Monthly Archives: September 2019

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Sony Worldwide Studios Head Shawn Layden Leaves PlayStation


According to, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia president Atsushi Morita also retired yesterday, the same days as SIE Worldwide Chairman Shawn Layden. Morita's successor has not been named, but SIE deputy president and CFO Kazuhiko Takeda has taken on some of Morita's corporate director duties.

Morita worked as head of Sony's mobile-focused subsidiary ForwardWorks, and was previously VP of administration and control. The reason behind Morita's retirement are unclear.

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Next Pokemon Anime Revealed With New Art Style and Companion

The next season of the long-running Pokemon anime has been revealed. And Ash is getting a new redesign and friend to tag along with him on his new journey.

Ash is back traveling the world on his journey to become a Pokemon Master. After his surprising Pokemon League championship win in the last series, he’s hitting the road again with Pikachu and a new character. His name is Gou and he’ll be joined by Scorbunny from the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield as his companion.


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The Rock Returning to WWE for SmackDown’s Debut on FOX

It's been rumored for weeks now, WWE trying to get Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson back on TV for the SmackDown 20th Anniversary Special on FOX, on October 4, but now it's official! The Rock himself announced that he was going to attend and that "there's no place like home" on social media today.

Dwayne Johnson's arguably the busiest performer in Hollywood (and he's certainly the highest paid), so much so that the HBO series he produces and stars in, Ballers, feels like a quaint side project. So it was all going to come down to whether or not Johnson could be in Los Angeles, at Staples Center, this coming Friday night.

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Netflix’s The Dragon Prince Gets Art Book From Dark Horse

Comic book publisher Dark Horse is partnering with Wonderstorm and Netflix to produce "The Art of The Dragon Prince," which will give fans a never-before-seen look at concept sketches, preliminary designs, and first impressions from the first three seasons.

"Aaron and I are excited to announce Wonderstorm's partnership with Dark Horse," said Justin Richmond, co-creator of The Dragon Prince. "As a longtime fan, I have wanted to work with Dark Horse for years, and I can't think of a better partner to help us bring the world of The Dragon Prince to life in new ways that our fans are going to love. I can't wait for people to see what we are working on together!"

Photo courtesy of Dark Horse. Photo courtesy of Dark Horse.

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Two More Supermen Unite in New Crisis on Infinite Earths Photo

Update: Now Brandon Routh is joining in on the Superman crossover fun. Routh posted a new photo to Instagram featuring he and Tyler Hoechlin in their respective Superman costumes.

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Routh also wrote, "#DoubleVision—the new #Superman ability! Grateful to share the #Arrowverse as #Superman for a short time with the charming & gracious @tylerhoechlin! I never really thought I’d get to meet #Superman in person... Gotta say, it’s all it’s cracked up to be!

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2013 vs 2020: Which Final Console Year Will Be Better?

2013 feels like forever ago, an era slowly fading away that included many iconic single-player narrative stories, a time before ongoing shared-world experiences existed, before the rise of loot boxes and microtransactions; an era where not every game was an open-world experience with RPG elements, before every game with backtracking was referred to as a “Metroidvania.” The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 era was a  simpler time, and yet, here we are again on the cusp of the next generation of consoles, where cloud-based gaming is the hot new trend, and everyone has their own game streaming service. With that being said, 2020 might be the biggest year we’ve had in video games since 2007 (which saw the release of BioShock, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Super Mario Galaxy, and The Orange Box - which included Portal.)

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Ranking Every Resident Evil Spinoff

Capcom recently announced Project Resistance, a team-based Resident Evil spin-off game that pits a group of survivors against the zombies and big bads the franchise is famous for. Whilst this new game looks all kinds of fun, it’s true that past Resident Evil spin-offs have been fairly hit and miss in terms of quality.

More experimental than games in the core series, the spin-off games have a history stretching back to the turn of the century and have dabbled in a surprising number of different genres. Whether any of them are worth revisiting before Project Resistance hits beta testing in October is, of course, up to you - but to help you decide we’ve put together a list of every console Resident Evil spin-off released so far, and how it fared on our review scale.

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Borderlands 3: SAG-AFTRA Responds to Gearbox’s Statement on Troy Baker

UPDATE (10/1/19) -  SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) has sent IGN a response to Gearbox Software's statement from the story below.

"We are fully aware of the anti-labor, right-to-work-for-less laws that help explain why Texas has more minimum-wage workers than any state in the Union. Employers in Texas and other right-to-work-for-less states nevertheless routinely work under SAG-AFTRA agreements with no legal obstacle at all. To the extent that Gearbox’s statement reflects legitimate ignorance, Gearbox could easily have asked that question during their discussions with SAG-AFTRA, which they did not.

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Destiny 2 Servers Going Down Until Shadowkeep’s Release

Bungie has taken the Destiny 1 and 2 servers offline until tomorrow's release of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep.

The scheduled maintenance, which began Monday at 9:45 a.m. PT, was announced by Bungie on Twitter. The servers will be brought back online for the launch of the expansion Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. UK / Wednesday, October 2, at 3 a.m. AEST, according to Bungie's website.

The developer added players may experience sign-in issues at that time, as "background maintenance is still ongoing." According to Bungie, those problems should cease when maintenance is "expected to complete" two hours later (12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. UK / Wednesday, October 2, at 5 a.m. AEST).

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The Key to Kylo Ren’s Redemption Teased in Star Wars: Resistance Reborn

Will Ben Solo follow his grandfather's example and renounce the Dark Side in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? We won't find out until December, but an upcoming Star Wars novel shows how Kylo Ren's redemption is possible. published an excerpt from author Rebecca Roanhorse's upcoming novel Star Wars: Resistance Reborn. Set shortly after the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Resistance Reborn explores how General Leia, Rey and the handful of surviving Resistance members begin the process of rebuilding. One particularly noteworthy passage shows Leia reflecting on her son and the possibility of redemption. As Leia explains, Ben can only be saved if he specifically chooses to be saved.

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