Iron Fist has been cancelled by Netflix. It’s the first of the streaming giant’s Marvel shows to get the chop, only a few weeks after Season 2 premiered on the service.
The news of Iron Fist‘s cancellation was reported by Deadline, which was given a joint statement by Netlix and Marvel Television. “Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix,” the statement said. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew, and showrunners. We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
Iron Fist was one of four initial Marvel shows that were produced by Netflix. But while Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage were well received by critics and fans, the first season of Iron Fist, which was released in March 2017, was met with mostly negative reviews. A new showrunner was brought in for Season 2, and most reviews agreed that it was an improvement over the first season. However, it has not been enough to save the show.
Finn Jones, who starred as Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist), took to Instagram to respond to the cancellation. He wrote: “With every end is a new beginning. I have an enormous amount of love and respect for everyone involved with the last two seasons of this show. Defending the greatest city in the world amongst the most talented and warmest people has been a privilege and a joy. Blessed to have taken this journey and grateful for the ongoing support.”
The end of Iron Fist on Netflix isn’t necessarily the last we’ll see of the character however. The other three original Marvel shows are still continuing–and a second season of The Punisher is due next year–so it’s possible that Jones might appear again in another Netflix series.
In addition, Disney is launching its own streaming platform next year, and we already know that new Marvel shows will be part of the content. The rumored series so far are based on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Loki and Scarlet Witch. However, Deadline states that it was Netflix’s decision to cancel Iron Fist, rather than Marvel’s, so the character could get a second chance on the Disney service.
In related news, Daredevil Season 3 hit Netflix this week. In his review, GameSpot’s Michael Rougeau said the new season has a “much needed laser focus on the characters and stories fans actually care about.” Check out the full review here.
Battle royale style games took off in popularity last year thanks to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and reached new heights with Fortnite. Now, the Call of Duty franchise has hopped onto the fray with Black Ops 4’s new Blackout mode. If you haven’t experienced battle royale for yourself, but plan on hopping into Black Ops 4, this is for you. We’ll run through some of the basics of the mode and cover the ways in which Call of Duty puts its own spin on it.
Battle Royale 101
First off, you can enter matches either as a lone wolf (solo), with a partner (duos), or a team of four (quads); you’ll be matched with up to 100 players who choose the same group size option. Every player gets flown over the map in the same trajectory–visualized when you pull up the map–and it’s up to you when and where to drop. Exiting the helicopter has you deploying your wingsuit, and you can glide horizontally to go further out or look straight down to drop faster.
The overall goal is to be the last player or team standing since everyone has one life, which makes combat encounters much more tense and risky compared to traditional Call of Duty multiplayer. Now more than ever, you should be aware of your surroundings; that or have a teammate watch your back. Also keep in mind that you can revive squadmates if they fall, but be sure to do so before they bleed out or take more damage from enemies.
Another basic ingredient of battle royale is the impending pressure of a deadly circle closing in on the battlefield. Every match has the circle contracting on a random area of the map, and it gets smaller as the match goes on to force remaining players into combat. If you get caught outside the circle, you’ll take damage until you can get into the safe zone.
A Huge Map To Traverse
Blackout’s map is much larger than any previous Call of Duty map since it has to accommodate 100 players. However with size of the map, it also induces a slower pace; so expect plenty of downtime between encounters. This change of pace may take a while for Call of Duty veterans to adjust to, but it also feeds into the high-stakes nature of combat in battle royale games since one small mistake can cost you an entire match.
There are 14 concentrated areas in the Blackout map, many of which pay homage to past Black Ops maps. For example, Nuketown Island, Estate, and Array will look and feel similar to the multiplayer maps they’re named after. The in-between of these main locations is interspersed with smaller towns and groups of buildings that can have valuable loot. But vast forestry and open fields make up most of the terrain, so be on-guard when traversing between locations as firefights may break out at any moment.
Luckily, vehicles litter the map. An ATV doesn’t provide much protection but it can get up to two players around from point A to point B fairly quickly. The cargo truck fits up to five players and doesn’t leave the squad as vulnerable, but it moves pretty slow. Getting through the river that splits the middle of the map is quite easy with a zodiac boat, which holds up to four players. And unlike most battle royales, Blackout features air transportation via the helicopter that has five seats total. That’s not the only means of air travel, though; you can deploy your wingsuit by sprinting and jumping off a building and holding the jump button.
