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A medium-sized (M2) solar flare and a coronal mass ejection erupted from the same, large active region of the sun on July 14, 2017. The flare lasted almost two hours, quite a long duration. The coils arcing over this active region are particles spiraling along magnetic field lines.
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The Wolf Among Us Season 2 Confirmed, Launching In 2018

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Just prior to San Diego Comic-Con, Telltale has announced three of its upcoming episodic games. The biggest surprise of the bunch is The Wolf Among Us 2, which is due out next year.

Season 2 of The Wolf Among Us was revealed toward the end of the video below, which offers a rundown on Telltale’s next three games. It starts out with the first season’s voice actors and developers reading tweets from fans requesting a sequel. From there, it transitions to some shots of the game with some talk about what made the first game significant and how fan support led to the development of Season 2.

Like the first season, this will be based on Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series. There’s not yet an official title for the new season, nor are there any details on what it will actually consist of. Telltale only says it features “a fresh story arc for its returning cast of characters.” Among those characters are two played by actors seen in the video, Adam Harrington’s Bigby Wolf and Erin Yvette’s Snow White.

Similarly, there’s no exact release date; it’s merely due out in the “second half of 2018.” It will launch for “all major gaming consoles and mobile gaming devices,” including Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, and iOS- and Android-based devices. Perhaps suspecting the inevitable questions about a Switch version, a press release notes, “Additional platforms are yet to be announced.”

Telltale’s other newly announced projects include a final season of The Walking Dead, which is due out in 2018, and another Batman series that debuts in August. We’ll have more details shortly.

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The Wolf Among Us Season 2 Confirmed, Launching In 2018

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Just prior to San Diego Comic-Con, Telltale has announced three of its upcoming episodic games. The biggest surprise of the bunch is The Wolf Among Us 2, which is due out next year.

Season 2 of The Wolf Among Us was revealed toward the end of the video below, which offers a rundown on Telltale’s next three games. It starts out with the first season’s voice actors and developers reading tweets from fans requesting a sequel. From there, it transitions to some shots of the game with some talk about what made the first game significant and how fan support led to the development of Season 2.

Like the first season, this will be based on Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series. There’s not yet an official title for the new season, nor are there any details on what it will actually consist of. Telltale only says it features “a fresh story arc for its returning cast of characters.” Among those characters are two played by actors seen in the video, Adam Harrington’s Bigby Wolf and Erin Yvette’s Snow White.

Similarly, there’s no exact release date; it’s merely due out in the “second half of 2018.” It will launch for “all major gaming consoles and mobile gaming devices,” including Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, and iOS- and Android-based devices. Perhaps suspecting the inevitable questions about a Switch version, a press release notes, “Additional platforms are yet to be announced.”

Telltale’s other newly announced projects include a final season of The Walking Dead, which is due out in 2018, and another Batman series that debuts in August. We’ll have more details shortly.

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How Punch-Out Made Mike Tyson The Scariest Video Game Boss Ever

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Joey takes us back to the 80s, during the height of Mike Tyson’s reign, to see how he helped define a genre, and became one of the most notorious bosses in gaming history.

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Marvel Powers United VR is a ‘100% full-size game,’ says dev

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Marvel Powers United VR wants to capture a very specific fantasy: To enable players to feel like superheroes. And although the limitations of virtual reality’s current state as a medium will always hold it back, there’s fun to be had in Marvel Powers United.

Marvel Powers United VR is a co-op multiplayer action game exclusive to Oculus Rift. Up to four players take control of Marvel heroes and battle enemies with their various powers. Disney unveiled the game during its D23 expo last weekend with three playable characters–Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Rocket Raccoon–saving the reveal of a fourth, Deadpool, for this week’s San Diego Comic-Con. GameSpot went hands-on with the game over the weekend and tested out a couple of the characters.

Playing as Hulk, your size is evident–you tower above enemies and other players alike. You can leap across the battlefield with the press of a button and smash your hands together in the air or downward to unleash powerful attacks. Or you can just grab enemies and throw them, or hurl exploding crates around the room.

Captain Marvel feels totally different. She can glide through the air, letting you get a better angle on enemies, and her hand lasers can be fired in short bursts or charged up for more powerful shots. She also has a shield on each hand that charges over time, or more quickly if they absorb enemy fire, and spews powerful focused laser beams.

The final game will have over a dozen characters, and if they all play as differently as these, there will be plenty of variety in the full experience.

As an Oculus Rift exclusive, Marvel Powers United VR was built from the ground up for virtual reality by Sanzaru Games, a studio with experience working on both traditional games (the Sonic Boom and Sly Cooper series) and VR titles (VR Sports Challenge and Ripcoil).

