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Aujourd’hui — 19 février 2020IGN

The Batman: Ben Affleck Reveals the Real Reason He Dropped Out

Ben Affleck revealed in a new interview with The New York Times why he decided to depart the Batman movie he had signed on to write and direct: the infamously troubled production of the Justice League movie. “I showed somebody The Batman script. They said, ‘I think the script is good. I also think you’ll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went through again,’” Affleck explained. While that may sound like a flippant remark, Affleck has been open about his history of dealing with alcohol addiction and has checked himself into rehab on multiple occasions, which he also addresses in the interview. While Affleck’s take on the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was generally well-received, Zack Snyder’s movie as a whole received a critical thrashing. While promoting the film, the “Sad Affleck” meme was spawned, showing a dejected Affleck lost in thought after being asked about the negative reaction to the film. Affleck had sworn off superhero roles after the poor reception to 2003’s Daredevil movie. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-dc-cinematic-universe-movie-rotten-tomatoes-score&captions=true"] The story for Affleck’s Batman only got worse when he starred in the poorly-received follow-up Justice League, which was subject to numerous rewrites, reshoots, and, most notably, saw Avengers director Joss Whedon brought on as a replacement after Snyder departed the project. Affleck now admits it was his experience on the DC ensemble flick that ultimately dissuaded him from continuing on as Batman and writing/directing his solo movie. This new quote from Affleck paints a different picture from what he’s said before on the subject. Previously, Affleck told IGN that he decided to depart The Batman because he wasn’t satisfied with the script, saying, “We worked on the script, I was trying to figure out how to crack it, and I was never happy enough with it where I thought it was worth going out and making it because I just didn't want to do a version that I wasn't really excited by, so I still don't know." Perhaps enough time has passed that Affleck now feels comfortable being a bit more candid with why he left. Despite Affleck’s bad experience with Justice League, he seems to still be in Snyder’s corner given how he tweeted in support of the campaign to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut two years after its release. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=dc-extended-universe-every-upcoming-movie&captions=true"] With Affleck out of the picture, Matt Reeves took over The Batman as director and began fresh with a new script. Reeves recently shared the first look at Robert Pattinson as Batman with a screen test showing the actor in the new Batsuit. The story reportedly shows Batman early on in his superhero career and the cast also stars Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, Colin Farrel as Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and John Turturro as Gotham City mobster Carmine Falcone. Check out our breakdown of the new Batsuit below: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/14/the-batman-breaking-down-the-new-batsuit-ign-now"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joshua is Senior Features Editor at IGN. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

Netflix's The Witcher: All the New Characters Appearing in Season 2

Netflix is moving full steam ahead on a second season of its fantasy series The Witcher. And even though Season 2 isn't expected to drop until 2021, we already have an idea of the new actors joining the cast next time. From a fan-favorite Game of Thrones alum to a new character never seen in the books or the games, here are all the new actors and characters debuting in The Witcher: Season 2, along with a recap of all the characters introduced so far. Beware of spoilers for The Witcher: Season 1 ahead! [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-witcher-explaining-all-the-characters-and-who-plays-them&captions=true"]

Nigel (actor: Kristofer Hivju)

Kristofer Hivju as Nigel The Season 2 premiere will introduce a mysterious new character named Nigel, described as "a charismatic, witty and funny man" who comes from "aristocratic family and has been cursed for the crimes he has committed in the past." While there's no character with this background named Nigel in the books or games, the description suggests Nigel may actually be Nivellen, a cursed nobleman whom Geralt encounters in the short story "A Grain of Truth." Kristofer Hivju has reportedly been cast in the role. Hivju is best known for the amiable wildling Tormund Giantsbane in HBO's Game of Thrones. Hivju also recently joined another blockbuster franchise in 2017's Fate of the Furious.

Lambert (actor: Paul Bullion)

Paul Bullion as Lambert Season 2 will introduce Lambert, one of Geralt's fellows Witchers and a longtime rival. Lambert is best known for playing a major role in The Witcher 3, where he's shown to hold a deep resentment of Geralt despite having a similar background and training. Paul Bullion has reportedly been cast in the role. Bullion is best known for TV roles like Peaky Blinders and The Bastard Executioner. He also played Nicolae in 2014's Dracula Untold and will play a Sadaukar soldier in the upcoming Dune reboot.

Coën (actor: Yasen Atour)

Yasen Atour as Coen In addition to Lambert, Season 2 will introduce another Witcher in the form of Coën. Coën plays a significant role in the novel Blood of Elves, where helps Geralt and Lambert train Ciri in the ruins of Kaer Morhen. With Season 1 ending with the first encounter between Geralt and Siri, Season 2 may pick up from that point and focus on the three men training her in the art of swordfighting. Yasen Atour has reportedly been cast in the role. Moviegoers may recognize Atour from recent action movies like 2016's Ben-Hur, 2015's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and 2018's Robin Hood.

Violet (actress: Carmel Laniado)

Carmel-Laniado-as-Violet Season 2 will introduce a new character named Violet, one who doesn't appear to have any analogue in author Andrzej Sapkowski's books. Violet is described as "a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanour is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character." She's expected to appear in at least three episodes of Season 2. Violet will be played by Carmel Laniado, who previously appeared as Lady Rose in 2020's Dolittle and Young Lottie in FX's 2019 version of A Christmas Carol. [poilib element="accentDivider"] The follow characters appeared in Season 1, and many will be returning in Season 2.

Renfri (actress: Emma Appleton)

WitcherS1 The breakout supporting character of The Witcher Season 1 is easily Renfri, played by Emma Appleton. Renfri's story is inspired by Snow White, with her being a princess cast out of her home and on the run, protected by a merry band of vagabonds. Renfri's story is directly tied in with the sorcerer Stregobor (more on him next). He believes she is one of several women who is cursed and evil, and he is trying to kill them all.

Stregobor (actor: Lars Mikkelsen)

WW_101_21.11.2018_538.NEF The sorcerer Stregobor is a prime example of the dark, corrupt nature of magic users on The Continent. He is first introduced in episode 1 of The Witcher as the character trying to get Geralt to kill Renfri, but he also serves as Istredd's teacher and a key figure in the leaders of the northern sorcerers' circle, the Brotherhood of Sorcerers. Both Geralt and Yennefer clash with him frequently on moral and political levels.

Queen Calanthe (actress: Jodhi May)

WW_101_29.11.2018_258.NEF Queen Calanthe, played by British actress Jodhi May, is Ciri's grandmother, the strong-willed and hot-headed warrior queen of Cintra. Calanthe is portrayed as fiercely protective of her family, particularly her only daughter, Pavetta (Gaia Mondadori). Calanthe crosses paths with Geralt when she hires him to come to a feast where she plans to determine who Pavetta will marry. Calanthe dies in the first episode of Season 1, but thanks to the various timelines threaded through the narrative of the series, we see her several times throughout the course of the season. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/the-witcher-why-season-2-wont-premiere-until-2021-ign-now"]

Eist (actor: Björn Hlynur Haraldsson)

WW_101.30.11.2018_299.NEF The former Jarl of Skellige-turned-King of Cintra, Eist was a longtime flame of Queen Calanthe before she finally tied the knot with him following Pavetta's betrothal to Duny. He serves as a grandfather/father figure to Ciri alongside Calanthe, and is a loyal, if humorously inappropriate, husband to his queen.

Pavetta (actress: Gaia Mondadori)

pavetta Pavetta is the daughter of Queen Calanthe of Cintra and mother of Princess Cirilla. She marries Duny, a prince who was promised Pavetta by the Law of Surprise after he saved her father many years prior. Pavetta dies at some point during the events of The Witcher's first season, leaving her mother caring for her daughter and with Ciri promised to Geralt through another Law of Surprise binding.

Duny (actor: Bart Edwards)

duny Duny is a cursed prince who Pavetta falls in love with and marries, and who is the father of Ciri. Both he and Pavetta died on a shipwreck at some point over the years, which is why Ciri is raised by Calanthe.

Tissaia de Vries (actress: MyAnna Buring)

WW_102_09.11.2018_396.NEF Tissaia de Vries is Yennefer's mentor and one of the rectors at the sorceress school of Aretuza. Though she plucked Yennefer out of a horrible life when she was young, their relationship is contentious, and Yennefer remained at odds with Tissaia for many years. Despite their differences, Tissaia and Yennefer team up one fateful time at the Battle of Sodden Hill to try to protect the northern regions of the Continent from Nilfgaardian invasion.

Cahir (actor: Eamon Farren)

WW_104_14.12.2018_126.NEF Frequent subject of Ciri's nightmares, Cahir is a Nilfgaardian soldier who chased Ciri out of the burning remains of Cintra, staying hot on her trail as she ran away to try to find Geralt of Rivia. His story differs in the show than in the novels, as he stays on Ciri's trail and later teams up with Fringilla as heads to lead the charge on Sodden Hill.

Triss (actress: Anna Shaffer)

triss Triss is one of the most prominent side characters in The Witcher books and games, and frequently is presented as another possible love interest to him beyond Yennefer. In the show, she encounters Geralt during his encounter with King Foltest and the striga, and later reunites with her longtime friend Yennefer at the Battle of Sodden. Though we don't see much of their backstory, Triss is one of Yennefer's better friends among the sorceresses and a great ally of both Yennefer and Geralt. Triss is an incredibly powerful magic user, and we see in the show she has an affinity for nature-based magic, raising up poisonous mushrooms and creating a wall of roots to ward of Nilfgaardian attackers.

Jaskier (actor: Joey Batey)

WW_104_23.01.2019_182.NEF Jaskier (known as Dandelion to Witcher book and games fans) is technically Geralt's best friend, but not because Geralt necessarily wants things that way. A reknowned bard and even more reknowned lothario, Jaskier is the comic relief of The Witcher. It's often his antics that get Geralt into his most notable scrapes, and the two cross paths throughout the years as Jaskier becomes more famous and more frequently annoys his white-haired friend.

