Live-Action Gundam Movie Gets An Acclaimed Writer

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It's been almost a year since Legendary Pictures announced a live-action Gundam film. In collaboration with Sunrise--the Japan-based animation studio responsible for the mecha anime franchise--the announcement came during Anime Expo 2018 before going radio silent. Now, the companies are back with another announcement: Brian K. Vaughan will pen the script.

As reported by Deadline, Vaughan has signed on to write the screenplay for the forthcoming live-action Gundam flick. Vaughan, an acclaimed comic book writer who penned several Lost episodes, has written numerous comic books and graphic novels ranging from Marvel (Wolverine #131: "It Fell to Earth") to DC (Batman #588-590: "Close Before Striking") and more. In addition to writing the screenplay, Vaughan will serve as the project's executive producer.

The news comes just one month before Mobile Suit Gundam's 40th anniversary. Released in April 1979, the series--sometimes referred to as First Gundam or Gundam '79--launched as an anime with 43 episodes, a manga with two volumes, and a set of three films. Following the release of Mobile Suit Gundam, the mecha anime entered pop culture zeitgeist, spawning several spin-offs in the universe including Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, and others.

Xbox News Event Coming Next Week, May Reveal Halo: The Master Chief Collection For PC

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Microsoft announced today that it will air the next "Inside Xbox" episode on March 12, and it's notable because the confirmation comes amid a number of exciting Xbox rumors about new consoles, Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to PC, and more.

All Microsoft has officially confirmed is that the March 12 episode of Inside Xbox One will contain some "exciting news" about Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as well as updates on DayZ, One Piece World Seeker, and Xbox Game Pass. Intriguingly, Microsoft also said there is "much more" coming during the event.

The Inside Xbox episode airs on Tuesday, March 12, starting at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET. That's 10 PM in London and 8 AM in Sydney the following day.

Pokemon Go Bringing Rayquaza Back For New Raid Weekend Event

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Niantic is bringing back a popular Legendary Pokemon for a special Pokemon Go event next weekend. Beginning March 15, Rayquaza will return to the game for a limited time, giving players their first opportunity to capture it in nearly a year.

The special Raid Weekend event kicks off at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET and runs until the same time on Monday, March 18. Throughout the weekend, the Sky High Pokemon will appear in Raid Battles. As usual, you'll first need to team up with other players and defeat the Legendary before you can attempt to catch it.

Rayquaza isn't the only Gen 3 Legendary to make an encore appearance in Pokemon Go recently. Latias also returned for a special Raid event at the end of February, and Niantic has teased that its twin, Latios, will likewise be the subject of its own Raid event in the future.

Mortal Kombat 11 Cassie Cage Trailer Reveals Her Moveset

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NetherRealm has released the official Mortal Kombat 11 reveal trailer for Cassie Cage. Although Cassie was confirmed today to be included in the upcoming Mortal Kombat game, the new trailer offers a more detailed sampling of her moveset. It can be watched in the video above.

First seen in Mortal Kombat X, Cassie Cage is the daughter of both Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage, two other Mortal Kombat fan favorites who have also been confirmed for the eleventh entry (along with several other fighters). Like her mother, Cassie has near perfect aim when it comes to using firearms and has a knack for utilizing technology. She also takes after her father, though, utilizing his same superhuman abilities to amplify her speed and strength.

Cassie's inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11 was first revealed in a trailer that dropped earlier today. The trailer also includes Erron Black and Jacqui Briggs, two other Mortal Kombat X fighters, and focuses on Kronika and her attempts to fix the rift being caused by Raiden. Her efforts cause multiple realities to be drawn together, which is why Mortal Kombat 11 features so many characters from different time periods.

A Hello Kitty Movie Is In Development

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Hello Kitty--the popular cartoon character produced by Japan-based design company Sanrio--has seen a fair share of video game adaptions, with the last one being Hello Kitty Kruisers released in 2014 for iOS (iPhone/iPad), Nintendo Switch, and Wii U. In addition to games, the lovable kitten has been on the big screen, with the last one showing nearly 28 years ago. Now, in a strange turn of events, Hello Kitty is getting the Hollywood treatment once again.

Sanrio and Warner Bros. have announced (PDF link) that a Hello Kitty film is baking in the oven. As outlined by Crunchyroll's translation, Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema (Lord of the Rings, Rush Hour) and FlynnPictureCo. (Rampage, Skyscraper) are collaborating on the project. Additionally, Warner Bros. is scheduled to distribute the film worldwide. The film is reported to feature popular characters from Sanrio, including Hello Kitty herself.

