Here's What A John Wick NES Game Would Look Like

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Here's What A John Wick NES Game Would Look Like

What would the John Wick franchise look like if it were adapted as an NES game? Brazilian indie game developer JoyMasher and Swedish sound designer Dominic Ninmark teamed up to find out.

With John Wick 3's recent release to theaters, JoyMasher and Ninmark created a video that shows off a fake NES game. You can watch an 8-bit Keanu Reeves shoot foes, fight a giant enemy chopper, and finally be reunited with his dog in the video below.

While this NES game isn't real, there is an actual John Wick game in development right now. John Wick Hex is being created by Thomas Was Alone and Volume developer Mike Bithell. You can watch a trailer for the upcoming game here

Lords Of The Fallen Sequel Switching Developers Again

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Lords Of The Fallen Sequel Switching Developers Again

After a successful foray into the Dark Souls mould with Lords of the Fallen, developer Deck 13 moved on to work on The Surge, leaving fans to wonder if they'd get a proper sequel to the hardcore fantasy game. Those fans eventually learned they'd be getting a follow-up to the medieval fantasy game when, in June of last year, publisher CI Games said the game would be developed by Defiant Studios instead. That is no longer the case, as the team has decided to oust the studio and move to develop the game in-house instead with the help of outsourcing.

Eurogamer reports the split between CI Games and Defiant Studios wasn't exactly friendly. According to a translation of Polish press release, "The termination of the agreement was submitted due to inadequate execution by Defiant [of] a key work stage (milestone no. 11), a so-called vertical slice." That vertical slice simply wasn't up to par, and after repeated calls for CI games to improve the game's quality, CI Games cut ties with the developer.

Overwatch Anniversary Event Returns Next Week

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Overwatch Anniversary Event Returns Next Week

Blizzard has announced its annual anniversary event celebrating Overwatch's initial May 2016 release is coming back for another year.

The event is right around the corner, starting on May 21. Blizzard has made no other official announcements regarding the event.

In past years, the event has offered the chance for players to earn skins from other events, new skins, and additional game modes. The teaser for the event shows logos from other Overwatch events, which likely means that at least one of those features will return this time around.

Epic Games Store Mega Sale Causes Developers To Raise Prices, Temporarily Delist Games

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Epic Games Store Mega Sale Causes Developers To Raise Prices, Temporarily Delist Games

Epic is having a major sale across its entire storefront, which includes deep discounts on popular games and $10 off any game over $15 until June 13. That's a pretty good deal if you're thinking about picking up some major upcoming games or getting recently-released ones. Good enough that it's also causing some confusion across regions, as well as some developers to either raise the price of their games, or remove them from the store altogether until the sale is over.

At the heart of the issue is that store-wide price reduction. For context, this discount is seemingly coming out of Epic's pocket, according to John Wick Hex developer Mike Bithell. "This is Epic paying towards your bar tab, not the drinks being cheaper," he said on Twitter.

2020's Call Of Duty Game May Be Developed By Treyarch Instead Of Sledgehammer

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2020's Call Of Duty Game May Be Developed By Treyarch Instead Of Sledgehammer

An earlier version of this article erroneously reported Glen Schofield had joined 2K Games. We regret the error.

Activision has released at least one Call of Duty game every year since 2005, and while we haven't heard much about the series' 2019 entry, it's safe to say it'll make it out before the end of the year. As for the entry after that, the one releasing in 2020, we can't be as sure.

A new report from Kotaku indicates that, in order to keep up its yearly release schedule, Activision has shifted duties around a bit. Currently, we get a new Call of Duty year every year from one of three major studios (with other studios pitching in to help): Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer, with each releasing a new game every three years. 2020 was previously on track to see the next game from Sledgehammer and Raven (the ladder of which is reported to have been taking lead on this project), but will now instead see another Treyarch-helmed Black Ops game, which, considering Black Ops 4 released just last year, would mean that team would have to turn around another game in just two years, as opposed to the usual three.

CD Projekt Red Promises Development Crunch For Cyberpunk 2077 Won't Be As Bad As The Witcher 3's

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CD Projekt Red Promises Development Crunch For Cyberpunk 2077 Won't Be As Bad As The Witcher 3's

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red says it's taking the issue of crunch more seriously than it has in the past, and hopes to treat its workers "more humanely" during the development of its futuristic RPG.