Fringilla Vigo (actress: Mimi Ndiweni)

fringilla Over the years she becomes a true ally of Nilfgaard and is a devout believer in what the seemingly villainous country stands for. She leads the invasion into the Northern Kingdoms and spearheads the clash against her former allies and sorcerers at Sodden Hill. Fringilla is the niece of Artorius, the chief sorcerer in the Brotherhood.

Istredd (actor: Royce Pierreson)

WW_103_20.12.2018_153.NEF Yennefer's first love, Istredd, is a sorcerer who came up in his training at the same time as Yennefer. He is one of the few characters on the show who knew Yennefer before her transformation, and the two had a romantic relationship. But after Yennefer discovered Istredd had been spying on her for Stregobor (despite the fact she had been doing the same for Tissaia), she cut ties with him after she completed her transformation. He credits Stregobor for getting him to refocus on his work, and despite Yennefer trying to rekindle their love once she realizes she may have made a mistake pursuing power over partnership, he declines her overtures. When we last see Istredd, he has allied himself with the Nilfgaardians.

Vilgefortz (actor: Mahesh Jadu)

vilgefortz Only introduced in the final two episodes of Season 1, Vilgefortz is one of the most important characters to keep an eye on in Season 2 and going forward. He is a member of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers who tricks Yennefer into returning to Aretuza and helping Tissaia in the showdown that eventually became the Battle of Sodden Hill. He is a key player in The Witcher books and certainly someone who has more than it seems up his sleeves.

Yennefer of Vengeberg (actress: Anya Chalotra)

WW_104_08.03.2019_185.NEF Geralt of Rivia's longtime on-again, off-again love interest and the subject of his last wish to the djinn, Yennefer of Vengeberg is an incredibly powerful and strong-willed sorceress and one of the three main characters of The Witcher. The Netflix series fleshes out a backstory only alluded to in the books, showing her as a hunchback taken in and trained by Tissaia. After years of growing up mistreated, Yennefer craves beauty and power, and undergoes the transformation to become a sorceress not fully understanding that, in doing so, she will lose her ability to bear children. Yennefer's storyline in Season 1 takes place over the course of about 70 years, and though she gets her time at court and has many lovers, she finds her life unfulfilled. Instead, she tries to fix the changes she underwent to become a sorceress and reclaim her ability to have children, constantly trying to find loopholes to get around the seemingly unfixable decision. She becomes bound with Geralt during one such attempt, when she tries to capture a djinn and force it to give her back the ability to bear a child. Despite years at odds with her former teacher, Yennefer is forced to choose a side and fight for something once Nilfgaard destroys Cintra and heads its invasion toward the rest of the Northern Kingdoms. She unleashes her full power at the Battle of Sodden, defeating the Nilfgaard forces, but at what cost?

Princess Cirilla (actress: Freya Allan)

WW_101_29.11.2018_144.NEF In many ways the center of The Witcher stories, Princess Cirilla of Cintra -- or Ciri -- is bound by fate to Geralt of Rivia. She has unknown but powerful magical abilities, only touched on in Season 1 of the series but the origins of which are a core part of the central story of The Witcher books. Ciri is the daughter of Pavetta and Duny and the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe of Cintra. Her storyline in Season 1 takes place over the course of about two weeks, with her escaping Cintra and trying to find Geralt, only to come across elves, former Cintrans and even a nice family who want to capture her. She finally fulfills destiny as a Child of Surprise by uniting with Geralt in episode 8. In the books, she actually has met Geralt once already by the time they meet again after the fall of Cintra, but The Witcher Netflix series nixed that plot point in favor of having them finally come together in the final moments of Season 1.

Geralt of Rivia, the Butcher of Blaviken (actor: Henry Cavill)

WW_101_22.05.2019_239.ARW You know him, you love him, Geralt of Rivia is the Witcher in this fan-favorite series. Henry Cavill has been itching for this role for years -- and you of course know Cavill from everything from Man of Steel and the DC expanded universe through Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Cavill absolutely loves Geralt as much as fans do, which we got him to prove when he aced our questions trying to see just how much he knew about The Witcher. Check out how that went in the video below: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/18/how-much-does-the-witcher-know-about-the-witcher"] Who is your favorite character in The Witcher: Season 1? Let us know in the comments below. And for more on The Witcher, check out every episode review of Season 1 and its ending explained. Then find out more about Netflix'a animated spinoff, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.

Luke Skywalker's Yellow-Bladed Lightsaber Revealed in New Star Wars Comic

Marvel Comics’ new Star Wars comic picks up after the events of Empire Strikes Back and shows just what happened to Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber after it was lost during his fateful duel with Darth Vader. And while we know that Luke eventually builds a new, green lightsaber to replace it some time in the lead up to Return of the Jedi, apparently he also obtains a replacement during the interim in the form of a never-before-seen lightsaber with a yellow blade. The new saber can be seen on the cover to May’s Star Wars #6 by writer Charles Soule and artist Jesus Saiz. The cover is drawn by R.B. Silva, check it out below: luke skywalker new lightsaber Yellow-bladed lightsabers are a rarity in Star Wars lore, but the reveal of Rey’s new yellow saber at the end of The Rise of Skywalker has sparked an interest in their history. Aside from her, the only other canon users were the Jedi Temple Guards on Coruscant who wielded double-ended lightsaber pikes with yellow blades. If you look closely at the hilt of Luke’s saber, it’s seemingly identical to those used by the Jedi Temple Guards, except for the coloring, so it’s a possibility that Luke somehow recovers one of their weapons to use as his own. yellow bladed lightsabers The reveal of Rey's yellow lightsaber and now Luke's may imply a link. It could be that the yellow kyber crystal in Luke's saber somehow falls into Rey's possession, and that's how she's able to build her saber using such an uncommon kyber crystal color. Star Wars is no stranger to such coincidences, like Rey stumbling across Luke's saber in the basement of Maz Kanata's castle, since the Force does work in mysterious ways. It's also worth remembering that several Luke action figures from Kenner's Star Wars line included a retractable yellow lightsaber blade. This color choice could be an homage to those figures. The story of Luke’s lost lightsaber took quite an unexpected turn in Star Wars #1 when we were shown what happened to the saber as it fell. A hand reached out and unexpectedly caught it, raising all manner of questions about their identity and how they knew to be there at that time to catch it. That's not the only big Star Wars twist as of late: Marvel's Darth Vader series revealed that Padme may have survived the events of Revenge of the Sith. For more on the lightsabers of Star Wars, read our full primer on what the various lightsaber colors mean. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-strangest-lightsabers-in-the-star-wars-universe&captions=true"] [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2015/05/27/star-wars-school-the-history-of-the-lightsaber"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joshua is Senior Features Editor at IGN. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

Deal Alert: Score an HP OMEN 15t RTX 2070 Gaming Laptop for $1160

Just because the holiday season is over doesn't mean you're out of luck on a great laptop deal. Whether it's Black Friday, back to school, graduation, Amazon Prime Day, or whenever, vendors always find a reason to put up sales and deals on laptops. Most of the laptop deals we find are catered towards gamers, but we also add in great deals on laptops that are perfect for students, employees, or road warriors. This article is updated constantly.

Gaming Laptop Deals

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Dell and Alienware Laptop Deals

Dell's President's Day Sale is under way. Choose among Alienware laptops for the hardcore gamers, Dell XPS laptops for those who want to travel in style, or Dell Latitude laptops for a rugged business solution. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F18%2Falienwarem151582053895228.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F18%2Falienwarem151582053895228_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e4c3a0ce4b035b46686e33f%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fboah%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Alienware%20m15%2015-Inch%20Core%20i7%20RTX%202060%20for%20%241349.99%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] The Alienware m15 laptop is much thinner than its predecessor. It's also one of the lighter gaming laptops we've seen weighing in at only 4.8lbs. This Alienware laptop still features no-expense-spared premium construction and an advanced cooling system so that the laptop never gets too hot to the touch. Check out our very own m15 review. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F18%2Falienwarem15r21582054148113.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F18%2Falienwarem15r21582054148113_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e4c3b08e4b0e6d43845ea35%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fboai%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22New%20Alienware%20m15%2015-Inch%20Core%20i7%20RTX%202070%20for%20%241799.99%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] This is the generation 2 version of the Alienware m15, complete with a new "legendary" facelift that makes the m17 look alot more like the super premium Alienware Area-51m. It also boasts a new cooling system as well as a blazing fast 240Hz display with 100% sRGB color gamut and Tobii Eye Tracking built right into the display. 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[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F17%2Falienwarem17r21581960264786.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F17%2Falienwarem17r21581960264786_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e4acc4fe4b0e6d43845ea13%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbo94%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22New%20%20Alienware%20m17%2017-Inch%20Core%20i7%20RTX%202080%20for%20%242199.99%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] This is the generation 2 version of the Alienware m17. This particular model has the most powerful mobile graphics card currently available: the RTX 2080 Max-Q. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F17%2Fdellg31581960708636.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F17%2Fdellg31581960708636_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e4ace0ae4b035b46686e323%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbo95%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Dell%20G3%2015-Inch%20Core%20i5%20GTX%201660%20Ti%20for%20%24899.99%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] This is the newest model Dell G3 laptop equipped with a 9th generation Intel Core i5 processor. The GTX 1660 Ti is more powerful than the GTX 1060 and almost as powerful as the RTX 2060. It should have no problem running any game at 1080p resolution, so it's a perfect matchup with the laptop's 15" 1080p display. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F13%2Fdellinspiron1550002in11581626810859.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F13%2Fdellinspiron1550002in11581626810859_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbo38%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Dell%20Inspiron%2015%205000%2015-Inch%202-in-1%20Convertible%20for%20%24549.99%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Dell%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22Use%20Coupon%20Code%3A%20PDAUD3%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] Use code "PDAUD3" This is a convertible laptop, meaning the touchscreen display can swivel a full 180 degrees for tablet mode. It's equipped with the very latest 10th generation processor and it's also very lightweight for a 15" laptop, measuring it at only 4.4lbs. 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Apple MacBook Deals

