Dreams Dev Is “Totally All-In” On The Game, So Don’t Expect New LittleBigPlanet

It seems unlikely that Media Molecule will return to the Little Big Planet franchise, at least not anytime soon or with a direct sequel. Studio director Siobhan Reddy said in a new interview that the studio is “all-in” on its recently launched game-creation game, Dreams, leaving no bandwidth for more LittleBigPlanet games from the team.

“We’re all-in all Dreams,” Reddy said. “That’s what we’re all doing right now. We’ve got so many plans, and we are a really small team. It’s going to take every one of us, working on it together to get through all those plans that we have.”

As Reddy mentioned, Media Molecule is a relatively small studio by AAA standards, with around 50 people on staff. The company has an extensive roadmap of ongoing support and content for Dreams, which is taking up the studio’s time currently.

Reddy teased that, while Dreams is Media Molecule’s sole focus at the moment, the studio plans to add “cool stuff” within Dreams, and this could potentially be themed around LBP.

“We love LBP and LBP will always be our baby. Dreams is our spiritual successor to it. At this very point, the plan for us is for Dreams to be our main focus and to make the cool stuff we want to make in that, but who knows what that content will be,” she said. “But it will be in Dreams.”

The first LittleBigPlanet launched in 2008 for the PS3, with LittleBigPlanet 2 arriving in 2011. The third game. LittleBigPlanet 3, was developed by Sumo Digital and released in 2014. It marked the first release in the mainline series to be developed by an outside studio, though Media Molecule did consult on the game.

Also in our interview, Reddy reacted to the launch of Dreams, which was received very positively from reviewers and fans alike. “I think we’re all a little bit dazed, if I’m honest,” she said. “Delighted that people are enjoying it. It’s now that moment where we can step back a bit and see what it actually is. We still have that nervousness of a new product that’s out there, so you know, it’s complex emotions–but all good!”

Reddy went on to say that the studio is feeling “really good” about Dreams, and she remarked that it’s been brilliant to see all the different user creations come online. “It’s suddenly like, ‘Oh wow, it’s alive,'” Reddy said.

The developer also told us that Media Molecule is currently thinking about the possibility for a Dreams marketplace where creators may be able to sell their content on PlayStation Network for anyone to play. The specifics about how all of this will work is complicated, and Reddy said more details will come later.

“We’re not quite ready to announce anything on any of that as yet. We’ve always had a dream that people from the community would be able to figure out content that would be published on PSN,” she said. “But the details of that, there are so many details about that, from the idea and the execution of that. There will be more to talk about in time, on all of that.”

In our conversation, Reddy mentioned multiple times that Media Molecule has an ongoing support roadmap for Dreams that extends through the year. The next big update with all PlayStation VR support, but what might come next? It’s too soon to say, but many are wondering if Dreams will support PlayStation 5, which launches later this year.

Reddy wouldn’t be drawn into commenting on this. “We’re not talking about PlayStation 5 just yet,” she said. “So I need to not talk about that.”

It seems likely that Dreams will be on PS5 as well, as Media Molecule co-founder Mark Healy recently spoke about how it’s an “obvious progression” to move Dreams from PS4 to PS5.

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Fortnite Phone Booth Locations: Where To Disguise Yourself For Week 1 Challenge

Season 2 of Fortnite Chapter 2 is now underway on all platforms. Along with a host of gameplay tweaks and map changes, the new season brings along a new set of challenges to complete. The first weekly set is called Brutus’s Briefing, and it’s related to one of the new character skins you can unlock through the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Tying into the season’s spy theme, one of Week 1’s challenges asks you to disguise yourself in a Phone Booth in different matches. If you’re not sure where those can be found, we’ve put together the map and guide below to help you out.

Where Are The Phone Booth Locations?