Loot Your Loadout
You start each match without anything in your inventory and must loot all your equipment–a stark contrast to Call of Duty’s tradition of letting players customize their loadouts. You’re allowed to carry two weapons and have to scavenge for the proper ammo type for each as well. The following is a list of all the weapons available to loot in Blackout:
Tactical Rifles: Auger DMR, Swordfish, ABR 223, Essex Model 07
Sniper Rifles: Koshka, Paladin HB50
Explosives: War Machine, Hellion Salvo
Zombie Weapons: Ray Gun, Galil, MP-40, Zweihander
Attachments are crucial for getting the most out of your weapons. A reflect sight or 4x scope will come in clutch for nailing precise shots with ADS, and a grip or stock will help control your recoil, but you need to scavenge for those items and get them onto your gun. Zombie weapons add a twist to combat, which can be found in zombie supply stashes after killing AI-controlled zombie hordes at certain locations in the map, like the Asylum. Even the sillier items find their way into Blackout, like the Ray Gun, Monkey Bomb, Acid Bomb, and RC Car (though it doesn’t explode). Look out for blue beacons that shine in the sky as this indicates stash locations where you may get your hands on these rare items.
You’ll also have to loot armor in Blackout; there are three levels and each one provides better protection (level 3 armor is the only one that’ll protect from headshots). Backpacks open up five additional item slots, which comes in handy later in a match as you loot more useful equipment. And it goes without saying that stocking up on health items is important, too; first aid and med kits heal 25 and 50 health, respectively. Trauma kits will fully heal you and tack on an additional 50 health temporarily.
Be on the lookout for supply crates that randomly drop onto the map throughout the match; you’re likely to find high-level loot, but creates a hotspot for preying enemies.
The Perks Of Call Of Duty
In another interesting twist, Blackout’s take on battle royale also brings in the familiar Perks system, which act as consumable items found across the map. Each perk has a specific effect, usage limit, and duration. While some may be more useful than others, it’s important to know what your equipped perk does as it can make the difference between life and death, especially in their most effective situations. The following is a perk list and what they do:
Paranoia: Audio cues for when you’re targeted by an enemy via ADS. (Usage: 2, Duration: 4 mins)
Black Ops 3 introduced Specialists, unique characters that provided a variety of ways to play the game with their own attributes and abilities–akin to a hero shooter. While you can choose to play as a certain Specialist in Blackout, the equipment that was once tied to them are now items found in the field. Those abilities–such as the razor wire, mesh mines, and grappling hook–are hard to find, but they can give you a significant advantage when used in the right situation.
Those are the basics when it comes to playing Call of Duty Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode. Battle royale veterans may know how the rules work, but the equipment system and map are still things that need to be experimented with and explored on your own. The most important thing to do is to play more and more matches to get a feel for how Call of Duty’s take on battle royale flows. And now that you know what you’re getting into, take the next step and check out our Blackout beginner’s guide.
For a more comparative look, see how Blackout, Fortnite, and PUBG differ from one another. We’ve spent a lot of time with the game and working to reach a verdict on it, but check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 early review impressions in the mean time.
The long legal drama between Oculus and ZeniMax appears to be continuing, but id designer John Carmack–who was a central figure in the dispute–says his personal legal battles are over. In a tweet, Carmack said that he and ZeniMax have released all claims against each other.
It’s notable that Carmack draws a very careful distinction in his statement, though. He pointed out that his personal legal disputes have been satisfied, but said that an appeal for Oculus is still moving forward. That indicates that Oculus is still fighting against the award given to ZeniMax for copyright infringement–even after it had been slashed from $500 million to $250 million.