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How to Watch Clone Wars in Chronological Order on Disney+

Par : Dan Z
With Season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars finally about to debut on Disney+, you may want to catch up before the series returns with those 12 new episodes. If so, you’ve got a bit of binging homework to do. Still, Star Wars homework is pretty much the best kind out there. So read on for our rundown of how best to watch the show in chronological episode order, or watch the video above (or below) that recaps The Clone Wars in 4 minutes! [ignvideo width=610 height=374 url=https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/17/star-wars-the-clone-wars-recapped-in-4-minutes]

The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order

There is a bit of context, however, that might help you along your journey. Perhaps the biggest point of confusion is that if you watch the series from Season 1, Episode 1, all the way to Season 6, Episode 13, you are not watching the story in chronological order. In fact, there are some key jumps in the timeline throughout. For the most part, the episodes are fairly sequential, save a few gaps. But, why did Lucasfilm craft the narrative this way? Wouldn’t it make more sense to take things from beginning to end? Not necessarily. When Clone Wars was first conceived it was designed as more of an organic method of storytelling, more anthology based, as opposed to sequentially. The series was originally intended to focus on the overarching story, giving ancillary characters a chance to be showcased as well. In essence, it would world-build to an unprecedented extent in Star Wars canon. However, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano were too compelling to take a back seat, so the stories ultimately ended up boomeranging back to them the most. Clone-Wars-Movie-or-Series-First-Chronological-OrderFurthermore, this is one of the biggest wars in the history of this fictional universe; a lot goes on in a three-year period. Ahsoka matures from a padawan calling her master “Skyguy” to a show-stopping tour de force in the Jedi Order. Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship continues to progress as the Master and Padawan grow beyond a mentor/mentee dynamic into one more akin to brothers. The Jedi Order slowly is undermined from within Coruscant, courtesy of the Machiavellian Palpatine, and we get to know more and more about why the Clones are so much more than the sum of their parts. And, since this is a war, it is not wrapped up in a nice, neat package. Multiple storylines are running parallel to one another. For instance, while Anakin and Obi-Wan are on Mortis, the Republic has its own problems dispatching Jedi to other corners of the galaxy. The Clone Wars, as designed by Chancellor Palpatine, were created to thin the Jedi herd, so a lot of storylines of equal importance are going on at the same time. But it’s fair to say that for the casual observer, you may not even be aware of time gaps. The order listed above is how you should watch them if you want to get the best overall idea of where things fit structurally (and it does give more context for later episodes), but, like the Clone Wars’ impact on the galaxy, there is no clear path. When you think about it that way, it’s a nice meta-commentary. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-upcoming-star-wars-movie&captions=true"]

Clone Wars Movie or Series First?

Here is the official order of things (as per StarWars.com), including where the movie fits in. If you want to watch in chronological order, use the first number. If you want to watch in the order the episodes originally aired, use the “air” number!  
Air # Title
1 216 Cat and Mouse
2 116 Hidden Enemy
T The Clone Wars theatrical release
3 301 Clone Cadets
4 303 Supply Lines
5 101 Ambush
6 102 Rising Malevolence
7 103 Shadow of Malevolence
8 104 Destroy Malevolence
9 105 Rookies
10 106 Downfall of a Droid
11 107 Duel of the Droids
12 108 Bombad Jedi
13 109 Cloak of Darkness
14 110 Lair of Grievous
15 111 Dooku Captured
16 112 The Gungan General
17 113 Jedi Crash
18 114 Defenders of Peace
19 115 Trespass
20 117 Blue Shadow Virus
21 118 Mystery of a Thousand Moons
22 119 Storm over Ryloth
23 120 Innocents of Ryloth
24 121 Liberty on Ryloth
25 201 Holocron Heist
26 202 Cargo of Doom
27 203 Children of the Force
28 217 Bounty Hunters
29 218 The Zillo Beast
30 219 The Zillo Beast Strikes Back
31 204 Senate Spy
32 205 Landing at Point Rain
33 206 Weapons Factory
34 207 Legacy of Terror
35 208 Brain Invaders
36 209 Grievous Intrigue
37 210 The Deserter
38 211 Lightsaber Lost
39 212 The Mandalore Plot
40 213 Voyage of Temptation
41 214 Duchess of Mandalore
42 220 Death Trap
43 221 R2 Come Home
44 222 Lethal Trackdown
45 305 Corruption
46 306 The Academy
47 307 Assassin
48 302 ARC Troopers
49 304 Sphere of Influence
50 308 Evil Plans
51 122 Hostage Crisis
52 309 Hunt for Ziro
53 310 Heroes on Both Side
54 311 Pursuit of Peace
55 215 Senate Murders
56 312 Nightsisters
57 313 Monster
58 314 Witches of the Mist
59 315 Overlords
60 316 Altar of Mortis
61 317 Ghosts of Mortis
62 318 The Citadel
63 319 Counter Attack
64 320 Citadel Rescue
65 321 Padawan Lost
66 322 Wookiee Hunt
67 401 Water War
68 402 Gungan Attack
69 403 Prisoners
70 404 Shadow Warrior
71 405 Mercy Mission
72 406 Nomad Droids
73 407 Darkness on Umbara
74 408 The General
75 409 Plan of Dissent
76 410 Carnage of Krell
77 411 Kidnapped
78 412 Slaves of the Republic
79 413 Escape from Kadavo
80 414 A Friend In Need
81 415 Deception
82 416 Friends and Enemies
83 417 The Box
84 418 Crisis on Naboo
85 419 Massacre
86 420 Bounty
87 421 Brothers
88 422 Revenge
89 502 A War on Two Fronts
90 503 Front Runners
91 504 The Soft War
92 505 Tipping Points
93 506 The Gathering
94 507 A Test of Strength
95 508 Bound for Rescue
96 509 A Necessary Bond
97 510 Secret Weapons
98 511 A Sunny Day in the Void
99 512 Missing in Action
100 513 Point of No Return
101 501 Revival
102 514 Eminence
103 515 Shades of Reason
104 516 The Lawless
105 517 Sabotage
106 518 The Jedi Who Knew Too Much
107 519 To Catch a Jedi
108 520 The Wrong Jedi
109 601 The Unknown
110 602 Conspiracy
111 603 Fugitive
112 604 Orders
113 605 An Old Friend
114 606 The Rise of Clovis
115 607 Crisis at the Heart
116 608 The Disappeared
117 609 The Disappeared: Pt. II
118 610 The Lost One
119 611 Voices
120 612 Destiny
121 613 Sacrifice
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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will Seemingly Be 100GB

It looks like Final Fantasy VII Remake could well be around the 100GB mark. Photos of what seem to be FF7 Remake's back cover have begun appearing, including this one posted by Twitter user Pixelbuster, which appear to confirm the size of the upcoming release.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be over 100GB pic.twitter.com/WNgBjpgGD7

— Pixelbuster (@Nitomatta) February 17, 2020
The cover is in Korean, but if you look at the blue and white rectangles that outline the storage requirements and compatibility, you can see that next to the one marked HDD it's labelled as 100GB. Whether these images are real remains to be confirmed and even if they are it's unclear whether the 100GB would be referring to a single disc or be taking into account the size of the whole collection which we know will arrive across multiple blu-rays. What we do know for sure about the cover for now is that it looks cool and is reversible. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/16/never-played-final-fantasy-7-episode-2-don-corneos-mansion"] It's no real surprise this game is going to take up space, especially based on the stunning cinematics, like this opening movie as well as some of these (slightly odd) new character designs. If you're not convinced or just want a nostalgia hit, check out this comparison to the original release. For those excited for the remake, you can preorder it to receive these bonuses. If you've already done so, you better confirm that with Square Enix to make sure it doesn't get cancelled. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/31/final-fantasy-7-remake-theme-song-trailer"] The Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released on April 10, 2020 after a one month delay and this means the PS4 exclusivity will also push back other console releases. [poilib element="accentDivider"]Hope Corrigan is an Australian freelance writer for IGN. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

PS5: See the List of Confirmed and Rumored Games

The Sims 5 and Outriders join the list of games coming to the PlayStation 5, see the whole list of both rumored and confirmed.

Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Coming This Week

Nintendo has announced that an Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct is coming this Thursday, February 20. On Twitter, Nintendo of America said the Direct will air on February 20 at 6am Pacific / 9 am Eastern / 2pm UK (that's 1am February 21 in Sydney). It will be "a roughly 25-minute livestreamed Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, featuring an in-depth look at Nook Inc.'s Deserted Island Getaway Package!" You can watch Thursday's presentation on Nintendo's YouTube channel. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/02/animal-crossing-new-horizons-deserted-island-getaway-package-primer-trailer"] This is the first Nintendo Direct since the Pokemon Direct in January, where we got our first look at the Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC. An Animal Crossing-themed Nintendo Switch is launching one week ahead of the game on March 13. Even though the coronavirus has caused some production delays, Nintendo said it doesn't expect that the outbreak will have a "significant impact" on global shipments. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=animal-crossing-new-horizons-limited-edition-nintendo-switch&captions=true"] Recently, we learned that Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not support cloud saves except in the event of console failure, loss, or theft. Data transfers between multiple Switch consoles will not be supported, either. While you wait for the Nintendo Direct, check out every New Horizons villager we've seen so far. Or, read up on Animal Crossing: New Horizons multiplayer details. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Logan Plant is a news writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN's weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.