If you’ve played many virtual reality games, you’re probably aware of the limitations inherent to the technology, some of which are evident in Marvel Powers United VR. For example, movement can seem slow, especially when you’re “flying” with characters like Captain Marvel; what you’re really doing is simply hovering stationary above the ground, which isn’t nearly as cool.

But virtual reality also has its strengths. Using the Oculus Touch controllers, the novelty of looking down and seeing your virtual hands can’t be overstated. The Touch controllers’ unique sensors can detect index finger and thumb movements as well as large gestures, so you can point at teammates or give them a thumbs up (the middle finger isn’t tracked individually, unfortunately). When you’re doing this with the Hulk’s gargantuan green fists, it’s even more fun.

There’s a hub area where you hang out in character between levels, and although we weren’t able to move around in the D23 demo, the game’s creative director, Sanzaru’s Mat Kraemer, told GameSpot you can in the full game. It’s there that the game’s many unlockables, collectible items, and tchotchkes from the Marvel universe will be displayed, and Kraemer said it will be fun simply to walk around the space and explore your collection.

The mission they showed us involved a series of escalating encounters set in a linear environment inside the location known as Knowhere, from the Guardians of the Galaxy corner of the universe. As a team of four we battled from room to room before confronting Ronan the Accuser, the villain from the first Guardians movie, in a final boss fight. The whole thing felt too easy, although Kraemer said the difficulty had been cranked way down for the demo. Even so, it was fun to leap or hover around tossing, punching, shooting, and blasting wave after wave of cannon-fodder enemies. And Kraemer said there will be other game modes.

“You can expect a ton of different locations, tons of different modes of play,” he said. “This is a 100% full-size game. This isn’t a little demo, it’s not an ‘experience,’ it’s not an on-rails thing. This is a full retail game.”

A scoring system keeps players competing with one another, as well as working together to score more points by using combo attacks. For example, Hulk can smash enemies and stun them, and when other players follow up with their own attacks everyone will earn extra points.

“It’s a team game, so you’ve got to really rely on your teammates and work together,” Kraemer said. At the end of each level you get to pose together for a virtual selfie, which will presumably be followed by social media links in the full game.

The final game will also include a variety of options, including different ways to look around and different movement speeds. That’s how you account for many different types of players who have varying levels of tolerance and comfort within virtual reality, according to Kraemer.

“There’s only one opportunity to do this first,” Kraemer said. “There’s no other Marvel VR game. So I see it as opportunity.”

Marvel Powers United VR is scheduled to launch in 2018 exclusively on Oculus Rift.

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Marvel Powers United VR is a ‘100% full-size game,’ says dev

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Marvel Powers United VR wants to capture a very specific fantasy: To enable players to feel like superheroes. And although the limitations of virtual reality’s current state as a medium will always hold it back, there’s fun to be had in Marvel Powers United.

Marvel Powers United VR is a co-op multiplayer action game exclusive to Oculus Rift. Up to four players take control of Marvel heroes and battle enemies with their various powers. Disney unveiled the game during its D23 expo last weekend with three playable characters–Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Rocket Raccoon–saving the reveal of a fourth, Deadpool, for this week’s San Diego Comic-Con. GameSpot went hands-on with the game over the weekend and tested out a couple of the characters.

Playing as Hulk, your size is evident–you tower above enemies and other players alike. You can leap across the battlefield with the press of a button and smash your hands together in the air or downward to unleash powerful attacks. Or you can just grab enemies and throw them, or hurl exploding crates around the room.

Captain Marvel feels totally different. She can glide through the air, letting you get a better angle on enemies, and her hand lasers can be fired in short bursts or charged up for more powerful shots. She also has a shield on each hand that charges over time, or more quickly if they absorb enemy fire, and spews powerful focused laser beams.

The final game will have over a dozen characters, and if they all play as differently as these, there will be plenty of variety in the full experience.

As an Oculus Rift exclusive, Marvel Powers United VR was built from the ground up for virtual reality by Sanzaru Games, a studio with experience working on both traditional games (the Sonic Boom and Sly Cooper series) and VR titles (VR Sports Challenge and Ripcoil).

If you’ve played many virtual reality games, you’re probably aware of the limitations inherent to the technology, some of which are evident in Marvel Powers United VR. For example, movement can seem slow, especially when you’re “flying” with characters like Captain Marvel; what you’re really doing is simply hovering stationary above the ground, which isn’t nearly as cool.

But virtual reality also has its strengths. Using the Oculus Touch controllers, the novelty of looking down and seeing your virtual hands can’t be overstated. The Touch controllers’ unique sensors can detect index finger and thumb movements as well as large gestures, so you can point at teammates or give them a thumbs up (the middle finger isn’t tracked individually, unfortunately). When you’re doing this with the Hulk’s gargantuan green fists, it’s even more fun.

