Minecraft Movie Unearths A New Director

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Warner Bros. has tapped Peter Sollett to direct the big-screen adaptation of Minecraft, Variety reports. Sollett is known for films like the critical hit Raising Victor Vargas, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Freeheld.

The adaptation has been in the works since WB acquired the movie rights to the popular game in 2014. Various directors have been in talks at different points, including Shawn Levy and Rob McElhenney. Each had a different idea for the film, from a Goonies-style adventure to something more off-the-wall. Steve Carell was also said to be in talks to star as well.

Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft, is listed as one of several producers on the film, and has been heavily involved in the story direction. Mojang COO Vu Bui said in 2015 that the company didn't want this to be seen as the definitive Minecraft story, because the building game is all about making your own. "We don't want any story that we make, whether it's a movie or a book, to create some sort of 'this is the official Minecraft, this is how you play the game' thing," Bui said. "That would discourage all the players who don't play in that way. When coming up with a story [for the movie], we want to make sure it is just a story within Minecraft, as opposed to the story within Minecraft."

Minecraft Movie Unearths New Director

about X hours ago from

Warner Bros. has tapped Peter Sollett to direct the big-screen adaptation of Minecraft, Variety reports. Sollett is known for films like the critical hit Raising Victor Vargas, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Freeheld.

The adaptation has been in the works since WB acquired the movie rights to the popular game in 2014. Various directors have been in talks at different points, including Shawn Levy and Rob McElhenney. Each had a different idea for the film, from a Goonies-style adventure to something more off-the-wall. Steve Carell was also said to be in talks to star as well.

Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft, is listed as one of several producers on the film, and has been heavily involved in the story direction. Mojang COO Vu Bui said in 2015 that the company didn't want this to be seen as the definitive Minecraft story, because the building game is all about making your own. "We don't want any story that we make, whether it's a movie or a book, to create some sort of 'this is the official Minecraft, this is how you play the game' thing," Bui said. "That would discourage all the players who don't play in that way. When coming up with a story [for the movie], we want to make sure it is just a story within Minecraft, as opposed to the story within Minecraft."

PS4's Most Downloaded Games Of 2018 Revealed

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Sony has announced the top downloaded games in 2018 across each of its systems. The lists are divided into PS4, PSVR, Free-to-Play, PS Vita, PS4 Themes, and PS Classics.

2018 didn't see quite as many popular first-party exclusives on its systems in comparison to 2017, so it's no surprise to see a lot more third-party titles getting into the top spots this year. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 takes the top spot for PS4, while Job Simulator is number one on PSVR, Fortnite Battle Royale is first for free-to-play (no real surprise there), and God of War: Collection is the most downloaded title on PS Vita. The Monster Hunter: World theme is the most downloaded PS4 theme and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas proves it still has legs and comes in on top for PS Classics.

Monster Hunter World Anniversary Event Starts Soon

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Monster Hunter World Anniversary Event Starts Soon

Monster Hunter World's first anniversary is quickly approaching, and Capcom is commemorating the occasion with a special in-game event. The Appreciation Fest kicks off on all platforms--PS4, Xbox One, and PC--on January 26, and it'll feature new gear, as well as new and returning event quests and more.

During the Appreciation Fest, the Gathering Hub will be decked out with balloons, confetti, and other special decorations. As with other seasonal events, a special platter will be available, and all facilities will hold sales on in-game items and services throughout the festival.

On top of that, Capcom says that "almost all" previous event quests will return during the Appreciation Fest. Players will also receive daily login bonuses and limited bounties to complete, and the company teases that there will also be "some very special event quests, featuring monsters that have had a whole year to build up a grudge and are ready to unleash their frustration."

Xbox One Free Games With Gold For January: Last Chance For These Two Titles

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Xbox One Free Games With Gold For January: Last Chance For These Two Titles

While the acclaimed platformer Celeste is free all month for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, two of this month's free Games with Gold will return to full price on January 15. The games in question are Never Alone for Xbox One and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for Xbox 360 (also backwards compatible with Xbox One). You can get your free games here.

