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In spite of all the controversy surrounding its progression system, Star Wars Battlefront II has sold well, appearing in the top charts for the past couple of months. EA continues to support the game, as well, and its latest update is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Battlefront II's 1.1 update is headlined by a couple of pieces of new content. Specifically, the patch adds a version of the planet Crait built for Blast mode. In addition, Iden Versio's TIE Fighter has been added as a playable Hero ship in multiplayer. Its special abilities include Afterburner, which gives it a burst of speed; Laser Barrage, a rapid-fire and high-damage barrage; and dual Proton Torpedoes.

There's also a suite of Star Cards added alongside the new ship that provide perks and bonuses. For example, one decreases Afterburner cooldown time, and another increases Proton Torpedo damage. You can see the full list of abilities and Star Cards below.

Additionally, the patch rebalances some Hero and class-specific stats; a few weapons have been tweaked, too. Alongside general bug fixing and performance improvements, the update specifically fixes problems with the Officer's Recharge Command and Finn's Big Deal abilities. Check out the full patch notes below.

In other Battlefront II news, the game was recently nominated for two DICE awards. It's up for Outstanding Achievement in Character and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design.

Patch NotesNew Content
  • Blast on Crait Map
  • Iden Versio's TIE/In fighter
    • Afterburner--Gives the starfighter a temporary...

Warner Bros. has revealed a brand new entry in the Scribblenauts series, and it's coming to PlayStation and Xbox for the first time. Titled Scribblenauts Showdown, the word-based party game is coming to PS4 and Xbox One--in addition to Nintendo Switch--on March 6.

The new title is designed primarily to be played with friends: up to four players can partake in "more than" 25 mini-games, which are served up in different forms depending on which mode you select. Showdown is a competitive mode in which finding the best word the quickest is the key, while Versus supplies various mini-games for you and one other friend to battle in, one-vs-one.

Sandbox is a more traditional Scribblenauts mode that will be familiar to fans of the series. Here you can summon a variety of objects--publisher Warner Bros. says over 35,000 items are available in-game--to solve objectives either by yourself or with a friend. Eight new levels are included, as are hidden collectibles and achievements.

The Scribblenauts series made its debut in 2009 on the DS, becoming popular for its creativity in letting you conjure a number of items by simply writing down your desired object. It has since spawned four sequels on various platforms, though none of those successors ever came to PlayStation or Xbox. The most recent in the series was Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, which came to 3DS, Wii U, and PC in 2013. A sixth game in...

Final Fantasy XV launched for PS4 and Xbox One in 2016, but PC owners are still waiting to play the open-world RPG. Now, publisher Square Enix has announced the game's PC port will arrive on March 6.

The PC version will support "native 4K (maximum 8K)" resolution and HDR, as well as mods. Other features, revealed with a trailer last year, include high-quality ambient occlusion and "advanced hair simulation." The port--which costs $50 / £40--also includes all the season pass content (Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto, Episode Ignis, and the Comrades multiplayer expansion), a new dungeon, extra boss fights, an added in-game vehicle, and new features such as a first-person mode. Take a look at the port's system requiremtents at the bottom of this article.

Additionally, Square Enix has revealed a new version of Final Fantasy XV for PS4 and Xbox One titled the Royal Edition. This bundle--which costs $50 in the US with international pricing yet to be revealed--includes all of the added content coming to the Windows Edition; alternatively, those who already own Final Fantasy XV on console can buy a $20 add-on called the Royal Pack, which includes all of that added content. Finally, the Royal Edition comes with new box art from long-time Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano--take a look at the new artwork below. The Royal Edition and Royal Pack both launch on the same day as...

The Nintendo Switch launched in March with no video streaming services whatsoever. Nintendo said this was because it wanted to focus on games and games alone for launch, and that strategy seems to have worked, as the console has sold incredibly well thus far. The video streaming service Hulu was added in November 2017 but Netflix is still nowhere to be seen. All hope is not lost however, as Netflix has now confirmed that it remains in discussions with Nintendo about bringing a Netflix app to the Switch...someday.

"We are still exploring the opportunity with Nintendo, but don't have definitive plans to share at this time," a Netflix spokesperson told Polygon.

The Netflix support Twitter account recently alarmed some Switch owners when it tweeted about there being "no plans" to launch a Netflix app on the hybrid console. That tweet has since been removed. The statement from Netflix is more open-ended and positive-sounding.

