Elder Scrolls Online Reveals Season Of The Dragon, New Annual Event Showcasing Elsweyr

Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, The Elder Scrolls Online has steadily grown into an experience that many fans of Bethesda’s RPG franchise wanted back when it debuted back in 2014. As an open world MMO, players can freely explore the many regions of Tamriel embarking quests, exploring dungeons, and acquiring rare loot. With the releases of previous expansions set in familiar areas, including Morrowind and Summerset, the scale and content of the online world has steadily seen improvement. During a livestream hosted by Twitch, the developers of ESO revealed the next major expansion set in the land of Elsweyr, along with an ambitious set of DLCs and updates releasing this year.

Set for launch on June 4, the Elsweyr expansion takes place in the homeland of the Khajit. Not only will new quests and events open up for veteran players in the region, but it will also be a new starting point for newcomers. As a part of their annual event for the Season of the Dragon, the developers plan to launch four unique DLCs throughout 2019. In the reveal trailer for Elsweyr, dragons have once again found their way to Tamriel, prompting the many adventurers in the land to face off against the new threat. In addition to being tied into the all new story quests, these dragons will also be a part of major world events.

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Prior to the reveal, GameSpot spoke with ESO creative director Rich Lambert about their plans for the game in 2019, and how the community has expanded in big way in recent years.

“Elsweyr been one of the most requested places from our fans; it’s the homeland of the Khajit,” said the creative director. “There’s bits and pieces of the land in other DLCs, such as Reaper’s March and Khenarthi’s Roost, but those are really on the outer edges of the province. So we’re really going into the heartland, showing what Khajit culture is, and how they’ve evolved over the ages.”

With the Season of the Dragon annual event, the developers plan to update many of the core pillars of the MMO with four key updates. Beginning in Q1 with Wrathstone, the first DLC will add in new dungeon content for experienced players. In the second DLC–releasing on June 4–the region of Elsweyr will open up for all players, focusing on new quests and storylines within the desert land of the Khajit. The final two DLCs releasing in the back half of 2019 will also place a heavy emphasis on on additional story and dungeon content as well.

The highlight of Season of the Dragon will no doubt be Elsweyr, which adds in a massive new zone to explore. However, there will also be numerous other updates and quality-of-life additions that will switch things up. The year-long event will also see a new class thrown into the mix, which is the Necromancer. Using their dark magic, they’ll be able to summon spirits and manipulate the dead to fight in battle. However, their dark arts will arouse all kinds of attention from NPCs throughout the land. Using the Necromancer’s abilities in towns will prompt citizens and guards to confront the player–similarly to when players used shouts in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. These interactions also tied into the game’s Justice system, which judges your character based on in-game choices.

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Furthermore, there will also be new world events. In addition to in-world battles against the massive dragons, some regions will also catch the attention of Daedric deities, who’ve become bored of the state of the world. In order to spice things up, they’ll introduce a little chaos by spawning powerful artifacts in the world. Those who can find them can wield the ancient weapons, transforming them into a demi-god. With drastically amplified stats and unique spells and skills, you’ll need to unleash carnage on other players, or else succumb to the artifact’s insatiable hunger for chaos.

The Elder Scrolls Online is in for a big year, and the new forms of content look to bring some interesting opportunities for players to explore more of the world. In the years since ESO’s debut, the developers spent a lot of time listening to what the fans wanted, which they they credit the game’s current success.

“We spent a lot of time reflecting on what the fans wanted, in trying to bring that Elder Scrolls feel into the game,” said Lambert. “That’s where One Tamriel came from, Thieves Guild, the Dark Brotherhood, and that’s where the Justice System came out as well. It really changed the feel of ESO, and players have enjoyed it since. The game has never been stronger, which is awesome.”

For more info on Elder Scrolls Online, including what’s to come with Elsweyr and the Season of the Dragon, be sure to check back with GameSpot.

New Ghostbusters Movie On The Way, Not Connected To 2016 Version

A new Ghostbusters movie is coming. Entertainment Weekly reports that Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, will co-write and direct the new film that is not connected to the 2016 edition featuring an all-female cast of ghost hunters. Specific plot points for Jason Reitman’s new movie are being kept under wraps for now, but he did confirm that it’s set in the present day. It is not a reboot, but it’s a continuation of the original series.

