WandaVision is one of several new Marvel shows currently in the works for Disney+. As the title suggests, it focuses on the characters of Wanda Maximoff and The Vision, played by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany respectively. The show is scheduled for release later this year, and now Bettany has hinted at what fans can expect from it.
Speaking at the Sundance Film Festival, Bettany suggested that WandaVision will be very different from other superhero shows. “It is f***ing bonkers,” he said, via The Playlist. “It’s so out there and nuts. Fans will not have to wait that much longer. They’ll get much more than an insight very, very soon.”
As Bettany suggests, we can expect something more official about WandaVision imminently. As for why exactly it will be so “bonkers,” it could have something to do with Olsen’s previous description of it as a “mash-up of sitcoms.” Concept art revealed at Disney’s D23 convention last year had a very surprising ’50s TV comedy look to them.
As well as Olsen and Bettany, other confirmed cast members include Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, and Kathryn Hahn as “the noisy neighbor.” For more, check out GameSpot’s guide to everything we know so far about WandaVision.
Other Disney+ Marvel shows on the way include Loki, She-Hulk, and Falcon and Winter Soldier. While no release dates have been confirmed for any of these, Deadline recently stated that Falcon and Winter Soldier will be with us in August.
The Pokemon Company has finally shared some more details on Pokemon Home, the upcoming cloud storage service for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The service will be available in free and paid tiers, the latter of which allows you to transfer over any Pokemon you have stored in Pokemon Bank on 3DS (among other additional perks). To make the transfer process even easier, you’ll be able to get a month of Pokemon Bank at no cost.
Following the launch of Pokemon Home, The Pokemon Company says Pokemon Bank–and the related Poke Transporter app, which is used to migrate Pokemon from DS games over to Bank–will be available for free for a one-month period. The service typically costs $5 USD per year, but this promotion allows players who spring for the premium tier of Pokemon Home to transfer their Pokemon over from the 3DS without paying a second subscription fee.
Once you bring Pokemon over from Bank to Home, you’ll then be able to use them in Pokemon Sword and Shield (provided they’re available in the Galar Pokedex or are added to the games later this year). However, any Pokemon that are moved from Bank to Home can no longer be returned to 3DS. You can read more details on the official Pokemon Home website.
As previously mentioned, the ability to move Pokemon from Bank to Home is limited to the premium tier, which costs $3 for one month, $5 for three months, and $16 for 12 months. The premium tier also gives you access to the Judge function–which allows you to check your Pokemon’s base stats–as well as more storage capacity and the ability to trade more Pokemon at once. You can see the full breakdown of benefits below.
Pokemon Home launches in February 2020, although an exact release date has not yet been announced. Meanwhile, Pokemon Sword and Shield are receiving two big expansions this year, each of which introduces a new area to explore, as well as new gameplay mechanics, items, and a variety of returning Pokemon to the games. The expansion pass is available to pre-purchase now and costs $30 USD.
Pokemon Home – Free vs. Paid Benefits
|Moving Pokémon from Pokemon Bank
|Number of Pokemon that can be deposited
|Number of Pokemon that can be placed in the Wonder Box at once
|Number of Pokemon that can be placed in the GTS at once
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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will be receiving another update before the end of the month, with Vulkan API support headlining the patch for players on PC. The patch will also address ADS (Aim Down Sights) speeds for all weapons, rectifying an unexpected increase with an animations patch with Ember Rise.
Vulkan support has rolled out on PC, with Update 4.3 (aka Y4S4.3) having launched earlier today. This allows you to select between the current DirectX 11 version or Vulkan when launching the game. The Vulkan API offers some performance improvements over DirectX 11 in general, which Ubisoft detail in a separate post, but experimentation between the two is advised.
Xbox One and PS4 players can expect the new update a day later on January 29, with all gameplay changes and fixes being applied to all platforms. The most significant change is to the ADS speeds of all weapons, with some increasing by over 30%. In the Designer’s Notes for the patch, it’s explained that the decrease is to offset a previous increase in ADS speeds that came about with an animation patch in Ember Rise. Ubisoft says this should return weapons to their original values.
