Riverdale: What’s Next For Archie And Jughead After “Manhunter”

After breaking out of jail and hiding in a bunker, it didn’t take Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) long to realize Riverdale wasn’t big enough for both Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) and himself. Warning: The following contains spoilers for the November 28 episode of Riverdale, “Manhunter.”

So with his best friend Jughead (Cole Sprouse) in tow, Archie has broken things off with his girlfriend Veronica (Camila Mendes) and hit the road. Where the two friends will end up is anybody’s guess, but according to Sprouse and Apa, it’s going to make for a very different Riverdale in upcoming episodes.

“It’s really an Archie-Jughead narrative, which is kind of in rare supply,” Sprouse told GameSpot and other reporters during a visit to Riverdale‘s set. “So you get that for a good chunk of episodes. It’s really just Archie and Jughead for a little bit and it’s a lot of fun and they’re on the lam and they’re running away, kind of [like] Stand By Me. It’s really fun.”

He’s not wrong when pointing out that there are very few storylines centered on the friendship between Archie and Jughead. While they are the best of friends in comic books, the two are so heavily weighed down by the trials and tribulations in living in a horrible and dangerous town like Riverdale to have any time to be friends.

Now, with Riverdale in their rear-view, thanks to Hiram’s obsession with destroying this teenager, Archie can have an adventure with his buddy, wherever it may take them. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’ll last too long. Eventually, both will have to come back to Riverdale. As Apa tells it, though, they may not come home at the same time.

“Eventually, they end up finding themselves having to kind of — like the fork in the road,” he said. “They have to go their separate ways at some point.”

What breaks them up remains to be seen, but there’s plenty unraveling in Riverdale that’s going to need their attention. Betty (Lili Reinhart) is locked up in Sisters of Quiet Mercy, while her mom has run off to join a cult. The Gargoyle King is leaving a trailer of bodies because some people take Dungeons and Dragons too seriously, and Hiram is seemingly involved in every dastardly thing happening within city limits. Archie and Jughead can only ignore the atrocities literally happening in their backyard for so long.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 PM ET on The CW.

Fallout: New Vegas Dev Revealing A New RPG Soon — And It’s Not A Mobile Game

We now now what one of the more than 10 game announcements coming at The Game Awards next week will be. Show organiser Geoff Keighley revealed today that Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Knights of the Old Republic 2, and Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian will reveal its new role-playing game during the awards show.

As announced previously, the title will be published by Rockstar Games’ parent company Take-Two Interactive’s new indie publishing company Private Division. Microsoft recently acquired Obsidian, but the developer’s new game will still be published by Private Division. It remains to be seen how Microsoft may be involved.

The Obsidian website now features a pop-up that displays a number of interesting teasers. You can see them all below. According to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, the new game is being worked on by two Fallout 1’s designers, Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky.

Nothing else is known about Obsidian’s new RPG, but Keighley confirmed on Twitter that it is not a mobile game. Additionally, Obsidian already confirmed the game won’t have any microtransactions.

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Private Division is Take-Two’s new indie publishing label. In addition to Obsidian’s next RPG, the company is publishing Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets’ Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, along with an unannounced RPG from former DICE developers David Goldfarb and Ben Cousins at their new studio The Outsiders. Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto’s unannounced sci-fi FPS at his studio V1 Interactive will also be published by Private Division.

The Game Awards 2018 take place on the evening of Thursday, December 6. One of the other reveals could be Alien: Blackout for console and PC, but that’s all we know so far.

On top of whatever games get announced, The Game Awards will also of course host actual awards. God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Celeste, Spider-Man, and Monster Hunter: World are all up for the highly coveted Game of the Year award. You can see a full rundown of categories and nominees here. Last year, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won Game of the Year at The Game Awards.

More Anime You Should Be Watching This November: Netflix, Crunchyroll, And More (US)

There’s a bunch of new anime series airing on Netflix, Amazon, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hidive right now. Here are our seven top recommendations for the fall 2018 season.

Of all the anime this season, Bloom Into You is the must watch. This love story between two high school girls also addresses the pressures of living with low self-worth and the struggles of understanding asexual love. Despite the heaviness of the story’s drama, there are both brief snippets of hilarity and quiet moments of internal resilience that draw you into the changing dynamic between the second-year student council president–who can’t escape her dead sister’s shadow–and the young first-year–who dreams of falling in love but doesn’t feel the emotions that manga and music say she should.

