Get To Know Pyra And Mythra In Next Week’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

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Get To Know Pyra And Mythra In Next Week’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Pyra and Mythra were announced as the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters during the first Nintendo Direct of 2021. Xenoblade fans and newcomers alike were dazzled by the tandem’s flashy offense and ability to swap forms on the fly (or complained that they’re just more anime sword users). For an in-depth look at how these ladies operate, Nintendo is holding a special Direct presentation focused on the two-in-one fighter.  

The video airs next Thursday, March 4 at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET. Before you get any funny ideas, Nintendo has already confirmed the presentation will not have any new fighter announcements. That said, it’ll run 35 minutes long and, as with all of the previous Smash fighter breakdowns, will feature game director Masahiro Sakurai digging into the nitty gritty of Pyra/Mythra’s moveset. We already know they’ll be added to the game in March, but the presentation will also reveal the exact date that will happen. 

It Looks Like Henry Cavill Is Teasing A Mass Effect Adaptation

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It Looks Like Henry Cavill Is Teasing A Mass Effect Adaptation

Henry Cavill has had his hands full with taking on the role of Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's The Witcher series, but it looks like he's already got his eyes on his next project. On the actor's Instagram, he teased a "secret" project he's working on. It didn't take the internet long before that secret was decoded, and what was discovered has Mass Effect fans excited. 

The buffed-up fellow nerd took to his social media account to tease fans with an image that is blurred out except for his face. Either he should know better by now or he was given the go-ahead to intentionally tease the news ahead of a potential reveal, but it was not hard at all to alter the image and see what the blurred text reads: 

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Halo Infinite Received Help From Gears Studio, The Coalition

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Halo Infinite Received Help From Gears Studio, The Coalition

Both 343 Industries (Halo) and The Coalition Studio (Gears of War) are under the Microsoft name, which means a sharing of resources is not as uncommon as many might think. Following Halo Infinite's delay from an Xbox Series X launch title, 343 Industries has been working hard to get the upcoming space shooter up to par. It looks like that as development continues, The Coalition has been tapped in to help. 

A detailed thread from industry insider @Timur222 shows a trail of The Coalition's efforts with Halo Infinite, including the LinkedIn profile of Adam Bodden. Bodden worked at several major studios on a contract basis, including having Halo Infinite listed under the contract of The Coalition from August 2018 to November 2020. Another posting has Hugo Gutierrez Mares listed as a VFX artist working on the latest Halo from June 2017 until December 2020. 

source:https://t.co/gadqWrL3AO

Anthem 2.0 Canceled By BioWare

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Anthem 2.0 Canceled By BioWare

Anthem launched almost exactly two years ago, and the launch was rough. Many fans who saw the potential in the original version have been waiting for BioWare’s “Anthem Next” update to transform the beleaguered game and turn things around (like Final Fantasy XIV or No Man’s Sky). Unfortunately, that transformation will not happen. Today BioWare announced that the Anthem update has been canceled and new development on the game has ceased.

“In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT). We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today,” reads the announcement from executive producer Christian Dailey.

In short, this means that all of the enhancements and changes the team has talked about in the two years since the game’s launch will never be implemented. No tweaks to the Javelins, no skill tree overhaul, and no Artifact system. Though players can continue to access Anthem in its current form (for now), that form will remain full of unrealized potential.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Swings To Theaters This Christmas

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Swings To Theaters This Christmas

No, this isn’t another fake title. The third Spider-Man movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is titled No Way Home, and it’s releasing in theaters this Christmas. The film follows up on the events of 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home, which to date was the last Marvel film to be released in theaters prior to the pandemic. 

The film’s official twitter account shared a cute video announcing the news, with stars Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Zendaya (MJ), and Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds) failing to squeeze the real title out of director Jon Watts while taking jabs at Holland’s history spoiling his own films. In a funny bit, the whiteboard revealing the movie's confirmed name is laden with a plethora of fake subtitles (I’m partial to “Aunt May Says No”). You can check it out in the embedded tweet below. 

This, we can confirm. #SpiderManNoWayHome only in movie theaters this Christmas. pic.twitter.com/kCeI8Vgkdm

Fry's Electronics Officially Shuts Down

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Fry's Electronics Officially Shuts Down

Fry's Electronics is an electronics retailer specific to the United States and a staple in select areas around the country. In an abrupt announcement, the company has announced that it is shutting down for good, closing all locations, after 36 years in the business. 

