Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Just Crossed A Major Development Milestone

Ubisoft has completed development on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. A tweet from the game’s official account confirms that the game has now “gold gold,” which means development on the base game is wrapped up.

“We hope you’ll be enjoying playing the game as much as we did developing it and can’t wait to see which paths you’ll choose,” reads a line from Ubisoft’s tweet.

The line about choosing a distinct path is surely a reference to Odyssey’s new position as more of an RPG, featuring branching dialogue options. For more on Odyssey’s new dialogue options and other new features, you can check out GameSpot’s new preview here.

While development on Odyssey’s base game may be complete, Ubisoft is likely still at work on the game’s numerous post-release offerings. There will be lots of free and paid extra content for game coming in 2018 and beyond, including more story content, and even a remaster of Assassin’s Creed III.

No new Assassin’s Creed game is coming in 2019, so Odyssey and its add-on content will be everything that fans will get over the next year. For more on Odyssey, which comes out on October 5, check out all of GameSpot’s previous written and video coverage here.

First Image Of Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker Revealed

The first image of actor Joaquin Phoenix in the role of the Joker for the upcoming standalone film focused on Batman’s nemesis has been revealed.

Director Todd Phillips posted a picture of Phoenix in character on his Instagram page with the caption “Arthur.” It was previously rumoured that the Joker will go by Arthur Fleck in the new film, and this new post seems to confirm it.

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Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, and Frances Conroy have also signed on to play parts in the upcoming standalone Joker movie.

The film will be an origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime, and it is currently filming. Additionally, there is another Joker movie starring Jared Leto, who played the character in Suicide Squad.

Director Todd Phillips is known for directing the Hangover movies. In other news, Alec Baldwin has cleared up rumours of his involvement in the new Joker movie–he won’t be in it.

9 Fall TV Shows You Must Watch: Mayans MC, Sabrina, And More

With so much TV, it’s very hard to know what to watch. Now, with the upcoming fall season, it’s about to get a lot worse. Not only are there new shows on network TV and cable, but streaming services have their own new shows–and there’s even a new streaming platform about to launch.

So what should you watch this fall? It’s a difficult question, but one GameSpot has the answers to. After digging through the fall season’s new offerings, we’ve found there are plenty of things to get excited about–from horror, to sci-fi, to spin-offs, to some very interesting comic book adaptations.

Whether it’s Netflix’s adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, or the latest series based on the works of George RR Martin–which appears to be very different from Game of Thrones–these are the shows you absolutely will not want to miss in the next few months. At the very least you’re going to want to give them a shot.

Follow along as GameSpot guides you through the 9 shows you need to be prepared for this fall. And if we missed something you’re excited for, sound off in the comments! There’s always room for another show, even if it means losing a few more hours of sleep.

1. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Premieres October 28 on Netflix

Why you can’t miss it: Hailing from the same producers as Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is anything but a spin-off of the CW series. Instead, this adaptation of the Archie Comics series is a dark and twisted thriller taking inspiration from a number of classic horror films, including The Exorcist.

That it’s premiering just before Halloween is all you really need to know about The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It’s going to be scary, and that’s a good thing.

Who’s in it: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as the titular teenage witch. The series also stars Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who), Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman), and Miranda Otto (24: Legacy).

2. Mayans MC

Premieres September 4 on FX

Why you can’t miss it: It’s been nearly four years since Sons of Anarchy ended, but the outlaw world created by Kurt Sutter is back. Mayans MC follows a new club filled with new characters, but the mayhem and motorcycles are still plentiful.

What Mayans does different, though, is what matters most. With a Latino gang working for drug cartels on the border between the United States and Mexico, the Hispanic culture flowing through the veins of Mayans MC can be seen in every single frame. It helps it to stand out from what came before. Still, it delivers on the kind of action and MC calamities that Sons of Anarchy fans have been missing since the series ended.

Who’s in it: Mayans MC stars JD Pardo, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby, Danny Pino, Carla Baratte, and Clayton Cardenas. It’s Edward James Olmos you’re going to want to pay attention to, though, as the acting legend puts in a fantastic performance.