Prominent film producer Beau Flynn (Battle of the Year, Two Night Stand)--who's worked with wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on films like Baywatch, the upcoming Jungle Cruise, and more--will spearhead the project as its producer. Wendy Jacobson (Rampage, Skyscraper) will serve as the project's executive producer. Aside from those two attachments, no casting announcements have been made.

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Is A Mystery To George RR Martin

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With the final season of Game of Thrones ready to premiere on HBO, fans are dying to know how the epic series will come to an end. If they're expecting to find out from George RR Martin, author of the A Song of Fire and Ice novels, though, they're out of luck.

"I haven't read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I've been working on [The Winds of Winter]," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I know some of the things. But there's a lot of minor-character [arcs] they'll be coming up with on their own. And, of course, they passed me several years ago. There may be important discrepancies."

As for the show ending as a whole, Martin explained that he has "mixed feelings about that." While the adaptation of his novels has become one of the biggest TV shows of all time, the screen version of the story has gone further than the events of the novels. "Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn't gotten ahead of me," he said. "I never anticipated that."

Destiny 2 Gambit Prime And Reckoning Guide: How To Win The Drifter's New Game

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Destiny 2 Gambit Prime And Reckoning Guide: How To Win The Drifter's New Game

Destiny 2's latest content update is Joker's Wild, a Gambit-focused expansion that adds two new activities to the game: Gambit Prime and The Reckoning. Both are top-tier activities that you'll want to work at to get the most out of the Season of the Drifter, and both introduce some new concepts to familiar Destiny 2 activities that can make them a touch confusing, and require a few new strategies.

Gambit Prime adds a bunch of new caveats to what players are used to with Gambit, making teamwork and taking on specific roles more important. It works together with Reckoning, which has you killing tons of enemies in order to earn special gear to take back into Gambit Prime and unlock special perks in the mode. Both are tough and require a lot of coordination with other players.

If you're having a hard time jumping into Gambit Prime, don't worry--we've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know about the tweaked Gambit rules, how to best aid your teammates, and what you need to know to be effective in Reckoning.

WWE's Tommaso Ciampa Out For Surgery: What Does This Mean For The NXT Championship?

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One of the recent NXT callups, as well as the current NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa has made waves on the main WWE roster, only to have it taken away so quickly.

Ciampa will have to undergo neck surgery on March 7, putting him out of action, according to WWE. He has been scheduled for an anterior cervical fusion, which is a surgery to remove a herniated disc from the neck, through the front of the neck, in the throat area. Recovery time for a procedure like this is around three to six months for the patient to return to normal. WWE did not set a timetable for his potential return or how long he could be out.

This could explain why the focus on Ciampa and Johnny Gargano as a tag team on Raw quickly switched over to other NXT newcomers Ricochet and Aleister Black, who now have a Raw Tag Team Championship match at Fastlane, this Sunday.

Valve Blocks Release Of Explicit Sexual Assault Game On Steam

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(Content warning: sexual assault.)

Valve has announced it will block the release of a controversial game that was to be distributed through its service. In its statement regarding the decision, it said the game poses "unknown costs and risks" and that the "chosen content matter and a way of representing it" render the distribution platform unable to work with the developer.

The game, titled "Rape Day," is a visual novel set during a zombie apocalypse in which the player character can harass other survivors, kill people, and sexually assault women. It has been listed on the Steam marketplace with an impending release date, but Valve has now removed the listing. The company issued a statement through its Valve blog explaining the decision. You can read it in full below.

Nintendo Is Wary Of How It Handles Mobile Microtransactions

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Despite its initial reluctance to bring its properties to smartphones, Nintendo has been slowly expanding its reach into the mobile market. The company has a couple of new smartphone games on the way this year, including the recently announced Dr. Mario World. But while mobile games will remain a component of Nintendo's business, it seems the company doesn't want players to spend too much on them.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has had its development partners adjust their mobile games so that players don't spend an excessive amount of money in them. Like many other smartphone titles, most of Nintendo's mobile offerings are free to download and feature optional in-app purchases, but WSJ reports that Nintendo is wary of being perceived as greedy for these microstransactions and potentially tarnishing its brand.

Nintendo's most recent smartphone venture is Dragalia Lost, an action RPG co-developed by Granblue Fantasy studio Cygames. The game launched back in September and has proven to be a modest success, surpassing $75 million in revenue worldwide according to Sensor Tower. However, Cygames parent company CyberAgent has had to cut its earnings forecast--the first time it has done so in 17 years--because the title has underperformed.