The Crew 2 Free Weekend Starts Tonight

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The Crew 2 Free Weekend Starts Tonight

Vastly stretching out the meaning of the word "weekend," Ubisoft has The Crew 2 for free right now on all platforms that support the game. The free weekend will go through 12:00 a.m. PT on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and ends at various times on December 17. You could actually drive through America in the time The Crew 2 free weekend lasts.

The game is also on a deep discount while the free weekend is going on, so if you don't get your fill, you can also just pick up a copy at the end of it. Not all free weekends are available on all platforms, so you don't want to miss this one if you're on a console and have wanted to give the game a try. 

You can find our review of The Crew 2 here.

The Overwatch League 2019's Schedule Posted, More Games Per Night Than First Season

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The Overwatch League 2019's Schedule Posted, More Games Per Night Than First Season

Overwatch League, by Blizzard's metrics and most standards, was a pretty smashing success. The League made quite a bit of money and raised awareness of the game more than any marketing budget could have done with the same amount of money. In the follow up, Blizzard has added a number of new regional teams and added one more game per night than the first season had.

In the newly released schedule, Blizzard has revealed exactly when in 2019, as they originally said, the new season will begin. Unfortunately for those who have Valentine's Day plans, the first games begin on February 14 featuring eight of the teams. This means four matches per night, which is one more than 2018's season. Considering an extra eight teams were added this year, it makes sense that more games per night would be required.

The teams have a lot to compete for this year. Champions of the league get $1.1 million prize. So every time one of your turrets gets destroyed, that's basically like losing a car.

Star Wars TV Show Mandalorian Releases Cast List

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Star Wars TV Show Mandalorian Releases Cast List

The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars show since Disney took over the franchise, has been kind of a mystery since it was first announced. The Jon Favreau-headed series was quietly given a name and concept only a few months ago, followed by an update to announce guest directors including Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Now, Lucasfilm has released a cast list for the show and it's wild.

From the official Star Wars website:

"Pedro Pascal (Narcos) has been cast in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. He is joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Affliction)."

Star Wars TV Show The Mandalorian Releases Cast List

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Star Wars TV Show The Mandalorian Releases Cast List

The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars show since Disney took over the franchise, has been kind of a mystery since it was first announced. The Jon Favreau-headed series was quietly given a name and concept only a few months ago, followed by an update to announce guest directors including Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Now, Lucasfilm has released a cast list for the show and it's wild.

From the official Star Wars website:

"Pedro Pascal (Narcos) has been cast in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. He is joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Affliction)."

Former Sonic Team Members React To Sonic Movie Design

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Former Sonic Team Members React To Sonic Movie Design

With a recent poster for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie showing proportions and fur that many fans didn't exactly expect, people have been talking about the new take on the cartoony mascot character. After an alleged leak of a cardboard standee in a movie theater popped up showing Sonic's legs and little else, not only have fans been posting their thoughts, but so have former developers on the Sonic Team.

Thanks to the Twitter account @SonicJPNews, which has been cataloging and translating these tweets.

From Shiro Maekawa, a former writer at Sonic Team:

Ninja Gaiden, Wario's Woods, And More Join Switch's Online Service

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Ninja Gaiden, Wario's Woods, And More Join Switch's Online Service

Starting today, Adventures of Lolo, Ninja Gaiden and Wario's Woods are available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Nintendo launched the service in September with 20 NES games, and promised more every month.

The Adventures of Lolo follows the titular character trying to rescue his love, Lala, after she is kidnapped by King Egger. In Ninja Gaiden – which launched a long-lived series – you play as a promising young ninja who travels to America to avenge his father's death and prevent his enemies unleashing an ancient demon. Toad's adventure in Wario’s Woods plays like Dr. Mario – but instead of pills, you try to align monsters and bombs. You can get a better feel for each game by watching Nintendo's announcement trailer below. 

Beyond adding a trio of new games into the mix, Nintendo has also offered SP versions for Dr. Mario and Metroid which lets you skip straight to the endgame. For Dr. Mario, that means being throwing into level 20 at Hi speed, and for Metroid you'll drop into the game with all of Samus' abilities fully upgraded just before the battle with Ridley.

Netflix’s The Punisher Is Still Getting Its Second Season

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Netflix’s The Punisher Is Still Getting Its Second Season

In a teaser trailer today that showcased its January lineup, Netflix revealed a glimpse into The Punisher’s next season.

Last month, Netflix gave nearly all their original Marvel series the chop beginning with Iron Fist, followed by Luke Cage, then ending with the critically-acclaimed Daredevil. As it stands, only Jessica Jones and The Punisher have been left breathing. 

The new teaser for the ruthless vigilante comes exactly one year after The Punisher was officially confirmed for a second season. So far, there is no official premiere date for when the series will air.

The Game Awards Doubles Viewership In 2018

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The Game Awards Doubles Viewership In 2018

The Game Awards has become a surprisingly big show in the years since it split off from Spike TV's infamously crass version that nonetheless commanded attention due to a TV audience. In order to get big reveals, the show had to prove itself, and it had to prove itself by getting big reveals. Now it seems host and creator Geoff Keighley can point to this year's numbers whenever he wants to convince a major developer or publisher to bring announcements to the annual award show.

For the 2018 event, over 26 million people streamed the show over the internet, counting restreams and recorded broadcast views after the show itself was over. That number is up 128 percent from 2017's already fairly large number of 11 million. If you were asking yourself why there were so many Super Smash Bros. Ultimate commercials during the show, that's why.

During the actual live broadcast, The Game Awards hit four million peak concurrent viewers.

Epic Offering Services To Further Cross-Platforming Gaming

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Epic Offering Services To Further Cross-Platforming Gaming

Epic has announced that throughout 2019 it is launching a suite of cross-platforming services for developers across seven platforms (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch) as allowable on each.

The services were originally developed for Epic's Fortnite, and will be "free for all developers, and will be open to all engines, all platforms, and all stores." These can be mixed-and-matched as the developer sees fit.

Epic has released a 2019 roadmap for the services, which involve cross-platform login, ID-ing of friends, voice comms, parties, matchmaking, data storage, achievements, and more.

ZeniMax Settles Its Lawsuit Against Oculus

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ZeniMax Settles Its Lawsuit Against Oculus

ZeniMax has settled its lawsuit against Oculus and Facebook which claimed that Oculus took ZeniMax's proprietary tech for Oculus' Rift VR headset. Terms of the settlement are undisclosed.

Back in 2017 a jury found Oculus guilty and awarded ZeniMax a $500 million settlement based on a breach of a non-disclosure agreement and misuse of copyrights and trademarks. This was later reduced to $250 million this summer.

"We are please that a settlement has been reached and are fully satisfied by the outcome," said Robert Altman, ZeniMax chairman and CEO. "While we dislike litigation, we will always vigorously defend against any infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property by third parties."