3. Manifest

Premieres September 24 on NBC

Why you can’t miss it: We all miss Lost. There will never be another show like it, but Manifest sure is trying. The series revolves around the mystery of Montego Air Flight 828, which magically disappeared for five years before landing safely–with the passengers having lost mere hours.

The best thing about shows like Manifest is the mystery behind it all. Whether it’ll be able to engage viewers on the level that Lost managed to remains to be seen, but it’s certainly worth a shot.

Who’s in it: Manifest stars Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis, and JR Ramirez.

4. The Purge

Premieres September 4 on USA

Why you can’t miss it: Blessed be our New Founding Fathers for letting us Purge and cleanse our souls! By now practically everyone should know what The Purge is. After four films, the franchise about a world where all crime is legal for a 12-hour period once a year is haunting. And now it’s coming to TV once each week.

The first season of The Purge takes place during a single year’s event and follows several different characters as they attempt to survive–or celebrate–Purge night. What it does differently from the movies it put the spotlight on the wealthy, as well as the struggling.

Who’s in it: The Purge stars Gabriel Chavarria, Lee Tergesen, Amanda Warren, Colin Woodell, and Hannah Emily.

5. Nightflyers

Premieres in 2018 on Syfy

Why you can’t miss it: Game of Thrones won’t be back until some time in 2019. There will be plenty of George RR Martin on TV this fall, though. Nightflyers is based on a novella by Martin. Instead of Westeros, though, this series is set in space, as the crew of an advanced ship looks for new life.

Don’t expect this to be your standard space adventure, as this psychological thriller pushes the boundaries of the crew’s sanity. And based on a description of the series, the scariest moments and figures aren’t what they’ll find on their adventures, but are instead already on their ship.

Who’s in it: Nightflyers stars Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, Jodie Turner-Smith, and David Ajala.

6. Star Wars Resistance

Premieres October 7 on Disney Channel

Why you can’t miss it: It’ll be a while before Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns on Disney’s streaming service, but there is a new animated Star Wars series incoming. Star Wars Resistance is set before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and follows a resistance pilot who is spying on the First Order.

Who’s in it: The series will feature a plethora of new characters, as well as guest appearances by Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma). BB-8 will also appear in the series.

7. Maniac

Premieres September 21 on Netflix

Why you can’t miss it: Someone gave Cary Fukunaga, the director and one of the producers behind the first season of True Detective, a Netflix show, and that alone is exciting. Maniac follows two people looking for answers to their mental health issues as they undergo an experimental new treatment.

While that may seem straightforward, the trailers for Maniac paint a very different picture. The imagery looks like something out of a ’70s sci-fi film and the story feels epic, as the two leads–Superbad stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, reunited for the first time since the film–venture through the drug trials and their own minds, looking for relief.

Who’s in it: In addition to Hill and Stone Maniac stars Justin Theroux, Sonoya, Mizuno, and Julia Garner.

8. The Haunting of Hill House

Premieres October 12 on Netflix

Why you can’t miss it: Based on a 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House is another scary show you’re going to want to binge leading up to Halloween. While Netflix says their take is a modern reimagining of the source material, clearly some things will stay the same–including the horrifying nature of Hill House itself.

The spooky mansion will be home to four siblings who grew up in it, only to reunite as adults and go back into the haunting above and face their fears. Given that the series is written and directed by Mike Flanagan, whose horror credits include Gerald’s Game, Oculus, and Ouija: Origin of Evil, chances are this is going to be a very scary late night binge.

Who’s in it: The Haunting of Hill House stars Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, and Annabeth Gish.

9. Titans

Premieres October 12 on DC Universe

Why you can’t miss it: It’s live-action Teen Titans and Robin says “F*** Batman” in the trailer. What more do you need to know?

The jury is still out on Titans, but it’s definitely something you’ll want to keep an eye on. After all, this is the first original series for the DC Universe streaming service. It will be used as a measuring stick for the other shows the service plans to introduce. Besides, it’s the live-action adventures of Robin, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy.

The series comes from producers Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Akiva Goldsman, and Sarah Schechter. If anyone should know how to build a good DC TV show, it’s them. It should be interesting to see what they come up with when they don’t have any network restrictions holding them back.

