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The Defenders Poster Unites Marvel's Netflix Heroes

Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones come together. By Jonathon Dornbush Marvel’s street-level Netflix heroes are almost ready to unite, and a new poster for The Defenders teases the upcoming ensemble series. Netflix has debuted a new poster for the streaming platform’s next Marvel series, featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Marvel’s The Defenders Netflix previously offered an extended look at the upcoming series with the show’s first trailer. Mike Colter recently teased the evil entity who has mysteriously possibly played a hand in each of the hero’s individual Netflix series. For more on Marvel’s Netflix-exclusive ensemble series, don’t miss our handy overview of every confirmed character for the series so far and read up on how Marvel’s Iron Fist sets up The Defenders. The Defenders is set to premiere August 18. And for more of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large, check out IGN’s look at where every major MCU player currently is. Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Revealed

Return to Arkane Studios’ Dishonored sequel this year. By Jonathon Dornbush Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, a standalone story described as “the perfect entry point for those new to the Dishonored series”, has been revealed during Bethesda’s E3 2017 press conference. It will be released on September 15. Featuring a new playable character, Billie Lurk (who you may know from the first game’s DLC, as well as the main Dishonored 2 campaign), you’ll be on a mission to kill the series’ mysterious Outsider, along with Empress assassin, Daud. Take a look at the first screenshots below: Death of the Outsider will be available as a standalone physical release on PC, Xbox One and PS4: Billie Lurk will come with a full set of new powers (although an “Original Game +” mode will be included, which adds a set of powers from the main Dishonored 2 game). Dishonored 2 first released for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 11, 2016. IGN gave the Arkane Studios title a 9.3, saying, “A superb sequel from every angle, Dishonored 2 accommodates any type of chaos you choose to throw at it.” Dishonored 2 was one of the first games to READ FULL…

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Metro: Last Light Sequel Announced

The third Metro title has officially been revealed. By Jonathon Dornbush The latest entry in the Metro franchise, Metro 3, has officially been announced during Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference. The moody demo, showcased on the Xbox One X, opened with a Dostoevsky quote, and quickly transitioned into a first-person battle with a pack of wolf-like ghoul in a dark tunnel. The character then emerged into a landscape featuring a derelict town, exploring the abandoned landscape with a crossbow in hand. A website listing suggested the third Metro game would be coming in 2017. Publisher Deep Silver confirmed at the time, however, that there were no plans to continue the franchise with a new release this calendar year. Metro franchise developer 4A Games previously teased the studio’s newest project last year with a series of images. An adaptation of the Metro 2033 series from Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, 4A Games first delivered Metro 2033 in 2010, which IGN gave a 6.9 in our review at the time. IGN then gave the sequel, Metro: Last Light, a 7.7, calling it “a bold post-apocalyptic FPS adventure uniquely told from the Russian point of view.” Both games were then combined into the Metro: Redux READ FULL…

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Assassin's Creed 2017 Leak Reveals Possible Release Date

Assassin’s Creed Origins will reportedly be released in October. By Jonathon Dornbush A new Assassin’s Creed 2017 leak today reportedly reveals the release date for the game while offering further evidence that the game will be called Assassin’s Creed Origins. According to a Reddit post, an early copy of a new Game Informer issue reportedly confirms the game’s Egyptian setting, the name AC Origins, and an October 27 release date for the game. Reported Assassin’s Creed Origins leak, via Imgur , Reddit According to the Reddit user who claims to have the issue, the game will reportedly feature a new combat system, take place during the rise and rule of Cleopatra, new gear and leveling systems, and that there will be another playable character beyond the protagonist, Bayek, who has reportedly previously leaked via other promotional material. IGN has reached out to Ubisoft for comment and will update this story should they respond. The art appearing in the reported Game Informer photos is nearly identical to that of the art featured on a reported Target reservation card that leaked for Origins yesterday. That card, if accurate, further confirmed the previously rumored setting and title. Previous reported leaks READ FULL STORY AT…

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More Evidence of Assassin's Creed 2017 Setting, Name Reportedly Leak Via Target

Assassin’s Creed Origins will feature an Egyptian setting according to a reported Target card. By Jonathon Dornbush A supposed preorder card from Target that has surfaced online lends more evidence to previous reports that the next Assassin’s Creed will take place in Egypt, as well as other details, including the game’s possible name. An image spotted by Reddit of a reported reservation card for the next Assassin’s Creed bills the game’s full title as Assassin’s Creed Origins, with art featuring a sphinx, a pyramid, and more to suggest the previously reported Egyptian setting. Reported Assassin’s Creed via Reddit The card, which is to reserve a Gold Edition of the game, also lists a season pass, steelbook, and a “deluxe package,” promising that those who reserve the game will also receive a bonus mission called “Secret of the First Pyramids. IGN has not yet been able to confirm the card’s existence, but has checked both with local Target stores and Target’s online store for availability. IGN has reached out to Ubisoft and Target about the validity of the card and its information and will update this story should they respond. Previous reported leaks regarding the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game READ FULL…