There’s a hub area where you hang out in character between levels, and although we weren’t able to move around in the D23 demo, the game’s creative director, Sanzaru’s Mat Kraemer, told GameSpot you can in the full game. It’s there that the game’s many unlockables, collectible items, and tchotchkes from the Marvel universe will be displayed, and Kraemer said it will be fun simply to walk around the space and explore your collection.

The mission they showed us involved a series of escalating encounters set in a linear environment inside the location known as Knowhere, from the Guardians of the Galaxy corner of the universe. As a team of four we battled from room to room before confronting Ronan the Accuser, the villain from the first Guardians movie, in a final boss fight. The whole thing felt too easy, although Kraemer said the difficulty had been cranked way down for the demo. Even so, it was fun to leap or hover around tossing, punching, shooting, and blasting wave after wave of cannon-fodder enemies. And Kraemer said there will be other game modes.

“You can expect a ton of different locations, tons of different modes of play,” he said. “This is a 100% full-size game. This isn’t a little demo, it’s not an ‘experience,’ it’s not an on-rails thing. This is a full retail game.”

A scoring system keeps players competing with one another, as well as working together to score more points by using combo attacks. For example, Hulk can smash enemies and stun them, and when other players follow up with their own attacks everyone will earn extra points.

“It’s a team game, so you’ve got to really rely on your teammates and work together,” Kraemer said. At the end of each level you get to pose together for a virtual selfie, which will presumably be followed by social media links in the full game.

The final game will also include a variety of options, including different ways to look around and different movement speeds. That’s how you account for many different types of players who have varying levels of tolerance and comfort within virtual reality, according to Kraemer.

“There’s only one opportunity to do this first,” Kraemer said. “There’s no other Marvel VR game. So I see it as opportunity.”

Marvel Powers United VR is scheduled to launch in 2018 exclusively on Oculus Rift.

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PS4 5.0 System Update On The Way, Beta Sign-Ups Now Available

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The next big system update for PlayStation 4 has been confirmed as version 5.0. Ahead of its release, Sony will conduct a beta test that you can sign up for right now.

Beta registration runs from today until “the start of the beta in early August,” according to a PlayStation Blog post. You’ll need to be 18 years old to do so and have access to a Master account on your PS4. There’s also one other requirement, and it’s a bit unusual: you have to be a PlayStation Now subscriber.

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As part of the brief sign-up process, there’s a checkbox to mark that you’re a subscriber to Now, Sony’s subscription-based streaming game service. In order to submit the registration form, you have to affirm that you’re a Now subscriber. It’s unclear if not actually being a subscriber will prevent you from getting into the beta; the PlayStation Blog post makes no mention of this. But you may want to subscribe for a month if you’re eager to improve your odds of gaining early access to the new firmware.

Those who are accepted will receive an email that explains how to download the system update. As with previous betas, you’ll be able to roll back to the current firmware if you decide you’re tired of sampling the future.

You can sign up through the region-specific links below:

There’s no word yet on what the 5.0 update will include, but the Now requirement would suggest there will be some new feature tied to that. The last big PS4 update, 4.50, added Boost mode for PS4 Pro owners and external hard drive support, among other things. Subsequent updates haven’t done much.

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PS4 5.0 System Update On The Way, Beta Sign-Ups Now Available

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The next big system update for PlayStation 4 has been confirmed as version 5.0. Ahead of its release, Sony will conduct a beta test that you can sign up for right now.

Beta registration runs from today until “the start of the beta in early August,” according to a PlayStation Blog post. You’ll need to be 18 years old to do so and have access to a Master account on your PS4. There’s also one other requirement, and it’s a bit unusual: you have to be a PlayStation Now subscriber.

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As part of the brief sign-up process, there’s a checkbox to mark that you’re a subscriber to Now, Sony’s subscription-based streaming game service. In order to submit the registration form, you have to affirm that you’re a Now subscriber. It’s unclear if not actually being a subscriber will prevent you from getting into the beta; the PlayStation Blog post makes no mention of this. But you may want to subscribe for a month if you’re eager to improve your odds of gaining early access to the new firmware.

Those who are accepted will receive an email that explains how to download the system update. As with previous betas, you’ll be able to roll back to the current firmware if you decide you’re tired of sampling the future.

You can sign up through the region-specific links below:

There’s no word yet on what the 5.0 update will include, but the Now requirement would suggest there will be some new feature tied to that. The last big PS4 update, 4.50, added Boost mode for PS4 Pro owners and external hard drive support, among other things. Subsequent updates haven’t done much.