It seems like it is only a matter of time before Netflix comes to the Switch. Before the Switch was released, Nintendo executive Reggie Fils-Aime said the company was in discussions with Netflix and others to bring their services to the console.

The Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling console ever in the US for its first 10 months. Worldwide, the system has now sold 7.63 million units, though this figure is only accurate as of September 30 so it does not include any holiday sales. Nintendo will update the sales figure when it...

Saudi Arabia banned movie theatres back in the early '80s, but this ban was lifted back in December. One of the first screenings took place this past weekend, and it was a double feature of The Emoji Movie and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. The movies were shown at a makeshift theatre in the city of Jeddah, according to a report from Reuters.

Movie theatres had been banned in Saudi Arabia for 35 years. The ban in the 80s came as a result of "pressure from Islamists as Saudi society turned towards a particularly conservative form of religion that discouraged public entertainment and public mixing between men and women," Reuters reported.

Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, pushed a number of reforms to help bring movie theatres to the country. The first permanent movie theatres in Saudi Arabia could open in March, and the aim is for 300 cinemas and 2,000 screens to be available by 2030. The Saudi Arabian film industry is expected to add $24 billion to the country's economy and create 30,000 jobs.

Films shown in Saudi Arabia will be censored to keep with the nation's "moral values," though it is unclear what specific changes will be made to films to comply.

This is a big move for the historically ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, which previously banned concerts. Additionally, Saudi Arabia only recently gave women the right to drive and attend public soccer matches, according to The New York Times.

A new patch is coming on Tuesday, January 16 for Assassin's Creed: Origins, and it's something of a big one. One of the topline additions is support for The Hidden Ones expansion, which comes out soon. The game's first expansion, The Hidden Ones sees Bayek fighting with the Romans in a new region. The expansion includes a new story and raises the level cap to 45. It is included with Origins' Season Pass and can also presumably be purchased separately.

The new Origins patch also adds a new quest called "Incoming Threat." Other new additions include a feature that lets you sell back outfits at Weaver shops. Additionally, new items are now available in the Heka Chest, including items from the Nightmare, First Civilization, Gladiator, Wacky, and Almighty packs. What's more, with the new patch applied you can toggle the visibility of some inventory items from the Gear menu.

In terms of gameplay changes, the new Origins update "improves the behavior of tamed animals. A number of bugs are also fixed in this update, including a problem where the Chain Attack ability would not work in some circumstances. This patch also fixes an issue where a weapon could still cause damage even if it was inactive.

The new patch is 3 GB on PS4 and Xbox One, 2.6 GB on Uplay, and 1.2 GB...

Gears of War creator Epic Games' popular, stylized shooter/building game Fortnite has passed a new player milestone. More than 40 million people have downloaded the game as of January, the studio told Rolling Stone. This is up 10 million from 30 million in December.

Epic wouldn't provide any details on how the 40 million downloads are spread between the paid Save the World version and the free PUBG-like Battle Royale mode. Whatever the case, 40 million is a massive figure, the likes of which many games never come close to reaching.

Also in the interview, Epic says it has no current plans to add a new map (Battle Royale currently only has one) or introduce vehicles. Regarding the lack of vehicles, Battle Royale lead designer Eric Williamson said, "We don't have a need to add vehicles to get around the map because our travel times allow you to get mostly wherever you want to go."

The interview covers other subjects as well such as under-the-hood improvements to make the game look and run better and more. You can read the full interview here at Rolling Stone.

Battle Royale's map is getting big new update this week on PS4, Xbox One, and PC that introduces new points of interests such as new named areas. Additionally, the map's biomes will be divided up more clearly with the aim of helping players distinguish them. "The swamp feels swampier, the mountains feel more mountain-y. Really, the different areas of...

According to multiple sources, WWE superstar Paige is being forced to retire from in-ring competition due to a serious neck injury. She's 25 years old, and although she's only been on WWE's main roster since 2014, she's actually been performing since she was 13. Her entire family is involved in the business, and she tag teamed with her mother in her family's Norwich promotion. That's 12 years of wear and tear.

This is not Paige's first bout with neck problems either. She suffered chronic pain from a herniated disc, and she underwent surgery in late 2016, during which she got three screws in her neck. One of her doctors even cautioned her against wrestling again. So to put this retirement into perspective, it is not completely unexpected.

