EA Announces Madden NFL 20 Rookie Ratings

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EA Announces Madden NFL 20 Rookie Ratings

It's the doldrums of July, which means one thing for Madden fans – ratings reveals. Today, EA Tiburon shared the full ratings for all the prospects selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. Some of the decisions may surprise you. 

The highest-rated rookie of the bunch? That honor belongs to New York Jets defensive tackle Quentin Williams. The third overall selection lands with a solid 80 rating. The best quarterback rating unsurprisingly goes to mobile wonder Kyler Murray, drafted first overall by the Arizona Cardinals. 

The player earmarked for the biggest bust potential is unsurprisingly New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who lands with an unimpressive 63 overall despite being picked sixth overall. The biggest riser was Seahawks receiver D.J. Metcalf, who came in with the eighth highest rating despite being the last pick in the second round. Another player to vault well above his draft position is Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr., who is the tenth highest rated rookie. 

Watch Danny DeVito Become The Rock In New Jumanji: The Next Level Trailer

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Watch Danny DeVito Become The Rock In New Jumanji: The Next Level Trailer

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made a lot of money. Despite initial hesitation from fans of the original after the announcement of the soft reboot, the film went on to be a box office success. This means, as is the way with Hollywood, a sequel is on the way. 

In the new trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level, the original cast of Jack Black, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan return as video game avatars, but the cast is being padded with some new additions. Danny DeVito and Danny Glover are joining the cast as grandfathers of the kids who are stuck in the game, but wait, there's more. 

The trailer shows Danny DeVito and Danny Glover getting sucked into the game along with the kids, inhabiting the bodies of The Rock and Kevin Hart, respectively. The trailer also shows off the return of Nick Jonas and the arrival of series newcomer Awkwafina. 

Sony Announces Another PlayStation Vue Price Hike

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Sony Announces Another PlayStation Vue Price Hike

Following the upward trajectory of Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, and Sling, PlayStation Vue is the latest streaming service to raise prices. Citing rising costs of content licenses, Sony announced the $5 price hike across all its Vue bundles. 

PlayStation Vue’s cheapest plan, called Access, now costs $49.99 a month, while the most expensive Ultra package now sets you back $84.99 a month. Sony says the change starts today for new customers, but existing customers will keep their current price for at least 30 days and will see the new price beginning on their first billing cycle on or after July 31. The only silver lining is for hockey fans – the plans will soon include the NHL Network and ACC Network.

The price hike is just the latest for PlayStation Vue, which raised its service price $10 in 2017 and another $5 last year.

CD Projekt Red Working On Two More Cyberpunk 2077 Projects

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CD Projekt Red Working On Two More Cyberpunk 2077 Projects

We're less than a year out from Cyberpunk 2077, a game which seemed perennially years away its entire existence. The open-world RPG is poised to be the biggest game to ever come from Polish studio CD Projekt Red, even bigger than the massive Witcher 3. It makes sense, then, that CD Projekt wants more than one bite at that apple and appear to have multiple Cyberpunk projects in development.

The news comes from Polish news outlet Bankier, which wrote a story about how Cyberpunk 2077 preorders are above what Witcher 3 hit prior to its release. Within the story, CDPR president Adam Kiciński mentioned that they currently have three teams working on Cyberpunk 2077 projects. One is the actual Cyberpunk 2077 game we have all seen, a second game is a multiplayer standalone spinoff based on Cyberpunk 2077. They didn't hint at what that might be, but battle royale seems like a pretty fair bet.

The third project is their next big game, which one would guess is a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077. It is not necessarily that, however, as CDPR has said they also consider Gwent and its single-player campaign to be a large-scale project, as well. Again, were I to bet, I'd put my money on production of a sequel being in its beginning stages already.

Paradox Interactive Calls Traditional 70/30 Revenue Split 'Outrageous' For Video Games

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Paradox Interactive Calls Traditional 70/30 Revenue Split 'Outrageous' For Video Games

At a Gamelab panel last week, Paradox Interactive's Fredrick Wester spoke on a largely unchanged revenue model: the 70/30 split. Developers keep 70 percent of a game's revenue, and the platform holders – Valve, Microsoft, Sony, Apple, Nintendo, and others – keep the remaining 30 percent. However, with the rise of digital sales and the Epic Games Store's more favorable 88/12 split, Wester believes the model is outdated.