Animated by Troyca, Inc–the studio responsible for the spectacular 2017 anime Re:Creators–and featuring music by Michiru Oshima–who’s composed music for anime like Fullmetal Alchemist and video games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess–Bloom Into You might be the most gorgeous anime this season, both to watch and listen to. The series is exclusively airing on Hidive in both Japanese and English.

Zombie Land Saga is about an ordinary high school girl who leaves her house to start her first day of school–only to be struck and killed by a passing truck. She wakes up 10 years later, revived as a zombie by an eccentric young man who wants to manage an idol group entirely composed of the living dead. The story mixes together idol tropes and common zombie story stereotypes to create something truly bizarre, but it’s all surprisingly fun to watch. The series airs in English on Funimation and in Japanese on Crunchyroll.

A bit more somber, Iroduku: The World in Colors is a series about a teenage witch, named Hitomi, who’s colorblind and lives in the year 2078. That is, until her grandmother transports Hitomi 60 years into the past to 2018. Now lost in a world she doesn’t completely recognize and lacking the know-how to complete certain tasks–like needing paper money to pay for things–Hitomi struggles to find the teenager who will one day grow up to be her grandmother so she can go home. The anime is already setting itself up to explore similar themes to what we saw in 2016’s Orange. Which isn’t surprising, as Yuuko Kakihara–who worked on the script for five of Orange‘s episodes–is the writer for The World in Colors.

This season also features a few new isekai–stories where a normal person from our world becomes trapped in another–but the one you want to watch is That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime. It’s pretty much exactly about what the name implies. A dude from our world dies and he’s reborn as a cute little blob of sentient goo in a fantasy world of dragons and goblins. The series is a little weird at first, but stick with it–the manga that the anime is based on goes to some charming places. The show is airing in the original Japanese on Crunchyroll and in English on Funimation.

Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood is a cute story about a doll-loving middle-schooler moving in with a centuries-old otaku vampire who looks to be no older than a high school first-year. The first episode tackles the “but where are the parents” problem that most anime have with a humorous twist, and flips the regular person meeting a vampire dynamic by having the normal girl be the strange one with habits that are difficult to comprehend. The first episode of Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood possesses tremendous comedic timing and plays off your expectations of slice-of-life tropes in pretty hilarious ways. You can watch the anime on Crunchyroll.

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Golden Kamuy returns on Crunchyroll and Funimation with a second season, continuing the adventures of our favorite band of ridiculous treasure seekers who are racing to find escaped convicts that have strange tattoos all over their bodies. When combined, the tattoos complete a map that leads to a massive pile of gold, which pretty much everyone in the anime wants for their own personal reasons. Golden Kamuy‘s first season aired this past spring, and ended fairly abruptly in the middle of the anime’s story, so it’s good to see the show continue again so quickly.

Castlevania also got its second season this fall. Once again, the anime is exclusive to Netflix, but that also means the entire season is already out. Capturing the aesthetic of the video game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania the anime portrays the bloody tale of Trevor Belmont’s quest to defeat Dracula. Castlevania delves into murder, gore, and heroes and villains that are both right in their own way and also deeply flawed. Think Berserk or Devilman Crybaby. Castlevania can be unsettling at times, but the show captures the essence of the Castlevania video game because of it

The full list of anime series and movies that have been confirmed to air this fall on Amazon, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hidive, and Netflix are listed below. We’ll update the list if additional titles are announced.

Fall 2018 Anime Release Date Schedule (U.S.)

