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Star Wars Episode IX will be directed by JJ Abrams

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It’s official, JJ Abrams, the man who launched the new Star Wars trilogy with The Force Awakens, will also end it with Star Wars Episode IX.

Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio, with producers including Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said “With the Force Awakens, JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for.

“I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.”

While this news might not excite fans that thought The Force Awakens was too ‘safe’, it should at least confirm that we will see some spectacular scenes and have a director who understands the cast and crew. Plus, if we get more of the same Millenium Falcon action that we did in TFA, I’m in.

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The untitled final episode has already started facing problems, despite the fact its predecessor The Last Jedi hasn’t even released yet. After a new screenwriter was brought onto the project to re-write the script, Episode IX also recently lost director Colin Trevorrow.

Trevorrow was best known for directing mega-success Jurassic World, which ended up grossing nearly $1.6 billion worldwide and led to him being announced as director of the final Star Wars episode in 2015.

It’s unclear whether this announcement will affect the original plan of filming starting in January 2018, although we assume Lucasfilm will be keen to keep everything on track.

This continues a worrying trend that seems to be occuring within Lucasfilm lately, with the standalone Han Solo film seeing both of its directors being fired just two weeks before the end of principal filming. It is believed this was down to creative differences between directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with producer Kathleen Kennedy, although this has never been explicitly confirmed.

Ron Howard has since been brought in to finish the film but the situation definitely raised eyebrows, especially with the decision made at such a late point in the film’s production.

The Last Jedi will release on 15th December 2017, with Star Wars Episode IX slated to start filming early 2018.

UK based gaming writer, raised on a diet of Street Fighter and Isometric RPG's. I enjoy playing every game I can get my grubby little hands on.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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