From the very beginning, Rockstar North wanted Grand Theft Auto 5’s multiplayer mode to faithfully replicate the GTA experience online, with the same level of quality as singleplayer. "We used the game’s architecture, geography, and mechanics as a foundation and wanted the same kind of wide array of activities, and the ability to build on them to create new experiences," says Rob Nelson, co-studio head at Rockstar North, reflecting on the GTA Online journey so far. "We’ve always wanted to build these immersive, complex living worlds to hold our stories, regardless of whether it’s for a single player or multiple," he says. "We had created complex systems for weather, traffic, population, and more, to give people as much freedom as we possibly could to create unique experiences. "And creating online versions of these worlds has shown us how to deepen and extend those experiences in new ways. By letting players share the space together, and through … [Read more...] about The past, present, and future of Rockstar’s world-conquering Grand Theft Auto Online
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Kevin Feige has revealed that She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel will be heading to the big screen after their stint on Disney Plus. The new chief creative officer at Marvel confirmed each character will be appearing in as-yet-unconfirmed MCU movies, presumably post-Marvel Phase 4.“Some characters we've announced like She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight you will meet for the first time on a Disney+ show and then they'll go into the movies,” Feige said on THR’s Awards Chatter podcast.The trifecta of Disney Plus superheroes were unveiled as the MCU’s newest members during August’s D23 panel. No casting or release dates have been announced, hinting that these projects are still some way off – though writer Jessica Gao, who wrote one of the best Rick and Morty episodes, “Pickle Rick,” is attached to pen She-Hulk.More MCU crossovers have also been announced by Feige recently, with the Loki series (and WandaVision) both leading directly … [Read more...] about She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel will jump from Disney Plus to future MCU movies
The MCU is getting a whole lot bigger with Marvel Phase 4. Several new Marvel TV shows will be exclusive to Disney Plus, chief among them being the Loki TV series. Kevin Feige has opened up about his next step, revealing that the God of Mischief’s first solo adventure will directly tie in to the Doctor Strange sequel, Multiverse of Madness.Speaking to Bloomberg, Feige doubled down on the idea that you’ll need to follow every Disney Plus MCU show to understand the universe-at-large. An example? The Loki series is going to connect to the 2021 film Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. He admits, “I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before. But it does.”With an alternate version of Loki swiping the Space Stone in 2012 New York during the events of Avengers: Endgame and going MIA, the next logical step – aside from the series – would be for him to show up in Doctor Strange’s mind-bending sequel. Feige hasn’t … [Read more...] about Loki’s future MCU plans have possibly been revealed by Kevin Feige
Bad news if you were a fan of Mass Effect: Andromeda or the new episodic Hitman. The developers behind both games are having a rough time, with lead Andromeda studio BioWare Montreal reportedly being scaled down, the Mass Effect franchise put on hiatus, and Hitman dev IO Interactive being prepared for sale by publisher Square Enix.Anonymous sources who spoke to Kotaku confirmed that the Mass Effect series has been put on ice, and it's hard not to imagine it was a direct response to Andromeda's cool reception. It'll probably return again someday - there's still a lot of love for Mass Effect out there - but not for the immediate future. Some of the staff at BioWare Montreal have been reassigned to Star Wars Battlefront 2 developer Motive Studios (the two studios share office space) while others remain to support Mass Effect: Andromeda through further updates and multiplayer expansions.The future is less certain for Hitman. Square Enix announced in a press release dryly titled "Notice of … [Read more...] about Dammit: Mass Effect may be on hiatus and Square Enix is selling Hitman’s developer
However you felt about Mass Effect: Andromeda when it first came out, plenty of people liked the new story of space colonization and cover-based gunfights well enough to want DLC. BioWare has never officially confirmed whether it has any plans to make paid story expansions for the single-player game (bug fixes and multiplayer updates continue to roll out) but that hasn't stopped news from emerging from various sources - some more trustworthy than others.Here's a quick primer on everything that's going on with Mass Effect: Andromeda DLC, or the lack thereof.A season pass was ruled out earlyBioWare never set much of an expectation for Andromeda DLC in the first place. In fact, it confirmed early on that there would be no season pass - just like the last three main Mass Effect games. I still assumed that there were plans for story DLC whirring away in the background and that we'd hear about them later, but that was just an assumption based on previous experience.Fans who shared that same … [Read more...] about “We have no news at this time” says EA – what’s going on with Mass Effect: Andromeda DLC?