If you go to the website for the store, you'll be met with the announcement instead of the usual wares. The somber update begins, saying "After nearly 26 years in business as one the one-stop-shop and online resource for high-tech professionals across nine states and 31 stores, Fry's Electronics has made the difficult decision to shut down its operations and close its business permanently as a result of changes in the retail industry and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic." 

The shutdown is to begin its gradual process on February 24 in order to safely wind down the business location by location. The gradual closure will allow for the process to be as cost-effective as possible without any additional liabilities and a reduced impact on "customers, vendors, landlords, and associates, and maximize the value of the company's assets for its creditors and other stakeholders." 

New Cyberpunk 2077 Update Delayed Due To Cyber Attack, Confirms CD Projekt Red

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New Cyberpunk 2077 Update Delayed Due To Cyber Attack, Confirms CD Projekt Red

Earlier this month, CD Projekt Red shared the unfortunate news that it was hit by a malicious hacking attack that included all of the source code for Cyberpunk 2077, an unreleased version of The Witcher 3, Gwent coding, and "incriminating info." Since then, the data has been sold, and while the company is doing everything it can to halt the spread of the stolen information, including utilizing DMCA strikes, the pulled focus has delayed a substantial update for Cyberpunk 2077 following the title's chaotic launch. 

The studio took to Twitter to relay the news about the delayed update. "While we clearly wanted to deliver Patch 1.2 for Cyberpunk 2077 in the timespan we detailed previously, the recent cyber attack on the studio's IT infrastructure and extensive scope of the update means this unfortunately will not happen," began the announcement. 

It’s not the news we enjoy sharing, but we want to make sure we launch this update properly. Stay tuned for more information as the time draws closer. Thank you for your continued patience and support. 3/3

Chicago Wants To Ban All "Violent Video Games" In Response To Rise In Crime And Carjackings

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Chicago Wants To Ban All

The topic of banning video games is once more on the table, this time it's Chicago, IL leadership leading the charge. Right now, Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr. has filed documents to make changes to an already-present 2012 law to make it possible to ban violent video games to minors in the state, especially titles like Grand Theft Auto, after a rise in carjackings and overall violent crimes have been noted. 

The notion being discussed falls under House Bill 3531 and aims to ban the retail sale of all "violent video games" for Illinois residents. What constitutes as a violent video game? According to the bill, it's a game that “allows a user or player to control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal.” 

According to a recent report from the Chicago Sun-Times, the rate of violent crimes and carjackings as has increased, with 218 reports solely from the month of January alone. The Chicago representatives are claiming that video games like Grand Theft Auto are providing "inspiration" for these types of criminal activities and that banning them would be "safer" for all communities affected.

Star Wars: Republic Commando Coming To PS4 And Switch

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Star Wars: Republic Commando Coming To PS4 And Switch

Fresh off its announcement of its revival of the cult-favorite Xbox game Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse, publisher Aspyr Media is back with another modernization of a classic Xbox title. The LucasArts fan-favorite tactical FPS, Star Wars: Republic Commando, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Switch this April.

Star Wars: Republic Commando takes place during the events of the Clone Wars. If you're familiar with the history of the famous galaxy "far, far away," then you know the Clone Wars is the conflict depicted in Attack of the ClonesRevenge of the Sith, and the Clone Wars film and television show.

Republic Commando has you control an elite squad consisting of four clone troopers who were genetically engineered to be better than your average, run-of-the-mill clones. The campaign takes players across the major fronts of the Clone Wars, including the desert planet of Geonosis and the forested Wookiee home of Kashyyyk.

How The Mass Effect Legendary Edition Brought Back The Feeling Of BioWare From The Past

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How The Mass Effect Legendary Edition Brought Back The Feeling Of BioWare From The Past

The Mass Effect trilogy remains one of the most incredible stories in gaming. The journey as Commander Shepard began with the first game, and from there, gamers were enthralled (but not indoctrinated) by the tale of uniting a galaxy at any cost. Ahead of the release of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, we sat down with character and environment director Kevin Meek from BioWare to talk a little more about the pioneering first game and how working on this remaster brought back the best kind of nostalgia.  

The first Mass Effect game had very different pacing than 2 or 3, and a large part of that was due to it being a new IP. As such, world-building took priority, and BioWare was still getting a feel for what this experience would ultimately become. Despite being the oldest game in the trilogy, there is no denying that Mass Effect 1 was revolutionary in many ways, and without the care and love that went into it, we never would have seen the following two entries. 

When talking to Meek about his role in bringing the Legendary Edition to life, he talked about his own attitude when approaching projects like this and how that period of reflection reminded him what a gem the first game truly was.