The next update for Epic’s battle royale game Fortnite is coming out soon. Update 5.21 will arrive August 15 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET–and the good news is that its release won’t be accompanied by server downtime as has been the case in the past.
Epic did not say what’s new in this update, but the in-game news feed is teasing the arrival of a new Heavy Sniper, so it might finally be released this week.
Set your sights on the v5.21 update! Available tomorrow, August 15 at 4 AM ET (0800 GMT). There will be a client update but no downtime.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 15, 2018
We’ll report back with more details on Fortnite’s 5.21 update soon; presumably the full patch notes will be released in conjunction with the update’s release.
Last week’s 5.20 update introduced a new weapon to Battle Royale: the Double Barrel Shotgun, a powerful type of close-range gun. Fortnite’s paid Save the World mode, meanwhile, received new hero: Ragnarok, the Dark Viking.
In other news, now is your last chance to play the Steady Storm limited-time mode. In a cool new twist, this mode features one storm that continuously closes in on the island over the course of the entire match and has no safe zones. As such, you have to keep moving to stay alive, which adds a further layer of urgency.
As in the past, the new update is expected to launch on all platforms at the same time. Fortnite is available for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, iOS, and Android
YouTube has removed an ad for the new Conjuring movie, The Nun, because it was too scary and it violated the company’s policies. The six-second ad shows a volume sign decreasing until it reaches mute, and then the nun appears as part of a horrific jump-scare.
The ad violates YouTube’s “shocking content policy,” and it’s now been removed. “We value diversity and respect for others, and we strive to avoid offending or shocking users with ads, websites, or apps that are inappropriate for our ad network,” YouTube said.
Appreciate you bringing this to our attention! This ad violates our shocking content policy and it’s no longer running as an ad. More info here: https://t.co/dOUocjUevh
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) August 14, 2018
YouTube’s “shocking content policy” warns that the company may take action against content that is “violent or shocking.” Under this umbrella are “promotions that are likely to shock or scare,” and the ad is surely shocking and scary. You can watch it here if you dare.
The Nun, which is the fifth instalment in the Conjuring series,opens on September 7. It stars Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, and Jonas Bloquet. Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), The Nun is produced by Conjuring director James Wan and was written Gary Dauberman (It).
Here is the official plot description: “When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.”
US video game retailer GameStop has rolled out a new trade-in campaign that lets you get a new Xbox One X for as little as $200.
The store is paying as much as $300 in trade-in credit when you trade in a PlayStation 4 Pro and apply the trade credit towards an Xbox One X purchase. The Xbox One X sells for $500, so applying the $300 credit means you can get it for only $200. Trading in a regular PS4, Xbox One S, or Nintendo Switch gets you $250 in store credit, which means you can get the Xbox One X for only $250. Finally, GameStop will pay $200 in store credit for the original Xbox One model when you apply the trade credit towards the purchase of an Xbox One X.
The fine print on the trade-in deal specifies that it’s good until August 28, so you have a few weeks to get things in order and make a decision if you’re interested in the deal.
Also note that the trade-in values are for store credit only, not cash, and to get the full amount, your system has to be in full working order. GameStop will still accept consoles not in full working order, but potentially for a lesser amount.
The 1 TB Xbox One X launched in November 2017. It’s a super-powerful version of the Xbox One that makes the games you may already own look even better. Recently, Microsoft launched a new Xbox One X bundle that comes with a copy of PUBG for the standard $500.
Keep checking back with GameSpot for more Xbox and other gaming deals all the time.
Rockstar’s open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V continues to be a sales juggernaut. Sony has published the monthly US PlayStation Store sales charts, and the game was the top-seller for PlayStation 4 during the month. More impressive is that it’s the second month in a row that Rockstar’s game topped the charts for PS4 in the US.
The renewed interest in GTA V might have something to do with the crossover promotions with Red Dead Redemption II. The new After Hours DLC for GTA Online might have also given people a reason to pick up the game during the month. Whatever the case, GTA V is a massive hit that just keeps getting bigger.
By Take-Two’s latest count, the title has sold nearly 100 million copies, making it one of the most successful pieces of entertainment in human history. The game brings in even more money–and lots of it–from the numerous microtransactions in GTA Online. Take-Two says GTA Online is “the gift that keeps on giving” as it relates to money from microtransactions.
Rounding out the top five PS4 games in the US for July included Rocket League, No Man’s Sky, FIFA 18, and Destiny 2. Other chart-toppers included Fallout 4, Darksiders Warmastered Edition, Need for Speed, Minecraft, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. You can see the full Top 10 list below.