My personal legal disputes are over — Zenimax has fully satisfied their obligations to me from the purchase of Id Software, and we have released all claims against each other. (The appeal for Oculus still goes forward)
— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) October 11, 2018
ZeniMax alleged that Carmack had taken work developed while he was at id Software–owned by ZeniMax–and taken it to Oculus for the creation of the Oculus Rift. A $500 million settlement was awarded, which was later halved when a judge found that the infringement was too small to justify such a large reward. Oculus is now continuing its appeal, presumably to reduce the damages further or eliminate them altogether.
Meanwhile, ZeniMax also filed suit last year against Samsung VR. In that suit, the company that Carmack had worked with another former ZeniMax employee, Matt Hooper, to develop a plan for mobile VR. According to the suit, Oculus then took that pitch to Samsung, which makes that company liable too. ZeniMax argues that Samsung must have been aware of the litigation with Oculus, but continued to develop Gear VR regardless of the legal risk.
We may see some form of Diablo announcement at BlizzCon this year, but a set of merchandise with a new name isn’t an accidental leak, according to the studio. A set of new items listed on the Blizzard Gear Store raised eyebrows with a conspicuous subtitle: “Diablo Reign of Terror.” However, Blizzard has told GameSpot these are not related to any new content being prepared for the show.
The items include a poster and a men’s and women’s T-shirt, all showing the frightful visage of the series namesake himself. That raised suspicions that “Reign of Terror” could be the subtitle of a new game or expansion, especially given that Diablo hasn’t had either since Reaper of Souls in 2014. But not so, says Blizzard.
“These are names and copy used for some of the new products available at BlizzCon this year, and not direct references to content at the show,” a spokesperson told GameSpot.
We first began expecting to see a Diablo announcement due to Blizzard’s own schedule for BlizzCon 2018. The “Diablo: What’s Next” panel follows first after the main stage keynote. The existence of a “What’s Next” panel itself isn’t telling–just about every ongoing Blizzard game gets one–but coming just after the main stage presentation is usually reserved for the biggest announcement of the event. Diablo also has a second planned panel about the world of Diablo, scheduled for the following day.
Blizzard has previously indicated it has multiple Diablo projects in the works. We know about one of them, since Diablo 3 was announced for Nintendo Switch, but the phrasing definitely implied more than one is in development. “Some of them are going to take longer than others, but we may have some things to show you later this year,” said community manager Brandy Camel.
Microsoft and Amazon are partnering up for a new Xbox One bundle package. Starting October 12, “qualified” Xbox One S and Xbox One S systems purchased through Amazon.com will also come with an Amazon Echo Dot at no extra cost, Microsoft announced. This is the new Amazon Echo Dot, which normally goes for $50 by itself, so this is a pretty nice deal.
This offer is only good “while supplies last,” so if you’re interested you may want to act quickly. Also note that this deal is good in the United States only.
Right now it’s not known which Xbox One S and Xbox One X bundles come with the free Amazon Echo Dot, but that should become clear soon as the deal goes live. Whatever the case, many Xbox One bundles already come with free games, like the NBA 2K19 bundle pictured above, so you’re getting multiple freebies as part of this deal.
This deal appears to be timed with the new Xbox One update that adds voice support for the Amazon Echo device. You can now use an Alexa-enabled device to give voice commands to your console for things like turning the system on/off, adjusting volume, capturing screenshots, launching games, and more.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has received an update aimed at squashing some bugs and issuing minor (but unspecified) quality-of-life features. The 1.0.3 update is now available, and the patch notes are relatively vague. Among its features are “quality-of-life and usability improvement” and “various ‘game breaking’ issues that could happen in specific conditions.” It also says it improves performance and stability.
The patch notes end with a note promising more info. “Stay tuned for additional information concerning the changes included in 1.0.3,” it says. GameSpot has contacted Ubisoft for more detail and will update if more information becomes available.
Ubisoft is likely happy with the success of Odyssey so far. Though it didn’t give specific sales data, it announced it had the best launch week for any game in the franchise on the current generation of consoles. That would include Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013), as well as all the follow-ups including Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014), Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015), and Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017). That number does include revenue from microtransactions, which could mean other games outsold it on a per-unit basis, but Odyssey generated more money altogether.
Odyssey has gotten extra attention from an emerging market as well, as Google is using it as a test subject for its Project Stream technology. Players selected for the limited test can play it unlimited through their Chrome browser until January of next year, and are given $10 in in-game currency to purchase any microtransactions. As a trade-off, though, players lose all progress after the end-date.