"I think the 70/30 revenue split is outrageous," Wester said. "I think the platform holders are taking too much money. Everyone in the press here, just quote me on that."

Wester detailed how Warner Bros. established the 70/30 split in the 1970s as a precedent, back when they released films on VHS and when video games were very much in their infancy. With today's increasingly digitized methods of content distribution, Wester claims this model is outdated.

Skybound Games Announces Release Date For The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series

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Skybound Games Announces Release Date For The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series

Despite news of one of Telltale's hits slowly disappearing from storefronts, Skybound still knows the worth of the series that put the studio on the map. Rather than keeping each season separate, Skybound is collecting all four seasons and DLC together in a definitive edition to be sold both physically and digitally for $49.99.

Some interesting additions that come with the definitive series includes the "graphic black" style that allows you to play every episode with this distinct look more true to the comic-book style it was based off, more than 10 hours of developer commentary, art galleries, and over 140 music tracks.

The Walking Dead: Telltale Definitive Series releases on September 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store. Only the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are releasing worldwide.

Ni No Kuni Sequel On The Way With Plans To Expand The Franchise

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Ni No Kuni Sequel On The Way With Plans To Expand The Franchise

After two games console titles, a few mobile Japanese titles, an endorsement from Studio Ghibli, and a feature film on the way, the Ni No Kuni franchise is doing well. An interview with Level-5 president Akahiro Hino confirms that the Ni No Kuni library will continue to grow with no sign of stopping. 

Japanese magazine Nikkei talked with Hino about the upcoming Ni No Kuni news, including a sequel. The next title is planned to release sometime after the premiere of the Ni No Kuni anime film. The film, which so far has no announced plans to be released in the West, will release to Japanese theaters on August 29th. While Studio Ghibli was involved in the cutscene animation and art direction for Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the prolific studio has no involvement with the film. Frequent Ghibli collaborator and composer Joe Hisashi is scoring the film, however. The film looks good, and holds true to the original art style, as seen in the new trailers.

We know nothing about the Ni No Kuni sequel other than its post-August release window. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is also being ported to the Switch with a September 20th release date, which should hold fans over until more information on the sequel is released. 

Netflix Shows Off Witcher Poster, New Character Shots

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Netflix Shows Off Witcher Poster, New Character Shots

Netflix has released a few more photos from its upcoming Witcher series, and it looks like Geralt's wig game has improved. In addition to new looks at Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia, we can now get a look at how Yennefer (Anya Cholatra) and Ciri (Freya Allan) fare in the adaptation.

You can check out the character shots as well as the poster in the gallery below. Netflix is hosting a special Witcher panel at San Diego Comic Con at 2:15 p.m. Pacific on July 19 (in Hall H, if you're in the neighborhood. The three stars of the show will be in attendance, as well as showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. 

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Remedy Has Publishing Rights For Alan Wake

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Remedy Has Publishing Rights For Alan Wake

Sure, Control is nearly here but that hasn't stopped Remedy from looking to the future – and it appears that at least part of the company's future is rooted in the past. For years, a loyal group of fans have clamored for an another sequel (not counting Alan Wake's American Nightmare) to the Twin Peaks-inspired Alan Wake, and it appears they might just get it.

The company announced today that it now owns the publishing rights for Alan Wake. Creative Director Sam Lake himself confirmed the news on Twitter

Yes, @remedygames now owns the publishing right to #AlanWake https://t.co/dajzTTTOje

Dwyane Wade, Anthony Davis Earn Cover Athlete Honors For NBA 2K20

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Dwyane Wade, Anthony Davis Earn Cover Athlete Honors For NBA 2K20

Fresh off his move to the Los Angeles Lakers, dominant big man Anthony Davis makes his second appearance on the cover of NBA 2K. A six-time NBA all-star and three-time All-NBA First Teamer, Davis has the resume of a repeat cover athlete. His teaming up with LeBron James in Los Angeles should only increase his profile. 

“I’m honored to be back representing NBA 2K,” Davis said in a press statement. “Being picked as the face of NBA 2K20 means the world to me, and I’m excited for the fans to experience the best sports simulation in the world this fall.”  

Given the months of rumors pointing to Davis leaving the New Orleans Pelicans, the NBA 2K20 covers smartly hide the team jersey: