NBC Reportedly Offered to Merge With EA

NBCUniversal reportedly almost merged with Electronic Arts, as Comcast CEO Brian Roberts apparently approached EA CEO Andrew Wilson with a proposal to combine the entertainment media company with the gaming giant.

According to Puck, both NBCUniversal and EA's lawyers and bankers negotiated for weeks about how a potential merger would take place. The general proposal reportedly had the Roberts family take control of the combined company, but with current EA CEO Andrew Wilson running the company.

If Wilson had been the CEO of the merged company, then the current NBCUniversal CEO, Jeff Shell, reportedly would have been given a higher role within Comcast — and Shell was reportedly involved with the discussions as well.

During the last month of discussions, the proposal didn't go through due to disagreements surrounding the price of the merger and how it would be structured. But amid the mergers and acquisition trend in the games industry right now, EA reportedly spoke with other big companies such as Disney, Apple, and Amazon about potentially being acquired.

EA's interest in acquisition has reportedly increased since Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard earlier this year. Though a primary concern for any merger for EA will allow Wilson to stay as CEO of the combined entity.

As recently as March, EA also reportedly approached Disney in order to pursue a "more meaningful relationship," instead of just simply doing licensing deals as it does with something like the Star Wars games.

EA spokesperson John Reseburg didn't comment on this specific rumor, but provided a statement to Puck, saying, "We are proud to be operating from a position of strength and growth, with a portfolio of amazing games, built around powerful IP, made by incredibly talented teams, and a network of more than half a billion players. We see a very bright future ahead."

NBCUniversal once had its own games publishing business but shut it down back in 2019, only after under 3 years of starting it.

George Yang is a Freelance Writer for IGN.

NBC Reportedly Offered to Merge With EA

NBCUniversal reportedly almost merged with Electronic Arts, as Comcast CEO Brian Roberts apparently approached EA CEO Andrew Wilson with a proposal to combine the entertainment media company with the gaming giant.

According to Puck, both NBCUniversal and EA's lawyers and bankers negotiated for weeks about how a potential merger would take place. The general proposal reportedly had the Roberts family take control of the combined company, but with current EA CEO Andrew Wilson running the company.

If Wilson had been the CEO of the merged company, then the current NBCUniversal CEO, Jeff Shell, reportedly would have been given a higher role within Comcast — and Shell was reportedly involved with the discussions as well.

During the last month of discussions, the proposal didn't go through due to disagreements surrounding the price of the merger and how it would be structured. But amid the mergers and acquisition trend in the games industry right now, EA reportedly spoke with other big companies such as Disney, Apple, and Amazon about potentially being acquired.

EA's interest in acquisition has reportedly increased since Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard earlier this year. Though a primary concern for any merger for EA will allow Wilson to stay as CEO of the combined entity.

As recently as March, EA also reportedly approached Disney in order to pursue a "more meaningful relationship," instead of just simply doing licensing deals as it does with something like the Star Wars games.

EA spokesperson John Reseburg didn't comment on this specific rumor, but provided a statement to Puck, saying, "We are proud to be operating from a position of strength and growth, with a portfolio of amazing games, built around powerful IP, made by incredibly talented teams, and a network of more than half a billion players. We see a very bright future ahead."

NBCUniversal once had its own games publishing business but shut it down back in 2019, only after under 3 years of starting it.

George Yang is a Freelance Writer for IGN.

TikTok Is Already Testing Games as Part of Its Service

As part of the ongoing trend of streaming platforms like Netflix adding games to their services, TikTok is now planning a push into the gaming world.

According to a report by Reuters, TikTok is currently testing the addition of minigames to its app starting with a pilot period in Vietnam.

Anonymous sources told Reuters that the platform has plans to expand its test to other areas in Southeast Asia in the third quarter. Additionally, they claimed that TikTok’s plans for gaming will eventually expand beyond minigames, signaling a new era for the video-sharing app.