Microsoft does not release monthly sales lists, so it’s not immediately clear how well the game is doing on Xbox One though it is surely a huge hit on that system as well.
Sony also published best-seller lists for PlayStation VR, PS3, Free-to-Play, PS Vita, and more. Go to the PlayStation Blog to see all the lists.
July 2018 PS4 Top-Sellers On PlayStation Store
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Rocket League
- No Man’s Sky
- FIFA 18
- Destiny 2
- Darksiders Warmastered Edition
- Fallout 4
- Need for Speed
- Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition
The new Star Trek movie may not feature two big names from the previous entries. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources, Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth could not come to terms on a deal for the new sci-fi film, so they won’t appear in it.
Pine played the iconic role of Captain Kirk in the three new Star Trek films, while Hemsworth played Kirk’s father. The fourth film apparently would have featured more of Kirk’s father through some kind of time travel mechanic.
According to THR’s sources, the negotiations broke down over issues about money. Pine apparently had a deal for a fourth Star Trek movie after signing on for 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, but Hemsworth’s contract status has not been immediately clear. Sources told THR that Pine and Hemsworth believe Paramount was forcing them to take pay cuts for the fourth film. Why? The last film, Beyond, made only $343 million worldwide against a reported budget of $190 million; one source said Beyond lost money when all was said and done.
Additionally, while Pine and Hemsworth have always been in-demand, they are even bigger names now. Pine starred in the blockbuster juggernaut Wonder Woman, while Hemsworth plays Thor in the Marvel films.
The 2009 Star Trek reboot made $385 million worldwide, while 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness pulled in $467 million globally. 2016’s Beyond was the worst performer of the bunch, bringing in $343 million worldwide as mentioned above.
As THR explains, Kirk and his father could be recast for the next movie or Pine and Hemsworth could return to the bargaining table to hammer out new deals. The film “remains a priority” and has not been delayed amid the contract discussions, THR says.
While Pine and Hemsworth might be out of Star Trek 4, Paramount is expected to have the other main cast members like Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and John Cho to sign contract deals for the movie, according to THR.
The fourth Star Trek movie will be directed by Orange is the New Black and Jessica Jones veteran S.J. Clarkson. There has also been talk of Quentin Taratino directing a Star Trek movie, but it remains to be seen if that’s ever going to happen.
A sequel to 2007’s The Simpsons Movie and another Family Guy film are being planned, according to a new report. Ben Fritz of the Wall Street Journal cites sources as saying that in addition to those films, Fox is planning a Bob’s Burgers movie.
It’s not immediately clear how far along in production these films may be, but it’s safe to say none of them are coming soon. Intriguingly, Fritz reported that the Family Guy film would combine live-action with animation, just like the Sonic the Hedgehog movie will.
Read all the way to the bottom of my story on the weirdness these days at Fox’s movie studio these days and here’s some fun stuff you may not have known https://t.co/IPSUiQmWuY pic.twitter.com/hq470eD1Hv
— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) August 10, 2018
A sequel to The Simpsons Movie is no surprise, as the first movie was generally well-received, made a lot of money, and ended with Maggie saying during the end credits, “Sequel?” Last year, The Simpsons Movie director David Silverman said there were discussions happening about a sequel but nothing had been locked in yet. Producer Al Jean told Variety that a sequel to The Simpsons Movie probably won’t happen until The Simpsons TV show goes off the air.
“The movie was such a time-intensive operation, it pulled a lot away from the show. I would rather end the show whenever that happens before doing another movie,” he said. “It’s unlikely there’ll be another Simpsons feature while the show is being produced.”
Making the first Simpsons movie while producing the TV show at the same time “knocked the stuffing out” of the production team, Silverman said. Given that there is no end in sight for The Simpsons as a TV show, the next movie probably won’t be out anytime soon.
As for the Family Guy movie, creator Seth McFarlane said back in 2015 that fans could expect news about the film “soon,” but that never happened. The first Family Guy movie, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, saw a straight-to-DVD release in 2005. It was later split into three episodes that aired on TV the following year.
And regarding the Bob’s Burgers movie, Fox actually announced this film back in 2017. At the time, the company said the movie will be released in July 2020. “We’re thrilled to be invited to bring Bob’s Burgers to the big screen,” creator Loren Bouchard said, according to Deadline. “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s–but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!”
Fox is in the midst of having most of its assets acquired by Disney as part of a blockbuster buyout from the House of Mouse. For lots more, check out the full WSJ story here.