During my second consecutive year at E3, one of the biggest announcements came from gaming studio Bethesda with their lately Fallout title. And while it drew immediate fan excitement, as more details came out during the week, a cloud of worry set in over the hardcore fanbase. Fallout 76 looks to depart from a number of the classic elements from the series and instead, head towards an always online/multiplayer experience, combining the settlement aspects from with the series fourth game with online play. While that doesn't sounds like a completely unenjoyable experience, the loss of progression is what has many fans, myself included, the most worried. Bethesda was pretty open about the possibility of some hostile players in the servers, also making note of the nuke feature, which would allow you to destroy someones base all together. Even still, Bethesda has a plan in order to prevent harassment in game, which is good but how far will that lean into the PvP aspect of the title itself? If you have a handful of players who happen to have more time to dedicate on the title, will it be a never ending upwards crawl to even stay alive in the server with them? Can you go about it solo or will the only worthwhile experience come from playing with a group? It also did not help that the title had no physical demo at E3 and as of now, our knowledge is still pretty limited. While I was a huge fan of the highly criticized Fallout 4, 76 is definitely the biggest departure from the series, and it will be interesting to see how the community will interact when this title launches November 14th, 2018.
After an intense bidding war it looks like we finally know where the Fox assets are heading and it gives the fans a lot to be excited about. After Comcast tried to outbid Disney's original 52.4 billion offer with their own 65 billion dollar offer, Disney struck back with a 71.3 billion offer that proved too lucrative for Fox to pass up. Disney fighting for this deal makes a lot of sense considering all of the Marvel characters Fox had under its belt including the massively successful Deadpool franchise and X men. This also makes a lot of sense as Marvel has been very quite about where they are heading past Avengers 4 with their expanding universe and this has given them a lot more to play with. On top of that, Disney now owns the cable channels FX, and FXX, as well as everything excluding local Fox channels, Fox sports, and Fox news. This landmark franchise deal adds to the already impressive power under Disney's belt but we will have to wait and see how that will effect their release schedule, which is the under-performing Solo in theaters. All in all, this is great news for comic book fans so hopefully we will see some Xmen characters as well as a possibly well done version of Fantastic Four in the future.
Not even Lando and a series of fur coats could save this film. After months of behind the scene controversy, the latest Star Wars opened to a lack luster debut weekend and it is now being reported that the film will lose Disney as much as 50 million in revenue. The movie was polarizing for long time fans of the Star Wars series and the early reviews were fairly lukewarm. It also did not help the fact that Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 were released both within a month of Solo: A Star Wars Story and are still in theaters. While Star Wars will be absent from our Christmas box office this year, it looks like Disney is betting on Emily Blunt's Mary Poppins Returns film, to make up their loses. This can not be a large shock to anyone given fan reception as well as the many, many blockbusters released in such a short span of time. While star Alden Ehrenreich allegedly slipped up and revealed that he was committed to a three picture deal in the past but that sounds up in the air given the current box office run. The movie, however, knods at a series of famous Star Wars events and villains and could certainly do so. Plus, Disney has more than enough money to continue to spin off their anthology series for the time being. There have been heavy rumors as of late that the next anthology film will might star the possible surprise cameo and return villain (SPOILER) Darth Maul and Obi Wan Kenobi. While this crew might have had its one kessel run, we will have to wait and see where Disney heads next.
Bad news for Solo as it looks like the poor reviews and behind the scenes drama had quite the effect on the box office for this film. The latest Star Wars film was projected to gross between 130-150 million in it's opening weekend during the Memorial Day holiday, with the latter actually becoming a record breaking number. Instead, Solo opened number one at the box office with a weak 84 million, a massive amount lower than what was expected. The film famous featured the firing of Lego Movie Duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller in place of veteran Ron Howard, leaving the film quite the mixed bag. This is a shame because if Solo's run is less than stellar, the chances of us seeing the cast return for a sequel are less than likely. It also doesn't help that Deadpool 2 made half of Solo's debut this past weekend and Avengers: Infinity War is still showing in theaters. Solo's summer release leaves us without a holiday Star Wars film for 2018, the first time in three consecutive years, and probably also played into its lackluster opening weekend. We will have to see if Solo can make up the loss before the big summer films in June begin to roll out.
