Play Anthem's VIP Demo And Get A Cool Javelin Cosmetic To Wear In The Main Game

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BioWare has finally announced the award you'll receive if you play the VIP demo for Anthem this weekend. The reward is a stylish blue vinyl for your Javelin, which can be equipped to any of the four in-game exo-suits.

All you need to do to unlock the vinyl is play Anthem's VIP demo. To get invited to the demo, you'll either need to pre-order the game, be an EA or Origin Access subscriber, or receive a friend code from someone who has already been invited. The VIP demo starts today and continues until Sunday, January 27 at 6PM PT / 9PM ET, which is January 28 at 2AM in the UK. BioWare lead producer Michael Gamble tweeted out that he doesn't think you'll have to play the demo on the system you'll ultimately use for the main game in order to unlock the vinyl, which implies the cosmetic is tied to your EA account.

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New Walking Dead Season 9 Trailer Delivers The Terrifying Whisperers

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The Walking Dead returns to screens next month for the second half of Season 9, and a new teaser has been released. With Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) having now left the series, this will be the first batch of episodes without them as main characters. However, the upcoming episodes will feature the arrival of villains that fans have been waiting a long time to see--The Whisperers.

The Whisperers wear the faces of the dead to blend in with zombies, and the new trailer gives us our first good look at them. There's also a hint at the arrival of Samantha Morton, who will play the Whisperer leader Alpha. While we don't see her, her daughter Lydia teases how scary she is. "My mom, you don't mess with her," she tells Darryl (Normal Reedus). Check the trailer out above.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kang spoke about the upcoming conflict between The Whisperers and the show's heroes. "It's this amazing idea from the comics and we really delve deep into what that means," she said. "It really takes a pretty brutal philosophy to believe that it's not even worth trying to be something that approximates human in the way that we think of it.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey To Change Controversial DLC

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A controversial bit of Assassin's Creed Odyssey downloadable content will be changed in a future patch following a backlash from fans. Spoilers follow for the Shadow Heritage episode of Odyssey's DLC.

At the end of the Shadow Heritage episode, your character has a child from a heterosexual relationship. Those who had spent hours playing their Kassandra or Alexios as LGBTQ--or simply not interested in relationships at all--felt forced into a plot development.

The backlash was enough to prompt an apology from Ubisoft, and now the company is taking it a step further. In a production update, the studio said that it will change a cutscene and dialogue choices for those who don't want the storyline to go in that direction, and it will also change to the name of the associated trophy/achievement. All this will be coming in an upcoming patch, and Ubisoft is looking into the next episode, called Bloodline, to make sure that it doesn't create a similar issue.

Metroid Prime 4 Development Restarts; Retro Studios Takes Over

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Nintendo has provided an update on the state of Metroid Prime 4. In a video, senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi admitted that development of the game thus far hasn't reached the standards the publisher wanted and the project has been rebooted. Additionally, Retro Studios, the Texas-based team that developed the three previous entries in the series, has been brought back to work on the sequel.

"Although this is very regrettable we must let you know that the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to Metroid Prime series," Takahashi said. "Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games and in our development phase, we challenge ourselves and confront whether the game is living up to that quality on a daily basis.

"From this perspective, we have determined that the current development status of [Metroid Prime 4] is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team. We have decided to re-examine the development structure and change it."

Metroid Prime 4 Development Restarted, Retro Studios Now Developing

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Nintendo has provided an update on the development of Metroid Prime 4. In a video, senior managing executive officer Shinya Takashi admitted that development of the game thus far hasn't reached the standards it wanted and the project has been rebooted. Additionally, Retro Studios, which developed the three previous entries in the series, has been brought on to create the game.

"Although this is very regrettable we must let you know that the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to Metroid Prime series," he said. "Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games and in our development phase,

Epic Store's Next Free PC Game Revealed

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Epic Games is giving away a free PC game every two weeks this year via its new Store, and the next of those titles has now been announced. From February 7 until February 21, Axiom Verge will be available for the low, low price of nothing.

All you need to do is create an Epic account on the company's Store and claim the game within those dates. You'll then be able to play it for free whenever you like, even after February 7. Currently, the free game is the Jackbox Party Pack, but that promotional price will expire on February 7.

Axiom Verge is a Metroidvania-style platformer that launched in 2015. "Axiom Verge is a game that's easy to fall in love with because it hits so many high notes," wrote Peter Brown in our Axiom Verge review. "It takes the Metroidvania model and adds layers of ingenuity that are in a league all of their own, the most notable being the Address Disruptor.

Free-To-Play PUBG Lite Version Announced For PC

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Free-To-Play PUBG Lite Version Announced For PC

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. has announced a new version of the PC game. Titled PUBG Lite, the new product is a standalone free-to-play edition of the hit battle royale game that's now in beta in Thailand.

PUBG Corp. says PUBG Lite is designed for "players in areas where the core game's required specifications are more difficult to achieve due to the hardware available." This free-to-play version is therefore playable on lower-spec PCs.

The beta includes the first PUBG map, Erangel, though PUBG Corp. says the free-to-play title has "its own dedicated dev team that will create exclusive content and quality of life features while also adding maps and content familiar to PUBG players."

Resident Evil 2 Remake Makes It Much Easier To Get Secret Characters

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The original Resident Evil 2 was notorious for bonus characters that were difficult to obtain. For the Resident Evil 2 remake, Capcom has eased off the difficulty of gaining those extra characters, making them much more obtainable for the average player.

The two hidden bonuses are the 4th Survivor scenario, in which you play as Hunk, and Tofu Mode, starring a squishy block of the soy-based meat substitute. Those characters used to require finishing both scenarios and finishing them in a very particular pattern, respectively. The remake, on the other hand, unlocks the 4th Survivor simply by finishing the game, and then completing the The 4th Survivor scenario unlocks Tofu.

That's still a time commitment, of course, but the method is a lot less complex and would probably naturally show up for most people in the course of a regular play. This is probably a sign of changing times, as nowadays the Internet has rendered obscure hidden secrets largely obsolete.

Resident Evil TV Series In Works At Netflix, According To Report

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Netflix is currently developing a Resident Evil TV series, according to a Deadline report. There has been no confirmed announcement for the series though, or any indication as to when it might premiere.

According to the report, Constantin Film, the same studio behind the Resident Evil movies, is at the helm for this new series. However, a showrunner has not been selected yet. Details are seemingly still rather vague, with the show supposedly being made to further expand upon the games' lore and deepen the mythology of the expanded Resident Evil universe. It seems, much like the movies, this series is only using the Resident Evil games as a loose template, although signature elements and Easter eggs will be included to tie back to the source material.