“This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot,” he told EW. “What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”

The new Ghostbusters movie will start shooting later this year, and it’s expected to hit theatres in summer 2020. The other writer is Gil Kenan, who earned an Oscar nomination for Monster House.

“This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present,” Jason Reitman told EW. “We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”

Regarding the new characters, Justin Kroll of the website Variety said Jason Reitman may be looking to cast four teenagers in the lead roles. In the original films, the main characters were played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Rick Moranis. Ramis passed away in 2014.

Reitman has four Oscar nominations, and some of his best-known films include Juno, Up in the Air, and Thank You For Smoking.

Ivan Reitman will produce the new Ghostbusters movie, and he told EW, “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out.” He said his son Jason came to him with the idea for the new film, and it left him in awe. “

“I was quite surprised when he came to me with Gil and said, ‘I know I’ve been saying for 10 years I’m the last person who should make a Ghostbusters movie, but…I have this idea.’ Literally, I was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny,” he said.

Go to Entertainment Weekly to read the full story on the new Ghostbusters movie.

The Sopranos Prequel Movie Adds Two More Big Names

The Sopranos, regarded as one of the best TV shows of all time, is coming back through a prequel movie, and now we’ve learned about two other actors who will star in it.

Variety reports that The Punisher actor Jon Bernthal and Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will have roles in the movie, though there is no word on what characters they’ll play. Bernthal and Farmiga have appeared in mobster media before, with Bernal starring in the Frank Darabont TV show Mob City and Farmiga in Martin Scorsese’s Boston mafia movie The Departed.

All we know so far about the Sopranos prequel movie, which is called The Many Saints of Newark, is that it’s set in the 1960s during the Newark race riots. Sopranos TV show creator David Chase co-wrote the script with another Sopranos veteran, Lawrence Konner.

The film is being directed by Alan Taylor, who directed episodes of Game of Thrones and the Marvel movie Thor: The Dark World. Perhaps more relevant to this movie, he also directed episodes of The Sopranos.

Alessandro Nivola (Jurassic Park III) will play Dickie Moltisanti in The Many Saints of Newark, but, as mentioned, it’s unclear who Bernthal and Farmiga will play. Dickie Moltisanti is the father of Christopher Moltisanti, who was played by Michael Imperioli in the TV series.

The Sopranos ran for 86 episodes, from 1999 to 2007. The late James Gandolfini starred as mob boss Tony Soprano, a role for which he earned multiple awards. Nivola told The Associated Press (watch the video above) that Tony Soprano will be in the new movie, but it’s unclear who may play him. Whatever the case, the film will go into the history between Dickie Moltisanti and Tony Soprano. Filming begins in April.

True Detective Season 3 Theories From Episodes 1 and 2

Here’s the latest theories about HBO’s True Detective from the internet hive mind

When True Detective debuted back in 2014, it was critically acclaimed, a grim detective thriller about dark secrets and the damaged people who keep them.

But then, Season 2 went off the rails; whereas Season 1 was lean, focused, and sharply edited, Season 2 was a messy sprawl that kept adding side characters and side plots long after losing the audience’s patience.

The first two episodes of Season 3, which debuted on Sunday, January 13, represent a return to form. The plot, which focuses around the kidnapping of two young children, is the sort of personal, close-to-home story that viewers can relate to. Detective Wayne Hays (played by Mahershala Ali) is perfectly cast. Ali plays Hays at three different stages in his life: at the time of the crime, a decade after the crime, and the modern day. Every iteration of this character is portrayed with depth and sensitivity.

Here are some current theories on True Detective; it’s a combination of our personal insights plus the theorycrafting of superfans on Reddit. And caution: Massive spoilers ahead!

1. The Paternity Theory

Tom, the father of the two children, has a difficult, estranged relationship with his wife Lucy. At his son Will’s funeral, Tom’s parents spill the beans: There’s suspicion and rumors that Julie might not be Tom’s daughter. If so, maybe Julie’s real father is responsible for taking her and killing her brother. And perhaps Lucy knows something that she’s not telling.

