LawBreakers Dev Talks Ongoing Support: It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Cliff Bleszinski’s new game LawBreakers launched last week on PlayStation 4 and PC. The start is just the beginning, Bleszinski said in a new interview, teasing that more characters, maps, and modes are potentially coming down the road.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Bleszinski said, “We see this game as a marathon and not a sprint.” There are nine characters in the game right now, but Bleszinski said a tenth is being tested right now and is already “fully playable.”

Concerning new maps, Bleszinski said two new ones are “99 percent ready to go,” and as for the new game-types, he said “I can’t really talk about” those. There are also new skins coming in “a couple of months.”

All of this is to say that LawBreakers having ongoing support after launch is just a sign of the times. “That’s the world we live in–it’s no longer fire and forget,” Bleszinski said.

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Also in the interview, the developer talked about the reviews for LawBreakers so far. On Steam, which he described as a “very harsh platform,” the $30 LawBreakers has a “very positive” rating after more than 1,800 reviews.

“What we’ve found is that Steam is a very harsh platform, and if you go to Steam reviews for any game, you can’t bullsh** Steam users, PC users,” Bleszinski said. “I’m not saying you can bullshit console users, but Steam users are some of the most savvy gamers out there. If you go to our reviews they’re 90 percent positive. We’ve created a community over the last three years of really loyal and dedicated fans who love the game and the studio.”

The full interview touches on numerous other subjects; go to Eurogamer to read it.

GameSpot’s LawBreakers review scored it an 8/10. “What counts is that its fresh anti-gravity mechanics transcends its first-glance novel appeal and creates limitless combat situations that will be new and inviting to many shooter fans,” reviewer Miguel Concepcion said.

LawBreakers is available on PS4 and PC. An Xbox One version has not been ruled out.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Has “Vastly Improved” Air Combat

With Gamescom set to kick off next week, Electronic Arts has now confirmed more of its plans for the show specifically about Star Wars: Battlefront II. Starting off, EA will air a new trailer and also show off a live demonstration of the Starfighter Assault mode. New for the sequel, this is a space dogfighting mode that goes beyond what was in the first.

Starfighter Assault is a multi-stage mode featuring ships and characters from the original trilogy of Star Wars movies. For this demo, teams will fight on the Fondor: Imperial Shipyard map. There will be fighters, bombers, and ships specific to unique heroes.

EA promises (via IGN) a better flying experience overall for Battlefront II. There will be “vastly improved starfighter combat, with superior controls, deeper customization, and role-based team play featuring an all new class-based system.”

The gameplay reveal happens on August 21 at 5:30 PM BST, which is 9:30 AM PT / 12:30 PM ET / 2:30 AM AEST on August 22.

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The Starfighter Assault mode on the Fondor: Imperial Shipyard map will be available in the Battlefront II beta, which starts in October. If you’re not interested in flying, a boots-on-the-ground mode will also be playable on the Theed Galactic Assault map in the beta.

In other news about Battlefront II, DICE recently talked about why the original struggled and how the sequel aims to do better.

Gamescom 2017 runs August 22-26 in Cologne, Germany. It is one of the biggest gaming shows on Earth, regularly attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees, blowing E3 away in terms of attendance. You can learn more about the show here on its official website.

Microsoft is also coming to Gamescom 2017 and it’s letting attendees play Xbox One X for the first time, while Ubisoft is bringing titles like Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Far Cry 5.

Intel Will Reveal 8th Generation CPUs This Month; Sooner Than Expected

Intel’s 7th-generation CPUs (Kaby Lake) released in January this year, about 17 months after the preceding generation (Skylake)–a usual transition in the CPU market. However, Intel is ready to reveal its 8th-generation on August 21. And while we don’t know of the release window quite yet, this announcement comes much sooner than what we’d expect.

The Kaby Lake processor family was announced this time last year and released five months later. If this next generation (Coffee Lake) follows suit, we could have new Intel chips in early 2018. This also means that Kaby Lake would be supplanted just 12 months after its launch; Intel CPU generations typically run an 18-month cycle.

