Stardew Valley Might Get Multiplayer Beta This Spring

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone (aka ConcernedApe) is planning to launch the game’s multiplayer beta this spring.

Barone revealed progress on the game’s multiplayer update is coming along nicely. This is thanks to Tom Coxon, who’s helped Barone with completing all the network coding to turn Stardew Valley into a multiplayer game.

As such, work on the new features is finished with the new text currently being translated into different languages. Once Barone receives the new text, the next step would be QA testing and then, hopefully, the launch of the beta.

“Once we’ve received the translated text and integrated it back into the game, we’ll begin a serious QA phase involving thorough testing of all new features in both multiplayer and single player contexts,” Barone wrote. “When that is finished, the update should be ready for a public beta. I am still shooting for a spring release for the beta.”

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PSVR Gets Big Price Drop for a Limited Time

PlayStation VR is getting a limited time price drop in a few days.

As detailed on PlayStation Blog, the standalone headset will cost $200 USD from February 18 to March 3. It’s originally priced at $300 USD. Additionally, two PSVR bundles are getting substantial price cuts during the same time period.

The PlayStation VR Doom VFR Bundle will cost $300 USD (originally $400 USD). The bundle comes with a PSVR headset, a PlayStation Camera, the PSVR Demo Disc 2.0, and a copy of Doom VFR. In IGN’s review of Doom VFR, we call the game a “brave shooter that proves that VR games don’t have to be conservative with movement to work.”

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Rainbow Six Siege Is Free To Play On PS4, Xbox One, And PC For A Limited Time

As promised, Ubisoft has launched a free weekend event for Rainbow Six Siege on all platforms. Those on PS4, Xbox One, and PC can try out the full version of the excellent game, albeit with a caveat in the case of the PS4 version.

Siege’s free weekend is active now and available to everyone on PC (through both Uplay and Steam) and Xbox One. The latter is true even if you don’t have an Xbox Live Gold membership, which is often a requirement to take part in these events. However, if you want to try Siege out on PS4, you’ll need to be a PlayStation Plus member to do so.

No matter the platform, you’ll have access until February 18. Any progress you make can carry over to the full game, should you decide to purchase it. Siege also happens to be on sale right now, with several editions discounted on the Xbox Store, PlayStation Store, and Steam, which just kicked off its Lunar New Year sale.

After starting out somewhat humbly in 2015, Siege has evolved into one of the best multiplayer shooters on the market right now. Perhaps its biggest update yet, Chimera, is set to launch soon with new Operators and maps, as well as a brand-new, limited-time co-op mode called Outbreak. You won’t be able to try out any of that as part of this free play event, though owners of the PC version will be able to test it out ahead of its launch in March as part of a Technical Test Server update debuting next week.

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New Ready Player One Video Channels Halo, Mario Kart, And Willy Wonka

Each time a new look at the upcoming Ready Player One movie arrives, it comes loaded with new bits of nostalgia to thrive on. Whether it’s the Iron Giant, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, or King Kong and a Tyrannosaurus Rex rampaging through the streets, the Steven Spielberg film looks to be packed with eye candy.

The newest clip takes that idea to an entirely new level, thanks to the song it features. The new teaser is set to a cover of “Pure Imagination,” originally performed by Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

A journey into a world of pure imagination is a perfect way of describing a movie like Ready Player One, which is largely set in a virtual world filled with famous characters and moments from the pop culture landscape, including films, TV, and video games. This latest extended trailer even includes a nod to the Halo franchise, with a group of UNSC Spartans running into battle, which you can see below.

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Elsewhere in the new teaser, there is a mention of Super Mario Kart, an appearance by Hello Kitty, and one of the most massive chase sequences you can imagine. Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, and Simon Pegg. It races into theaters on March 29.

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Every Marvel Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

The Marvel universe is vaster than just a team of Avengers. But instead of listing every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve taken the liberty of rankingevery single Marvel movie in the universe (including those outside the MCU) according to Metacritic’s unique score system.

Let’s start with one we’d rather forget. It’s not very often Marvel is involved in a movie that so blatantly swings and misses. Shackled by horrible reviews, bad dialogue and lackluster action scene, 2015’s Fantastic Four reboot is the lowest-rated Marvel movie ever.

