Free Comic Book Day Is Today

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Free Comic Book Day Is Today

Free Comic Book Day is an annualized event that takes place on the first Saturday of May. True to its name, this event gives people free comic books – dozens of them from most of the leading publishers. All you have to do is head to a local comic book store and ask where the free comic books are. You'll want to go early, as this event has been popular in years past, and some of the free books go quickly.

Some of these comics are meant to be one-off stories that people can read and not feel the need to run out to get the next issue, but some publishers offer stories that lead into big events or give you a chance to read from the beginning of a series with hopes that you'll continue on. The hope is you'll walk away with plenty to read and a new (or renewed) appreciation for this storytelling media.

Here's a list of all the comics you'll be able to grab:

Weekend Warrior – Perfect Weather For Video Games

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Weekend Warrior – Perfect Weather For Video Games

After a particularly harrowing winter, it's finally nice in Minnesota, but Days Gone isn't going to play itself. We'll be playing video games, seeing bad movies, driving to exotic locations like Duluth, and playing... Stardew Valley? That game's from 2016! Why can't we stop playing it!? What's wrong with us?

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – I tried my best to not expose her to the trailer, but they just had to show it before How to Train Your Dragon 3, and she lost her mind with excitement so now I get to go see Ugly Dolls tonight with the kid. I wish it was next weekend so I could go see Pokémon Detective Pikachu instead, but you could make an argument that I sort of already have. Also, Dan informs me that I am on Sekiro's final boss, so I think I might be able to beat it this weekend. Considering my generally ho-hum stance on From Software's games in general, I never thought Sekiro would pull me in, but it did in a big way. I think it's From's best game. Fight me*.

Javy Gwaltney – This week I’m building up an empire of mayonnaise in Stardew Valley and going on a quest in Dragon’s Dogma!

Bioware Recommits To Anthem As Rumors Swirl About Dragon Age Taking Priority

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Bioware Recommits To Anthem As Rumors Swirl About Dragon Age Taking Priority

Anthem has definitely not had an easy go of it lately, especially as the game's content map has been delayed to an undefined schedule. While the game sold well in its launch month, it had dropped precipitously in the National Purchase Diary rankings the following month. It is no surprise that rumors are coming up that EA and Bioware are considering moving on from the GaaS shooter and onto their recently announced Dragon Age project.

Not so, says Bioware, which has reaffirmed that they're still planning to stick to Anthem regardless of what else they're working on. Lead producer Mike Gamble was on Twitter to confirm that commitment. 

There's been a lot of (incorrect) speculation on this. The studio's support and commitment to anthem HAS. NOT. CHANGED. https://t.co/uxwY3ADPRO

Riot Games Is Backing Away From Arbitration Plans, But Only For New Hires

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Riot Games Is Backing Away From Arbitration Plans, But Only For New Hires

Last year, Riot Games had a number of key events last year that significantly affected employee trust in the company. Following a bombshell report from Kotaku about company culture and harassment, the company pledged to do better in the future. Some employees and former employees, however, decided to sue the company with specific allegations in 2018. Last week, Riot filed motions to force two of those lawsuits into private arbitration, which is a dispute resolution that takes place outside of the legal court system. To put it cynically, or perhaps realistically, it is a method that tends to most benefit the larger company impaneling the decision-makers. Successfully winning this motion would change Riot's policies to make it so employees who have been hired by the company would be required to go to arbitration for grievances instead, specifically for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

As a result of this decision, Riot employees threatened to walk out, according to emails obtained by Waypoint. While Riot didn't back away from their position of arbitration at the time, they invited employees to discuss the issues with management "in small groups." Today, the company has decided to adjust their arbitration clause, but only for new employees. Those who were hired at Riot before still would not have the legal right to sue the company in court.

Bayonetta 3 Experimenting With New Kinds Of Development For Series

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Bayonetta 3 Experimenting With New Kinds Of Development For Series

It's been a while since Bayonetta 3 was first announced at the 2017 Game Awards, showing a short teaser trailer of Bayonetta seemingly beaten and defeated. In the time since, Nintendo has announced and will presumably release other PlatinumGames action titles like Astral Chain, with Bayonetta 3 nowhere to be seen. Even more concerning, Bayonetta 2 director Yusuke Hashimoto left PlatinumGames at the beginning of 2019 — while Hashimoto was never confirmed to be directing the third game, it was widely presumed he was at least involved with it, and his departure was certainly strange.