Amazon

  • October 5
    • Boarding School Juliet
    • Iroduku: The World in Colors
  • October 11
    • Le Cirque de Karakuri

Crunchyroll

  • October 1
    • That Time I Go Reincarnated as a Slime
  • October 3
    • RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time
  • October 4
    • Zombie Land Saga
  • October 5
    • Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
  • October 6
    • Goblin Slayer
    • Radiant
    • SSSS Gridman
    • Sword Art Online: Alicization
  • October 7
    • Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight
  • October 8
    • Golden Kamuy (Season 2)
  • October 12
    • Senran Kagura Shinovi Master

Funimation

  • October 1
    • Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei (Season 2)
    • That Time I Go Reincarnated as a Slime
  • October 6
    • Ace Attorney (Season 2)
    • SSSS Gridman
  • October 8
    • Golden Kamuy (Season 2)
  • October 9
    • Tokyo Ghoul:re (Season 2)

Hidive

  • October 1
    • The Girl in Twilight
  • October 5
    • Bloom Into You
  • October 7
    • Release The Spyce

Netflix

  • October 3
    • Violet Evergarden: Special
  • October 15
    • The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments
  • October 26
    • Castlevania (Season 2)
  • October 30
    • Fate/EXTRA Last Encore: Illustrias Geocentrism Theory

9 Major Red Dead Redemption Callbacks In Red Dead 2 (SPOILERS)

Spoilers Ahead

Red Dead Redemption 2 differs from its predecessor in a lot of ways. On the more obvious side of things, it stars a different character, Arthur Morgan; it’s also larger and more mechanically deep, and you have more flexibility in what you can do. But the prequel takes many cues from the original RDR, and there are a number of parallels and references to keep an eye out for.

In this feature, we’ve outlined the major Red Dead Redemption callbacks in RDR 2. There are spoilers for both games–if you haven’t rolled credits on RDR 2 especially, stop reading and come back later. We’ve included the things that stood out to us the most, so for a more general list of references, see our feature on the weirdest Easter eggs we found.

For more Red Dead spoilers, check out our RDR 2 spoiler chat, where we discuss all the biggest, most spoilery parts of the game in detail. It’s part of our weekly video series, QuickDraw, which highlights different aspects of the game every Friday. You can also read our full Red Dead 2 review for our spoiler-free thoughts on the game.

If you’re looking for RDR 2 help, check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides for more info, like everything you need to know about horses, where to find all the Legendary Animals, and how the Core system works. And if there are any other major callbacks we missed for this feature, let us know in the comments below.

Agent Ross And Fishing

When you take Jack Marston fishing early in RDR 2, the younger Pinkerton who confronts you is Agent Ross, who manipulates and eventually kills John Marston in the original. This is Jack’s first meeting with Agent Ross; his second and last is during the epilogue of RDR, when you’ve switched to playing as him and he’s seeking revenge for his father’s death. Jack confronts and kills Agent Ross while he’s fishing.

Can’t Fight Gravity

When Arthur and Dutch are cornered on the cliffside while running from the law, they jump off the cliff into the river to escape. Before they jump, Dutch gives the same “you can’t fight gravity” speech he gives to John Marston in the first game–right before he falls off the cliff and kills himself.

Playing Both Sides In Bigger Conflicts

In Red Dead Redemption, John Marston gets himself involved in the Mexican Revolution, and he screws things up pretty royally for the revolutionaries by selfishly playing both sides in an attempt to locate Javier. In RDR 2, a similar thing happens with Rains Fall and Eagle Flies. It’s a bit more complicated in that Arthur is resistant to becoming involved at all, but thanks to Dutch, the gang ends up doing favors for both father and son, making things worse for the Wapiti tribe as a whole.

The Strange Man

In Red Dead Redemption, there’s an optional side quest called “I Know You” in which you encounter a man in a top hat who says cryptic things and knows far too much about John’s past. In RDR 2, you don’t encounter this man head on, but he’s lurking around somewhere–specifically in a creepy cabin in Lemoyne. GTA Series Videos on YouTube has a full video of what happens in the house and how to trigger everything. If you weren’t convinced that the Strange Man was death or the devil before, this will do it.

The Red Dead Redemption Theme

During the epilogue of 2, the Red Dead Redemption theme comes in as John is taking on the cattle rustlers from the neighboring ranch.

Chores On The Ranch

Toward the end of RDR, you do quite a few chores around Beecher’s Hope with Jack, showing him how to run the place. While playing as John in the epilogue of RDR 2, you have to do many of the same chores–because John has to learn how to do them in the first place. It’s also a respite from the lawlessness of John’s “old” life in both games, the one he’s never able to escape despite his tireless efforts.