Hier — 18 février 2020IGN

Martin McDonagh Reunites In Bruges Cast for New Film

In Bruges director Martin McDonagh has set up his next movie. The film is called The Banshees of Inisheer, and will reteam McDonagh with actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Deadline reports the movie will be about two friends on a remote island. One of them cuts off their relationship, which ultimately ends badly for both parties. The movie will reportedly film this summer with a budget of around $20 million. For comparison, McDonagh's last film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, cost an estimated $15 million, according to a report from FilmL.A. Research. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2012/10/09/seven-psychopaths-farrell-rockwell-walken-interview"] Farrell, Gleeson, and McDonagh last worked together on In Bruges, which was released in 2008. That film was about two hitmen who are sent by their boss to a city in Belgium after a job goes wrong. McDonagh wrote and directed the movie, which was his first feature-length film. He worked again with Farrell on his next movie Seven Psychopaths. Neither of those films were too big at the box office with each one grossing around $35 million worldwide. McDonagh's third film was Three Billboards, which pulled in $160 million at the box office and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=oscars-2020-igns-reviews-of-the-best-picture-nominees&captions=true"] Check out our list of the Oscar winners from the most recent ceremony. As for what's next for Farrell, he will play The Penguin in The Batman. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.

Watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars Final Season "Bad Batch" Clip

Lucasfilm and Disney have released a clip from the upcoming premiere of the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, titled "The Bad Batch," which will make its debut on Disney+ on Friday, February 21, 2020. Here's how the streamer describes the episode: "It’s the end of the historic Clone Wars, as the forces of darkness have amassed great power in their bid to transform the Republic into the Galactic Empire. With the Republic on a losing streak, Captain Rex fears the Separatists are using stolen data to help predict the Grand Army’s every move. As the threat of defeat looms, Rex teams up with experimental Clone Force 99, also known as the Bad Batch. Together, they embark on a high-risk mission behind enemy lines to uncover the truth behind the Separatist victories." Check out the clip in the video below or at the top of the page: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/18/star-wars-the-clone-wars-final-season-the-bad-batch-clip"] Disney+ also revealed new Season 7 images showcasing the Bad Batch, Ahsoka, and more. You can see the photos in the gallery below: [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=star-wars-the-clone-wars-final-season-gallery&captions=true"] For more on Clone Wars, check out our Ahsoka Tano explained, a new Clone Wars five-issue comic miniseries from IDW, or check out everything else coming to Disney+ in February 2020. [poilib element="accentDivider"] David Griffin still watches DuckTales in his pajamas with a cereal bowl in hand. He's also the TV Editor for IGN. Say hi on Twitter.

James Gunn Chooses Which of His Screenplays He Loves the Most (And It's Not Guardians)

James Gunn’s most popular movie may be Guardians of the Galaxy, but his personal favorite screenplay that he’s ever written is The Suicide Squad, the upcoming DC reboot-or-is-it-a-sequel following the misadventures of Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang and the rest of Task Force X. Gunn revealed his pick when asked by a fan on Instagram, “Favorite movie you’ve ever written, so far at least????” The writer-director responded with, “My favorite screenplays you mean? I love the movies I directed all the same, but I think I love The Suicide Squad script the most. Also love the scripts for Dawn of the Dead, Super, and The Specials.” [caption id="attachment_2304571" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Image from reddit user chanma50. Image from reddit user chanma50.[/caption] Gunn picking The Suicide Squad as his favorite may come as a surprise to fans who see him as synonymous with Guardians of the Galaxy, which went from a lesser known Marvel Comics property to a hit movie franchise thanks to his humorous and heartfelt approach to the group. Then again, The Suicide Squad seems like it will be full of many things that Gunn is known for, like telling the story of a group of colorful misfits, putting the spotlight on his personal favorite obscure comic characters, and shocking the audience with stylish violence. We’ll have to wait and see just what makes this Gunn movie so special when The Suicide Squad releases on August 6, 2021. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-actor-and-character-confirmed-for-dcs-the-suicide-squad&captions=true"] In his answer, Gunn clarified that he loves all of the movies he directed the same, which includes Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, Slither, Movie 43 and Super. He also highlighted some other favorite screenplays -- Dawn of the Dead, Super, and The Specials. Sorry, fans of the live-action Scooby-doo movies, but Gunn didn’t show any love for Shaggy, Velma and the rest of the gang. Gunn previously shared that his inspiration for The Suicide Squad story comes from not only the classic John Ostrander 1987 comic run of Suicide Squad but the original 1959 version that was much, much different featuring adventurers, soldiers and scientists fighting surreal threats that bears little resemblance to the modern, Dirty Dozen iteration. Perhaps the cast list Gunn revealed features so many names because he’ll be showing the past and present versions of The Suicide Squad colliding? And before anyone takes Gunn favoring The Suicide Squad as a slight against Marvel, know that Gunn doesn’t see any rivalry between DC and Marvel because they’re actually in quite similar boats. Not to mention, Gunn has been re-hired to make Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, so he’ll be hopping across to that superhero cinematic universe after completing work on The Suicide Squad. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2016/07/06/comics-history-101-suicide-squad"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joshua is Senior Features Editor at IGN. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Preorder Bonus Details

Par : Chris Reed
After a slight delay, Final Fantasy VII Remake is set to release on April 10, 2020 as a PS4 exclusive. While it only encompasses the Midgar portion of the story, it's still a massive enough game that it will be split over two Blu-ray discs. Along with the graphics, the combat has gotten a major overhaul, letting you play in a mixture of turn-based and real-time combat. If you're ready to lock down a copy for yourself right now, you can. We have all the information you need below.

Preorder Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition

final-fantasy-vii-remake-deluxe-edition The deluxe edition comes with the game itself, as well as the following items:
  • Artbook
  • Mini-Soundtrack
  • Steelbook
  • Cactuar Summon Materia DLC
  • Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC

Preorder Bonuses

No universal preorder bonuses are available for Final Fantasy VII Remake at the moment, but several retailers are offering their own exclusive bonuses:
  • Amazon - Sephiroth PS4 theme
  • Walmart - 3 double-sided art cards
  • Best Buy - $10 reward certificate for My Best Buy members

Final Fantasy VII Remake 1st Class Edition (SOLD OUT)

final-fantasy-vii-remake-1st-class-edition The Square Enix Store-exclusive collector's edition comes with the game and the following items, according to the listing:
  • Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife & Hardy Daytona
  • Artbook
  • Mini-Soundtrack
  • Steelbook
  • Cactuar Summon Materia DLC
  • Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC

Other Preorder Guides

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Here's What Preorder Bonuses You'll Get with Persona 5 Royal

Par : Chris Reed
Persona 5 Royal will arrive March 31, exclusively for PlayStation 4. (If you want it on Switch, apparently, you have to "keep fighting"). Royal is an expanded and enhanced version of the 2017 original, a game we awarded a 9.7 in our glowing Persona 5 review. The upcoming Royal edition includes a heap of new content, including a new character, story lines, cutscenes, endings, the ability to customize your Thieves Den, and more. To top if off, Persona 5 Royal is coming out in several editions, all of which are now available to preorder right now. Read on for details about what comes with each one, and what preorder bonuses to expect

Persona 5 Royal Steelbook Launch Edition Preorder

persona-5-royal The other physical edition is the Steelbook Launch Edition. It comes with the game, a limited-edition steelbook case, and a dynamic PS4 theme download.

Persona 5 Royal Preorder Bonuses

While there are no universal preorder bonuses for the game, some of the retailers are throwing in something special.

Persona 5 Royal Digital Editions

persona-5-royalAll digital editions of Persona 5 Royal come with the Persona 5 dynamic PS4 theme. Here's what comes in each edition.

Persona 5 Royal DLC Bundles

Even if you don't get a pricier version of the game, you can pick and choose your DLC when the game launches. Here are the DLC options you'll have:
  • Kasumi Costume Bundle – $14.99
  • Battle Bundle – $9.99
  • Persona Bundle – $9.99
  • DLC Bundle – $59.99

Persona 5 Royal: Phantom Thieves Edition (SOLD OUT)

persona-5-royal-phantom-thieves-edition-preorder The Phantom Thieves Edition comes with the following physical and digital extras.
  • Joker Mask with Stand
  • Art Book
  • Soundtrack
  • Steelbook Case
  • Collector's Box
  • Dynamic PS4 Theme

Other Preorder Guides

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Logitech StreamCam Webcam Review

Par : Chris Coke
It’s been three long years since the launch of the Logitech C922, one of the best webcams available, and the streaming community has been hungry for something new. After the disappointing launch of the 4K-capable Brio, Logitech has a lot to prove in order to live up to the long wait. The StreamCam is the company’s answer. Featuring a fresh new design, 1080p60 video, and unexpected features like image stabilization, it aims to impress. But does it do enough to justify the years-long delay and $169 price? Profile

Design and Features

The StreamCam is strikingly different from any other webcam in Logitech’s line-up. It features a boxy design with a larger lens element. Instead of the usual flat plastic face, Logitech has trimmed the front with a fabric covering that fits right in with the company’s MX Speakers or the Amazon Echo Dot. It looks stylish and modern but seems like a mismatch for modern gaming rigs. The black version is a better fit, but it’s the first example of some odd design choices Logitech made here.