If you’re just getting started in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, check out our story primer and tips for beginners. If you’ve gotten a few more Grecian hours under your belt, you may be ready to take on some mythological beasts or get some legendary armor sets.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the inaugural test-bed for Google’s ambitious streaming platform, Project Stream. Now that the service has launched, we’re seeing more details of just how the test is working–at least this time around.
According to an email sent to participants, Google will allow testers to play Odyssey for free until January 15, 2019. After that point, you’ll lose your access and won’t be able to continue your saved game. Streaming takes place right through the Chrome browser, and you can swap between computers by signing in with your Google account.
To speed you on your way, each account is being credited with $10 worth of in-game currency to purchase some of the game’s microtransactions. After that, though, you won’t be able to purchase more credits on your own, so you’ll need to make them count. You’ll need an Ubisoft account, and you can play with a USB controller or mouse and keyboard.
Google’s announcement came just before a similar one from Microsoft, detailing its new xCloud streaming plans. Google beat it to the testing phase, since Microsoft doesn’t plan to start rolling out its public tests until 2019. But Microsoft’s service does have one advantage that we know of so far. Google’s participant email specifies that you can’t play on a smart device, while Microsoft’s announcement made a point of mentioning you can.
Following a very public falling out with Marvel Studios, James Gunn has been brought on to write and potentially direct the Suicide Squad sequel for its comic-inspired rival, Warner Bros. and the DC cinematic universe. The director of the first Suicide Squad has come forward to praise the move, calling it gutsy of the studio and complimenting Gunn in the process.
“I think it’s an incredibly brave and smart move by the studio,” director David Ayer said on Twitter. “James is the right man for the job!” In response to some fans suggested he was being sarcastic, he signal-boosted a comment that argued he was being sincere.
Gunn had risen to blockbuster notoriety for his work on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy films. In fact, comic fans noted the similarities to Suicide Squad as DC’s answer to it–a ragtag group of neer-do-wells and crooks who reluctantly save the day. He was at work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when Marvel Studios abruptly fired him due to a social media campaign against his old tweets.
The Guardians cast rallied behind Gunn with a letter of support, but Marvel and parent company Disney remained unmoved. Guardians 3 has been put on indefinite hold, and Disney has not given word on a new director or if it will use Gunn’s script.
Dave Bautista, who played Drax in the Guardians films, has been especially vocal about using Gunn’s script, threatening that he’d like to be released from his contract if Disney chooses to use a different one. With the news that Gunn is jumping to DC, Bautista indicated he was open to following the director to the new project.
Ahead of its launch on October 12, Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now available to pre-load across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. GameSpot discovered that it weighs in at 49.33 GB on Xbox One, and the file size is presumably similar on PS4 and PC.
In fact, Activision said in a post on Reddit that the file size for the digital full game is 55 GB, but this appears to be an average across PS4, Xbox One, and PC. If you’re picking up Black Ops 4 on a physical disc, you cannot pre-load, of course. Additionally, the physical disc version requires a hefty 50 GB day one update, so that’s something you may want to consider.
Pre-loading on console started at 12 AM local time where you live on October 10, while PC players have been able to pre-load since October 9. It’s not immediately clear when the Black Ops 4 servers go live, but it should be in the early hours of October 12.
You can start playing Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, Blackout, after the download is around 30 percent complete (which amounts to 16-20 GB depending on your platform), Activision clarified in its Reddit post. However, the download needs to finish completely to play the rest of the modes including multiplayer, Zombies, and the Specialist Headquarters.
Black Ops 4 does not feature a traditional campaign, but the Specialist Headquarters mode will offer single-player scenarios that contain some story elements. As for Blackout, this is Call of Duty’s response to battle royale games PUBG and Fortnite; you can check out the newest Blackout trailer in the embed above.
Black Ops 4 is developed by Treyarch, which created the Black Ops sub-brand and the fan-favorite Zombies mode. For more on the game, check out everything we know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. If you’re thinking about picking up the game, there are numerous editions available for pre-order.