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The Evil Within 2’s New Trailer Features Trippy Environments, Gruesome Monsters

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Bethesda has released a new trailer for The Evil Within 2, laying out the story for the upcoming survival-horror game and providing a look at its gameplay. The sequel takes place a few years after the original game and, once again, features Sebastian Castellanos as its protagonist.

This time, Sebastian returns to the STEM world in order to find and rescue his daughter Lilly. It’s a race against the clock, however, as STEM is falling apart and his daughter could be lost within it forever. As shown in the trailer, Sebastian will be battling many monsters along the way; some of these are nightmarish creatures looking to tear him apart, while others are internal demons picking at his psyche.

For the former, Sebastian has a wide range of weaponry to take them out, ranging from knives and proximity mines to tripwires to flammable substances in the environment. Bethesda has also detailed The Last Chance Pack, which will give a selection of bonus items to those that pre-order The Evil Within 2. You can see exactly what’s included in the pack below.

  • The Burst Handgun: This exclusive weapon is only available through The Last Chance Pack and uses handgun bullets that can be found or crafted.
  • Crafting Supplies: Upgrade your go-to weapon, craft additional ammo, or make traps to incapacitate enemies with these supplies available at the start of your descent into Union.
  • Medical Supplies: You’ll need to stay alive to save Lily, and these medical supplies will give you the aid you need to venture deeper into the madness.

The Evil Within 2’s release date has been confirmed as October 13, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It is being developed by the Bethesda-owned Tango Gameworks out of Japan. The studio is run by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.

The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus–another Bethesda title–now feature the Xbox One X Enhanced, HDR, and 4K Ultra HD logos on the official Xbox website, indicating they will make use of the horsepower in Microsoft’s upcoming console. They join the new Xbox console’s growing list of 4K-supported games, which includes Crackdown 3, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Sea of Thieves, and more.

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The Evil Within 2’s New Trailer Features Trippy Environments, Gruesome Monsters

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Bethesda has released a new trailer for The Evil Within 2, laying out the story for the upcoming survival-horror game and providing a look at its gameplay. The sequel takes place a few years after the original game and, once again, features Sebastian Castellanos as its protagonist.

This time, Sebastian returns to the STEM world in order to find and rescue his daughter Lilly. It’s a race against the clock, however, as STEM is falling apart and his daughter could be lost within it forever. As shown in the trailer, Sebastian will be battling many monsters along the way; some of these are nightmarish creatures looking to tear him apart, while others are internal demons picking at his psyche.

For the former, Sebastian has a wide range of weaponry to take them out, ranging from knives and proximity mines to tripwires to flammable substances in the environment. Bethesda has also detailed The Last Chance Pack, which will give a selection of bonus items to those that pre-order The Evil Within 2. You can see exactly what’s included in the pack below.

  • The Burst Handgun: This exclusive weapon is only available through The Last Chance Pack and uses handgun bullets that can be found or crafted.
  • Crafting Supplies: Upgrade your go-to weapon, craft additional ammo, or make traps to incapacitate enemies with these supplies available at the start of your descent into Union.
  • Medical Supplies: You’ll need to stay alive to save Lily, and these medical supplies will give you the aid you need to venture deeper into the madness.

The Evil Within 2’s release date has been confirmed as October 13, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It is being developed by the Bethesda-owned Tango Gameworks out of Japan. The studio is run by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.

The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus–another Bethesda title–now feature the Xbox One X Enhanced, HDR, and 4K Ultra HD logos on the official Xbox website, indicating they will make use of the horsepower in Microsoft’s upcoming console. They join the new Xbox console’s growing list of 4K-supported games, which includes Crackdown 3, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Sea of Thieves, and more.

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Young Lando Revealed In New Star Wars Han Solo Movie Image

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Production has resumed on the Star Wars spinoff focusing on Han Solo, following the departure of original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller last month. Veteran filmmaker Ron Howard is now in the director’s chair, and he has been releasing a steady stream of behind-the-scenes images. Earlier this week we saw Chewbacca on set, and now Howard has posted a first look at Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. Check it out below:

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The Han Solo movie will also star Alden Ehrenreich as Solo and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, with support from Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Michael Kenneth Williams.

Last week, some unofficial behind-the-scenes images from the film were revealed. They featured Ehrenreich and Harrelson, plus an unknown woman who could be Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Despite the change of directors, the film still officially has a May 2018 release date. TMZ caught up with Disney CEO Bob Iger recently, and he didn’t say one way or the other if the movie will be delayed as a result of the directorial changes.

The next Star Wars movie is The Last Jedi, which hits theaters in December. A behind-the-scenes promo and series of stylish new posters were revealed at the annual D23 convention this weekend.

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