Speaking with Kotaku, CDPR co-founder Marcin Iwiński stated that, while the company is "known for treating gamers with respect,” they would also like to be known for doing the same with its employees and workers. 

The company plans to do that by more actively pushing its "non-obligatory crunch policy," which includes the understanding that requests for workers to work through nights and weekends are not binding or mandatory, a policy Iwiński says they've already been working toward. “We’ve been communicating clearly to people that of course there are certain moments where we need to work harder – like I think the E3 demo is a pretty good example – but we want to be more humane and treat people with respect," he told Kotaku. "If they need to take time off, they can take time off. Nobody will be frowned upon if this will be requested.”

Destiny 2 Heavily Nerfs Whisper Of The Worm, Other Popular Exotics Next Season

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Destiny 2 Heavily Nerfs Whisper Of The Worm, Other Popular Exotics Next Season

A new season of Destiny 2 begins June 4, and when that date hits, one of the game's most reliable damage-dealers will likely drop out of many players' rotation.

Whisper of the Worm is currently one of, if not the, most potent single-target damage weapons in Destiny 2. It has higher a base precision damage than most other weapons, but what makes it such an outstanding weapon is that, if you land three precision shots (critical hits in Destiny parlance) with it in a row, the gun magically refills the magazine, letting you fire non-stop without reloading. This makes it perfect for unleashing on bosses during damage phases. A little too perfect for Bungie's taste, in fact.

"An Exotic that can generate an infinite amount of Heavy ammo is still a gigantic outlier and renders many weapons irrelevant for certain encounters," Destiny's development team said in a statement. "While Exotics are intended to be powerful and novel, bypassing the ammo economy can tend to force us to adjust enemies to compensate. This effectively results in Sniper Rifles as a whole being punished because of Whisper’s unique ammo ability."

What To Watch This Weekend: League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, And Dragon Ball FighterZ

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What To Watch This Weekend: League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, And Dragon Ball FighterZ

We're back, and as good as ever! Summer isn't quite here yet, but several scenes are showing up nonetheless, which means we have more events than you could possibly watch in one weekend. We dare you.

The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational will be capped off by a pair of matches: One today between SK Telecom T1 (a team name that just rolls off the tongue) and G2 Esports, and one tomorrow between the winner of today's match and Team Liquid to determine the champion. (Stream / Schedule)

The Dreamhack Open tournament in Tours, France is your Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event for the weekend. Next weekend, the Pro League concludes! (Stream / Schedule)

HBO Releases First Trailer For 'His Dark Materials'

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HBO Releases First Trailer For 'His Dark Materials'

The Philip Pullman His Dark Materials trilogy of books is being adapted to an HBO series, and the network has shared the first look through a teaser trailer. The book series consists of three fantasy novels: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. Northern Lights was previously adapted to film through the 2007 movie The Golden Compass.

The His Dark Materials HBO series stars Dafne Keen (best known for her role as X-23 in Logan), James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Oddly enough, McAvoy also starred in the film adaptation of C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, which some have viewed His Dark Materials as a direct rebuttal to Lewis' work in those books.

You can get your first look at season 1 of His Dark Materials, which is set to release later this year, below.

Four New X-Men Coming To Marvel Strike Force

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Four New X-Men Coming To Marvel Strike Force

 Marvel Strike Force's ever-growing roster continues to expand to different corners of the Marvel universe. Originally primarily (but not exclusively) focused on characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the mobile RPG has since added several additional heroes and villains from the Spider-Verse and the X-Men franchises. However, to this point, the only true X-Men who have appeared on the playable roster have been Wolverine and Storm – Magneto, Mystique, Pyro, Juggernaut, and Sabretooth have also joined the roster, but they are their own contained Brotherhood of Mutants unit.

Now, FoxNext has announced that four new X-Men are on the way, three of which will be added relatively soon. The three that are coming soon are Psylocke, Colossus, and Phoenix. Psylocke can remove negative effects from allies and apply them to enemies, and possesses the ability to deal big damage. Colossus serves the protector role for the X-Men squad, with the ability to apply positive status effects to teammates, including deflect. Phoenix rounds out the first iteration of the X-Men team, with extremely powerful attacks and the ability to boost her teammates.

You can see a low-quality image of the first full X-Men squad in-game below.