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.

Netflix Resident Evil TV Series In The Works - 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.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Is The 3rd Highest-Grossing Anime Film In The US Ever

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Funimation has announced that Dragon Ball Super: Broly has earned more than $24 million USD in the US within the first five days of its premiere. This makes the movie the third highest-grossing anime film in the US of all time.

"Response to Dragon Ball Super: Broly has been nothing short of overwhelming. Earning a spot among top three highest-grossing anime films of all time in the US in just five days has been extremely gratifying," said Funimation CEO and president Gen Fukunaga. "Our goal for this release was to honor both its iconic franchise and its incredibly diverse fanbase. I believe we are well on our way with the film's historic box office to date."

In terms of worldwide numbers, according to Box Office Mojo, DBS: Broly doesn't even break the top 10 for anime movies, coming in at number 12 behind films such as Your Name, Spirited Away, Pokemon: The First Movie, and Pokemon: The Movie 2000. It's still fairly impressive to see an anime movie do so well in the US though. DBS: Broly is currently number three in the US box office, according to Comic Book, coming in behind Glass and The Upside.

Possible Mad Box Console Controller Design Revealed

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Possible Mad Box Console Controller Design Revealed

Earlier this month, Project Cars 2 developer Slightly Mad Studios announced its plans to create its own standalone game console called the Mad Box. While the system is still very much in the early phases of development, company CEO Ian Bell shared some of its possible designs, and now he's given us a look at its potential controller.

On Twitter, Bell shared several mock-ups of one potential design for the Mad Box gamepad. This concept bears a cursory resemblance to an Xbox controller, albeit with more angular grips and a display in the center of the pad. In a follow-up tweet, Bell shared another image that showed off rear paddles. You can see the mock-ups below.

When the Mad Box was first announced, Bell claimed it would be "the most powerful console ever built" and feature specs that "will be equivalent to a very fast PC two years from now." He also said the system will offer 4K visuals, support "most major VR headsets," and allow up to 90 frames-per-second "per eye" for virtual reality play.

Resident Evil 2 Guide: How To Get The Magnum And Its Upgrade Parts

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Resident Evil 2 Guide: How To Get The Magnum And Its Upgrade Parts

There are plenty of items you might miss during your first run through Resident Evil 2, but there's one in particular you'll want to take the time to find. That's the Magnum, the series' quintessential endgame firearm typically reserved for its toughest baddies. Resident Evil 2 Remake's iteration of the weapon is known as the "Lightning Hawk." It's a sweet name, I know.

Sealed behind an electronic lock in the RPD's S.T.A.R.S. Office, you can easily miss the Magnum if you're not careful. The way to obtain it involves solving a rather simple puzzle using several key items you pick up along your adventure.

Below we detail exactly how to get this overpowered hand cannon, as well as pointing you to the locations of its various upgrades. For more Resident Evil 2 guides, be sure to check out our feature highlighting all sorts of useful beginner's tips. Otherwise, be sure to read our Resident Evil 2 review.