Apart from its look, Logitech has made a number of enhancements to the camera itself. The aperture has been lowered to f2.0, which is almost a full stop below the C922’s f2.8. The camera’s sensor is still too small to offer the same bokeh you could expect from a nice camera and lens, but that doesn’t mean it’s pointless. A larger aperture means it can take in more light and offer better performance in dark settings. Mounted The StreamCam is flexible in how it can be set up. The mount that comes pre-attached allows you to position it on the top of your monitor like normal, but it can also be unclipped and rotated to capture vertical video. It’s a neat feature that no other webcam I know of is capable of, and makes the StreamCam more versatile – but I’m left wondering who it’s for. Most streamers don’t use vertical video at all, and for social media applications like Facebook Stories, very few people use anything other than a smartphone. Much more useful is the second mount Logitech included, which allows you to attach the StreamCam to a tripod. To make use of the StreamCam’s 60 fps at 1080p, you’ll need a USB 3.0 connection. This was a major issue when the Brio launched and led to many people connecting their webcams incorrectly. The StreamCam side-steps that problem by ending its cable in a USB Type-C connection. If you’re connecting over Type-C, there’s no way to connect it “wrong,” but if you’re using a PC that’s a few years old, you may not have a Type-C port at all. Logitech recommends using an adapter in this situation, but doesn’t include one in the box, which feels awfully stingy for a product that costs $169. It’s also not common for webcams to require USB-C, so there’s a good chance some streamers will buy the StreamCam only to find out they can’t use it. Software 1 Using Logitech Capture, the camera is able to offer a couple of neat tricks others don’t, including Image Stabilization and Auto Framing. Image Stabilization is a head-scratcher. Most webcams are set in one place and rarely move. They don’t need image stabilization. Turning it on causes the camera to zoom in to hide the shaky edges and still didn’t eliminate jostling when I bumped the desk. In my case, it just wasn’t worth the reduced field of view to leave turned on. Auto Framing is more interesting but feels a little gimmicky. The StreamCam offers the best face tracking I’ve seen on a webcam and uses that to follow you as you move around the frame. It works remarkably well and was able to move the frame to follow me anywhere I moved in its 78-degree field of view. It desperately needs a sensitivity slider, however, because the mix of pan, tilt, and zoom moved too much to be useful instead of silly as I would lean in my chair. I can see the benefit if you move from place to place in a stream, though. Another problem is that the camera doesn’t do this natively, so using it with OBS or XSplit involves leaving Logitech Capture open in the background. The program is lightweight, but if your system is already near its limit, it’s not something you’ll want to leave running. Software 2 The rest of the software feels like it’s still in a beta state. You can choose between Streaming and Recording settings, which trades off frame rate for exposure. The Streaming setting didn’t feel well-tuned, and left my image darker than if I dialed in settings myself. Under the Image Settings tab, you can tweak brightness, contrast, and sharpening (and will need to for the best results) but the sliders are both too small and don’t update until you let go of the mouse. What should be a simple slide requires lots of clicks. After seeing how everything worked, I went back to the sliders built into OBS because they felt much more functional.

Performance

When evaluating a new webcam, it really comes down to video quality and whether the StreamCam offers enough improvements to justify picking it up over the tried-and-true options dominating the market. I sold my own Logitech C922 last year when I invested in the Elgato Cam Link, but had the Razer Kiyo and Logitech Brio to test against. The Kiyo is similar to the C922 and offers excellent video quality and a built-in ring light. In the video below, I go through the StreamCam’s software, followed by comparisons between the StreamCam, Brio, and Kiyo. I also included a sample of a Sony RX100 Mk. V connected through a capture card. This allows you to see the kind of jump this more expensive solution offers compared to an all-in-one webcam. Have a look at how they compared: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/14/logitech-streamcam-software-walkthrough-and-video-quality-comparison"] Where the Logitech StreamCam excelled was its ability to hold focus on my face. No matter where I moved or how bright the lights were, it wouldn’t shift focus once it found me. When I forced it to refocus by putting an object right in front of it, it transitioned moderately quick but wasted no time reacquiring me when I put the object down. The Razer Kiyo performed similarly, but not quite as fast. The Brio, on the other hand, didn’t do well at all and couldn’t seem to separate me from the background. I was also impressed with the StreamCam’s low light performance. The wide aperture really made a big impact, which can improve your video quality if you like streaming in dim lighting. The camera was able to make out more detail within shadows, and was far less grainy than the Kiyo. The Brio also did well with its low light performance but since it couldn’t stay focused on my face, it really doesn’t matter. The StreamCam’s frame rate also held well and stayed buttery smooth even with my Key Light turned off. The microphone quality was impressive, not that many streamers will actually use it. The StreamCam offers dual microphones for Stereo or Dual Mono recording. Though the mics still pale in comparison to a good headset or standalone condenser mic, they would work perfectly fine for Discord chats with friends or video calls. All that said, after three years of waiting, I couldn’t help but feel a little let down. The StreamCam has better autofocus and low light performance – that’s what we would expect from a new camera. 60 fps is nice, but as the crowning impressive feature? Not so much. Where are the innovative streaming features? I would much rather have seen Image Stabilization and vertical video left on the cutting room floor if it meant an integrated ring light like the Razer Kiyo or 4K at 30 FPS. What each of those features does do, is make the StreamCam an objectively better webcam than the C922. That’s enough to make it a new high water mark for streaming cameras, and maybe that’s enough, but I do wish Logitech had done more to push the boundaries.

Purchasing Guide

The Logitech StreamCam is available now for $169 from Amazon, Best Buy, or direct from Logitech.

Redbox Launches New Streaming Service with Free Live TV

Redbox, the physical and digital movie rental service, has released its own free television streaming service. Reported by CNET, the service is called Free Live TV, and it acts as a free alternative to Redbox's On Demand marketplace. The service supports channels like TMZ, USA Today, and a few more. It also carries shows like Family Feud and America's Funniest Home Videos. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/18/disney-plus-review-2019"] Free Live TV airs shows 24/7, but the channels do include advertisements. The service is currently only available for a "select audience," but the Redbox website says Free Live TV will soon be available nationwide. The service also operates on a schedule, so you can't watch a show from start to finish any time you like. Instead, you have to pay attention to the schedule to find what time each show begins streaming. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=netflix-spotlight-february-2020&captions=true"] You can access Redbox's new service on smart TVs, TV streaming devices, computers, smartphones, and tablets. Free Live TV can also be watched on multiple devices at the same time. With more streaming services launching constantly, check out IGN's pick for the best streaming service right now. Plus, take a look at the best under-the-radar streaming shows that you should watch. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Logan Plant is a news writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN's weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.

Fortnite Fans Discover Chapter 2, Season 2 Locations In New Tease

Par : Matt Kim
Fortnite Chapter 2 season 2 is almost here and Epic Games released its best, but still cryptic, look at the upcoming content in the first new season of Chapter 2. Last night, Epic Games posted a teaser for its upcoming second season of Fortnite Chapter 2. It will be dropping on February 20, 2020, based on the date in the picture. But there are several hints for the upcoming season hiding within the image.

Transmission Intercepted FN.CH02.S02 Origin == Au 022020 pic.twitter.com/qBrpm1s1A8

— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) February 18, 2020
The most immediate hidden clue is within the gold shards breaking off from the golden face model. In the reflection of the shards, you can see what appears to be images of a secret base or lab. Fortnite Thing1 The second clue is a bit harder to get to, but with the help of a little photoshop, internet sleuths uncovered a hidden image behind the teaser. The background image looks like Fortnite’s Eye Land location, but with a mysterious new structure there. fortnite All of these clues fall in line with Fortnite’s ARG which teased an evil organization called ALTER which is invading the island. The theme is reminiscent of spy fiction like James Bond, especially since the upcoming chapter may involve a villain obsessed with cats and gold. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/10/15/fortnite-chapter-2-cinematic-trailer"] We’ll have a full reveal of season 2 this Thursday, but until then check out IGN’s Fortnite Chapter 2 wiki for full guides and tips. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.

Deals: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Hardcover Book for $14

Par : Eric Song
Today's spotlight deal is the launch of our very own IGN Store with a coupon code good for up to 20% off your purchase. Other standout deals today include Book 1 of the Harry Potter Illustrated Editions for the lowest price we've seen, a powerful RTX 2070 gaming laptop for a mere $1160, a discount on the Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless controller, and a massive 12TB external hard drive at a better-than-Black Friday price.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition Hardcover Book for $13.97

There have been quite a few deals on the Harry Potter Illustrated Edition Hardcover Books recently, but the current deal on Book 1 (The Sorceror's Stone) is definitely the lowest price by a considerable margin. This edition is adorned with beautiful hardcover artwork and full color illustrations on almost every page.

IGN Store Launches Today: Score up to 20% Off Officially Licensed Apparel with Coupon Code

Our IGN Store launches today!  Find men's and women's t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and sweaters featuring officially licensed graphic designs from Star Wars, Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Marvel, DC Comics, and more as well as your favorite IGN shows like Game Scoop, Podcast Unlocked, and NVC. There are two ways you can save. Sign up for our newsletter and get a 20% off coupon code. Alternatively, save 10% off using coupon code "igndeals10".

HP OMEN 15t Intel Core i7-9750H 6-Core 15.6" 1080p 144Hz IPS RTX 2070 Laptop for $1160.99

The OMEN is HP's premium line and build quality is superior to anything else you'd find at this price range. The base config is fine, but in my opinion this deal gets so much better if you upgrade to the GeForce RTX 2070.
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11% Off the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller, Now $159.99 (Compatible with Upcoming Xbox)

Amazon is offering a Prime exclusive discount of about 11% off, dropping the price from $179 to $160. This is very likely the nicest first party controller you can buy. This professional-grade controller features adjustable tension thumbsticks, shorter hair trigger locks, wraparound textured grips, interchangeable thumbsticks and paddle shapes, and includes a USB Type C cable with charging dock. It boasts up to 40 hours of battery life and can be used for both the Xbox and PC and will supposedly work with the next gen console too.

Enroll in Network and Security Online Learning Courses from $11.99 at Udemy

This sponsored deal is brought to you by Udemy. Education isn't cheap - and it's usually very expensive - so don't pass on this chance to get some accredited instruction for a really low price. Udemy courses run from $100-$200, but for a few days they start at $10.99. Udemy is one of the largest online course sites in the world, and there are tons of network and security courses that include topics on ethical hacking, cyber security, dark horse, anonymous browsing, and more.