Revisiting Pike’s Basin

In the RDR 2 epilogue mission “An Honest Day’s Labors,” you go with Sadie to Pike’s Basin to find the man who stole her bounty. This is the location from “Justice in Pike’s Basin,” the first big mission you do with Marshal Johnson in the first game.

Letter To Bonnie MacFarlane

When playing as Arthur, you can find a man washed ashore on the coast just south of Van Horn Trading Post. When you get closer, it’s revealed that he’s not dead yet, and he gives Arthur a letter intended for Bonnie MacFarlane–a key character and friend to John Marston in the original game, in which she is unmarried but cryptic about it. When playing as John in the epilogue, you can visit MacFarlane Ranch in New Austin, but Bonnie is absent due to the cholera outbreak in the area.

The Beecher’s Hope Graves

After the credits roll at the end of RDR 2 and you return to the game, John and Abigail are standing on a hill looking over Beecher’s Hope, and Abigail tells John that she loves their new home. They are standing right where their graves will be at the end of the first game.

10 New Game Announcements Coming At Game Awards Next Week

The 2018 Game Awards are scheduled to take place next week, on December 6, and it’s going to be an announcement-filled event, it appears. Show organised Geoff Keighley teased on Twitter that there will be more than 10 game announcements during the event. On top of that, Keighley said the show will also host “updates” on existing games.

Further teases for the upcoming reveals will be coming soon, Keighley said. “We have such an incredible show coming together for next week,” he stated.

The Game Awards 2018 take place on Thursday, December 6, starting at 6 PM PT. GameSpot will be covering the show and bringing you all the big news from the event.

One possible reveal is a new Alien game called Alien: Blackout. We know a new Alien game for console and PC is on the way, and just recently 20th Century Fox trademarked Alien: Blackout as the name of a new video game. There are some reasons to believe it may be announced at The Game Awards, but nothing is certain as of yet.

Last year’s Game Awards, which drew 11.5 million viewers according to Variety, featured a number of big-time announcements. Some of these included From Software’s new game, which we now know to be Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the lovely looking In The Valley Of Gods from Firewatch developer Campo Santo, the fighting game Soul Calibur VI, Bayonetta 3, and more. In addition to the announcements, you may recall A Way Out developer Josef Fares proclaiming “F**k the Oscars!” during the live broadcast.

Keighley and Metal Gear designer Hideo Kojima are friends, so we might also get some news about Kojima’s next game, Death Stranding, during The Game Awards.

On top of whatever games get announced, The Game Awards will also of course host actual awards. God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Celeste, Spider-Man, and Monster Hunter: World are all up for the highly coveted Game of the Year award. You can see a full rundown of categories and nominees here. Last year, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won Game of the Year at The Game Awards.

Keighley has high hopes for The Game Awards this year, pointing out to Variety that his show is doing better–based on some metrics–than the more mainstream awards shows.

“The Oscars, Grammys, Teen Choice are all tanking and the Game Awards is growing,” he said. “It’s not apples to apples, but we are the only ones that have a model that is building viewership.”

You’ll be able to watch The Game Awards 2018 here on GameSpot, so keep checking back soon for more details on how to watch and more.

More PlayStation Classic Details Emerge Ahead Of Release

Sony’s response to Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic devices, the PlayStation Classic, launches very soon. It’s out on December 3, priced at £90 / $100 USD / $130 CAD / $150 AUD, and now Sony has announced even more details about the mini retro console.

A detailed FAQ on the PlayStation Blog covers a number of new details, starting with the size, which is 5.8″ x 1.3″ x 4.1″. For those doing the math, that’s 45 percent smaller than the original system; it’s even smaller than a PS4 game case. The mini system weights 6 ounces, while the controllers are 4.9 ounces. The included HDMI cable is 2.0m or 78.7″, while the controller cables are 1.5m/59.1″ long. The FAQ page also confirms that only PlayStation Classic controllers work with the system, so you won’t be able to plug in a DualShock 4 controller or anything else.