Still, a number of WWE fans are blaming Sasha Banks for ending Paige's career. The alleged fateful moment was captured on video at a Long Island house show on December 27. In the clip filmed by YouTube user SVRdude, you can see Banks kick Paige in the back. Paige hits the ground hard and struggles to rise before falling down again. The referee throws up the 'X' sign with his arms--a signal to the medical team that this is a legitimate injury.

The kick was a bit stiff, and the communication was off; it didn't seem that Paige properly braced for the impact. But regardless of what Banks...

Developer DICE has announced that Prise de Tahure--a Battlefield 1 map previously exclusive to owners of the Premium Pass or the They Shall Not Pass expansion--is going free for everyone. The map brings a tense, night-time urban setting and will be going free on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 16.

Starting the same day and ending January 22, base game owners will be able to sample some of the content from the They Shall Not Pass and In the Name of the Tsar expansions as part of the Turning Tides DLC's Gallipoli Trial. The event also grants access to some of the new content coming in Turning Tides, the second half of which launches this month.

Some of Turning Tides launched towards the end of last year, but the rest--including the Zeebrugge and Heligoland Bight maps, British Empire Royal Marines faction, and C-Class Airship vehicle--is still to come in January. Looking further ahead, publisher EA and developer DICE say details on Apocalypse, the fourth Battlefield 1 expansion, are "imminent."

Turning Tides is the third major DLC pack for Battlefield 1 to date, with the Apocalypse expansion coming "early" this year. EA and DICE say Apocalypse will include "the most infamous battles of WWI" and introduce the "brutal tools and unique weapons born out of desperation and deadlock."

AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead is changing showrunners. It has been reported that Scott Gimple will leave the role he has occupied since 2013, and will be replaced by Angela Kang, who has previously worked on the show as a writer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gimple will now serve as chief content officer for the Walking Dead media franchise, which also includes the spin-off show Fear the Walking Dead, as well as "gaming and future brand extensions on a variety of platforms." Kang has worked on the show since 2011, and has written over 20 episodes. She will take over at the start of Season 9, which is expected to premiere in the fall.

This change of personnel comes at a time of falling ratings for The Walking Dead. The 7.9 million broadcast viewers of the mid-season finale last month was the lowest number since Season 2's in 2011. This is in comparison to the 10.58 million viewers that watched the mid-season of Season 7 in 2016, and nearly half of what the equivalent episode achieved for Season 5 in 2014.

Last month, producer David Alpert defended the show in light of its decline in viewers. He explained that looking at the figures for the show's live broadcast was misleading as to how popular it really is. "I don't think in any way...

A number of former Motorstorm and Driveclub developers have established a studio in Liverpool, England to work on a new science fiction-themed game. Called Wushu Studios, the team is headed up by Alan McDermott, with Nigel Kershaw serving as design director, and Stuart Trevor taking up the position of art director. The three have each worked on Motorstorm and Driveclub titles for Sony, as well as other projects for Deep Silver and Revolution Software.

Wushu has also been working with former BioWare concept artist Alex Figini, who contributed to Mass Effect 3. The studio is currently made up of 11 people and is "expanding ... with a goal of moving away from the AAA grind to create games with interesting mechanics, unique concepts, and to deliver fun, refreshing gameplay experiences."

As of yet, Wushu hasn't revealed its first game, but it has said it began prototyping the project in September 2017 using Unreal Engine 4. It said the game will provide a "tantalizing and unexpected take" on the sci-fi genre.

"Our core team at Wushu have worked together closely on numerous projects over the years so there was no downtime in figuring out how to work together, we just fell straight into a groove kicking around game ideas that appealed to us as players and developers," explained McDermott.

"We firmly believed in the idea that our initial concepts needed to be gamepad experiences as quickly as possible, so we turned to Unreal Engine for its amazing, rapid prototyping capabilities. This...

It's just past the middle of the month, meaning two more free Xbox games for January 2018 have gone live on the Microsoft Store. Xbox Live Gold subscribers can now grab Zombi on Xbox One and Army of Two on Xbox 360 for free.

This also means there's very little time left to grab the free games for the first half of January. Back to the Future: The Game and Tomb Raider: Underworld will cease to be free within the next few hours. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III will be free all month long, however.

You can see the full January 2018 Games With Gold lineup below. February's games have not been announced as of yet, but we'll report back as soon as they are.