It’s worth speculating if Dan, Lucy’s cousin, is the father. But regardless, there’s a good chance he’s connected to the crime. During his search of Tom’s house, Wayne discovered a peephole drilled into the wall that connects Will’s room (where Dan was crashing for awhile) to Julie’s room. It’s extremely gross, and it’s a massive indicator that something is amiss.

2. The Amelia Theory

One of the leading theories at the moment is that Amelia, the English teacher at Will’s school, is involved in the crime. There are several clues which suggest something might be off with her.

First, she admits to Wayne, over drinks, that she pretends to be other people when visiting a different city. She seems to know Will well; she says he’s studious and sensitive, which makes her worry about him. The film language is also suggestive. At the press conference, when the press and police discuss whether the kids knew their attacker, the camera pans over to Amelia.

Amelia later publishes a best-selling book about the crime, and marries the lead detective on the case. What better way to hide in plain sight than to get as close to the investigation as possible?

3. Dead Rebecca Theory

We see that Wayne has a son and daughter in the ’90s timeline, but by the time we reach 2015, the daughter, Rebecca, appears estranged from the family. When Wayne asks about her at dinner, his son tells him that his daughter doesn’t like coming home, and that she’s in LA.

But what if she’s not? Some fans are speculating that Rebecca is dead, and Wayne, in the late stages of dementia, has forgotten this. So, rather than upsetting him with bad news (which he’ll forget anyway), the family has decided to lie about it. This would explain the awkward look around the dinner table during this conversation, and it would also explain why the son storms off from the table in frustration. He’s probably had to have this conversation many times before.

4. Steve McQueen Theory

Thanks to Season 1’s outcome, plus the weird straw dolls in the woods, there’s good reason to suspect that a cult could also be involved in this killing, or even worse, a pedophile ring, which the documentarian mentions as an online theory near the end of the second episode. The prosecutor made the decision to squander his detectives’ best lead in Episode 2, which suggests that if there is a cult or ring, it might reach the upper echelons of power.

One symbolic clue in Episode 1 may have been the death of actor Steve McQueen on the night the children disappeared. McQueen had a notorious relationship with Charles Manson; he was actually supposed to be at Sharon Tate’s mansion the night Manson’s followers killed her.

Lastly, here’s an interesting trivia tidbit: In the show, Wayne says that Steve McQueen died on the day of a full moon. But the almanac says otherwise; it was actually a new moon. Is this a careless research mistake? Or is it a sign that Hays, with his increasing dementia, is an unreliable narrator, and may have the fundamental facts of the case wrong?

5. The Interviewer Theory

This is a left-field theory, but it deserves mention. Some Redditors think that the documentarian who’s interviewing Wayne in 2015 is actually the missing girl Julie, all grown up. This will lead to a twisty conclusion when it’s revealed that the mystery solution has been sitting in front of Hays this entire time.

If this is the actual twist, it will be the death of the show. It is way too contrived and hacky for the writers to even attempt, let alone follow through on. Plus, Julie would be 45 in 2015, and the documentarian looks much younger than that.

It’s not out of the realm of all possibility, but it seems highly improbable for True Detective to resort to something so cheap.

6. The Memphis Three Theory

In 1994, three boys, who became known as the West Memphis Three, were convicted for the murders of three children, and police suspected there were occult overtones to the killings. The West Memphis Three were later re-sentenced to time served and freed in 2011, based on new forensic evidence that couldn’t be linked to any of them.

There are obvious parallels between this real life event and the three teenage boys in the purple Volkswagen, who are currently suspected in the two children’s disappearance. Even if they didn’t do it, one of them might be (wrongly) convicted for the crime before the end of the show. Show creator Nick Pizzolatto, for his part, denies the connection, and says that True Detective doesn’t directly allude to this crime at all.

7. Lynch Mob Theory

The “Trash Man,” Brett Woodard, witnesses the two kids on the road before their disappearance during his regular drive through the neighborhood. He’s a traumatized Vietnam War veteran who rummages through people’s trash to find and sell scrap.