It’s unknown when or if the games being tested in Vietnam might launch to a wider audience. However, TikTok already has a few HTML5 games available for users in the United States, including Zynga’s endless runner Disco Loco 3D.

This isn’t ByteDance’s — TikTok’s parent company — first foray into the gaming world. The company already owns Pixmain and Nuverse, two video game publishers. Douyin, a version of TikTok available in China, also offered games to its users since 2019.

According to Reuters, TikTok will likely utilize ByteDance’s library of games for its in-app games.

And TikTok isn't stopping there. The app recently saw the addition of an invisible dislike button and is also testing out subscriptions for influencers’ feeds.

Amelia Zollner is a freelance writer at IGN. Find them on Twitter: @ameliazollner.

TikTok Is Already Testing Games as Part of Its Service

As part of the ongoing trend of streaming platforms like Netflix adding games to their services, TikTok is now planning a push into the gaming world.

According to a report by Reuters, TikTok is currently testing the addition of minigames to its app starting with a pilot period in Vietnam.

Anonymous sources told Reuters that the platform has plans to expand its test to other areas in Southeast Asia in the third quarter. Additionally, they claimed that TikTok’s plans for gaming will eventually expand beyond minigames, signaling a new era for the video-sharing app.

It’s unknown when or if the games being tested in Vietnam might launch to a wider audience. However, TikTok already has a few HTML5 games available for users in the United States, including Zynga’s endless runner Disco Loco 3D.

This isn’t ByteDance’s — TikTok’s parent company — first foray into the gaming world. The company already owns Pixmain and Nuverse, two video game publishers. Douyin, a version of TikTok available in China, also offered games to its users since 2019.

According to Reuters, TikTok will likely utilize ByteDance’s library of games for its in-app games.

And TikTok isn't stopping there. The app recently saw the addition of an invisible dislike button and is also testing out subscriptions for influencers’ feeds.

Amelia Zollner is a freelance writer at IGN. Find them on Twitter: @ameliazollner.

Destiny 2: Where Is Xur Today? Location and Exotic Items Guide for May 20-24

The cloaky lad, Xûr, is now live in Destiny 2 for the weekend until next week's reset. If you're looking to get your some shiny new Exotic armor or weapons for your Guardian, look no further.

Each week, Xûr has a random assortment of Exotic armor, one for each Guardian class, as well as a random Exotic Weapon and an Exotic Engram available for purchase. In addition to his Exotic wares, he's got a random collection of Legendary weapons and armor to deck out your Guardians.

We've rounded up all the info on Xûr for the week including where to find Xûr, which Exotic weapons and armor are available, as well as which Legendary weapons you should pick up, either for PvE or PvP.

Where Is Xûr This Weekend?

Xûr's location today can be found at Watcher's Grave on Nessus on May 20 through May 24. To reach him, travel to the landing point at Watcher's Grave. When you arrive, make for the red moss-covered tree straight ahead. Climb up the roots and you'll find Xûr waiting at the top to sell you exotic items and legendary weapons.

What Is Xûr Selling This Weekend?

Exotic Engram

Telesto - Exotic Fusion Rifle

Gemini Jester - Exotic Hunter Leg Armor

  • 16 Mobility
  • 14 Resilience
  • 2 Recovery
  • 2 Discipline
  • 24 Intellect
  • 2 Strength
  • Total: 60

Actium War Rig - Exotic Titan Chest Armor

  • 7 Mobility
  • 3 Resilience
  • 20 Recovery
  • 6 Discipline
  • 9 Intellect
  • 16 Strength
  • Total: 61

Verity's Brow - Exotic Warlock Helmet

  • 16 Mobility
  • 7 Resilience
  • 9 Recovery
  • 19 Discipline
  • 2 Intellect
  • 7 Strength
  • Total: 60

Unfortunately, our Exotic armor offerings this week are a bit disappointing, but on the bright side Xur is selling Telesto, which single-handedly breaks the game ever season without fail and has broken the poor Bungie devs down to their rawest components to build them back in Telesto's image. You should definitely buy it if you don't have it yet.