Marvel's Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Edition for Xbox One and PS4 Now up for Preorder

One of the most anticipated games of 2020 now has it's most special edition up for preorder. Earth's Mightiest Edition includes Marvel's Avengers: Deluxe Edition with steelbook case, a full color 12” statue of Captain America, Hulk bobblehead, Mjolnir keychain, Black Widow's belt buckle, Iron Man's prototype armor blueprints, Kamala Khan's honorary Avenger pin, and commemorative Avengers group photo. Pre-order to get 72-hour early access.

Massive 12TB External Hard Drive for $179.99

This is a crazy price for more storage than most of us will ever need... yet. The next gen games are going to be huge, especially if they're going to be stuffed onto 4K discs, so you better get ready now. If it's more than what you want, the 12TB model is also on sale.

Today Only: Up to 50% Off Logitech Gaming and Audio

Amazon is discounting several Logitech PC peripherals as part of its daily deal. This includes the very highly rated Blue Microphone Yeti USB microphone lineup. This deal ends tonight.

PlayStation Store Critic's Choice Sale

The PlayStation Store's Critic's Choice Sale brings savings up to 50% on some of gaming's most celebrated titles.

Newest Apple AirPods 2 Wireless Earphones for $129

Today, the AirPods have dropped back down to $129, which is the lowest price that we saw on Black Friday. These are truly wireless earphones with no cord connecting the two ear pieces. It also includes a charging case.

Back in Stock: Cyberpunk 2077 Collector's Edition

This one has been out of stock from nearly the beginning and bound to go out of stock again well before the September release date. This is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2019. The studio CD Projekt Red are the masterminds behind the incredible Witcher games and if you're a huge fan like I am then you will most definitely be getting this game. The Collector's Edition includes the game with steelbook case, 10" statue of V in action, hardcover art book, metal pin set, metal keychain, patches, postcards, sticker set, DLC, and more.

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Nintendo Reveals New Coral Switch Lite

Nintendo announced Tuesday a new color, Coral, will join the lineup of the current Switch Lite consoles. It will first release in Japan on March 20, according to a press release from Nintendo. Following shortly afterward, the console will launch in North America on April 3. This version will be available at the same $199.99 / 19,980 yen price as the other three colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise – bringing the palette of color choices up to four, not including special editions like the Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta or the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons edition. Nintendo Switch Lite Coral 01 Nintendo of America revealed the news of the coral colorway coming to North America in a tweet following the news of the Japanese release.

A new splash of color joins the #NintendoSwitchLite lineup! The vibrant and playful coral Nintendo Switch Lite system arrives on 4/3! pic.twitter.com/bZwdrPMm1R

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 18, 2020
This announcement comes shortly after the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch went up for sale earlier this month. However, it's already sold out across multiple retailers as people tried to purchase it for the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons game release. Despite that version running into problems with the coronavirus, Nintendo stated production on the new color won't be affected as far as the end of March. Although, the Nintendo press release doesn't discuss if there will be any issues going forward after March. However, the virus recently delayed the port of The Outer Worlds to Nintendo Switch as well. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=a-history-of-nintendo-hardware-1977-to-now&captions=true"] If you own a Nintendo Switch or are considering buying one, take a look at our list on the Best 25 Nintendo Switch Games. Which Nintendo Switch Lite color is your favorite so far? Let us know in the comments below! [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jeffrey Lerman is a Freelance News Writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @Snakester95.

Free-To-Play First-Person Shooter Warface Available Now on Nintendo Switch

Warface, the free-to-play first-person shooter built on the CryEngine by Crytek, is available now on the Nintendo Switch, and we have exclusive footage of the game in action. Warface originally launched on PC in 2013 and has made its way to Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and now Nintendo Switch. IGN spoke to Warface's franchise lead at My.Games, Ivan Pabiarzhyn, and Alexandr Shimov, project manager on Warface's console versions, about what Nintendo fans can expect from this new title on Switch. We first asked how Warface utilizes Switch's unique features, like HD Rumble and motion controls. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/18/warface-exclusive-nintendo-switch-gameplay"] "While we had some basic rumble support already in the Warface Xbox One and PS4 versions, we had to adapt it for the Switch Joy-Cons," Shimov said. "The tactile feedback from shooting and receiving damage feels completely different. We also implemented motion controls support, since they’re very useful for making precise shots. And we made them customizable through the menu options, so players can finetune them to their taste." Pabiarzhyn also confirmed that, while it isn't currently available for the console version, crossplay is important to the team and including the Switch version in that is "part of our roadmap." In October 2019, Warface's Facebook page said they are planning on having the feature ready "starting from Q2 [2020]," at least on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. "Launching crossplay between consoles is one of our priorities and we are already working on that," Pabiarzhyn confirmed. "And yes, crossplay with the Nintendo Switch version is part of our roadmap." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/18/warface-nintendo-switch-launch-trailer"] We also asked what it was like working on a service game for so long, especially after seeing the trend of games as a service rise in the past few years. "We were a bit of pioneers in live service games with Warface," Pabiarzhyn answered. "We experimented a lot, updating the game regularly to see what works for our players and what doesn’t. We’re keeping a close eye on our competition, too. The key strategy for us is to keep things fresh - with monthly updates - and expand the franchise to new platforms, like Nintendo Switch. We can’t wait to see what the reception for the Switch version will be like." Warface, which has "over 80 million players worldwide, allows players to battle with over 200 realistic customizable weapons in over 50 multiplayer maps, PvE raids with co-op. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/18/warface-titan-release-trailer"] According to Eurogamer, Warface on the Switch runs at 30FPS/720p in TV mode and 540p in handheld mode. Additionally, Warface is playable online without the need for a Switch Online subscription. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, and Tons More Anime Blu-rays on Sale

The Amazon amine sale is still live, so if you want to pick up some great anime series and movies, but hate the idea of paying full price, it's not too late.

Amazon Anime Deals

Don't see the deals below? Click here.

[poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=anime-sale-at-amazon-on-physical-discs"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] That's just a small selection of anime on sale at Amazon right now. There are tons more on sale right now, including collections of the original Dragon Ball series, Dragon Ball Z movies, and other, non-Dragon Ball series like Darling in the Franxx and Trigun. So go ahead and load up on anime today and if you're a Prime member, you can (probably) get them delivered by Thursday. That means you can spend the long President's Day weekend in front of your TV binging anime, as our forefathers intended. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Seth Macy is IGN's tech and commerce editor and just wants to be your friend. Find him on Twitter @sethmacy.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Novelization Features Deleted Scenes

An excerpt from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization has been released, which expands upon the opening scene of Episode IX. StarWars.com shared an exclusive extract from the novelization that features a scene not seen in theatres, wherein Kylo Ren encounters a strange creature protecting the Sith Wayfinder – providing context for Ren's on-screen confrontation with the Alazmec. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/12/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-kylo-ren-and-emperor-palpatine-clip"] From the book: "A giant emerged, a hairless creature sheening with wetness, bits of lake detritus clinging to its pasty skin. Its eyes were squeezed shut, but it could still see after a fashion, because draped over its massive bald head and across one shoulder was a second creature with long spidery tentacles. The two were locked in symbiosis. Kylo sensed the giant’s pain, as though it were a slave to the spidery being that clung to it. Yet neither could it survive alone." It is understood from the excerpt that the "spidery being," formally known as The Eye of the Webbish Bog, had been chosen by Darth Vader to guard the Wayfinder until someone "defeated" his protectors and consequently "earned" the device – which Ren ultimately acquired on his quest to find Exegol.

Official unused concept art for #TheRiseOfSkywalker showcase designs for "The Oracle" alien and its baby's head! More leaked concept art here: https://t.co/Wzohk14uLO pic.twitter.com/1PuinzWciJ

— Star Wars Direct (@StarWars_Direct) January 20, 2020
A creature similar to the one described in the book, appeared in alleged concept art from The Rise of Skywalker, though some identified the hairless lake-dweller to be Tor Valum, a 7,000-year-old Lovecraftian alien. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/08/whats-next-for-star-wars-after-the-rise-of-skywalker"] Prior to the release of The Rise of Skywalker, reports indicated that Episode IX would be the longest Star Wars film ever, clocking in at 155 minutes, but before the film landed in theatres the new official runtime of 141 minutes was announced, suggesting that some more material had been cut. Shortly after, an anonymous Reddit user known as "egoshoppe," posted a thread with a fairly complex breakdown, detailing a slew of supposed leaks from, "someone who worked closely on the production of TROS," alluding to a "JJ Cut" of The Rise of Skywalker that hits the three-hour mark. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-upcoming-star-wars-movie&captions=true"] Regardless of whether or not a JJ Cut exists, The Rise of Skywalker novelization, written by Rae Carson, is said to include, "expanded scenes and content not seen in theatres, as well as a few surprises — all culled from deleted scenes, never-before-seen material, and input from the filmmakers." You can read the full extract from the book on the Star Wars website or you can take a look at some leaked concept art from Colin Trevorrow's axed Duel of the Fates film, discover the story behind Kanan's cameo in The Rise of Skywalker, and find out about George Lucas' secret cameos in recent Star Wars films. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.

Red Dead Online: Snag 50% Role XP Bonuses on Bounty Hunter Missions and More

This week in Red Dead Online you can get 50% extra Role XP in Bounty Missions, Legendary Bounties, and more, and score 30% discounts on select weapons and items.