There’s reason to believe that the recent competition from AMD’s Ryzen CPU family–which began its roll out in March this year– is impacting what we see from Intel. AMD has been able to offer comparable gaming performance, more CPU cores for better multitasking and productivity, and competitive pricing.

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Intel is still in the process of rolling out its Core i9 series of high-end desktop (HEDT) CPUs, which are part of the company’s 7th-generation chips. These HEDT processors typically come out roughly eight months after flagship chips launch, and are targeted towards the enthusiast PC crowd that does more than just gaming. AMD also just released its own line of HEDT processors, called Ryzen Threadripper, which is giving Intel a run for its money as well.

Coffee Lake isn’t expected to be revolutionary from an architectural stand point, and it’ll use the same 14nm manufacturing process that CPUs have used for a while now. However, the new flagship Core i5 and i7 processors are rumored to pack six cores this time around. We’ll know more about Intel’s plans come August 21 at 8am PDT.

Splatoon 2’s New Umbrella Weapon Debuts Tonight

Splatoon 2’s next free DLC weapon is coming soon. The umbrella-shaped Splat Brella will be available in-game tonight beginning at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET.

What’s notable about the Splat Brella is that it’s an entirely new class of weapon. Players can use it to fire ink like a standard shooter, but its most distinctive feature is its defensive abilities. Holding the ZR button will open the umbrella and shield players from incoming fire. Hold the button long enough and you’ll fire the shield, which will block attacks as it travels. You can see screenshots of the Splat Brella below.

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The Splat Brella is complemented with the Sprinkler sub weapon. Its special is–fittingly–the Ink Storm, which creates a cloud that rains ink over the battlefield. Players can purchase the Splat Brella using their in-game currency from Ammo Knights.

Along with the new weapon, Splatoon 2 players also have a chance to pick up some summer attire for their Inkling. The game’s official Japanese Twitter account announced that a line of summer-themed gear will be highlighted in SplatNet 2 from August 11-16. The “Summer Vacation Collection” doesn’t appear to include new items, but it does feature some stylish beachwear, such as sunglasses, flip flops, and straw boaters, for players to add to their wardrobe.

Nintendo has been releasing a steady stream of new weapons for Splatoon 2 since the game’s launch. Last week, the company added the Sploosh-O-Matic, a returning weapon from the first Splatoon. That coincided with the game’s first proper Splatfest event, which saw Team Mayo narrowly defeat Team Ketchup in a battle of the condiments.

Wonder Woman Epilogue Included With Blu-Ray Version

Warner Bros. has announced when the Blu-ray/DVD version of the box office smash Wonder Woman will arrive and what bonus features it will contain. Starting with the release date, the home video version will arrive first, coming out on digital stores on August 29, before coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 19, according to Collider.

As for the bonus features, one of the coolest-sounding ones is an epilogue. Titled “Etta’s Mission,” this scene will follow Etta Candy as she “gets the boys back together for a secret mission that could impact humanity’s future.”

The home video version of Wonder Woman also includes a feature called “Crafting the Wonder,” in which the producers “explore the journey to create an adventure worthy of DC’s greatest warrior.”

There are also numerous videos featuring director Patty Jenkins; these include:

  • A Director’s Vision: Themyscira: The Hidden Island
  • A Director’s Vision: Beach Battle
  • A Director’s Vision: A Photograph Through Time
  • A Director’s Vision: Diana in the Modern World
  • A Director’s Vision: Wonder Woman at War

Below is a list of some of the other bonus features, with descriptions from Warner Bros:

  • Warriors of Wonder Woman – Witness the creation of the Amazon army as the women of “Wonder Woman” transform emotionally and physically into the world’s most powerful and heroic warriors.
  • The Trinity – Filmmakers and comic book creators explore the legend of Wonder Woman and how she stands shoulder to shoulder with Superman and Batman to create the pillars of the DC Universe.
  • The Wonder Behind the Camera– Meet the women behind the wonder as they welcome a group of aspiring filmmakers on set for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Finding the Wonder Woman Within – Feel the power of Wonder Woman as award-winning poets and inspiring public figures reveal the impact and importance of DC’s greatest heroine.
  • Extended Scenes
  • Blooper Reel

Wonder Woman, which stars Gal Gadot, made more than $795 million at the global box office. Unsurprisingly, a sequel is on the way, and Jenkins is reportedly coming back to direct.