Exotic Weapons

Hawkmoon - Exotic Hand Cannon

  • Paracausal Shot
  • Smallbore
  • Alloy Magazine
  • Eye of the Storm
  • Textured Grip

Dead Man's Tale - Exotic Scout Rifle

  • Cranial Spike
  • Corkscrew Rifling
  • High-Caliber Rounds
  • Outlaw
  • Composite Stock

No God rolls for either of these weapons this week, but the Dead Man's Tale on offer isn't half bad (especially for PvP) and should do in a pinch. Unless you need one for collections though, we've seen better in the past and likely will again.

Legendary Weapons

Long Shadow - Sniper Rifle

  • ATD Raptor/ATA Scout
  • Extended Mag/Flared Magwell
  • Snapshot Sights
  • Explosive Payload
  • Stability Masterwork

Seventh Seraph Saw - Machine Gun

  • Corkscrew Rifling/Polygonal Rifling
  • High-Caliber Rounds/Light Mag
  • Auto-Loading Holster
  • Vorpal Weapon
  • Reload Speed Masterwork

Seventh Seraph SI-2 - Sidearm

  • Chambered Compensator/Full Bore
  • Tactical Mag/Alloy Magazine
  • Hip-Fire Grip
  • Elemental Capacitor
  • Range Masterwork

Whispering Slab - Combat Bow

  • Flexible String/Polymer String
  • Fiberglass Arrow Shaft/Helical Fletching
  • Quickdraw
  • Demolitionist
  • Accuracy Masterwork

Widow's Bite - Sniper Rifle

  • Full Bore/Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • tactical Mag/Flared Magwell
  • Firmly Planted
  • Disruption Break
  • Range Masterwork

Royal Entry - Rocket Launcher

  • Countermass/Linear Compensator
  • High-Velocity Rounds/Impact Casing
  • Field Prep
  • Thresh
  • Velocity Masterwork

Eternal Blazon - Scout Rifle

  • Transmission MS7/Flash HS5
  • High-Caliber Rounds/Flared Magwell
  • Killing Wind
  • Unrelenting
  • Stablility Masterwork

No must-have God rolls this week, exactly, but the Eternal Blazon roll is almost as good as it gets with scout rifles, and arc scouts can be hard to come by, so scoop it up if you don't have a good roll. Similarly, it can be hard to get ahold of a good machine gun and the Seventh Seraph Saw roll this week is actually not half bad. Grab that as well if you don't have one.

Warlock Legendary Armor

For Warlocks, Xûr is selling the Holdfast set which includes:

Holdfast Gloves

  • 22 Mobility
  • 9 Resilience
  • 2 Recovery
  • 2 Discipline
  • 12 Intellect
  • 19 Strength
  • Total: 66

Holdfast Chest Armor

  • 2 Mobility
  • 13 Resilience
  • 13 Recovery
  • 13 Discipline
  • 6 Intellect
  • 10 Strength
  • Total: 57

Holdfast Helmet

  • 19 Mobility
  • 2 Resilience
  • 12 Recovery
  • 18 Discipline
  • 7 Intellect
  • 7 Strength
  • Total: 65

Holdfast Leg Armor

  • 6 Mobility
  • 26 Resilience
  • 2 Recovery
  • 6 Discipline
  • 9 Intellect
  • 16 Strength
  • Total: 65

Holdfast Bond

We've got some pretty spikey Warlock rolls this week, including the helmet and leg armor, but the helmet above all else. That said, not a lot of these pieces go together super well, so hopefully one or two of them works with an existing build you're crafting.

