Game Of Thrones Season 8's First Two Episodes Aren't Extra Long

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It's been known for a long time that the upcoming eighth season of Game of Thrones will be much shorter than previous ones, comprising only six episodes. There was some suggestion that each episode would be extra long, possibly movie-length. We now have confirmation on the running times for Episodes 1 and 2, and it seems that both will be of regular duration.

The running times were revealed on HBO's schedule, and were spotted by fan site Winter is Coming. Episode 1, which premieres on April 14, will be 54 minutes, while Episode 2 the following week is 58 minutes. Game of Thrones' episode lengths always vary, but these are very much in line with the sub-60 minute running time of previous seasons.

However, fans expecting some epic-length episodes shouldn't be too disappointed. There's every reason to expect that the remaining four episode will be much longer. In January, Entertainment Weekly reported on a leaked report from a TV conference in France. The report stated that while Episode 1 and 2 would be around 60 minutes each, the next four will be approximately 80.

Harry Potter Game Wizards Unite Mixes Pokemon Go With RPGs

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After a teaser trailer late last year, Pokemon Go developer Niantic has revealed more about its next AR game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Co-developed by WB Games under the Portkey Games label, Wizards Unite takes Pokemon Go's foundation and puts a wizarding world spin on it. But where Pokemon Go is largely about collecting, Wizards Unite is focused on immersing you in its world, from a voice-acted story to involved RPG-like skill trees.

We recently went to Niantic's San Francisco office to learn more about Wizards Unite, which included a hands-on demo of the game. The Pokemon Go parallels are front and center; instead of PokeStops, for example, Wizards Unite has greenhouses and inns where you can get various items. The map works the same way, but to fit the theme, crooked buildings dot the map as owls fly overhead. It also includes some of the quality-of-life features that Pokemon Go got over time: AR Plus, a photo mode, and at least the promise of better battery life optimization.

Niantic's Harry Potter Game Mixes Pokemon Go With RPGs

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After a teaser trailer late last year, Pokemon Go developer Niantic has revealed more about its next AR game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Co-developed by WB Games under the Portkey Games label, Wizards Unite takes Pokemon Go's foundation and puts a wizarding world spin on it. But where Pokemon Go is largely about collecting, Wizards Unite is focused on immersing you in its world, from a voice-acted story to involved RPG-like skill trees.

We recently went to Niantic's San Francisco office to learn more about Wizards Unite, which included a hands-on demo of the game. The Pokemon Go parallels are front and center; instead of PokeStops, for example, Wizards Unite has greenhouses and inns where you can get various items. The map works the same way, but to fit the theme, crooked buildings dot the map as owls fly overhead. It also includes some of the quality-of-life features that Pokemon Go got over time: AR Plus, a photo mode, and at least the promise of better battery life optimization.

Halo Infinite Could Adopt Games As Service Model

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Halo Infinite appears primed to get its big debut at E3 2019, but it may be a very different kind of game. Comments from Kiki Wolfkill, the head of Halo trans-media at 343, has added more reason to believe that the studio is imagining this as an ongoing game or live service.

"We have to be able to change content quickly," Wolfkill said at Fortune's Brainstorm Design conference. "We can't afford to wait three years every time we drop a new product and have it be a black box because the games kids are playing are changing every week."

The reference to a three-year development cycle as outdated, paired with the title of Halo Infinite itself, would seem to suggest that Microsoft and 343 are planning this entry as an ongoing game of some sort. That would also make sense alongside her reference of games that kids are playing currently. It sounds like a reference to games like Fortnite, which issues regular challenge updates and new equipment between its large seasonal updates.

Escape Room Home Release Has Plenty Of Deleted Scenes, Watch One Here

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Escape rooms seem to be all the rage, but what if the room you were "trapped" in was more than a typical puzzle box of clues and mysteries? What if it was actively trying to kill you? That's the plot to the Sony Pictures movie Escape Room, which will be available digitally on April 9 and on Blu-ray and DVD on April 23.

Bonus materials will be available with both digital and physical copies of the movie upon release, which include deleted and alternate scenes. One of these deleted scenes is titled "Gaslight," which you can see for yourself above before it's released.

In the scene, the police pull up to the building with Zoey Davis (Taylor Russell). The police get off an elevator and investigate the area where the deadly escape room once was. However, upon entering, Zoey sees that everything that was once in the room was completely stripped away. The escape room is nothing more than concrete walls with graffiti on them, leaving Zoey to defend her own sanity to the officers.

Fortnite Adding Baller Vehicle Soon; Here's What They Look Like

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Fortnite Adding Baller Vehicle Soon; Here's What They Look Like

Fortnite has a new vehicle coming soon, and it looks pretty wild. It's named The Baller, and it looks like the sort of thing a hamster would ride around in.

The vehicle will come to PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile soon, though we don't precisely know when. Other details about The Baller are also scarce at present--we don't know what kind of weaponry it will possess, for example, though it does appear to have a cannon of some description.

Fortnite's Season 8 started just recently, introducing new skins and other cosmetics. A subsequent update has also introduced buried treasure maps.

Fortnite Adding Baller Vehicle Soon; Here's What It Looks Like

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Fortnite Adding Baller Vehicle Soon; Here's What It Looks Like

Fortnite has a new vehicle coming soon, and it looks pretty wild. It's named The Baller, and it looks like the sort of thing a hamster would ride around in.

The vehicle will come to PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile soon, though we don't precisely know when. Other details about The Baller are also scarce at present--we don't know what kind of weaponry it will possess, for example, though it does appear to have a cannon of some description.

Fortnite's Season 8 started just recently, introducing new skins and other cosmetics. A subsequent update has also introduced buried treasure maps.

Fortnite Update Adds Baller Vehicle Soon; Here's What It Looks Like

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Fortnite Update Adds Baller Vehicle Soon; Here's What It Looks Like

A new Fortnite update is set to introduce a new vehicle to the game--and it looks pretty wild. It's named The Baller, and it looks like the sort of thing a hamster would ride around in.

The vehicle will come to PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile "soon," though we don't precisely know when; based on past teases, though, we can likely expect it as part of this week's patch. Details about The Baller are scarce at present--we don't know what kind of weaponry it will possess, for example, though it does appear to have a cannon of some description.

It seems the vehicle itself might be a weapon, based on the short description shared through Fortnite's in-game News feed. It states, "Roll through the competition with the newest vehicle, The Baller!"