Here are some other takeaways from the FAQ:

  • Each title supports up to 15 virtual memory card slots.
  • Pressing the Reset button returns you to the main UI, and this creates a restore point.
  • Games that originally shipped on two discs, including Final Fantasy VII, will prompt you to press “Open” at the end of the first virtual disc to move to the virtual second disc.
  • System Link functional is not supported, but some games have split-screen.
  • You can power the PlayStation Classic with any USB power sources that supports 5V, 1.01A at a minimum. The console comes with a USB cable but not a USB adaptor.
  • You cannot connect PlayStation Classic to PSN, and Sony has no plans to launch new content for the device over time.
  • The PlayStation Classic plays the iconic PlayStation start-up sound when you boot it up.
  • The console supports 480p and 720p, and your TV may further upscale this.

Additionally, Sony confirmed that some of the games included in the PlayStation Classic are the PAL editions. You can see the full rundown of the 20 included games below, along with another list of titles with multiplayer support. Go to the PlayStation Blog FAQ page to learn even more,

PlayStation Classic Games

  • Battle Arena Toshinden*
  • Cool Boarders 2*
  • Destruction Derby*
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto*
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash!*
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr. Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee*
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut*
  • Revelations: Persona
  • R4 Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3*
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six*
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms​

*title based on the PAL version

PlayStation Classic Two-Play Multiplayer Games

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Mr. Driller
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal

GameSpot recently got to try out the PlayStation Classic, and we found that it does the bare minimum. You can watch GameSpot’s preview video in the embed above to learn more.

Arrow: Get Ready For A Very Different Oliver Queen After That Episode

It’s been an odd season for Arrow. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has spent the entire time cut off from those he cares about. Instead, he’s stuck behind bars in a maximum security prison filled with convicts that would like to kill him. Warning: The following contains spoilers for the episode “The Slabside Redemption.”

Now that Oliver is out of jail, though–after some of the show’s most impressive fighting and action scenes to date–he can’t simply go back to the man he was before. Speaking to a small group of outlets during a visit to Arrow‘s set in Vancouver, Amell admitted that would be the cheap way to wrap up this particular storyline.

“I spent a lot of time talking with [showrunner] Beth [Schwartz] about Oliver when he gets out because I felt like in the first episode this year, we were really trying to charge ahead with a lot of cool new ideas, but it didn’t necessarily lend the proper weight to what happened at the end of Season 6 in an episode that’s titled ‘Life Sentence,'” he said. “You know, one of the first drafts in the first episode of Season 7 focused a lot on Oliver focusing on good behaviors so that he could get released, and I was like, well, I mean, one way or the other, he’s been in there for five, seven months, whatever the case may be. He’s got at least fourteen, fifteen to go if he has good behavior. So we changed the focus a little bit.”

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According to Amell, the same thing happened when it came to episode 8, the first to feature Oliver adjusting to life after prison. “It felt like we were treating my experience at Slabside like I spent a night in county jail,” he revealed. “In actuality, even for Oliver, it was a pretty horrific experience. So I did want a change in him. I wanted a change in him in the way that he interacts with people, with the public, and even so far as his wardrobe.”

It makes sense to evolve who Oliver is after this experience. After all, he’s been beaten up, stabbed, and mentally tortured, among other heinous acts, while in prison. Surviving something like that is a life-changer, no matter how you look at it.

As Amell explained, though, the things Oliver faced in jail aren’t necessarily all bad. The mental torture at the hands of a Slabside Penitentiary doctor, for instance, made Oliver take a hard look at the man he had become.

“It teaches him a net lesson,” Amell said of the brainwashing attempt. “I think that the person who was trying to teach him that didn’t use the most nice tactics to get him there. So I think that the answer’s a little less black and white. But it definitely teaches him something, and it’s addressed, I think, in the first episode after he leaves prison and sort of what his new mantra is going to be if and when he puts the suit back on.”

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Before he puts the suit back on, though, there’s that pesky detail of another Green Arrow dispatching vigilante justice on the streets of Star City. Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait long to get Oliver’s take on the new hooded protector. “He runs into the new Green Arrow, or runs into the new Green Arrow’s exploits, pretty quickly,” Amell teased.

As for what Oliver is going to do about the new figure, it’s actually someone else in his inner-circle that might have the solution. “We come up with that idea pretty quickly, but I think one of the fun things is it’s not Oliver who comes up with it,” the actor said.

What will be interesting to see now is what happens when the new Green Arrow comes face-to-face with the original–and how the original’s new perspective on vigilante justice will come into play. Arrow airs Mondays at 8 on The CW.