Titan Legendary Armor

For Titans, Xûr is selling the Holdfast set which includes:

Holdfast Gauntlets

  • 14 Mobility
  • 9 Resilience
  • 9 Recovery
  • 8 Discipline
  • 6 Intellect
  • 17 Strength
  • Total: 63

Holdfast Chest Armor

  • 14 Mobility
  • 15 Resilience
  • 2 Recovery
  • 20 Discipline
  • 2 Intellect
  • 9 Strength
  • Total: 62

Holdfast Helmet

  • 14 Mobility
  • 9 Resilience
  • 6 Recovery
  • 11 Discipline
  • 18 Intellect
  • 2 Strength
  • Total: 60

Holdfast Leg Armor

  • 2 Mobility
  • 16 Resilience
  • 9 Recovery
  • 16 Discipline
  • 8 Intellect
  • 8 Strength
  • Total: 59

Holdfast Mark

My fellow Titans...we've been fleeced by The Nine this week! Fleeced, I say! There aren't any really good pieces or armor this week. The gauntlets and the chest piece are just okay, but...we can probably save our legendary shards this week. Boo, Xur! Boo!

Hunter Legendary Armor

For Hunters, Xûr is selling the Holdfast set which includes:

Holdfast Grips

  • 2 Mobility
  • 20 Resilience
  • 11 Recovery
  • 18 Discipline
  • 6 Intellect
  • 9 Strength
  • Total: 66

Holdfast Chest Armor

  • 17 Mobility
  • 6 Resilience
  • 7 Recovery
  • 9 Discipline
  • 12 Intellect
  • 12 Strength
  • Total: 63

Holdfast Helmet

  • 2 Mobility
  • 6 Resilience
  • 21 Recovery
  • 2 Discipline
  • 19 Intellect
  • 10 Strength
  • Total: 60

Holdfast Leg Armor

  • 9 Mobility
  • 7 Resilience
  • 14 Recovery
  • 2 Discipline
  • 21 Intellect
  • 6 Strength
  • Total: 59

Holdfast Cloak

The Hunters don't have a ton this week, but what they do have is fantastic. Those gloves are insane and you should buy them. Might also consider the chest armor, but they're certainly not at the same level as the gloves.

That's a wrap on Xûr for this week, Guardians! Hope you're all enjoying your adventures in the Witch Queen's throne world. Congrats to Warlocks for winning Guardian Games! It only took you three years!

For more on Destiny, check out some of the new weapons and gear you can find in The Witch Queen and read about how Sony's purchase of Bungie fits into its larger plans.

Travis Northup is a writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @TieGuyTravis and read his games coverage here.

Destiny 2: Where Is Xur Today? Location and Exotic Items Guide for May 20-24

The cloaky lad, Xûr, is now live in Destiny 2 for the weekend until next week's reset. If you're looking to get your some shiny new Exotic armor or weapons for your Guardian, look no further.

Each week, Xûr has a random assortment of Exotic armor, one for each Guardian class, as well as a random Exotic Weapon and an Exotic Engram available for purchase. In addition to his Exotic wares, he's got a random collection of Legendary weapons and armor to deck out your Guardians.

We've rounded up all the info on Xûr for the week including where to find Xûr, which Exotic weapons and armor are available, as well as which Legendary weapons you should pick up, either for PvE or PvP.

Where Is Xûr Today?

Xûr's location today can be found at Watcher's Grave on Nessus on May 20 through May 24. To reach him, travel to the landing point at Watcher's Grave. When you arrive, make for the red moss-covered tree straight ahead. Climb up the roots and you'll find Xûr waiting at the top.

What Is Xûr Selling This Weekend?

Exotic Engram

Telesto - Exotic Fusion Rifle

Gemini Jester - Exotic Hunter Leg Armor

  • 16 Mobility
  • 14 Resilience
  • 2 Recovery
  • 2 Discipline
  • 24 Intellect
  • 2 Strength
  • Total: 60

Actium War Rig - Exotic Titan Chest Armor

  • 7 Mobility
  • 3 Resilience
  • 20 Recovery
  • 6 Discipline
  • 9 Intellect
  • 16 Strength
  • Total: 61

Verity's Brow - Exotic Warlock Helmet

  • 16 Mobility
  • 7 Resilience
  • 9 Recovery
  • 19 Discipline
  • 2 Intellect
  • 7 Strength
  • Total: 60

Unfortunately, our Exotic armor offerings this week are a bit disappointing, but on the bright side Xur is selling Telesto, which single-handedly breaks the game ever season without fail and has broken the poor Bungie devs down to their rawest components to build them back in Telesto's image. You should definitely buy it if you don't have it yet.

