reach $5.1 Billion Revenue In 2016

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SuperData: Virtual Reality Poised To Reach $5.1 Billion Revenue In 2016

With Oculus pre-orders open and the price no longer a mystery, the gaming community is abuzz with speculation about the format’s viability. While some are certain the Rift’s $600 price point is a death knell for virtual reality, others are taking a longer view.

SuperData Research released its 2016 Virtual Reality Market Brief yesterday, indicating that it expects the segment to reach $5.1 billion this year. The company points to the success of Oculus’ partnership with Samsung on the Gear VR and commitments from Harmonix, CCP, and others on the software side.

Despite the launch of three major home-use head-mounted displays from Oculus, HTC, and Sony this year, SuperData suggests that the bulk of ownership will be from mobile VR users. The firm says that of the expected 38.9 million consumers owning virtual reality products this year, 27 million (71 percent) will opt for Gear VR or a similar solution.

Triforce Shows Off Assassin's Creed Jacob Frye Statue

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Triforce Shows Off Assassin's Creed Jacob Frye Statue

Major fan of Assassin's Creed? Got a spare $650 lying around somewhere? Project Triforce, a manufacturer of high-end video game collectibles, revealed work-in-progress shots on its newest product: a 16.8 inch statue of Jacob Frye, one of the two protagonists from Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.  

Triforce has released a number of these collectible statues and replicas over the years, including helmets from Halo, weapons from Borderlands, and monsters from Evolve. They're visually impressive, albeit pricey, items and Frye's statue looks to be no different in either regard.  According to Triforce, they've updated the statue since its reveal at Comic Con last year by adding "in-game accurate face scars...mutton chops, and enhancing texturing of his coat and pants." The statue is set to be released in the third quarter of 2016.

Triforce doesn't appear to be creating a statue of Evie Frye or any of the other characters from Assassin's Creed Syndicate, just Jacob for now. You can take a look at the painted first draft of the statue and pre-order it here.

Reader Discussion: We Want Your Reactions To The Oculus Rift Price

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Reader Discussion: We Want Your Reactions To The Oculus Rift Price

Earlier today, Oculus opened pre-orders for the first consumer Rift virtual reality headset. Along with that, we finally learned what it will cost to bring VR into your house.

For many, the $600 price point was surprising, but reactions differed. Some people are calling it a signal of the technology's early death. Others are less pessimistic.

We're curious to hear what you have to say. If you don't plan on buying a Rift at launch, are you waiting for PlayStation VR or the HTC Vive? If price is the issue, what is your threshhold?