Telltale Games' Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 Revealed

The episodic Telltale series will continue next month. By Jonathon Dornbush Telltale Games has announced Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2, a continuation of the episodic series based on Mojang’s Minecraft. Hero in Residence, the first episode of the five-part second season, will be available for download on July 11 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. The voice cast for season 2 includes Patton Oswalt, Catherine Taber, Ashley Johnson, and Scott Potter. Members of the Minecraft YouTube community will also cameo, including Stampy Cat and stacyplays. Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 The second season will continue the story of Jesse and the series’ ensemble, who have conquered the Wither Storm and saved the world. Their lives of adventure have settled down until Jesse”s hand becomes stuck in a gauntlet from an underwater temple. Jesse, as well as old and new friends, venture off on a new journey that will both carry over choices from the first season and allow new players to dive into the second season. Season 2 will also feature Telltale’s Crowd Play mode, allowing people watching someone play the episode to influence the choices made. Word of a possible season 2…

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Stranger Things Star in Talks to Star in The New Mutants

Heaton is in negotiations to play Sam Guthrie, aka Cannonball. By Jonathon Dornbush Charlie Heaton, who played Jonathan Bryers on Netflix’s Stranger Things, is in talks to star in the upcoming X-Men spinoff film The New Mutants. IGN can confirm that the Stranger Things star is in negotiations to portray Sam Guthrie, aka the mutant Cannonball, in Fox’s upcoming 2018 X-Men film directed by Josh Boone. Cannonball is a mutant with the ability to essentially propel himself through the air like a rocket, creating an impenetrable field around himself in the process. Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton Should Bryers officially sign on, he would join a cast that includes Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy as Wolfsbane and Magik, respectively. Daredevil’s Rosario Dawson and 13 Reasons Why’s Henry Zaga are also both in talks to appear in the film as Dr. Cecilia Reyes and Sunspot, respectively. Boone recently discussed the upcoming film — one of three X-Men universe movies planned for 2018 — calling it “a full-fledged horror movie set in the X-Men universe.”  Boone has also teased that the lineup could include Warlock, while Death Note star Nat Wolff has previously been rumored for READ FULL STORY AT…

The Walking Dead – A New Frontier Episode 5 Review

Share. A not-so-bitter end for The Walking Dead’s third season. By Jonathon Dornbush A good season finale needs to satisfy everything the season preceding it has set up while laying groundwork of its own for the road ahead. “From the Gallows,” the fifth episode in The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series — A New Frontier, succeeds in doing both, keeping the spotlight on Javi, Clementine, and the characters around them that matter for the vast majority of an emotionally resonant, stirring ending. A New Frontier’s strengths lie in how it approaches the idea of family through the dual lenses of Javi and Clem. Ultimately, the choices I make as Javi, and to a lesser extent as Clem, have defined not just the family I’ve assembled by episode 5, but ultimately how much I have grown to care about them. A New Frontier impressed me in the premiere episode by introducing Javi and making him empathetic to the point that I deeply cared about the choices I made as him to protect Kate, Gabe, and the others I met along the way. Sure, I’m coloring within the lines of Telltale’s story, but “From the Gallows” does an excellent job of capitalizing…

Rosario Dawson in Talks to Star in New Mutants

The X-Men spinoff has found its Dr. Cecilia Reys and Sunspot. By Jonathon Dornbush The New Mutants cast continues to expand, with two new roles being filled in the upcoming X-Men spinoff film. IGN can confirm Rosario Dawson, who stars as Claire Temple in Marvel’s Netflix series, including Daredevil, Luke Cage, and The Defenders, is in talks to star as Dr. Cecilia Reyes in the Fox X-Men film. IGN can also confirm that Henry Zaga, who starred as Brad in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, will star as the mutant Sunspot in the film. Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple in Daredevil Dawson’s Reyes, a doctor who has the ability to produce a protective bio-field around herself, will act in a mentor capacity to the titular New Mutants team, which director Josh Boone recently described as “a full-fledged horror film set within the X-Men universe.” Sunspot, meanwhile, a mutant Boone has previously teased as a member of the team, has the ability to harness and then use solar energy via his super strength. 13 Reasons Why’s Henry Zaga Dawson and Zaga would join Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy, who recently boarded the film as Wolfsbane and Magik, respectively. Boone…

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Rick and Morty Art Book Cover Revealed