Exotic Weapons

Hawkmoon - Exotic Hand Cannon

  • Paracausal Shot
  • Smallbore
  • Alloy Magazine
  • Eye of the Storm
  • Textured Grip

Dead Man's Tale - Exotic Scout Rifle

  • Cranial Spike
  • Corkscrew Rifling
  • High-Caliber Rounds
  • Outlaw
  • Composite Stock

No God rolls for either of these weapons this week, but the Dead Man's Tale on offer isn't half bad (especially for PvP) and should do in a pinch. Unless you need one for collections though, we've seen better in the past and likely will again.

Legendary Weapons

Long Shadow - Sniper Rifle

  • ATD Raptor/ATA Scout
  • Extended Mag/Flared Magwell
  • Snapshot Sights
  • Explosive Payload
  • Stability Masterwork

Seventh Seraph Saw - Machine Gun

  • Corkscrew Rifling/Polygonal Rifling
  • High-Caliber Rounds/Light Mag
  • Auto-Loading Holster
  • Vorpal Weapon
  • Reload Speed Masterwork

Seventh Seraph SI-2 - Sidearm

  • Chambered Compensator/Full Bore
  • Tactical Mag/Alloy Magazine
  • Hip-Fire Grip
  • Elemental Capacitor
  • Range Masterwork

Whispering Slab - Combat Bow

  • Flexible String/Polymer String
  • Fiberglass Arrow Shaft/Helical Fletching
  • Quickdraw
  • Demolitionist
  • Accuracy Masterwork

Widow's Bite - Sniper Rifle

  • Full Bore/Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • tactical Mag/Flared Magwell
  • Firmly Planted
  • Disruption Break
  • Range Masterwork

Royal Entry - Rocket Launcher

  • Countermass/Linear Compensator
  • High-Velocity Rounds/Impact Casing
  • Field Prep
  • Thresh
  • Velocity Masterwork

Eternal Blazon - Scout Rifle

  • Transmission MS7/Flash HS5
  • High-Caliber Rounds/Flared Magwell
  • Killing Wind
  • Unrelenting
  • Stablility Masterwork

No must-have God rolls this week, exactly, but the Eternal Blazon roll is almost as good as it gets with scout rifles, and arc scouts can be hard to come by, so scoop it up if you don't have a good roll. Similarly, it can be hard to get ahold of a good machine gun and the Seventh Seraph Saw roll this week is actually not half bad. Grab that as well if you don't have one.

Warlock Legendary Armor

For Warlocks, Xûr is selling the Holdfast set which includes:

Holdfast Gloves

  • 22 Mobility
  • 9 Resilience
  • 2 Recovery
  • 2 Discipline
  • 12 Intellect
  • 19 Strength
  • Total: 66

Holdfast Chest Armor

  • 2 Mobility
  • 13 Resilience
  • 13 Recovery
  • 13 Discipline
  • 6 Intellect
  • 10 Strength
  • Total: 57

Holdfast Helmet

  • 19 Mobility
  • 2 Resilience
  • 12 Recovery
  • 18 Discipline
  • 7 Intellect
  • 7 Strength
  • Total: 65

Holdfast Leg Armor

  • 6 Mobility
  • 26 Resilience
  • 2 Recovery
  • 6 Discipline
  • 9 Intellect
  • 16 Strength
  • Total: 65

Holdfast Bond

We've got some pretty spikey Warlock rolls this week, including the helmet and leg armor, but the helmet above all else. That said, not a lot of these pieces go together super well, so hopefully one or two of them works with an existing build you're crafting.