A recent interview with studio head Atsushi Inaba, however, might give us the first hints about something being slightly different with Bayonetta 3. In speaking with Video Games Chronicle, Inaba commented on the way the game's pacing and buildup were different from the previous two games' development.

"With Bayonetta 1 and 2 we had basically an orthodox development process, at least for us," he told the outlet in an interview. “We did stage one, then stage two, then stage three and built up the drama and the pacing chronologically. For Bayonetta 3, we can say that we learned enough from making the past two games to change our process in a way that’s different to what I just described."

Child Of Light Sequel Currently Not In Production

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Child Of Light Sequel Currently Not In Production

Last year, when Ubisoft announced they would be porting their UbiArt 2D RPG Child of Light to Nintendo Switch, they also very pointedly teased a sequel to the game at the same time. The very blatant tease showed a piece of paper outright saying "Child of Light II" hidden behind a Nintendo Switch, indicating that a sequel was in or near production. Unfortunately, it seems like the piece of paper is all that exists of said sequel, as the creative director Patrick Plourde doesn't believe Ubisoft wants to make a game that isn't a service.

Speaking to Video Games Chronicle in an extensive interview, Plourde admitted that the game isn't being made right now, even though he very much would like to change that.

"I don’t know if there’s a Child of Light 2 that is in production, Ubisoft is big, but I’m not working on it,” Plourde told VGC. "Right now, I don’t think there’s a Child of Light 2 being produced…I’m not holding my breath." Plourde explained that he thinks Ubisoft's announced plans to adapt the game to a TV series might be helpful for sequel plans, but he hasn't heard anything yet.

Free Comic Book Day Is Tomorrow

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Free Comic Book Day Is Tomorrow

Free Comic Book Day is an annualized event that takes place on the first Saturday of May. True to its name, this event gives people free comic books – dozens of them from most of the leading publishers. All you have to do is head to a local comic book store and ask where the free comic books are. You'll want to go early, as this event has been popular in years past, and some of the free books go quickly.

Some of these comics are meant to be one-off stories that people can read and not feel the need to run out to get the next issue, but some publishers offer stories that lead into big events or give you a chance to read from the beginning of a series with hopes that you'll continue on. The hope is you'll walk away with plenty to read and a new (or renewed) appreciation for this storytelling media.

Here's a list of all the comics you'll be able to grab tomorrow:

The New Call Of Duty Will Be Revealed Before The End Of June

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The New Call Of Duty Will Be Revealed Before The End Of June

Another year, another Call of Duty. Infinity Ward (the developers of the original Call Of Duty as well as Modern Warfare, Ghosts, and Infinite Warfare) has been developing this one. As for what the new game entails, whether it's a Modern Warfare sequel or another offshoot, we don't know. However, according to Activision, we'll be finding out rather soon.

The publisher revealed during its earnings call that it plans to reveal more about this year's title "sometime during this [fiscal] quarter." That means that sometime before June 30. This points to a big info drop sometime before or during this year's E3.

For more on Call of Duty, check out our review of Black Ops 4.

Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward Expansion Is Free Until The End Of June

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Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward Expansion Is Free Until The End Of June

There's few stories of death and rebirth in the MMO genre as compelling as Final Fantasy XIV. When the game first released, it crashed and burned, both critically and commercially. Square Enix was forced to tear the game down to its rivets and rebuild it as A Realm Reborn. Still, despite this turnaround, an MMORPG is only as good as its latest content, and Square Enix could have easily lost their audience with the first expansion titled Heavensward. Thankfully, they didn't, and you can see that for yourself.

If you own any non-Steam version of current Final Fantasy XIV, which means either PC or PlayStation 4, you can now download Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward for free. The PC version is free from Square Enix's online store as part of its Golden Week sale, celebrating the Japanese collection of holidays in early May. You do not need to own the base game to claim it for later, but you need to own it to play Heavensward. On PlayStation 4, you can get it from the PS Store, but you have to own Final Fantasy XIV before you can lay claim to it.

Peter Mayhew, The Original Actor For Chewbacca, Has Died

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Peter Mayhew, The Original Actor For Chewbacca, Has Died

Peter Mayhew, the actor best known for serving as the original Chewbacca in Star Wars, has died. Mayhew's family broke the news that the actor had passed away in his sleep at the age of 74 on April 30:

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u

In addition to playing the beloved Chewie in every Star Wars adaptation up until The Last Jedi (Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo took over the role), Mayhew was also a philanthropist whose organization, The Mayhew Foundation, has supported many international charity causes.