Rick, Morty, Mr. Meeseeks, and more make an appearance. By Jonathon Dornbush Dark Horse Comics’ upcoming The Art of Rick and Morty will have a special glow-in-the dark cover, and IGN has your exclusive first look. Coming September 12 for $39.99 the 224-page art book includes never-before-seen concept art, process pieces, illustration, and commentary from the creators. Check out the new, glow-in-the-dark cover below: The Art of Rick and Morty James Siciliano has written the book, with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, as well as James McDermott, Jason Boesch, Carlos Ortega, and Andrew DeLange credited as pencillers on the hardcover art book. IGN can also exclusively reveal new pages from the book, which offers a look at art and commentary of Rick, Morty, Mr. Meeseeks, and more. McFarlane Toys recently revealed new Rick and Morty constructor sets, while the Adult Swim series returned this year with a surprise airing of the Rick and Morty season 3 premiere. For more on that episode,  check out IGN’s review of “The Rickshank Redemption.” And for the latest from Rick and Morty, watch an Alien: Covenant ad featuring the duo and stay tuned to IGN for more on Rick and Morty as the READ FULL…

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Tom Hardy to Star in Venom Movie

Sony’s Venom releases October 5, 2018. By Jonathon Dornbush Tom Hardy will star as Eddie Brock in Venom, with Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer set to direct. IGN can confirm Hardy’s involvement as Brock in the film from Sony’s Marvel Universe, which will be released on October 5, 2018. Production will start this fall. Tom Hardy, who will star as Eddie Brock/Venom Venom will be the first film debuting Sony’s bid to build out its own Marvel Universe, despite Sony’s unique deal with Marvel Studios to include Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is not a spinoff from the existing MCU films. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts discussed how the films won’t be connected earlier this year. And Sony’s Marvel Universe will reportedly include a Black Cat/Silver Sable film. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal are producing the film, with Palak Patel and Eric Fineman overseeing for Columbia Pictures. IGN’s own Up at Noon theorized about a Hardy/Venom casting weeks ago: Sony set a release date for Venom earlier this year, revealing the long in-development project was back on track. Reports have suggested that the film will be of the action, horror, and sci-fi genres Hardy has of course READ FULL STORY AT…

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Splatoon 2 Single Player Mode Revealed

Check out the first footage and screenshots of Splatoon 2’s campaign. By Jonathon Dornbush At the end of its Arms-focused Direct, Nintendo revealed a brand new look at Splatoon 2, highlighting the single player campaign with a new trailer. Check out the first Splatoon 2 single player mode footage below: For a closer look at what to expect in the campaign, Nintendo also released a host of high-res screenshots from the solo mode, in addition to some new concept art for the campaign. Check out the gallery below for a better look at the weapons, characters, levels, and more from the mode: The official description of the story mode from Nintendo explains that “Callie—of Squid Sisters fame—has gone missing and it’s up to you, with the help of Marie, to search for Callie and the Great Zapfish while battling against the Octarian army.” Additionally, a teaser poster tied directly to the campaign also debuted alongside the trailer and screenshots: Splatoon 2 Campaign Poster Last month, Nintendo announced Splatoon 2’s release date and a new set of amiibo for the sequel, while the company also previously held a global testfire beta for the game. A Splatoon 2 READ FULL STORY AT…

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First Hellboy Reboot Promo Poster Revealed

Rise of the Blood Queen is aiming for a 2018 release. By Jonathon Dornbush The first promotional art for the upcoming Hellboy reboot film has been revealed. IGN can reveal the promo art, drawn by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola, which is current on display at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France. The art includes the film’s current working title, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen Promo Art Word of the Hellboy reboot first broke last week, when Mignola revealed that The Descent director Neil Marshall was on board to helm the film with Stranger Things star David Harbour taking on the title role. The reboot is reportedly aiming for an R-rating and a horror movie style, and has the working title Rise of the Blood Queen. In the Hellboy comics, the “Queen of Blood” is a powerful British witch, also known as The Lady of the Lake. As the art and previous reports indicates, the film is aiming for a 2018 release. In addition to Marshall directing and Harbour starring, the Hellboy reboot will be produced by  Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson, and Phil Westgren. Marshall and Harbour take READ FULL STORY AT…

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New Assassin's Creed, Far Cry Coming Within the Next Year

The Crew 2, South Park: The Fractured But Whole are also on the way. By Jonathon Dornbush Ubisoft has revealed that it plans to release four major titles in the next fiscal year, which will include the return of Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. As part of its 2017 fiscal year earnings report, Ubisoft confirmed that both Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry will return in the 2017-2018 fiscal year release window, which runs from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. South Park: The Fractured But Whole and The Crew are also set to return in that timeframe, with a sequel for the latter confirmed. “In 2017-18 we will see the exciting returns of Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Crew and South Park,” CEO Yves Guillemot said in a statement. No details about what those returns will be were revealed as part of the earnings report. A recent leak, however, appeared to offer players a first glimpse at the next major Assassin’s Creed game, which reports suggest will take place in Egypt. The Assassin’s Creed Twitter account debuted a new piece of art featuring the franchise’s logo and indicated that information on the next chapter in the franchise will come READ…