This story has been updated and corrected.

Nintendo Switch Facing Lawsuit Over Its Tablet Design

Accessory maker Gamevice is suing Nintendo over its popular Switch console. As reported by Engadget, Gamevice claims the Switch uses the patents it owns without its permission.

“According to the suit, the Switch and its removable Joy-Con controllers are too close to Gamevice’s vision of a combination of detachable game controller and a device with a ‘flexible bridge section,'” Engadget reported. “Not surprisingly, the lawsuit calls for both damages and a ban on Switch sales.”

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Gamevice said it has no comment on the case when approached by Engadget, and Nintendo has yet to chime on the matter.

The Wikipad (pictured above) features dual analog sticks, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons. A tablet/mobile device slides into the device to allow you to play mobile games with traditional console controls.

The lawsuit was filed on August 9, and you can read the full text of it here. We will report back with more details on this case as they’re made available.

The Switch launched in March and has sold 4.7 million units by Nintendo’s latest count.

This story has been updated and corrected.

Xbox One Still Getting Four Old Halo Games Through Backwards Compatibility

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary are coming to Xbox One through backwards compatibility. We still don’t know when they’ll be added to the catalog, but fans can rest assured that Microsoft is still working on it. In the latest Halo weekly update, developer 343 gave an update on how it’s coming along, starting off with, “Good news: back-compat is still a thing!”

The backwards compatibility team continues its efforts, “churning away on getting the titles prepared for public consumption on Xbox One hardware,” 343 said. People internally at Microsoft have been play-testing the games in the past week.

However, there is still no word on when the games will actually be available.

Not only are all of those Halo games coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility, but all the map packs are, too. The only issue is that the Noble Map Pack for Halo: Reach is not free as it should be. 343 is working with the Xbox Store team to fix this.

The Halo games are all already playable on Xbox One via The Master Chief Collection, which includes Halo: CE Anniversary, a Halo 2 remaster, Halo 3, and Halo 4 all running at 60 frames per second. Halo 3: ODST was also released into the package.

In other Halo news, 343 is working on a 4K update for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One X. Microsoft’s super-powered console launches in November.

Crash Remaster Is Back At No. 1 In Australia And New Zealand

After dropping down to No. 2 in last week’s charts, the Crash Bandicoot remaster is back at No. 1 in Australia and New Zealand. The IGEA has released the latest weekly physical game sales charts for both regions, and the N. Sane Trilogy sold the most on the all-platforms chart in the two markets for the week ended August 6.

The game was outsold by the hugely popular Rugby League Live 4 the week prior. That game, developed by Australian studio Big Ant, landed in the No. 2 position for the latest week in both Australia and New Zealand on the all-platforms chart.

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The N. Sane Trilogy is also a chart-topper in the UK and the US. Speaking about the game’s commercial success earlier this month on an earnings call, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said, “Crash has surpassed all of our expectations by a pretty wide margin.” Activision is considering more remasters of its other games, too.

You can see the full charts for the week ended August 6 below, broken down by platform. As usual, they cover physical game sales only. Another thing to note is that the group that puts together these lists, the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, does not release specific sales numbers.

Australia

All Platforms

  1. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  2. Rugby League Live 4
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  5. Splatoon 2
  6. Prey
  7. Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  9. Mario Kart 8
  10. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

PS4

  1. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  2. Rugby League Live 4
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  5. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  6. Prey
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  8. Rainbow Six: Siege
  9. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  10. The Last of Us

Xbox One

  1. Rugby League Live 4
  2. Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
  3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  4. Prey
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Forza Horizon 3
  8. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  9. Minecraft
  10. Rainbow Six Siege

Wii U

  1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. Star Fox Zero
  3. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
  4. Minecraft
  5. Cars 3: Driven to Win
  6. Yoshi’s Wooly World
  7. Mario Party 10
  8. Mario Kart 8
  9. Super Mario 3D World
  10. Super Smash Bros.