While Solo has been getting some lukewarm reviews from critics (sitting at a 71% on RT, twenty points lower than The Last Jedi's 91%) the movie is tracking for a huge Memorial Day weekend. While the films behind the scenes definitely lead to this mish-mash of differing directorial directions, the audience score sits at a current A-. For those that need a refresher, Solo: A Star Wars Story famously saw the former Lego Movie directing duoe, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, fired before Ron Howard stepped in. Recently, Donald Glover who stars as Lando in the Solo film, opened up about the firing and the "creative differences" between the former duo and Kathleen Kennedy. To no one's surprise, Lord and Miller's comedic approach clashed with the film and you can still see what scenes of their made it to the final cut as opposed to the much more serious take form Ron Howard. Regardless, the movie was a mixed bag but featured one amazingly surprising cameo that has managed to shock movie goers this holiday weekend. During a hologram conversation with Qi'ra, it is revealed that she is now working for none other than Darth Maul himself, the fan favorite character who was split in half at the waist in the Phantom Menace by Obi-Wan Kenobi. The reveal was a real shocker but not so much so if you look at some of the non-film cannon, especially the Clone Wars, in which the villain is featured quite prominently with a new pair of android legs. It also appears that his signature double sided red saber borrowed a feature from the Clone Wars as well (you can read more about that here). This could be a great move for the films, which have already rumored a three picture deal for the Solo story or the possibility to see a Obi-Wan stand alone film. Hopefully we will get a serious light-saber wielding villain back on screen. Make sure to check out Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters everywhere.
After some rock weeks and the surprise announcement of a new online arena game, it looks like former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key studios is no more. After numerous reports of trouble for last years online shooter Lawbreakers, Boss Key was looking to cash in on the Fortnite and PUBG formula with Radical Height but it looks like that title will not be coming to fruition. Cliff (Known popularly as Cliffy B.) released a statement on twitter earlier today stating that he is "going to take some time off and reflect" on the unfortunate news. This is was just shy of a month from accusations that Cliff's former studio was attempting to poach his employees from his new found studio. All in all, the creator behind the massively successful Gears of War franchise remained optimistic and has reassured gamers that the servers for Radical Height's beta will remain playable for the time being. The statement below can also be found on Cliffy B's personal twitter page.
If you're absolutely exhausted and still reeling from the dramatic ending of Avengers: Infinity War then fear not, Marvel is ready to bring you some laughs this summer with their next installment. Ant-man and the Wasp dropped a full length trailer showing off not just the new duo but some of our favorite side characters including fan favorite Luis played by Michael Peña. We also get some amazing shots of villain Ghost and some more stylish action sequences. This is also a relatively light year for Marvel, giving us just two films instead of the normal three so this will be the last one for awhile until Captain Marvel's release next March, 2019. Take a look at the new trailer below and get ready for the film when it launches July 6th, 2018.
As to not anger the Gods of cinema, I'm going to keep this post completely spoiler free and instead just highlight a few impressions I got from the film. First and foremost, the Russo brothers had a near impossible task. To not only join (nearly) every major hero in the current Marvel Universe but to walk this movie into a sequel while also preserving the forward trajectory of Marvels expanded Universe. This includes confirmed films like this summers Ant-Man 2 and Captain Marvel. The movie gets to the action and some surprising deaths pretty quickly and does a very good job of not slowing down too much. While there are multiple moments in the film featuring random pairings and first time introductions between multiple heroes, the action sequence are fantastic and the trailers don't even scratch the surface of some of the stuff we see. There is one specific scene between villain Thanos and (removed name because I don't want you to know what its coming) that features an absolutely incredible fight sequence. It is also no secret that when the movie screened earlier this week, twitter was ablaze with reactions praising the films ending and I have to say, it is far superior than what most comic book films accomplish as well as what a majority of Marvel films have pulled. Speaking of the mad titan himself, Brolin makes for an incredible and memorable villain, a far step above a majority of comic book antagonist. There are more than a few shocking moments and the film ends leaving you with a lot of questions, more importantly who is going to come back when Marvel is ready to move on to their next phase. All in all, Marvel has been on a steady uphill climb with their last few films, Guardians of the Galaxy 2,Thor: Ragnarok, and the box office shattering Black Panther and they are definitely in position for another hit. Make sure to catch Avengers: Infinity War in theaters now.
Cinemacon is going on this week in Las Vegas and with it, Sony has brought us the official trailer for the Venom film. We get to to see some snippets of action as well as Tom Hardy decked out in the symbiote outfit. Take a look at the trailer below and get ready for more news from Cinemacon this week.
The last we heard of No Man's Sky and developer Hello Games, the team was in some very hot water regarding some allegations of false advertising. While they were ultimately cleared, it didn't do much for the games struggling reputation to bring back disillusioned players but they might have a second chance to get it right later this year. As it turns out, a listing on the Italian Amazon page shows that the titled may be heading to the Xbox One console as soon as June 29th. The latest port will hopefully allow gamers the ability to meet up with one another, a feature originally promised with the launch of the game only to later to revealed to not be so. No Man's Sky currently has a 5/10 on Steam so we will have to see if the console version will bring in a new fanbase or if this games already cemented its fate.