The film received a 27 on Metacritic.

(Photo: 20th Century Fox)

New Fortnite Update Adds A Giant Teddy Bear Parachute, Because Why Not

Despite sharing a similar premise, Fortnite: Battle Royale differs from PUBG in a number of ways, such as with its building mechanics. But at first blush, the most noticeable difference is Fortnite‘s cartoonish art style. That less serious vibe extends to other areas of the game, whether it’s with the item that allows you to conceal yourself as a friendly little bush or the Boogie Bomb grenade that forces affected enemies to dance. This is also embraced with the game’s cosmetics, and one added in Fortnite’s new update is especially silly.

As in PUBG, players start out the match in a flying vehicle (in this case, a bus) that passes over the island. When you’re ready, you jump out and eventually deploy a parachute to ensure a safe landing. There are various glider options to unlock, and the latest is Bear Force One. This is essentially a giant inflatable Valentine’s Day-style teddy bear (standing atop of set of wings) that functions as your glider.

Just like other such replacements, this is purely cosmetic; it doesn’t have any impact on gameplay, though–given how big it is–it certainly won’t do anything to help make your landing location a secret. But what’s a little sacrificed stealth in the name of cuteness?

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Of course, this does come at a cost. Bear Force One costs 1,500 V-Bucks. This can be earned to some extent through gameplay (if you own the Battle Pass or have access to Save the World mode), but it’s primarily obtained through real-money purchases, and 1,500 V-Bucks is roughly equivalent to $15/£12. It’s one of several pricey new Valentine’s Day cosmetic options, along with the Tat Axe (800), Cuddle Team Leader (2,000), and Love Ranger (2,000). The latter has already been shown to have some hilariously creative uses, given the right circumstances. You can see all of these in the gallery above.

These items are available only for a limited time, so you’ll want to act fast if you’re interested. Be aware that V-Bucks will now be the lone way of purchasing the upcoming Season 3 Battle Pass, despite earlier statements saying otherwise. For more on what’s been added, check out our rundown on the new 2.5.0 Fortnite update.

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11 Things We Learned About KH3 at D23 Expo Japan

Even after a presentation at D23 Expo Japan, we still don’t know exactly when in 2018 Kingdom Hearts III is coming, but during the presentation a lot of new information about the game has come to light. Many of this got lost in translation since the presentation was not streamed and only in Japanese, but IGN Japan was in the room, so let us tell you all the cool new things we learned about the game.

Let’s start with the obvious stuff. In the newly revealed trailer, Monsters, Inc. was introduced as the second Pixar world introduced for the game after Toy Story. Sora, Goofy and Donald are clad in monster-like outfits, and they will be teaming up with Sully and Mike to traverse through a world with gimmicks, obstacles and foes that match the setting of the Monsters, Inc. universe.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Cast in Kung Fury Movie

Arnold Schwarzenegger joins the cast of Kung Fury, the feature-length sequel to the cult short film of the same name.

No word yet on who Schwarzenegger will play in the movie, but he’ll star alongside the recently cast Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff. David Sandberg, who wrote and directed the original 2015 Kung Fury, will also star in and produce the sequel under his Laser Unicorns’ banner.

Kung Fury’s story takes place in Miami in 1985, and follows the titular cop and his Thundercops police force fighting crime in the streets of Miami. However, after a fellow Thundercop tragically dies, a new villain emerges to help Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, attain the ultimate weapon. Kung Fury must find a way to defeat Kung Fuhrer by traveling through space and time itself.

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Path of Exile’s Bestiary Expansion Is Targeted at the Hardest of the Hardcore

As far as free to play games go it’s hard to keep and maintain an audience. Getting something for free means no risk on the consumer’s part; they can come in and get out relatively quickly if they don’t like it. It says a lot about a free game that’s managed to not only regularly increase its player base, and also crank out enough regular content to keep the most hardcore players occupied, but that’s exactly what Grinding Gear Games has been able to do with Path of Exile.

This spring it will receive a new update – titled Bestiary – that adds tons of new activities, items, recipes, and challenges for high-level players…all for the low price of free. We got a chance to see some of the content players can expect from the update.

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