In addition to some balancing changes to numerous Operators, Ubisoft has also identified the increase in Lesion’s win-rate and overall usage. Although they haven’t yet decided on an approach to further balance the Operator, they do state that they are looking at ways to reduce his overall effectiveness and the subsequent frustration he is currently causing players.
The full patch notes for 4.3 can be found below:
Rainbow Six Siege 4.3 Patch Notes
- ADS time increased for all weapons.
- Assault rifles: from 0.30s to 0.40s
- DMRs: from 0.30s up to 0.40s
- SMGs: from 0.20s up to 0.30s
- LMGs: from 0.40s up to 0.45s
- Pistol: 0.10s up to 0.20s
- SMG in secondary slots: 0.10s up to 0.275s*
- Shotguns: 0.20s up to 0.25s
*(Modified based on feedback from Test Server)
BLACKBEARD We support great beards and more decision-making.
- ADS penalization will only apply when Blackbeard’s Gun Shield is equipped.
- Weapons without the Gun Shield will maintain the same ADS timings as any other AR.
- Weapons with the Gun Shield will retain the same ADS timings from before.
- The Angled Grip will affect the SCAR with and without the Gun Shield equipped.
ECHO Echo forgot to activate 2SV.
- Echo can now be called by Dokkaebi.
- Echo now drops a phone when killed with Dokkaebi present.
- When hacked, access to the Yokai cameras is also granted for Attackers.
- Yokai now has lights that show only when NOT cloaked, and Yokai drone lights will change to reflect it is hacked.
ELA A little more princess, a little less Nerferella.
- Reduced recoil on Scorpion Evo3 for the first 16 shots, any proceeding shots will retain previous recoil pattern.
FINKA The juice is loose.
- Increased Finka’s Spear .308 damage to 42 (up from 38).
JAGER Wamai giving Jager a run for his money.
- Reduced Jager’s 416-C damage to 38 (down from 43).
MAESTRO Maestro joins the No-ACOG club.
- ACOG removed from Maestro’s ALDA.
YING New and improved Candelas! Great for flashing enemies and not just your team!
- Candela’s now have a new outline that is visible only to Ying.
- Improved distribution of Cluster Flashes to make the flash more reliable.
- Number of pellets per Candela increased to 7 (up from 6) – (1 at floor level, 3 at around hip level and 3 at head level).
- Pellets detonation time reduced to 0.3s (from 1s on throw and 2.5s on deploy).
- Pellets that bounce on environmental props maintain their velocity instead of falling and detonating on the floor.
- Candela explosion minor VFX improvements.
- Increased FMG9 damage to 34 (up from 30) for Nokk and Smoke.
- FIXED – Attachers can sometimes go through barricaded windows while attempting to hotbreach without detonating the breaching charge.
- FIXED – Crashing if Lesion is pushed back by an airjab while trying to pull out a GU mine at the same time.
- FIXED – Jackal can’t scan footsteps while within the warning area of a Mute jammer. He can now scan footsteps while in the warning area – making it more in alignment with all other Operator gadgets and abilities that can be used while still in the warning area of a jammer.
- FIXED – A rolling Candela that stops on a staircase will slide downstairs before detonating. Candelas will now stop and stay in place where they activated, even on stairs or uneven surfaces.
- FIXED – Glaz’s Holographic Sight has a larger and thicker red reticle than other Russian Holographic Sights.FIXED –
- FIXED – After being affected by Thatcher’s EMP, Yokai’s blue lights remain dark even when being operated.
- FIXED – Castle’s Nail Gun remains present and clips while deploying his Armor Panels.
- FIXED – Invisible collision at the skylight of EXT Roof Top of Kafe for sticky deployable gadgets.
- FIXED – Wall studs are not destroyed when a reinforced wall is first broken by Maverick and then shot by Zofia’s impact grenade.
