Johnny Cage Is Back For Mortal Kombat 11, And He's Got Some New Tricks

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NetherRealm Studios has added another familiar face to Mortal Kombat 11's roster of fighters: Johnny Cage. The movie star turned kombatant has been a mainstay as a playable character since the very fist entry in the fighting game franchise and, over time, has changed his look in various ways. In Mortal Kombat 11 he's a little older and greyer, but still embodies the classic self-involved Hollywood actor stereotype.

You can see Cage in action over on IGN ahead of a full reveal later today. Cage looks to have retained the majority of his iconic moves, like the flip kick, fireball, rising punch, and shadow kick. However, he's also got some new tricks, such as using a camera's flash to momentarily stun his enemy, and calling another Johnny Cage--presumably a stunt double--to hold his opponent down while he pummels them. His Fatality is pretty funny, but we'll let you see that for yourself.

NetherRealm Studios is set to host a Kombat Kast stream today at 1 PM PT / 10 AM ET / 9 PM GMT / 8 AM AEDT (February 28). During these streams members of the development team usually breakdown aspects of the game such as new characters in a great deal of depth. We expect Johnny Cage will be the subject of the latest Kombat Kast, so make sure to watch the stream here on GameSpot.

THQ Nordic Apologizes For AMA On Banned Website

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THQ Nordic, the publisher of Darksiders 3, Biomutant, and other big games, has apologized for holding an ask me anything (AMA) session on infamous internet forum 8chan. The message board is known for hosting threads relating to subjects such as child pornography and white supremacy; THQ Nordic says it was not aware of the site's affiliation with these topics before agreeing to the AMA.

"I personally agreed to this AMA without doing my proper due diligence to understand the history and the controversy of the site," said THQ Nordic's PR & marketing director, Philipp Brock. "I do not condone child pornography, white supremacy, or racism in any shape or form.

"I am terribly sorry for the short-sightedness of my (!) decision, and promise to be far more vigorous in my assessment of these activities in the future. This was not about being edgy, this blew up and I very much regret to have done it in the first place."

Warner Bros. Shuts Down Fan Campaign To Remove The Rat From The Departed

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Warner Bros. has shut down a campaign campaign seeking to digitally erase the rat from the ending of Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning gangster drama The Departed. Organiser Adam Sacks announced on Twitter that Warner Bros., the studio behind The Departed, was alerted to the fan campaign and took action against it. The now-deleted Kickstarter campaign, which was seeking $4,000 to hire an editor to digitally erase the rat from the ending, was taken down to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Sacks said.

He said he could fight the measure, but doesn't have enough funds of his own to go up against a media giant like Warner Bros. "Although we live in an era when money and copyright laws allow corporations to stop a Kickstarter, nothing can stop ideas," Sacks said. He said there was a groundswell of support for his rat-less vision of The Departed, and he pointed out that that he wasn't even the first person to seek to remove the rat from The Departed's final scene.

"If there is a silver lining here (besides me not having to actually follow though on this), it's that maybe all this online controversy about the rat will convince Warner Brothers to release a 4K Blu-Ray of The Departed," he said. "And maybe, just maybe, they will include an alternate rat-less ending. I'm fairly confident it would make them at least an additional 4,000 dollars."

Resident Evil 2 Remake Ships 4 Million Copies

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The Resident Evil 2 remake continues to perform well commercially. The game has now shipped 4 million copies globally, Capcom announced in a news release today. This is up from the 3 million copies that the game shipped during its first week.

The increased sales of Resident Evil 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC pushed total Resident Evil franchise sales to more than 90 million units since the series debuted in 1996 as of February 26, 2019. This is up from 88 million units back in January.

The 1998 original Resident Evil 2 reached sales of 4.96 million copies to stand as the fourth best-selling Resident Evil game, so the remake is coming up on that milestone.

Topher Grace's Star Wars "Mega-Trailer" Cuts Together 10 Movies

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Topher Grace is not only the actor who starred on That '70s Show and more recently in the Oscar-winning movie BlacKkKlansman. He also does editing work, and his most recent project was a big one. Collaborating with editor Jeff Yorkes, Grace created a five-minute "mega-trailer" for Star Wars that combines footage from all 10 live-action Star Wars movies, including Rogue One and Solo.

"10 movies. 2 nerds. 1 weekend (when our wives were out of town). Enjoy…" Grace wrote on Twitter. Yorkes added, "Why don't studios make 'mega-trailers,' tying all the movies of one franchise together, reminding you why you fell in love in the first place? Wouldn't that kick ass?! Well, that’s what my pal Topher Grace and I thought..."

Titled Star Wars: Always, the trailer is slick with its use of memorable scenes and music that, even when stitched together in this non-traditional format, combine together nicely. It follows Luke's journey as its through-line, mostly. Check it out below.

Halo Boss Says Infinite Is A "Spiritual Reboot"; Also Talks Battle Royale And Why They Didn't Make "Halo 5.5"

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As part of a wide-ranging new interview, 343 Industries boss Bonnie Ross spoke candidly about Halo Infinite and what Microsoft wants to achieve with the Xbox One and PC game. She also responded to the battle royale phenomenon and confirmed that Halo Infinite will be at E3 2019.

Starting off, Ross told IGN Halo Infinite is a "spiritual reboot" of the Halo franchise. After the struggles of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and shortcomings related to Halo 4 and Halo 5, Ross said 343 took a step back to better consider what Halo Infinite should be.

"There has been a lot of introspective time to really reflect on what have we done as 343, where have we made mistakes, where have we hit it right, and what does Halo mean to all of us," Ross said. "[Halo Infinite] is coming from [a place of], 'What does Halo mean to all of us?' The trailer that we did [at E3], that's what Halo means to the studio. Maybe it took us two games to get there. We've done good things and bad things. But what does Halo mean to us? It's about hope and wonder and heroism and humanity and community and bringing a community together. That's what that trailer is, and that's what we want to do [with Halo Infinite]."

The Best Xbox One Game Deals On Xbox Live This Week (US, UK)

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The Best Xbox One Game Deals On Xbox Live This Week (US, UK)

A wide selection of deals are available this week for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners. Ubisoft has a huge sale going on right now, so Assassin's Creed games are discounted across the board, including the latest installment in the series, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which you can pick up for $24 (originally $60). Snatch up Far Cry 5 for just $15 (originally $60), Starlink: Battle for Atlas for $24 (originally $60), For Honor: Complete Edition for $60 (originally $110), Watch Dogs 2: Gold Edition for $20 (originally $100) and more while this publisher sale lasts.

Meanwhile, we’re in the final days of Anime Month in the Xbox Live store, so don’t miss the chance to save money on your favorite anime game titles, like Valkyria Chronicles 4, which is selling for $30 (originally $60). One Piece: Burning Blood is down to $15 (originally $60), and the Mega Man games are all slightly discounted, with the Mega Man 30th Anniversary Bundle selling for $48 (originally $60). These anime classics are way cheaper than usual for only two more days.

The remastered Spyro trilogy gives the beloved series a stunning HD facelift, and it's available for 25% off this week at only $40. The collection includes all three original games. Grand Theft Auto V is 50% off right now at $30, Hitman 2 is 30% off at $42, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is 70% off at just $15.