January 2018 Games With GoldXbox One
  • Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition (December 16 - January 15)
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III (January 1-31)
  • Zombi (January 16 - February 15)
Xbox 360
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld (January 1-15)
  • Army of Two (January 16-31)

Xbox One X promised to bring even more beautiful graphics to your favorite games, and it's been delivering. With over 100 titles and counting, Forza Horizon 3's update has joined the ranks, and is available now.

Microsoft says the update allows you to play Horizon 3 in "native 4K," including the Hot Wheels and Blizzard Mountain expansions. The patch contains a bunch of visual enhancements for Xbox One X, from "improved car reflections and shadow resolutions" to "improved texture detail for road and terrain surfaces" and more.

"These enhancements are all about the visuals," said developer Playground's creative director, Ralph Fulton. "We know that our fans really value great image quality, so we've taken this opportunity to deliver that to them with this update on Xbox One X. On top of the obvious enhancement to native 4K, there are a number of other improvements we've made which really take advantage of the added definition 4K brings. Reflections are sharper and clearer, environment shadows are crisper and better defined, the quality of motion blur has been increased to make the driving experience significantly smoother, and better anisotropic filtering improves the detail visible in environment textures, particularly on the roads themselves.

"For me, the biggest improvement is in the combination of 4K and HDR though, especially in Forza Horizon 3's dynamic time-lapse skies. The sky is such a huge part of nearly every scene in the game that it affects the feel of the game a great deal, and the improvements...

Although Marvel has traditionally announced release dates for its movies several years in advance, it has been more secretive about its plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the current Phase 3 ends. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is the only movie with an official release date after Phase 3 closes with 2019's Avengers 4, but we now know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 will be released in 2020.

The news comes via director James Gunn, who helmed the first two Guardians movies and will direct Vol. 3. Gunn was asked by a fan on Twitter about a third film in the space fantasy series, to which he replied "coming in 2020."

Gunn first confirmed that he would return for another Guardians movie in April last year. "There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies, and I didn't want to become a part of that dishonorable tradition of pretending the third one doesn't exist," he explained. "I couldn't do it for the money, and I couldn't do it because it was what other people wanted me to do. I needed to do it because it was what I needed to do. So, yes, I'm returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3."

In a subsequent Facebook Q&A Gunn hinted at what fans might see in Vol. 3, including the intergalactic...

Rockstar Games' perennially popular Grand Theft Auto V takes the top spot on the UK sales chart for the week ending January 13. According to sales monitor Chart-Track, this is the first time GTA V has reached No.1 since June 2017.

In total, GTA V has spent 14 weeks at No.1 since its launch, bringing it a little closer to the 18 week all-time all formats No.1 record currently held by Square Enix's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Chart-Track also states that GTA V has never been out of the top 40 in the UK sales chart.

At No.2 is Call of Duty: WWII, which holds on to the runner-up spot from last week while FIFA 18 drops to No.3. Following it is Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Origins at No.4 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch at No.5.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, currently exclusive to Xbox One on consoles, spends its fifth week at No.6, ahead of EA's Star Wars Battlefront II at No.7. Rounding off the top 10 are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Forza Motorsport 7, and Super Mario Odyssey at No.8, No.9, and No.10 respectively.

You can read the full top 10 sales chart below, courtesy of UKIE and Chart-Track. Note this table does not include digital sales data, and so should not be considered representative of all UK game sales.

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Call of Duty: WWII
  3. FIFA 18
  4. Assassin's Creed Origins
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  7. Star Wars Battlefront...

Just a few months after the big 5.0 PlayStation 4 system update, Sony is preparing to release its next major firmware patch. Furthermore, you could get the included improvements early, as Sony has announced it is holding a beta for the update.

"You can register to be a beta tester anytime between today and the start of the beta expected in February," Sony stated. There's no word yet on what's included in the update, but the company did call it a "major" one. North American players can sign up here, while Europeans can click here to register. You can also opt in to automatically take part in future update betas, and those in North America will receive an exclusive avatar for doing so.

To be eligible you'll need to own a PS4, be connected to the internet, and hold a PSN master account, and those in North America must be at least 18 years old. Bear in mind registering doesn't guarantee you access, and if selected you can always roll back to the previous live system version at any point. Finally, this is the first time players from Canada are eligible to take part in a PS4 update beta.

The most recent PS4 update brought the console to version 5.03, while the most recent major update, 5.0, included new features based around the console's in-built streaming capabilities, as well as an enhanced Friends List, more versatile Quick Menu, and overhauled parental...