There are several Phone Booths scattered about the island, many in the new areas that were added as part of Season 2. You only need to disguise yourself in three of them to complete this challenge, however, so we’ve marked down the locations of three of the Phone Booths on the map below:

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  • The Rig (the small island off the southwest corner of the map)
  • Outside of the Agency in the center of the map
  • At The Grotto on the easternmost end of the map

How To Complete The Challenge

This challenge is a little bit more involved than the one that asks you to land at Lockie’s Lighthouse, Apres Ski, and Mount Kay. After entering a Phone Booth, you’ll need to press the interact button to change your disguise, and your avatar will step out in a different outfit. Keep in mind that you’ll need to disguise yourself this way in three different matches to complete the challenge.

Another thing to be wary of is that the Phone Booths are typically in areas that are swarming with henchmen–new AI enemies that will attack you unless you’re disguised. These areas are also typically outfitted with sentry turrets, so you’ll need to be careful to slip past them and get to the booths.

A lot has changed in Epic’s popular battle royale game this season. You can catch up on everything new in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 in our roundup.

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How DOOM 64 Influenced DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal, the highly anticipated sequel to the fantastic 2016 DOOM reboot (and also the IGN First game for February), is heavily influenced by the 1997 Nintendo 64 entry, DOOM 64.

In this month’s episode of IGN Unfiltered, Ryan McCaffrey sat down with id Software Executive Producer Marty Stratton and DOOM Eternal Director Hugo Martin to talk about DOOM Eternal, how it was inspired by DOOM 64, and what the legacy of DOOM means all these many years later.

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Not only is DOOM 64 a primary point of tonal inspiration for DOOM Eternal, but it’s also the first game in the series that Martin ever owned, and it’s his personal favorite. “I had played DOOM prior to that, in the dorms… on other people’s PCs,” Martin said, “but I didn’t have a PC at that time; I was a Mac user. So, when DOOM 64 came out, that was the first time I had a chance to dive in for several hours at a time, into a DOOM game.

“I genuinely think DOOM 64 is my favorite, having played them all… We replay them, all of us, at the beginning of development… always,” Martin continued. “I’m constantly revisiting all of them, just to spot-check and play it again… make sure you keep your finger on the pulse of what really makes a good DOOM game. So they’re all very familiar to everyone on the team.”

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Martin went on to explain what made DOOM 64 stand out to him. “I just like the atmosphere of DOOM 64, I think. It’s a little bit more moody. Obviously, it’s a few years later, [so the development team was] able to do a few more things. I think, honestly, the art that went into it is really memorable. The game constantly feels like it’s messing with you and that was actually something that… translated really well to DOOM Eternal.”

What does that look like, for fans unfamiliar with the Nintendo 64 title? Martin elaborated; “Walking down a hallway in DOOM 64, I mean… you never knew what the level was going to throw at you. Probably a bit more so than the original DOOM. And, I think, that feeling of just barreling down a hallway without a care in the world, versus knowing that the level is keeping me on my toes. That was actually something that we really wanted to get into DOOM Eternal.”

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Catch up on every episode of IGN Unfiltered here to witness conversations with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Director Stig Asmussen, Remedy writer Sam Lake, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, Halo boss Bonnie Ross, and so many more!

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New Transformers Toys Coming Later This Year from Hasbro

Toy Fair, the largest toy trade show in the entire western hemisphere, is underway in New York, and Hasbro just announced some pretty awesome new additions to the Transformers: War for Cybertron line to coincide with the upcoming War for Cybertron animated series Arc 2: Earthrise coming to Netflix later this year.

Check out the new figures in the slideshow below:

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The figures will be available for preorder on HasbroPulse beginning Saturday, February 22, with availability “at most major toy retailers” later this year.

Earthrise Commander Sky Lynx is the first figure to hit retailers, with a July 1 release date. After that, Scorponok and Arcee hit August 1 and Fasttrack is scheduled to release on October 1, 2020.

If you’re not familiar with the War for Cybertron line, they’re the Transformers you know and love in their Cybertronian incarnations. The figures have great paint and sculpting, and while transformations are more complicated than the G1 figures you might be used to, the end results are much more detailed.