- FIXED – Thunt matches count towards the “Match Win Streak” Battle Pass Challenge.FIXED – Battle Pass progression does not update properly on end-match screen, but shows correct progression in the main BP HUD.
- FIXED – Various minor HUD and menu visual issues.
- FIXED – Various minor shop and cosmetic visual issues.
- FIXED – If a player mutes a teammate, they can still hear muted teammates after switching sides, even though the HUD indicates they are muted.
- FIXED – In Caster or support mode, Nomad’s warheads pops in her hand while switching/reloading.
- FIXED – Bandit’s shockwire gadget appears offset when he holds it in his hands.
- FIXED – Incorrect animation for Ballistic Shield ops when being pushed back.
- FIXED – Zofia’s KS79 Lifeline grenade launcher’s ammo faces the wrong side.
- FIXED – Swapping weapons while vaulting will cause the operators arm to appear broken from a 3rd person POV.
- FIXED – Weapons don’t sway back and forth while in rappel and moving L/R.
- FIXED – Operators can appear to be floating over a shield from 3rd person POV if they vault over a shield twice.
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Microsoft has announced its upcoming Xbox Games With Gold freebies for the month of February. The games available for Xbox One will will include TT Isle of Man, Call of Cthulu, Fable Heroes, and the 2004 Xbox classic Star Wars Battlefront.
TT Isle of Man is a tight-cornered motocross racer that will be available throughout the whole month. The other Xbox One game for the month, Call of Cthulu–a creepy game based on Lovecraft horror–will join it on February 16. Fable Heroes is a cute multiplayer spin-off of the main Fable saga originally released for Xbox 360 in 2012. And finally, Star Wars Battlefront is the original 2004 classic that spawned several sequels and DICE’s current-gen reboot.
Your Gold subscription, which enables online play, also includes the monthly Games with Gold library. Gold is also included with Game Pass Ultimate, which gives you a much larger subscription-based library on both Xbox One and PC.
The impending release of February’s games means you only have a few days left to claim the ones from January, including Styx: Shards of Darkness and Lego Star Wars 2. The other January game, Batman: The Telltale Series, will stick around until February 15.
Xbox Games With Gold for February 2020
- TT Isle of Man (February 1-29)
- Call of Cthulu (February 16-March 15)
- Fable Heroes (February 1-15)
- Star Wars Battlefront (February 16-29)
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The Xbox Series X is already expected to have a significant performance advantage over the current Xbox One X, giving it room to push both higher frame rates and resolutions. According to Xbox’s Phil Spencer though, one is certainly more a priority than the other.
Speaking to Stevivor, Spencer remarked that he prefers the smoothness that higher frame rates offer games, instead of just increasing overall pixel counts. Spencer believes that games already look amazing on the current console generation, and now it’s time that they start feeling as good too.
“I think we’ve reached a point with Xbox One X in the generation where games look amazing, and there’s always work we can do to look more amazing. But I want games to feel as amazing as they look,” he said. “We don’t have that in today’s generation, mainly because the CPU is underpowered relative to the GPU that’s in the box in order to reach a feel and frame rate and kind of consistency or variable refresh rate and other things that we want.”
“As we were looking at the future, the feel of the games was definitely something that we wanted to have more focus on, not just throwing more pixels up on the screen,” Spencer added.
Although this might signal the priorities for most Microsoft-owned studios–such as Ninja Theory, 343 Industries, and The Coalition–Spencer reaffirmed that there will be no restrictions placed on developers targeting the Xbox Series X, allowing them to push whichever graphical boundaries they choose. “We want to give developers the tools to go try things that they want to go try on any of the hardware platforms and capability can be there for them to go try things,” he added.
The Xbox Series X is scheduled to launch during Holiday 2020, alongside Sony’s PlayStation 5. While Microsoft has already officially revealed their hardware, many aspects of its capabilities are still a mystery. Hopefully Xbox’s attendance at E3 2020 will clear that up.