Titan Legendary Armor

For Titans, Xûr is selling the Holdfast set which includes:

Holdfast Gauntlets

  • 14 Mobility
  • 9 Resilience
  • 9 Recovery
  • 8 Discipline
  • 6 Intellect
  • 17 Strength
  • Total: 63

Holdfast Chest Armor

  • 14 Mobility
  • 15 Resilience
  • 2 Recovery
  • 20 Discipline
  • 2 Intellect
  • 9 Strength
  • Total: 62

Holdfast Helmet

  • 14 Mobility
  • 9 Resilience
  • 6 Recovery
  • 11 Discipline
  • 18 Intellect
  • 2 Strength
  • Total: 60

Holdfast Leg Armor

  • 2 Mobility
  • 16 Resilience
  • 9 Recovery
  • 16 Discipline
  • 8 Intellect
  • 8 Strength
  • Total: 59

Holdfast Mark

My fellow Titans...we've been fleeced by The Nine this week! Fleeced, I say! There aren't any really good pieces or armor this week. The gauntlets and the chest piece are just okay, but...we can probably save our legendary shards this week. Boo, Xur! Boo!

Hunter Legendary Armor

For Hunters, Xûr is selling the Holdfast set which includes:

Holdfast Grips

  • 2 Mobility
  • 20 Resilience
  • 11 Recovery
  • 18 Discipline
  • 6 Intellect
  • 9 Strength
  • Total: 66

Holdfast Chest Armor

  • 17 Mobility
  • 6 Resilience
  • 7 Recovery
  • 9 Discipline
  • 12 Intellect
  • 12 Strength
  • Total: 63

Holdfast Helmet

  • 2 Mobility
  • 6 Resilience
  • 21 Recovery
  • 2 Discipline
  • 19 Intellect
  • 10 Strength
  • Total: 60

Holdfast Leg Armor

  • 9 Mobility
  • 7 Resilience
  • 14 Recovery
  • 2 Discipline
  • 21 Intellect
  • 6 Strength
  • Total: 59

Holdfast Cloak

The Hunters don't have a ton this week, but what they do have is fantastic. Those gloves are insane and you should buy them. Might also consider the chest armor, but they're certainly not at the same level as the gloves.

That's a wrap on Xûr for this week, Guardians! Hope you're all enjoying your adventures in the Witch Queen's throne world. Congrats to Warlocks for winning Guardian Games! It only took you three years!

For more on Destiny, check out some of the new weapons and gear you can find in The Witch Queen and read about how Sony's purchase of Bungie fits into its larger plans.

Travis Northup is a writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @TieGuyTravis and read his games coverage here.

Baymax! – the Big Hero 6 Series – Will Begin This June

Disney Plus's new Big Hero 6 animated series, Baymax!, will be released on June 29.

The six-episode series, once again set in the fictional San Fransokyo, sees Baymax doing "what he was programmed to do: help others," according to Disney.

The company announced the release date alongside a new Baymax! trailer and poster (both of which can be seen below).

“I thought it would be fun to do a Disney+ series with Baymax interacting with normal folks,” said series creator and Big Hero 6 director Don Hall. "In each of our six episodes, Baymax just wants to help someone — and a lot of times they don’t want to be helped. He sets out to fix a physical issue that he's identified, and in the process, gets to a deeper, more emotional place and can be almost transformative in that role."

Baymax voice actor Scott Adsit returns for the new series, alongside Maya Rudolph (SNL), Ryan Potter (Titans), Emily Kuroda, Lilimar, Zeno Robinson, and Jaboukie Young-White. This is the character's second attempt at small-screen stardom, following Disney XD's Big Hero 6: The Series in 2017.

In other Disney Plus news, the streaming network is reportedly working on a new Daredevil series. For more on what subscribers can look forward to, here's a complete list of everything new to Disney Plus in May.

Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.

Baymax! – the Big Hero 6 Series – Will Begin This June

Disney Plus's new Big Hero 6 animated series, Baymax!, will be released on June 29.

The six-episode series, once again set in the fictional San Fransokyo, sees Baymax doing "what he was programmed to do: help others," according to Disney.

