Nintendo Is Shutting Down Splatoon 2's Online Lounge Feature In July

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Nintendo Is Shutting Down Splatoon 2's Online Lounge Feature In July

Splatoon 2’s rather nifty Online Lounge feature will soon go the way of the dodo. That means it’s being shut down, effective July 28 according to Nintendo.  

The feature allowed players to use the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app to set up Splatoon 2 matches and invite friends by sending them a URL link. Although Online Lounge will no longer be supported, Nintendo says it has no plans to change any of the app’s other game-specific features. That means users will still be able to use voice chat, for example.

Nintendo’s support page doesn’t cite a specific reason doing away with the Online Lounge. Players will still be able to set up local and online Splatoon 2 matches via in-game methods, of course, but this could be part of the gradual sun setting of the game. Nintendo released Splatoon 2’s “final” big update during the summer of 2019, though it has continued to host the occasional Splatfests even past that. The most recent contest took place in January of this year, and it was the battle of Mario power-ups with Super Mushroom vs Super Star (Mushroom won, if you’re curious). 

Final Fantasy VII Remake Almost Had Cloud Pole-Dancing At The HoneyBee Inn

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Almost Had Cloud Pole-Dancing At The HoneyBee Inn

We all remember the Wall Market segment of Final Fantasy VII – whether it was in the original version of the game or the Remake. The latter release, however, came equipped with a humorous, unexpected rhythm section where a dancing cutscene played alongside simple QTEs. It was wacky, but fun nonetheless. And Cloud emerging from the flashy spectacle in a beautiful dress and pigtails was literally icing on the cake. In a recent interview uploaded on the official Square Enix site, Final Fantasy VII Remake Co-Director Motomu Toriyama revealed, albeit briefly, that a pole-dancing scene was in the works at one point over the course of the game’s development.

Throughout the interview, Toriyama talked about why the HoneyBee Inn section was such a momentous task for the studio and how the team ended up creating a polished minigame. “The whole scene took a long time, from the initial idea, to composing the music, taking the motion capture, and adjusting the music and motions to fit together,” he said. “I was incredibly nervous until it finally all came together!” Toriyama and co. ultimately commissioned professional dancers to choreograph the entire burlesque show.

New Suicide Squad Trailer Shows Bloodsport’s Backstory

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New Suicide Squad Trailer Shows Bloodsport’s Backstory

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is slated to be a three-way mix of hilarity, ridiculousness, and intense (likely graphic) action. Previous cinematics have given us fun glimpses at the movie’s irreverent jokes and completely destructible set pieces, but a new trailer gives us a bit more background into Idris Elba’s role: Bloodsport, the leader of the team. 

Real name: Robert DuBois, Bloodsport is sent to jail for hospitalizing Superman after shooting him with a Kryptonite-laced bullet. Amanda Waller, the director of A.R.G.U.S., recruits Bloodsport by leveraging his daughter’s court date. As you can guess, this angers the ex-mercenary, but he soon joins The Suicide Squad to help save the world nevertheless. You can watch the trailer above. The Suicide Squad’s synopsis reads as follows: 

The Suicide Squad comes packed with an all-star cast including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, John Cena as Peacemaker, Sylvester Stallone as King Shark (among many other returning faces from David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad adaptation). The movie releases worldwide on August 6. There's also an upcoming Suicide Squad-inspired video game that was revealed last year. You can learn more about it and watch the trailer here.

BioWare Talks About Canceled Mass Effect Movie And Why A TV Adaption Would Work Better

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BioWare Talks About Canceled Mass Effect Movie And Why A TV Adaption Would Work Better

Back in October, we talked about how a possible Mass Effect adaptation would work better as a TV series rather than a movie. This conversation was sparked by a Mass Effect movie that has been held in limbo for years, only to be eventually scrapped. With the Mass Effect Legendary Edition bringing an entirely new wave of fans aboard the Normandy, BioWare's Mac Walters recently shed some light on the canceled movie adaptation and why a TV series format makes more sense. 

The Mass Effect movie in question was in the works back in 2010 under Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros., but it was never able to pick up enough traction to get the project moving forward at full speed ahead. Then, Legendary had a shakeup on the leadership level; the question came into play of "movie or TV?" Unfortunately, that question ended up draining any interest. But now that the remaster has the community alive and well once more, anything is possible.

New Xbox Cloud Upgrade Means Game Pass Games Will Look And Play Better

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New Xbox Cloud Upgrade Means Game Pass Games Will Look And Play Better

Xbox’s cloud-gaming platform, Game Pass (and Ultimate), continue to bring a stream-lined experience to millions of gamers everyday. The monthly subscription is leagues ahead of most other cloud services out there because of its sheer number of readily available games to play as well as its monthly cycle of titles. Additionally, Microsoft is truly committing to Game Pass by bringing a bevy of its upcoming, highly-anticipated titles to the catalog on respective launch days. Another Xbox cloud update has gone live, affecting the visual and technical prowess of Game Pass titles.