Google Stadia Is Finally Launching on Non-Google Phones

Stadia, Google’s cloud-based game streaming platform, is finally coming to more than just Google hardware. The company has announced support for a large number of Samsung phones, as well as Razer and Asus devices. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/22/google-stadia-review"] Supported in the new compatibility wave are the Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10, and S20 devices, which covers the Plus and Note versions of each, too. Both the Razer Phone and its sequel are also supported, as well as the Asus ROG Phone and the ROG Phone 2. Along with the already supported Google Pixel 2, 3, and 4, this brings the total of supported Android devices to 21 models. Not a huge amount, but a significant leap over the three that it previously worked on. Those not looking to use a mobile device to play Stadia on can also use tablets, laptops, and desktops running the Google Chrome browser, and TV’s using Google Chromecast Ultra. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=google-stadia-review&captions=true"] If you’re unsure about Google’s streaming service, be sure to check out our Stadia review and our feature looking at if its rough launch means its doomed forever. If you’ve already joined the world of Stadia, don’t forget that Stadia Pro members can get Metro Exodus and Gylt for free in February. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter

Deals: Save on PS4, Switch, and Xbox One Controllers

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Having extra controllers on hand is never a bad idea. Controllers run out of batteries. Friends want to play co-op. Or maybe you got a little frustrated and the one you were using is now in pieces across the room. In any case, now's a good time to pick up an extra controller no matter what console you play. You can find deals on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch controllers. Let's have a look.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is $11 Off

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Joy-Cons are Up to $12 Off

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Rare PS4 Controller Colors are Back in Stock

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Other DualShock 4 Controllers are Up to $18 Off

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Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller is $159 with Prime

[poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F18%2Fxbox-elite-series-21582044465934.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F02%2F18%2Fxbox-elite-series-21582044465934_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e4c1536e4b035b46686e331%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fahgz%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Xbox%20Elite%20Series%202%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Amazon%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] The MSRP on this pro-level controller is a hard-to-swallow $180. Amazon has it on sale for $173 for everyone, but if you have Amazon Prime your price at checkout drops to $159.99. Granted, that's still a premium price, but pick this thing up and you can see where that money went. Nearly every part of the Elite Series 2 is customizable, from the trigger depth to the sticks and D-pad. Plus, it has rear paddles you can program to be any button you want for quick access. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Chris Reed is IGN's shopping and commerce editor. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed. [widget path="ign/modules/recirc" parameters="title=&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=us-shopping&count=3&columnCount=3&theme=article"]

DOOM Devs on Why Some People Like New DOOM but Not New Star Wars

In this month's episode of IGN Unfiltered, Ryan McCaffrey sat down with id Software Executive Producer Marty Stratton and DOOM Eternal Director Hugo Martin to talk about the lasting appeal of DOOM, and how it compares (and sometimes contrasts) to other major properties like Star Wars. "I think, when you see brands, and they struggle a little bit... Like, some of the new Star Wars films, a lot of the fans aren't happy, it's because I don't think that they're cooking with the same ingredients," Martin said. "And the real fans can pick up on that, and that means they won't go with you... on the journey that you're trying to take them on." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/03/the-first-10-minutes-of-doom-eternal-gameplay-4k60fps-ign-first"] When asked how id managed to both recapture the iconic feel of the original DOOM and satisfy modern gamer's expectations when crafting the 2016 reboot, Martin said, "[We were] cooking with the same ingredients." "A big part of good design, it doesn't matter what it is... a car, a movie, or anything... you've gotta evaluate it in the 50,000-foot view and be able to distill it down to the core elements that make it great. A lot of that stuff is kind of operating at a subconscious level and I think our job... the fun part of our job... is to really ask, 'Why do they like that?' The science of what makes something appealing is what makes the job of a designer, and what I find to be endlessly interesting. It's really, really compelling work. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=doom-eternal-january-2019-screenshots&captions=true"] "Once you can figure that out, like, 'Why do people like Star Wars?' Why does someone look at the new Corvette C8 and just have the reaction, 'God, that's gorgeous?' I can tell you, for a fact, that the work that went into that was tremendous. If you understand what makes something tick, it's that, 'Oh my god, that is just awesome!' That means we really got you, regardless of whatever it is." According to Martin, that approach was essential when developing the new DOOM. "A lot of time was spent working to figure out, 'What are the core elements of the DOOM brand?' Not just DOOM the game, or [DOOM] 1, or 2, or 3, or 64, but the DOOM brand as a whole. The metal element, the sense of irreverence, power, all these different things. Figuring out what those ingredients are so, that way, everything we do... make sure that it utilizes those core principles, and then the fans will accept it and go along with you." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/07/doom-eternal-45-brutal-glory-kills-in-2-minutes-ign-first"] Catch up on every episode of IGN Unfiltered here to witness conversations with Respawn Director Stig Asmussen, Remedy writer Sam Lake, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, Halo boss Bonnie Ross, and so many more!

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Brian Barnett writes news, features, wiki guides, deals posts, and much more for IGN. You can get your fix of Brian's antics on Twitter and Instagram (@Ribnax).

Baldur's Gate 3 Gameplay Reveal Will Be Live Streamed From PAX East

The first Baldur’s Gate 3 gameplay will be live streamed from PAX East on February 27. Developer Larian is in attendance at PAX East in Boston from February 27 - March 1, and will be debuting the very first gameplay live on stage. The game will be played live by Larian’s founder and creative director, Swen Vincke, along with a “very special guest”. For anyone not in attendance at the show, this gameplay demo will also be live streamed online.

The World Gameplay Reveal of Baldur’s Gate 3 will be happening LIVE at PAX East on Thursday 27th February at 1530ET. Join Swen live on stage with a special guest, and if you can’t, we'll be streaming to YouTube so you can be involved no matter where you are in the world. pic.twitter.com/96bTNGNCqk

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Larian promises an in-depth look at Baldur’s Gate 3, covering story, mechanics, and more, with a Q&A panel where questions from those in the audience at the show can be answered by the developer team. The developer also teased what's to come with a cryptic paragraph alluding to players' next adventure on the Sword Coast. "You are burdened with a great power devouring you from within. How far down the path of darkness will you let it take you? The fate of Faerûn is on your party’s shoulders. Will you carry it to salvation, or descend with it to hell?" That final remark may be a reference to Descent Into Avernus, the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop campaign book that acts as a sort of prequel to Baldur's Gate 3. unnamed The clue is accompanied by the above grotesque image, which is presumably linked to the Mind Flayers and the horrific process of ceremorphosis, in which a parasite transforms a host into a tentacled Flayer. The panel takes place at 3:30pm ET / 12:30 PT / 8:30pm UK for both show attendees and live stream views, and further gameplay demos will take place for those at PAX throughout the weekend. Larian claims that there are surprises that “even fans of critically acclaimed Divinity Original Sin 2 wouldn’t expect.” [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/06/06/baldurs-gate-3-announcement-teaser-uncut"] Baldur’s Gate 3 was officially announced last Summer, where it was revealed that the terrifying Mind Flayers would be a key part of the new chapter’s story, as well as familiar elements like the Flaming Fists, and the infamous city of Baldur’s Gate itself. A return visit to the Sword Coast is long overdue, so hopefully we’ll get a better idea about when we can walk through those gates once more soon. If you’ve never played the beloved Dungeons & Dragons RPG series before, here’s everything new players need to know about Baldur’s Gate 3. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter

Star Wars' Ahsoka Tano Explained: Who Is the Clone Wars Jedi?

If you've paid much attention to the Star Wars franchise over the past decade, you might recognize the name Ahsoka Tano. Though Ahsoka never appears in the Skywalker Saga movies, she's played a key role in both the Clone Wars and the early years of the Rebel Alliance. It's no exaggeration to say the Empire never would have been defeated without Ahsoka's help. With Ahsoka returning to the spotlight in the upcoming seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we figured now is the perfect time for a primer on the character and her connection to characters like Anakin Skywalker. The topics covered in this article include:
  • Who Is Ahsoka Tano?
  • Ahsoka Tano's Species and Force Powers
  • Ahsoka in the Clone Wars
  • Ahsoka's Role in the Rebellion
  • Is Ahsoka Dead?
  • Ahsoka's Future - Will She Appear in a Movie?
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Who Is Ahsoka Tano?

Did you know Anakin Skywalker once had a Padawan of his own before becoming Darth Vader? If you've only watched the movies, you might not know Ahsoka Tano, but she's come to play a huge role in the Star Wars franchise. Ahsoka is one of the main characters (arguably the main character) in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She came of age in a time when the Republic was torn apart by civil war. Only after leaving the Jedi Order and watching the Empire rise from the ashes of the Republic did Ahsoka find her true destiny. She may no longer be a Jedi, but she's one of the greatest forces for good in a galaxy ruled by darkness. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=Ahsoka%20is%20arguably%20the%20main%20character%20in%20the%20animated%20series%20Star%20Wars%3A%20The%20Clone%20Wars."]

Ahsoka Tano's Species and Force Powers

Ahsoka is a member of an alien race known as the Togruta. Like Jedi Master Shaak Ti, Ahsoka's appearance is marked by bright orange skin, white facial pigment and three large head tails known as Lekku. These Lekku grow larger with age, which can be clearly seen as Ahsoka grows up over the course of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and resurfaces years later in Star Wars Rebels. Ahsoka showed strong Force potential at an early age and was recruited into the Jedi Order as a young child. Like her master Anakin, Ahsoka is especially gifted in combat-oriented Force abilities, particularly piloting ships and wielding lightsabers. In fact, as an adult Ahsoka's sword-fighting prowess rivals the best in the galaxy, including the legendary Darth Vader himself. Ahsoka has mastered a particularly difficult form of lightsaber combat known as Jar'Kai, where she pairs a traditional lightsaber with a second, shorter saber. Ahsoka has also shown a unique ability to purify the kyber crystals that power lightsabers. After claiming a red, dual-bladed saber from one of the Empire's Sith Inquisitors, Ahsoka was able to remove the aura of the Dark Side and use the crystals to construct a pair of white-bladed sabers.