The company announced the release date alongside a new Baymax! trailer and poster (both of which can be seen below).

“I thought it would be fun to do a Disney+ series with Baymax interacting with normal folks,” said series creator and Big Hero 6 director Don Hall. "In each of our six episodes, Baymax just wants to help someone — and a lot of times they don’t want to be helped. He sets out to fix a physical issue that he's identified, and in the process, gets to a deeper, more emotional place and can be almost transformative in that role."

Baymax voice actor Scott Adsit returns for the new series, alongside Maya Rudolph (SNL), Ryan Potter (Titans), Emily Kuroda, Lilimar, Zeno Robinson, and Jaboukie Young-White. This is the character's second attempt at small-screen stardom, following Disney XD's Big Hero 6: The Series in 2017.

In other Disney Plus news, the streaming network is reportedly working on a new Daredevil series. For more on what subscribers can look forward to, here's a complete list of everything new to Disney Plus in May.

Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.

Stranger Things 4’s Finale Will Be Two and a Half Hours Long, and Arrives in July

Stranger Things fans, rejoice: the upcoming Stranger Things 4 will be bigger than ever.

Today, the Stranger Things Twitter account shared the first eight minutes of Season 4, giving viewers an action-packed look at some of the previous events at the Hawkins National Laboratories.

Furthermore, Netflix confirmed that the finale will be longer than some movies. In a post on Netflix’s Tudum companion site, the streaming platform revealed its impressively long finale will clock in at nearly two and a half hours.

“For the real geeks out there, Episode 407 is 1 hour, 38 minutes; Episode 408 is around 1 hour, 25 minutes; and 409 is almost two and a half hours,” the post reads.

Stranger Things season 4 will be split into two "volumes" for release. Volume 1 of the show will premiere on May 27 while Volume 2 is due on July 1. While Volume 1 will carry the bulk of the season with seven episodes, Volume 2’s two episodes will be the longest of the season.

According to Netflix's post, the season will follow the Stranger Things crew as they attempt to end the Upside Down while still living out their daily high school lives. While the team hasn't officially announced many other details, some finer details of the upcoming season’s plot points have recently been spoiled by Monopoly cards.

Stranger Things 4 will be the show’s penultimate season — the show is slated to end after the release of Season 5. We gave Stranger Things Season 3 a 9 thanks to its eventful plot and strong character development.

Amelia Zollner is a freelance writer at IGN. Find them on Twitter: @ameliazollner.

Stranger Things 4’s Finale Will Be Two and a Half Hours Long, and Arrives in July

Stranger Things fans, rejoice: the upcoming Stranger Things 4 will be bigger than ever.

Today, the Stranger Things Twitter account shared the first eight minutes of Season 4, giving viewers an action-packed look at some of the previous events at the Hawkins National Laboratories.

Furthermore, Netflix confirmed that the finale will be longer than some movies. In a post on Netflix’s Tudum companion site, the streaming platform revealed its impressively long finale will clock in at nearly two and a half hours.

“For the real geeks out there, Episode 407 is 1 hour, 38 minutes; Episode 408 is around 1 hour, 25 minutes; and 409 is almost two and a half hours,” the post reads.

Stranger Things season 4 will be split into two "volumes" for release. Volume 1 of the show will premiere on May 27 while Volume 2 is due on July 1. While Volume 1 will carry the bulk of the season with seven episodes, Volume 2’s two episodes will be the longest of the season.

According to Netflix's post, the season will follow the Stranger Things crew as they attempt to end the Upside Down while still living out their daily high school lives. While the team hasn't officially announced many other details, some finer details of the upcoming season’s plot points have recently been spoiled by Monopoly cards.

Stranger Things 4 will be the show’s penultimate season — the show is slated to end after the release of Season 5. We gave Stranger Things Season 3 a 9 thanks to its eventful plot and strong character development.

Amelia Zollner is a freelance writer at IGN. Find them on Twitter: @ameliazollner.