PlayStation Vita

  1. Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
  2. God Wars: Future Past
  3. Minecraft
  4. Phineas & Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz
  5. World of Final Fantasy
  6. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  7. Looney Tunes Galactic Sports
  8. Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy
  9. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
  10. Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault

3DS

  1. Miitopia
  2. Pokemon Sun
  3. Hey! Pikmin
  4. Pokemon Moon
  5. Donkey Kong Country: Returns
  6. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
  7. Mario Kart 7
  8. Super Mario Maker
  9. Super Smash Bros.
  10. Ever Oasis

Nintendo Switch

  1. Splatoon 2
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Arms
  5. 1-2-Switch
  6. Just Dance 2017
  7. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  8. Lego City Undercover
  9. Disgaea 5 Complete
  10. Super Bomberman R

PC

  1. The Sims 4
  2. Prey
  3. Battlefield 1
  4. The Sims 4 City Living
  5. Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection
  6. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  7. The Sims 4 Get to Work
  8. World of Warcraft: Legion
  9. Rainbow Six Siege
  10. Grand Theft Auto V

New Zealand

All-Platforms

  1. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  2. Rugby League Live 4
  3. Tekken 7
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  6. EA Sports UFC 2
  7. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  8. Battlefield 1
  9. Fallout 4
  10. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

PS4

  1. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  2. Rugby League Live 4
  3. Tekken 7
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  6. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  7. EA Sports UFC 2
  8. Fallout 4
  9. Doom
  10. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Xbox One

  1. Forza Horizon 3
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  3. Rugby League Live 4
  4. Battlefield 1
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Forza Motorsport 6
  7. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  8. Minecraft
  9. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Wii U

  1. Star Fox Zero
  2. Pikmin 3
  3. Yoshi’s Wooly World
  4. Batman: Arkham Origins
  5. Terraria
  6. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  7. Art Academy Atelier
  8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  9. Darksiders II
  10. Disney Infinity 3.0

PlayStation Vita

  1. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
  2. Child of Light
  3. Gravity Rush
  4. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  5. Lego The Hobbit
  6. Lego: Jurassic World
  7. Phineas & Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz
  8. The Lego Movie Video Game

3DS

  1. Pokemon Moon
  2. Pokemon Sun
  3. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
  4. Miitopia
  5. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  6. Super Mario Maker
  7. Mario Kart 7
  8. Pokemon X
  9. Hey! Pikmin
  10. Harvest Moon: Skytree Village

Nintendo Switch

  1. Splatoon 2
  2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Mario Kart 8
  4. 1-2-Switch
  5. Arms
  6. Just Dance 2017
  7. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  8. Cars 3: Driven to Win
  9. Lego City Undercover
  10. Disgaea 5 Complete

PC

  1. The Sims 4
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  3. The Sims 4 Get To Work
  4. Overwatch
  5. Battlefield 1
  6. Starcraft II: Battle Chest
  7. The Sims 4 Get Together
  8. Prey
  9. Titanfall 2

The Big Lebowski Directors Are Bringing Their New TV Show To Netflix

Netflix has announced another high-profile project. Joel and Ethan Coen, the Oscar-winning directors behind movies like Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and No Country for Old Men, are bringing their new western show The Ballad of Buster Scruggs to the streaming service.

An anthology series, the TV program will premiere in 2018. The Coen brothers are writing and directing, with production done by Annapurna Television.

Here is the official description, written by Netflix: “The Western anthology will feature six tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter will feature a distinct story about the American West.”

Tim Blake Nelson, who starred in the Coen brothers movie O Brother, Where Art Thou, is the only confirmed actor for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

“We are streaming motherf**kers!,” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen said in a statement.

Netflix original content VP Cindy Holland added, “The Coens are visionary directors, masterful storytellers, and colorful linguists. We are thrilled for Netflix to become home to the full range of their talents.”

Today’s announcement comes after Netflix announced a new show from veteran late night TV host and comedian David Letterman earlier in the week.