Who’s in it: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, and Ryan Potter. Additionally, Alan Ritchson will appear as Hawk, while Minda Kelly plays Dove.

Mayans MC: That Huge Sons Of Anarchy Chucky Cameo, Explained

As the world of Mayans MC is being built, it continues to find itself populated with familiar faces from Sons of Anarchy. In the first episode of the series alone, both Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal) and Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Rivera) appeared. While Gemma’s cameo will play a bigger role in Season 1, chances are she won’t be seen much. Alvarez, on the other hand, will be a pretty constant presence. The following contains spoilers for the second episode of Mayans MC.

Now, a third fan-favorite character has been introduced. Chucky Marstein (Michael Ornstein) started off as a compulsively masturbating thorn in the SAMCRO’s side. Eventually, though, he became one of its most trusted allies and managed to escape the series alive. Now, Chucky has made his way to the Mayans MC, where he seems to essentially playing the same role for this new club.

Now, Chucky works at the same scrapyard the club operates out of, using his prosthetic hands to do office work. He only appears for a moment in the second episode, but you’d better get used to seeing him around the Mayans.

Speaking to GameSpot, showrunner and executive producer Elgin James confirmed that Chucky will recur throughout the season. “[Ornstein] is like such a gift as a human being, nevermind the Chucky character,” he said. “He does a lot on our show. I mean, he’s another one, it’s not just a little like, ‘Hey, check this out, isn’t this funny?’ Like Chucky plays a role in the season and in the series.”

While James won’t say exactly how Chucky will factor in the story, other than his role at the scrapyard, he couldn’t be more excited about weaving the character into his series. “He’s just been a gift to every single person [to] now have him in their life,” the executive producer explains. “It’s been great, it’s one of the greatest [gifts] Kurt [Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy] has given us, besides careers.”

Hopefully, Mayans MC makes as much use of Chucky as Sons did. What’s more, if this is how Mayans plans on continuing to integrate Sons of Anarchy characters into its story, James and his team should definitely sprinkle in a few more. Perhaps we can find out whatever happened to Nero (Jimmy Smits) and Wendy (Drea de Matteo) after they left Charming in the Sons of Anarchy series finale.

Fallout 76 Aims To Last Until The End Of Time

Unlike previous entries in the Fallout franchise, this November’s Fallout 76 is a multiplayer-focused, always-online game. Bethesda plans to release free DLC to keep people coming back as part of the game’s larger games-as-a-service model. But how long will the game last? According to Bethesda marketing executive … until the end of time.

“Forever,” he told Metro when asked how long he envisions Fallout 76 lasting. “I’m not being ironic. Like, forever.”

Part of the reason Hines said he believes this is possible is because other Bethesda games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim have remained incredibly popular years after launch, and those titles didn’t have as much of an online focus as Fallout 76.

“Other people have said, ‘Is your timeline [for Fallout 76] two years or five years?’ And I said, ‘Well, they’re still playing Morrowind and you go online and look at how many people are playing Fallout 4 and Skyrim,” Hines said. “Those games have been out for four and seven years, and there are literally hundreds of thousands of people playing those games every single day, every single month.”

He added: “So Fallout 76, our timeline is in perpetuity.”

While Hines said he believes Fallout 76 will have an incredibly long tail, he said he doesn’t know for sure what the future content will look like. How future content shapes up will depend on how the community reacts.

“Part of our thing is we need to get people in the game and see how they respond,” he said. “We’ve even taken this approach for past DLC. I don’t know if you remember Fallout 3? The big consumer reaction when we launched that game was that they were all upset that it had an ending. And we were like, ‘All the previous games had an ending! We thought we were sticking to what that franchise is…’ But they didn’t want an ending and we had a couple of DLCs in the works but the third one we did we were like, ‘Well, we need a DLC that removes the ending of the game and allows you to continue on.’ So 76 is going to be like that. We have some ideas for this and that, but let’s see what people want more of. Let’s see what they respond to and support that.”

Fallout 76 launches in November for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC; the beta begins in October, and it’ll be available first on Xbox One. Alongside the Power Armor edition, Microsoft will bundle the game with a white Xbox One X.