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'Halo Wars 2' surprise announcement brings strategy back to shooters

Microsoft used its Gamescom 2015 press conference to make at least one surprise announcement: <i>Halo Wars 2</i> is coming in 2016<i>.</i><p>After an arguably humdrum …

J.J. Abrams promises no midi-chlorians in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

It seems like<p>J.J. Abramsis further distancing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" from the prequel trilogy. And this is a good thing.<p>In an interview with MTV news at the "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" premiere, the "Episode 7" director revealed that midi-chlorians would not referenced by anybody …

Star Wars

Disney's careful plan to get you interested — but not too interested — in Star Wars

Disney has a "very carefully designed marketing plan" to get consumers excited about the Star Wars franchise this year, CEO Bob Iger said today during an earnings call. And it includes a tantalizing video game tease.<p>"We have already talked about some games that will come out into the marketplace," …

Star Wars

Galaxy Note 5 Expected at Aug. 13 Samsung Unpacked

Rumors point to the next-gen Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus being unwrapped during the Aug. 13 event.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may …

Phones

Here's why Amazon didn't save NBC's 'Hannibal'

Amazon Studios' executives explained why they decided not to take on the cancelled series during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California.<p>Amazon decided not to pick up the drama despite a large fan campaign to save the show. It was also considered the front runner …

TV

How the TV show in Xbox One exclusive 'Quantum Break' works

When Remedy released <i>Alan Wake's American Nightmare</i>, few people questioned the live-action cut scenes sprinkled throughout the campaign. It turns out those moments were the seedlings for a grander vision: to develop a game interwoven with a full TV show.<p><i>Quantum Break</i>, the realization of this idea, …

Jon Stewart leaving the “The Daily Show” is the perfect excuse to cut the cord

It seemed like a fitting time to make a change: If Jon Stewart was going to retire from <i>The Daily Show</i> after more than 16 years, we were going to cancel our cable television subscription.<p>And so we did. Last month, I walked our comically bulky cable box into the Time Warner Cable store on West 23rd …

Televisions

George Lucas' new Star Wars trilogy was about teens, but Lucasfilm said nope

George Lucas wanted the third Star Wars trilogy to star teenagers, but those in charge after he sold his empire to Disney and relinquished creative control — including his hand-picked successor — rejected Lucas' plans.<p>According to the cover story in this month's issue of Vanity Fair (which is not …

Five Nights at Freddy's creator gets a subpoena to find out who ripped off his game

A mysterious entity called Lazada Polodi sold an unofficial Five Nights at Freddy's sequel in the iOS app store, and the game's real developer hired a legal team to find out who that is.<p>Attorneys for Scott Cawthon filed documents at the United States District Court for the Northern District of …

This Great Ace Attorney trailer gives us a glimpse of Phoenix's ancestor

A new trailer for <i>The</i> <i>Great Turnabout Trial: The Adventure of Ryūnosuke Naruhodō, the latest</i> <i>Ace Attorney</i> game, hit this morning giving us a chance to check out how the game will look and play.<p>Due out in Japan in July, the upcoming 3DS game takes place in the Meiji period (late 1800s to early 1900s) …

Iwata: No news on Nintendo's next console until 2016

Nintendo won't be talking about its new console, the NX, nor its quality of life initiative or push into smartphone games during E3 this year, said company president Satoru Iwata.<p>"We do not plan on talking specifics about the the NX until 2016," Iwata said during an investors meeting last week (as …

Where is Star Marine, Star Citizen’s FPS? And how do you fight without gravity?

<i>Star Citizen</i>'s next big release will be its first-person shooter component, Star Marine, and its creators detailed the module's progress in a recent post on the Roberts Space Industries site.<p>The lengthy post includes status updates from several developers, whose sections provide the process they've …

Home-Cooked Meals, Comfy Chairs and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.<p>Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

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Nokia's next act: A return to smartphones, report says

With the Lumia line now in Microsoft's hands, what's left of Nokia is reportedly planning to get back into the smartphone business as early as 2016.<p>A remnant of onetime phone giant Nokia could be planning to come back to a business the Finland-based company famously abandoned not so long ago: …

Mobile

OnePlus One says farewell to invites, but they will return for the OnePlus 2

The OnePlus One took the mobile world by storm one year ago, and now the world can finally buy it without restrictions.<p>To celebrate the anniversary of the One’s debut, OnePlus announced today that it’s finally retiring its notorious invite system. The OnePlus One is now freely available for sale in …

Mobile

Windows 10 to debut in late July, says AMD chief

An apparent slip during an Advanced Micro Devices conference call on Friday may have spilled the beans on the launch date for the next generation of Windows.<p>Windows 10 will hit the market in late July, according to a comment from the CEO of Advanced Micro Devices.<p>During a conference call on Friday …

Windows Phone

Borderlands Franchise Director and Creator Quits Gearbox Software

"It's adventure time."<p>Matthew Armstrong has left Gearbox Software.<p>Armstrong, who was credited as a writer and game design director for the original …

Borderlands

Valve Announces Measures to Combat Steam Spam and Phishing

Open up your Steam wallets.<p>You now have to spend at least $5 in the Steam store in order to unlock all of the available features.<p>Valve announced …

Gaming

Star Wars Battlefront will have offline singleplayer, won't use Battlelog

Details continue to filter in following yesterday's reveal of <i>Star Wars Battlefront</i>at the Star Wars Celebration on Friday. For those wondering, yes, you may play the game solo, no online co-conspirators necessary, through a bot mode called "Missions."<p>Bot play was a staple of the original <i>Battlefront</i> …

Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's MOBA, launches June 2

<i>Heroes of the Storm</i>, Blizzard's long-in-development MOBA, launches on Windows PC and Mac on June 2, following an open beta that kicks off on May 19, the developer announced this morning.<p>The game drops well known characters from Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo into the popular multiplayer battle …

Blizzard

Halo 5 trailer highlights Spartan Locke gear exclusive to GameStop pre-orders

<i>Halo 5: Guardians</i> sends <i>Halo: Nightfall</i>'s Agent Jameson Locke on the trail of the Master Chief, and in a new trailer, Locke doesn't let the Covenant get in the way of his manhunt.<p>Locke uses special abilities like a jetpack and ground pound in the 30-second clip, released exclusively by GameStop. …

Hands-on with Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition's many playable characters

When most people think of Devil May Cry, they probably think of the series' cocky protagonist, Dante. If you're a hardcore fan, you may also consider his brother Vergil — first made playable in 2006's <i>Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition</i> — or Nero, the Dante look-alike from 2008's <i>Devil May Cry 4</i>. A …

Carmageddon: Reincarnation Release Date Pushed Back With a Week to Go

With only a week to go, Carmageddon: Reincarnation's release has been pushed back until May 21, developer Stainless Games has announced.<p>"[D]espite all our best efforts (and believe me, the dev team have been working around the clock 24/7 to achieve this goal) I'm announcing today that we're pushing …

PlayStation 4

Star Wars: Battlefront Won't Use Battlefield's Battlelog System

Star Wars: Battlefront won't use Battlefield's server browser and social network Battlelog to connect players to online matches, one of the game's developers has confirmed.<p>Writing on NeoGAF, DICE producer Jesper Nielsen said that while Uprise, the Swedish Electronic Arts studio responsible for …

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Microsoft Will Show Off a New Exclusive IP at E3 2015

"This years E3 might feel different from past E3s."<p>Microsoft plans to show off a new exclusive intellectual property during E3 2015, according to …

Intellectual Property