Toy Fair is currently underway in New York City with NERF announcing a partnership with the upcoming Halo Infinite for replica Halo NERF blasters coming later this year.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 Is Now Live

The second season of Fortnite Chapter 2 has officially begun. Following a string of teasers, developer Epic Games has rolled out Fortnite’s big Season 2 update on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile, bringing a wealth of new content, changes, skins, and more to the hit battle royale shooter. Epic has not released the Season 2 patch notes itself, but players are working together to assemble their own.

As the studio had been teasing, Chapter 2 Season 2 has a spy theme. The island has been taken over by two warring covert factions known as Ghost and Shadow. You’ll be able to side with one of the two when completing weekly Battle Pass challenges, which will determine the upgrade style for that character. There’s also Deadpool for some reason.

To go along with the spy theme, a number of new points of interest have been added to the map. Among these are enemy bases. These are heavily guarded, but if you can infiltrate them and defeat the leader within, you’ll be able to snag “unique and powerful weapons.”

Naturally, the spy theme wouldn’t be complete without an arsenal of high-tech gadgets. You’ll be able to pick up and use new weapons like proximity mines and decoy grenades to get the jump on other players. You can learn more about Season 2’s new additions on the official Fortnite website.

Prior to the start of Season 2, Epic had been dropping numerous hints about the new season. These teasers included a globe-spanning ARG, which saw digital ads appear in the US, Brazil, Russia, and other countries. These ads featured a phone number that would deliver messages about agent recruitment and missions when dialed.

Season 2 of Fortnite Chapter 2 was originally slated to begin last December; however, Epic extended the first season into February in order to roll out more content and events for the game, which included an exclusive preview of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and a Birds of Prey crossover that added a Harley Quinn skin. Going forward, Epic told players to expect bigger patches than normal during Season 2.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 Patch Notes Are MIA, But Fans Create Unofficial List

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is live now for everyone across all platforms, bringing with it new locations to explore, a new spy-themed skins, and even Deadpool. But what gameplay tweaks and fixes are included in the large patch?

That’s a little harder to discern, given that Epic Games has stopped releasing official patch notes for the Battle Royale portion of Fortnite for some time now. Thanks to the collective efforts of players on the official subreddit (and graciously collected by The Ace) we have some indication of what weapons have been vaulted, what bugs have been squashed, and what new gameplay mechanics have been introduced in Chapter 2, Season 2.

A large part of this new season are five new points of interest around the map, each of which feature NPCs defending rare weapons for you to collect. Additionally, you can now creep around the map Solid Snake style in a cardboard box, use dumpsters and toilets to teleport around the map, and throw consumable items like bandages to teammates around you.

There are also a lot of weapons being brought back from the vault this season, including most suppressed weapons, remote explosives, and the mythic mingun. That comes at the expense of the bolt action sniper, P90, and damage traps all being placed in the vault until further notice.

You can check out the full list of currently verified changes below (thanks The Ace on the official subreddit). We’ll update the list accordingly as things change.

Weapons And Item Changes

  • Vaulted
    • Damage Traps
    • P90
    • Bolt Action Sniper Rifle
  • Unvaulted
    • Minigun (Mythic)
    • Remote Explosives
    • Suppressed Assault Rifle
    • Suppressed Submachine Gun
    • Suppressed Sniper Rifle
    • Suppressed Pistol
    • Heavy Sniper Rifle
    • Grapplers (Mythic)
    • Drum Gun (Mythic)
    • Launch Pad (in competitive playlists)
    • Boom Bow (Mythic)
    • Tactical Assault Rifle
  • Every new POI can drop one of the Mythic items through killing NPCs
  • Added “crates” that can be opened using an “ID Scan”
  • Added some mythic items
  • Added “key cards” that guides you to vaults containing several crates
  • Added “Decoy Grenade”
  • Added a Creeping Cardboard with similar functionality as a Bush

Gameplay Changes

  • You can now throw consumable items
  • Added NPCs that can be killed that drop loot, but they shoot at you!
  • Upgrading weapons now take longer
  • Toilets and dumpsters act like portals – hiding in one will teleport you to its’ correspondent!
  • The issue with not being able to edit cones if standing inside it has been fixed
  • Added the following POIs:
    • The Yacht
    • The Agency
    • The Rig
    • The Shark
    • The Grotto