Because he’s on the outer fringe of the community, the townspeople suspect him of committing the crime almost immediately. And he might not meet a good end. In the 2015 timeline, the documentarian comforts Wayne by saying that she knows it’s hard to think of what happened to Woodard. It wouldn’t be surprising if Woodard became a lynch mob victim at a later time, given the current level of fear and paranoia.

Two More Mission Impossible Movies Coming From Fallout Director

After the big success of 2018’s Mission Impossible: Fallout, director Christopher McQuarrie is signing on to write and direct two sequels, according to a new report. Not only that, but Variety’s report claims the sequels will shoot back-to-back so they can be released sooner to capitalise on the hype surrounding the franchise right now.

According to the report, the first would premiere in summer 2021 with the next one following a year later. McQuarrie seemingly confirmed the news on Twitter.

Shooting back-to-back is not new for movies, as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were shot one after the other so they could be released in 2018 and 2019. All three of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies were shot in the manner, too.

Mission Impossible: Fallout, which starred a 56-year-old Tom Cruise, was a massive success commercially and critically. It made more than $791 million worldwide, which represented the biggest box office performance in the history of the Mission Impossible series. It was also well-received by critics, notching a franchise-best 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes; it was heralded as one of the best action movies of 2018.

According to Variety, the first of the sequels may start shooting in 2019. Cruise is currently filming the Top Gun sequel, while McQuarrie is keeping busy too, as he’s set to direct the new Rainbow Six movie Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan.

Presumably Cruise will return for the two Mission Impossible sequels, but there is no word yet on the story or what other actors may join him.

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere Date Revealed In Cryptic New Video

HBO’s titanic hit series Game of Thrones is coming back for its eighth and final season this spring. Before the premiere of the new season of True Detective, HBO aired a brief video showing three of the four remaining Starks, which the series has followed, then revealing the April 14 premiere date for Season 8.

In the video, which you can watch above, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) are in the crypts below their home of Winterfell, when everything freezes over. Winter is here, and it’s going to be a challenge for everyone in Westeros.

As you probably remember from the end of Season 7, the Night King reanimated one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons–who died in the north–and it is now a part of the undead army, trying to head south. The only thing in the army’s way was The Wall, which the reanimated dragon burned down, giving the White Walkers an opening to invade.

However, we won’t know what’s in store for the Starks–as well as the villains we love to hate like Cersei Lannister–until this spring, when HBO releases the final episodes in this story, for now. Hopefully, Bran can make it to the Stark family reunion because as every Game of Thrones fan knows, people you love tend to die.

It’s been pretty quiet when it comes to the final season of Game of Thrones, but we do know a few things. The premiere of the new season will mirror Season 1 in various ways, so it may be a good time to go back and rewatch the show before the April premiere. The final battle for the new season is the largest in the series to date and most brutal as well. Additionally, there is a Game of Thrones prequel on the way, which has cast a few actors and a director.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO for its final season on April 14 at 9 PM ET / PT.

Yet Another Video Game Streaming Service Is Coming

It appears the next big battleground for gaming might be in the streaming world. Yet another major company, Verizon, is reportedly launching a game-streaming service of its own to presumably compete against what could be similar offerings from companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts, and others.

According to The Verge, Verizon is launching a game-streaming service called …. Verizon Gaming. The platform is reportedly already being alpha-tested with the Nvidia Shield device. In the future, it’ll be rolled out for Android smartphones, according to the report. It’ll support an Xbox One controller paired wirelessly with the Shield or Android device, apparently.

More than 135 games are currently up and running with the current testing phase, including Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption II, God of War, Battlefield V, and and many others. The current testing period is focused on making the experience as smooth as possible, the report said.

There is no word yet on a release date or pricing for Verizon Gaming; as mentioned, it sounds like it’s still very early days for the platform.

Whatever the case, it is becoming clear that game-streaming could be a very big deal in the gaming world, and perhaps sooner rather than later. While OnLive might have been a failure, the fact that companies like Verizon, Microsoft, Sony, Amazon, EA, and others are now investing in game-streaming suggests that it might be time now that streaming has enough resources and momentum behind it to actually catch on in earnest.