Ahsoka in the Clone Wars

Though she played a vital role in the Clone Wars, Ahsoka never appeared in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. She didn't actually debut until 2008, several years after the release of Episode III. Ahsoka was introduced in the 2008 animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which spawned the TV series of the same name. The Clone Wars movie picks up shortly after the events of Episode II, as newly minted Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker is assigned to mentor Padawan Ahsoka Tano. Though the two predictably butt heads at first, Anakin eventually finds a kindred spirit in Ahsoka. Like her Master, Ahsoka is headstrong, fond of flying and always ready to bend or break the rules in the interest of helping those she cares about. Ahsoka's growth - both in terms of her Force abilities and her moral code - is one of the main focal points of the animated series. That journey culminates at the end of Season 5, when Ahsoka is framed for a bombing at the Jedi Temple and tried before a military tribunal. Though she's eventually exonerated and allowed to return to the Order, Ahsoka's growing disillusionment with the Jedi and their role in the war causes her to turn her back on the Order. And for Anakin, a Jedi doomed to fall to the Dark Side because of his inability to let go of his personal attachments, losing Ahsoka is another heavy blow. [caption id="attachment_230208" align="aligncenter" width="1163"]02 - Ahsoka-Bariss Ahsoka was framed for a bombing at the Jedi Temple by her former friend Barriss Offee at the end of The Clone Wars Season 5.[/caption]

Ahsoka's Role in the Rebellion

One of the most common themes of Disney's new Star Wars projects has been that the Rebellion was composed of many more heroes than just Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Numerous other freedom fighters played their part in ending the scourge of the Empire, including Ahsoka Tano. That's where Star Wars Rebels comes in. A followup to Clone Wars set during the years leading up to Episode IV, Rebels focuses on the crew of the Ghost and their guerrilla missions against the Empire in the Lothal system. Throughout Season 1, the main characters are assisted by a mysterious Rebel intelligence officer codenamed Fulcrum. Season 1 ends with the reveal that Fulcrum is none other than Ahsoka, older and more powerful but still dedicated to the goal of restoring peace to the galaxy. Ahsoka plays a heavy role in Season 2 as she joins the Ghost crew and even forms a fleeting alliance with Darth Maul. Over the course of the season, Ahsoka battles members of the Sith Inquisitorius, culminating in a showdown with her former master, Darth Vader, on the Sith world of Malachor. Vader only narrowly survives that encounter, and Ahsoka is feared lost in the rubble of the Sith temple. However, her ally and fellow Jedi Ezra Bridger is able to reach through time and rescue Ahsoka from certain death. When she resurfaces at the end of the series, Ahsoka has seemingly achieved her full strength in the Force. She enlists her friends' aid in finding Ezra after he's stranded on the far end of the galaxy following a confrontation with Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Is Ahsoka Dead?

Ahsoka's fate following the events of Star Wars Rebels is unclear. While we now know she didn't die fighting Vader on Malachor - and in fact returns to her friends around the time the Empire is defeated in Return of the Jedi - Disney has yet to explore her journey after that point. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=how-ahsoka-tano-helped-shape-the-star-wars-franchise&captions=true"] Unfortunately, many Ahsoka fans fear her story may have already come to an end. Ahsoka "appeared" in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker via a vocal cameo - one of many Jedi who encourage Rey during her final confrontation with Emperor Palpatine. That cameo led to the obvious assumption that Ahsoka is dead by the time of the Star Wars sequels. Because we hear the voices of many other dead Jedi alongside Ahsoka - Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Aayla Secura, Luminara Unduli, etc. - this suggests Ahsoka has joined her fellow Jedi in becoming one with the Force. However, Lucasfilm Animation head Dave Filoni downplayed those fears by tweeting out a cartoon sketch of Ahsoka hanging out with famously hard to kill wizard Gandalf. If not exactly indisputable proof Ahsoka is still alive, this at least gives fans reasons to hope. And even if Ahsoka is dead by the time of Episode IX, that still leaves more than 30 years of history in between the two trilogies to explore. One way or another, we probably haven't seen the last of Ahsoka. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/06/star-wars-will-ahsoka-tano-appear-in-the-mandalorian"]

Ahsoka's Future - Will She Appear in a Movie?

Given the open-ended way in which Star Wars Rebels wraps, there's plenty of potential for Ahsoka to play a key role in future Star Wars projects. In the past we've speculated the series finale of Rebels may be setting up the next Star Wars animated series, one that follows Ahsoka, Hera and Sabine as they travel to the far end of the galaxy in search of Ezra. Given that this series would be set after the events of Return of the Jedi, it could help flesh out this murky part of the series' timeline. We might even see Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and learn what role Ahsoka played in helping to restore (if only temporarily) the Jedi Order. The series could also tie into The Mandalorian, particularly with that live-action series making its own Clone Wars connections. There's also plenty of potential for an Ahsoka movie or live-action series on Disney+. The latter seems more likely given Disney's decision to pump the brakes on Star Wars movies for a few years. In fact, we think it's a good idea for Star Wars to pivot from movies to TV. Whether Ahsoka is alive or dead by the time of the sequel trilogy, there's certainly plenty of room left to explore her journey. We'll likely get some idea of what the future holds for Ahsoka in The Clone Wars: Season 7. Ahsoka will return to the spotlight in a season that takes place at least partly during the events of Episode III. Fans will finally see the fabled Siege of Mandalore firsthand and see how Ahsoka survived a run-in with Darth Maul and the carnage of Order 66. Once that story is told, hopefully the next major phase of Ahsoka's journey can begin. [widget path="global/page/polldaddy" parameters="id=10505917&question=Where%20should%20Ahsoka%20appear%20next%20after%20The%20Clone%20Wars%3A%20Season%207%3F"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.

Witcher Season 2: Game of Thrones Actor Reportedly Cast As Nivellen

Warning! This article mentions a storyline from The Witcher novels. To learn more about the proper reading order for Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher books, click here. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju is reportedly set to star as Nivellen in the opening episode of Season 2 of The Witcher. Redanian Intelligence reports that Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones, has been cast under the mysterious moniker "Nigel", which is believed to be a codename for the cursed character of "Nivellen." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/27/the-witcher-season-1-review"] The outlet claims to have procured a casting sheet, which describes Nigel as "a charismatic, witty and funny man" who is from an "aristocratic family and has been cursed for the crimes he has committed in the past." The details of the character profile appear to match Nivellen's backstory, shared in Andrzej Sapkowski's short story entitled "A Grain of Truth", which sees Geralt of Rivia stumble upon a rundown manor, inhabited by a monstrous, cursed nobleman known as Nivellen. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/21/the-witcher-season-1-ending-explained"] If true, Hivju joins an ever-growing cast list for the second season of the fantasy drama, alongside Peaky Blinders actor Paul Bullion who has reportedly been cast as Lambert and Strike Back star Yasen Atour who is apparently set to portray Coën. Elsewhere, Dolittle actress Carmel Laniado recently signed on to play Violet, an all-new character described as "a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanour is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=netflixs-the-witcher-cast-vs-video-game-characters&captions=true"] For more on Season 2 of The Witcher, read about the big "mistake" of The Witcher: Season 1 that will be rectified in the upcoming episodes, check out what showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich had to say about the fantasy elements in the next season, and find out why Netflix ultimately decided to adapt the books and not the games. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.

New Witcher 3 Switch Update Adds PC Cross-Save Function

The Witcher 3 on Switch is being updated with the ability to cross-save with PC, via Steam or GOG. This comes as part of the latest patch which also adds new graphics options to the game’s settings menu.

News of PC cross-save for The ‘Switcher’ originally surfaced on Reddit, but CD Projekt RED confirmed to IGN that the functionality is being included in the next patch, due to roll out imminently. The patch includes “touch control support, save file integration with GOG/Steam, more text languages in selected regions and more graphical options. On top of that there are performance optimizations and bugfixes.”

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The PC cross-save function will allow players to download PC saves to the Switch version, allowing them to continue playing when they’re on the move/prefer to use the Switch. This is done through either a GOG or Steam log-in. Divinity: Original Sin 2 on Switch also features this functionality, and the feature was well received.

As for the graphics options, the Reddit leak suggests these will allow players to toggle on or off features such as motion blur, bloom, depth of field, and light shafts. While The Witcher 3 on Switch is never going to look as good as its PC or PS4/Xbox One cousins, these options will certainly help players choose their own graphics balance. Reducing blur should certainly help make the image sharper, hopefully eliminating the almost ‘vaseline’ like haze that the Switch version has by default.

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We loved The Witcher 3 on Switch in our review, noting that even with the concessions to get it on Nintendo’s lower-powered console, it’s still one of the best games of the generation. If you’re planning on jumping in for the first time, or are revisiting the Northern Kingdoms for another journey, take a look at the Witcher 3 side quests you really shouldn’t miss.

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The Official IGN Store Is Live Right Now

If you're looking for some of the coolest graphic tees around, or you want to show your love for IGN shows like Game Scoop!, Podcast Beyond, and more, have we got some great news for you: the IGN Store is live right now. Yes, you read that correctly: we now have an official apparel store stocked to the brim with tons of great designs from stuff you actually care about, like The Mandalorian, Nintendo, Harry Potter, and more. So, so many more. The best part is there's even more to come, but you can get in on the ground floor right now by visiting the official IGN Store and having a look around.

The Official IGN Store

Shirts [poilib element="accentDivider"] Looking for a shirt from your favorite IGN show like Game Scoop? We got you. How about Podcast Beyond? Yeah, we've got those too. What about NVC or Podcast Unlocked? OK, those aren't actually ready yet, but we have an awesome selection of IGN logo shirts you can check out while you wait. Plus there are tons more officially licensed designs to let you show off your pop-culture fandom. We've got even more licenses and designs coming in the future, so you might as well just bookmark the page and keep checking back once you've bought a few shirts. [poilib element="accentDivider"]  

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