Never Alone is a puzzle platformer about a native Alaskan girl and her pet fox on a journey to stop the blizzards that have been wreaking havoc on her town. The game was made in conjunction with Iñupiaq elders, who appear in unlockable documentary clips that offer information about this Northern Alaskan people's culture.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a co-op action-puzzle game that first launched in 2010. You can play it solo or with a partner, and the puzzles you encounter will change depending on the number of players. Either way, you'll find plenty of weapons, upgrades, and abilities to help put down the many enemies you'll face throughout the game.

The Witcher 3's Geralt Coming To Monster Hunter World On PS4 And Xbox One Next Month

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The Witcher 3's Geralt of Rivia is invading Capcom's hit action RPG, Monster Hunter World, this year as part of the game's next crossover event. The publisher has now confirmed that the famed Witcher is set to arrive in the PS4 and Xbox One versions as a free update, which rolls out early next month, on February 8.

The White Wolf finds himself in the New World after being transported there by a portal. Capcom hasn't revealed many details yet about what the crossover will entail, but it says there will be new quests "with a unique flavor, blending the RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter World's game systems."

Capcom also says Monster Hunter World's Witcher collaboration was developed closely with CD Projekt Red, the studio behind The Witcher games. Among other things, Geralt's original voice actor has been enlisted to provide new voice over work.

All The New Xbox One Exclusive Games Coming In 2019

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All The New Xbox One Exclusive Games Coming In 2019


Microsoft has quite the roster of exclusives coming to Xbox One in 2019. While we're getting new sequels in some of its biggest franchises, the company also has several unexpected games and expansions queued up for this year. The biggest surprises were revealed at last year's E3, which included Cuphead DLC and--wait for it--Battletoads. Yes, those Battletoads.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is also set to release, likely bringing with it even more difficult platforming challenges to overcome. And after several delays, the long-awaited Crackdown 3 is finally releasing this February. If you weren't following it before, Phoenix Point is another noteworthy standout you should keep on your radar; more details on those games in the slides below.

Compared to 2018, Xbox One players have a lot of exciting games to look forward to. Of course, there's likely to be plenty of more Xbox One exclusives coming this year, so be sure to check back often as we update this feature with the latest games as they're announced. For a more general overview of what's coming to Xbox One this year, check out our feature highlighting the biggest Xbox One games coming in 2019.

Which Xbox One exclusives do you want to play the most? Shout your enthusiasm in the comments section below.

All The New PS4 Exclusive Games Coming In 2019

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All The New PS4 Exclusive Games Coming In 2019


We've got several PS4 exclusives to look forward to this year. However, there are still a few high-profile first-party games that have yet to be confirmed for 2019, like The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, and Death Stranding. Currently, Days Gone is the only first-party Sony game confirmed to launch this year.

There are quite a new PS4 exclusives coming in from third-party publishers. The highly-anticipated Shenmue III should launch, which is crazy to think now since the game was originally announced on Sony's E3 stage in 2015. Another big exclusive is the next project from the studios that brought us Yakuza. Titled Judgement, the game looks to be quite a departure from the macho gangster drama of the Yakuza series.

There's likely to be more PS4 exclusives announced as the year goes on, so be sure to check back often as we update this feature with the latest games. If you're looking for a more general overview of all the PS4 games this year, check out our feature highlighting the biggest PS4 games coming in 2019.

Which PS4 exclusives are you most excited about? In addition, what games do you hope release exclusively on PS4 this year? Let us know in the comments below.

Where Is Xur Today? Xur Location And Exotic Items Guide (Jan. 11-15)

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It's been a major week for Destiny, both inside and outside of the game. Destiny 2's Niobe Labs puzzle proved too difficult, so the Bergusia Forge was unlocked manually by Bungie rather than fans. And then Bungie and Activision split up, with the former gaining full control of the franchise. Now it's Friday, and that means Xur is ready for a visit. Here's where to find him and what he's selling from now until the weekly reset on January 15.

This Xur appearance is no different than any other one. This week, Xur is located in The Tower. Spawn there and head left (east on the map) until you reach the hangar. Take another left and head past the Dead Orbit area, and then head up a set of stairs on the left to find him hanging out near a landing pad.

In terms of his item lineup, Xur has the typical slate: three Exotic armor pieces (one per class) and one Exotic weapon. The weapon is the enjoyable fusion rifle Merciless, which reduces the weapon's charge time as you fire it without securing a kill.