The appeal of game-streaming is that you don’t need powerful, expensive hardware to play games at home or on the go. Instead, streamed games run on hardware at data centres and then get streamed to (theoretically) whatever device you might have. Physical games and gaming hardware like Xbox and PlayStation consoles are not likely to vanish anytime soon, as internet availability and speed is not consistent or reliable around the world.

Microsoft is known to be working on multiple new Xbox consoles, while Sony has said it may release a PlayStation 5. Nintendo, for its part, has said it may eventually exit the hardware market, but that may not happen soon, if it ever does.

Streaming is already commonplace and accepted for movies, TV, and music–so it was always seemingly only a matter of time before games caught up.

For more on the new game-streaming platforms coming out, check out the news stories below.

Microsoft

  • Microsoft’s New Game Streaming Service xCloud Announced

Electronic Arts

  • EA Has 1,000 People Working On A Ridiculously Ambitious-Sounding New Technology

Google

  • How Assassin’s Creed Odyssey On Google’s Project Stream Works

Amazon

  • Amazon Is Launching A Game-Streaming Service, Report Says

Fortnite Was The Most-Played Game On Switch Last Year In Europe

Nintendo has revealed the most-played Nintendo Switch games of 2018 in Europe, and the title at the top of the list probably will not surprise you.

The news feed on the console in Europe reveals the most-played Switch game of the past year was Epic’s free-to-play battle royale game, Fortnite. Rounding out the top five were all Nintendo-made games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The only reason Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn’t near the top is probably because it only just launched in December. Nintendo didn’t share any numbers about specific play-time hours, so we don’t know the gaps between the different games.

Still, it’s not all that surprising that Fortnite is No. 1 given the game’s immense global popularity. As mentioned, this chart is only for Europe. It doesn’t appear that Nintendo published similar most-played lists in the US or other parts of the world.

NintendoEverything first reported this news. The top 20 most-played games for Nintendo Switch in Europe can be seen at the bottom of this post.

NPD analyst Mat Piscatella responded to the news, saying he expects Fortnite’s massive success to have an impact on the wider industry in 2019. Specifically, he said the way in which the game’s massive success propelled gains for hardware and microtransaction spending in 2018 may be hard to replicate, especially in the first half of 2019.

Most-Played Switch Games Of 2018 In Europe

  1. Fortnite
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. FIFA 18
  7. Minecraft
  8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu
  9. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  11. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  12. Rocket League
  13. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  14. Pokemon Quest
  15. Stardew Valley
  16. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  17. Octopath Traveler
  18. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  19. Paladins
  20. Super Mario Party

Black Ops 4’s Next Update Outlined

Treyarch has a number of patches lined up for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this month. The developer rolled out the first of these–which added new Featured playlists, among other things–earlier this week, and now it’s given fans a preview of what’s coming in the game’s next update.

Over on Reddit, the studio outlined what’s in store for Black Ops 4 next week. All three of the game’s modes will be receiving some attention. Zombies is set to get Gauntlets, which Treyarch describes as “curated 30-round challenges with unique rules for each round.” The developer is also holding a 115 Day Celebration Event in the mode from January 15-18. The event will be available on all platforms and offers double XP, weapon XP, and Nebulium Plasma.

For the Blackout battle royale mode, Treyarch will be implementing a new looting interface on consoles, making it easier to loot specific items. The developer says it will also hold two limited-time modes in Blackout next week. No further details have been provided yet, but Treyarch teases that it will reveal more info about the modes–as well as “more Blackout news”–soon.

Finally, in multiplayer mode, next week’s update will add both Elevation and Madagascar to the map rotation for those who have the Black Ops Pass. Treyarch says that future maps will be added to the full rotation “as they’re released.” The update will also bring new Featured playlists, as well as stability improvements and other fixes.

Later in the month, Treyarch will introduce League Play to Black Ops 4. This will make competitive multiplayer more akin to what’s seen in professional matches, with skill-based matchmaking putting participants into 50-player groupings.