UI Changes

  • Changed the emote UI

Bug Fixes

  • General
    • Friend selection/scrolling issue.
    • Getting stuck on loading screen after accepting invite before selecting game mode.
    • Unable to select traps with a controller when ‘Pick up’ indicator is on-screen.
  • Battle Royale
    • Crash when selecting Controller settings menu that may result in blank controller layout.
    • Picking up DBNO teammate when trying to switch to Pickaxe.
    • Refunding can block input in the lobby.
    • “Could not join party” message wrongly occurring.
    • Temporarily unable to move or do any other action after Emoting.
    • Delay in movement after using movement key to exit inventory.
    • Players cannot disable Parental Controls.

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Stock Up on Animal Crossing Amiibo Ahead of New Horizons

Nintendo has confirmed Animal Crossing: New Horizons will support Amiibo figures and Amiibo cards from the Animal Crossing series. Scan an Amiibo, and you’ll invite that character to your island. But since Amiibo and inventory issues tend to go hand-in-hand, you might want to pick up any figures you want sooner rather than later. That way you can get them at regular price instead of inflated third-party prices.

Below, you’ll find some of the Animal Crossing Amiibo that are available now at Amazon. Also check out our Animal Crossing hands-on preview for details about the game’s first 30 minutes.

Don’t see the deals below? Click here.

Animal Crossing Series Amiibo

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And if you’re in the market for an Animal Crossing shirt, check out our new IGN Store to see the designs.

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Hasbro’s Baby Yoda Figures From The Mandalorian Revealed

Hasbro and Lucasfilm revealed a bunch of action figures and merch from The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Clone Wars today in advance of the annual New York Toy Fair.

Among the items on display were a new Mando Black Series The Child figure, a variety of The Child items (that’s Baby Yoda to you) including an animatronic plush, a Darksaber (go Moff Gideon!), Mando’s rocket gauntlet, Funko Pop! Vinyls, and much more.

Check out all the new products of Baby Yoda from Hasbro, Mattel, Funko and others in the gallery right here:

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During a panel at the announcement event, the team discussed how they didn’t develop Baby Yoda toys in advance not because they didn’t predict The Child would be adored but to preserve the secret of him for the series. They then went into full gear to meet demand, noting pre-sales were available three weeks after his debut.

For more on The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, get the latest on Season 2 of Mando, catch up on everything you need to know about Clone Wars’ Ahsoka Tano, read our take on why it’s the right time for Star Wars to pivot to TV, or check out our Meet the Mini-Mandalorian video below.

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With reporting and photos by Kristy Puchko.

Deadpool Skin Is Fortnite’s Season 2 Secret Unlock

Fry up some chimichangas and knock down that fourth wall, because Deadpool is coming to Fortnite. The Merc with a Mouth is the latest Marvel character to come to the game, though he will probably not be as devastating as Thanos.

Deadpool was revealed in the game’s Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 2 Battle Pass trailer, popping onto the screen in his usual goofy fashion. He’s also seen bathing in a pile of V-bucks, though the Battle Pass remains 950 or about $9.50.

The latest update also added weekly challenges from Deadpool, including one to find a letter he sent to Epic Games. It’s fitting with the character’s self-aware persona, as he has routinely referenced when he was in a comic book or movie before.

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Deadpool is a skin rather than a special character event like with Thanos, so it’s entirely cosmetic. However, it definitely makes us a little more likely to crack stupid jokes and get a little more bold in battle royale mode. You can’t unlock the skin yet, as it requires completely weekly challenges over the course of the Battle Pass, but the wait should come with more themed challenges that have Deadpool inserting himself further into the game.

In January, Ryan Reynolds confirmed that Deadpool 3 is in the works at Marvel Studios. The previous two movies were produced before Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, which had been responsible for Deadpool and X-Men films previously.

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