Although DC's live-action superhero universe has had some ups-and-downs over the past few years, the studio's stable of animated features is going strong. The latest title to be released will be Batman: Gotham By Gaslight. It arrives on home entertainment formats later this month, and a new clip has been released.

The feature is based on Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola's classic 1989 graphic novel, and is set in an alternative DC universe. In a Victorian-era Gotham City, Bruce Wayne has been falsely blamed for the crimes of Jack the Ripper, and, as Batman, hunts the real Ripper. In this clip, three young street thieves come to face-to-face with the Dark Knight. Check it out below:

This clip follows the first Gotham By Gaslight trailer, which was released in November. Like 2016's animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, it carries an R-rating. And as with The Killing Joke, this latest release takes some liberties with the source material. While the graphic novel only featured a few other characters from the Batman universe, the movie introduces a host of classic villains, including Selina Kyle, Poison Ivy, Harvey Dent, Harvey Bullock, Leslie Tompkins, Hugo Strange, and Solomon Grundy.

Bruce Greenwood (Gerald's Game) reprises his Young Justice role as Bruce Wayne. He's joined by Dexter alum Jennifer Carpenter, who voices Selina Kyle, Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls) as James Gordon, and Anthony Head (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) as...

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is now confirmed for 2019, but HBO has no intention of saying goodbye to its hugely popular fantasy show. Last year it was reported that the channel was developing five spin-off shows simultaneously. Now programming president Casey Bloys has confirmed that they are all still in the works, but that fans shouldn't necessarily expect to see all of them reach the screen.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Bloys revealed that it would be 2020 at the earliest before we saw anything more from the Game of Thrones universe. "If we do a pilot and series, nothing is going to air on HBO until at least a year after the final season," he said. "We're not doing a final season and then, 'Following it at 11 pm...'"

"I've seen some exciting material," he continued. "We have really great writers working on these. But there's no timetable. Not everybody is on the same schedule, so I've seen different versions of different things. But there's no timetable about when a decision would be made about any of them. I'll do anywhere from zero to five, though probably more likely one. We'll see."

In November, it was reported that all five potential series would be prequels. Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin is writing one with the...

Sony's new Jumanji movie, Welcome to the Jungle, is still doing really well at the box office. Entertainment Weekly reports that the movie is expected to bring in $27 million this weekend at US and Canadia theatres, making it No. 1 for two weeks in a row.

Welcome to the Jungle has now made $283.2 million domestically after just four weeks. It has made around $383 million from international markets, pushing its total haul to about $666.2 million. That's quite impressive, given the movie had a reported budget of $90 million.

Welcome to the Jungle was directed by Jake Kasdan, the son of Star Wars writer/director Lawrence Kasdan. It was released some 22 years after the original Jumanji, which starred Robin Williams and Kirstin Dunst. For the new movie, Jumanji is a video game that teenagers get sucked into, becoming avatars in the game world. The film stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas.

Rounding out the top five movies at the US box office this week were Steven Spielberg's newest movie The Post ($18.6 million), Liam Neeson's next thriller The Commuter, the horror flick Insidious: The Last Key, and the Hugh Jackman musical The Greatest Showman.

You can see the full Top 10 report for the January 12-14 weekend below, while a full breakdown of the weekend's box office performance can be seen here at EW.

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle -- $27 million
  2. The Post -- $18.6 million
  3. The Commuter -- $13.5 million
  4. Insidious:...

Somehow, it is already the middle of January, so that means now is your last chance to grab the first of January 2018's free Games With Gold titles.

On Xbox One, you have until the end of the day to pick up Telltale's Back to the Future: The Game, while time is running out to grab Tomb Raider: Underworld. Both games will be free for the rest of the day before they are replaced by others on January 16.

Also of note is that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is free on Xbox One all month long. Starting on January 16, Ubisoft's zombie game Zombi will go free, while Army of Two will drop to the low, low price of $0.00 on Xbox 360. Bear in mind that the Xbox 360 Games With Gold titles also play on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

You can see the full January 2018 Games With Gold lineup below. February's games have not been announced as of yet, but we'll report back as soon as they are.

January 2018 Games With GoldXbox One
  • Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition (December 16 - January 15)
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III (January 1-31)
  • Zombi (January 16 - February 15)
Xbox 360
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld (January 1-15)
  • Army of Two (January 16-31)