According to Ars Techica’s Sam Machkovech, the upgrade seems to be more prevalent on Game Pass titles being activated on web browsers or through the Android app. This is to make the games play, feel, and look as if they were booted up on an Xbox Series X console:

Machkovech also states that the upgrade hasn’t been officially revealed, but any games that have still not been amplified or are exhibiting faster load times/better visuals will likely be getting that update soon. If you’re riding the Game Pass wave, we’ve got you covered on what’s coming to the subscription next month

Dungeons & Dragons And WWE Superstars Collide For D&D Live

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Dungeons & Dragons And WWE Superstars Collide For D&D Live

A new D&D Live is just around the corner and this time, we've got a few WWE Superstars jumping into the Dungeons & Dragons fray. The upcoming D&D Live session with G4TV, we've got Tyler Breeze, Ember Moon, Mace, and Xavier Woods diving straight into The Chaos Carnival for a new campaign with Aabria Lyengar as the Dungeon Master. 

It's not so strange to see these names pop up for D&D Live, each has their own passionate history with Dungeons & Dragons' expansive tabletop experience, including being in several D&D books. It's all going down soon, kicking off on July 16 and 17: 

For D&D Live with @G4TV, we bring you The Chaos Carnival! @quiddie leads @WWE Superstars @AustinCreedWins, @WWEEmberMoon, @MACEtheWRESTLER & @MmmGorgeous through the land of the Fey! #DnDLive
D&D Live returns 7/16 & 7/17

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Aliens: Fireteam Elite Gets August Launch Date

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Aliens: Fireteam Elite Gets August Launch Date

The game formerly known as just Aliens: Fireteam has been rebranded to Aliens: Fireteam Elite and it’s coming in August. We first learned about the game back in March, and it’s a co-op bug hunt that, as its title implies, draws heavy inspiration from Xenomorph-laden action of Aliens

On August 24, you and up to two other friends (or AI teammates) can suit up as marines to take on the universe’s greatest hunters in a new adventure set 23 years after the original film trilogy. The story unfolds over four separate campaigns with three missions each. Similar to games like Left 4 Dead, you’ll fend off waves of Xenomorphs with each player taking on one of five specialized classes (gunner, demolisher, recon, technician, and doc). Marines can be customized further with various weapon perks and cosmetics. Concocting the right combination of skills and classes is vital to successfully combat Fireteam Elite’s 11 different Xenomorph types and 20 enemy types overall. Check out the new gameplay trailer below. 

Xbox Game Pass Adding 9 More Games, 8 Leaving

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Xbox Game Pass Adding 9 More Games, 8 Leaving

Worms Rumble arrives on Xbox Game Pass today, but it will soon be joined by even more titles on the horizon. Just like every month, new games will be making their way onto the Xbox Game Pass library and others will be leaving to make room. With so many new additions confirmed during E3 2021, here is what else members can look forward to for the rest of June and the beginning of July. 

For those that may not know, the Xbox Game Pass library is one that continues to evolve. From day one launches of hit games to indie treasures that deserve their time to shine, the Game Pass membership allows players a chance to have instant access to a plethora of games without having to shell out 60 bucks each time. But, before we go into the benefits of Xbox Game Pass, let's look to see what's coming soon. 

Xbox Game Pass offers Team Green fans a pretty solid deal, and it's gotten more impressive as Microsoft makes more studio moves. With a growing library and a ton of more on the way thanks to Bethesda and ZeniMax, there are two versions of this membership to look at when considering this deal. There is the standard Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate. Xbox Game Pass is $9.99, whereas the Ultimate version includes Xbox Live for $14.99. Ultimate comes with additional perks like partner offers, exclusive access to certain titles, and more. 

Space Jam: A New Legacy Is Coming To Xbox Game Pass With Three New Xbox Wireless Controllers

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Space Jam: A New Legacy Is Coming To Xbox Game Pass With Three New Xbox Wireless Controllers

A new Space Jam is on the way into movie theaters soon and to celebrate the return of Bugs Bunny and friends, Xbox teamed up with fans to create a Space Jam: A New Legacy-inspired Arcade game. Now, we're seeing the fruit of that labor a little more closely, as well as three new themed Xbox wireless controllers to celebrate the upcoming release. 

In a new blog post, Xbox's Sarah Bond detailed how this game adaptation came to be. To create the final experience, according to Bond, the team took two ideas from two different gamers, a youth-competition winner named Narayan from India and an adult-competition winner named Ricky from the United States. The two different game ideas came together to become an Arcade homage to Space Jam, both the original and the new film coming out in July. Ricky wanted a classic beat 'em up style adventure, whereas Narayan had their own mechanics in mind, and together? It looks pretty cool! 

New Outriders Update Increases Legendary Drop Rates By 100 Percent

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New Outriders Update Increases Legendary Drop Rates By 100 Percent

Outriders had a hell of a launch period. While we enjoyed our time with the game, immensely so, seeing the journey after day one was hard to witness at times. With server issues and meta tweaks, the team at People Can Fly has had its hands full but they remained dedicated to polishing the rough edges and with the latest Outriders update? It shows. Most notably is the Legendary drop rate adjustment, increasing drop rates across the board by 100%, but that's not all the latest patch has to offer. 

Previously, the studio offered an appreciation package to say thank you to players for bearing with the team as they hammered out details of the online game. People Can Fly did update fans in its most recent public post saying that a second appreciation package is on the way after tests on integration conclude.

Freebie loot drops and Legendary rate changes aside, the studio has also confirmed that Legendary Level brackets have been removed, which takes away level restrictions on Legendary gear. PCF added that prior to this update, some loot would only drop from enemies after a certain level, like Ugake Cowl with level 48s. After listening to community feedback, this has been taken out and a Legendary Anti-Duplication system has taken its place. The Anti-Duplication system is exactly what it sounds like, giving players a fair shot at unique gear and differing rolls.