Mighty Ducks Producer Reveals Ideas for Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Season 2

The Mighty Ducks franchise creator Steve Brill has shared his ideas for a potential season 2 for Disney+’s The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, how many seasons the show may last, and his dream of The Mighty Ducks: The Musical.

Speaking to Collider, Brill shed some light on his and the team’s long-term plan for the series, which unfortunately has been altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Yeah, we have a plan. We have many plans,” Brill said. “As we’ve learned from this last year, you can’t make plans. I would have loved for the second season to be in Europe, playing an international tournament, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. But there are many plans. All of the characters would be back and Lauren Graham would fully be a lead figure.

“To explore her character would be endlessly fun, and her with Gordon Bombay, and then each individual kid and the story of the team and what the next step would be. We’ve got it all laid out. And then, we’d also bring back people, and wrap up storylines and re-explore storylines from the movies, like I talked about with Josh and Kenan. So, we have a lot to do.”

As for how many seasons Brill thinks it would take to tell the story he is wanting to tell, he says that it’s up to those who know TV better than he does.

“Josh [Goldsmith] and Cathy [Yuspaalso] come from television, so they understand what a season is. I look at it like a movie. This first season feels like Ducks 1. To me, the next season instinctively should feel like Ducks 2, which took the kids to a new environment. You have to move the characters along, as a group, into some new things, so that’s what I’m thinking about and that’s what we’re thinking of about,” Brill said.

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As for the previously mentioned musical, Brill explained that, since he couldn’t “crack any stories in the 2000s’ for a fourth Mighty Ducks film, he turned his focus to Broadway.
“I thought about doing a Broadway musical,” Brill revealed. “That was my big thought, about how fun it would be to do The Mighty Ducks: The Musical, and do a Disney Beauty and the Beast type of production with kids on ice on Broadway and with songs. If they can do Spider-Man, then you can do The Mighty Ducks, so I was thinking about that.

“I’m not off of this idea. Back in the ‘80s, there was a musical called Starlight Express, that Andrew Lloyd Weber did, where it was people on roller skates in the round. I remember going, ‘We could have kids skate, or use roller blades that look like skates, and it could be really cool to watch visually, like a dance. Like West Side Story, we could do Sharks and Jets types of showdowns and songs. Why not?'”

In our review of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ series premiere, we said that it is “is a charming, if not predictable, return to cinema’s most iconic youth hockey team. “

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Aussie Deals: Early Savings on Far Cry 6, Pokémon and Ratchet!

Amazon’s Mid-Year Sale continues to shower us with discounts. Some of those are on slightly older titles that shouldn’t have passed you by, others are for forthcoming AAAs you dare not miss. Why even risk that dreaded “out of stock” notification? Go stake your claim on Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, Far Cry 6 and Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Update Cuts Its 170 GB Base Game Size in Half

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Update not only brings with it a ton of fixes, but it also cuts its base game size of 170 GB in half to 83 GB.

The new update is available now, and the reduction in file size was made possible thanks to to the team performing “some optimization for the initial full download” of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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This is another example of developers working to make their games take up less space, and follows Fortnite’s patch that made it 60GB smaller on PC and Call of Duty: Warzone’s patch that reduced the file size between 10.9 GB and 14.2 GB.

File size has been a big issue for some, especially those who wish to have both Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare/Warzone installed on one system. Activision even said that 500GB PS4 owners may need to “make room” if they wanted these games installed with all the modes and packs available.

We recently took a look at why these video games have such huge install sizes, and it is due to a combination of factors including games getting bigger in scope, problems with hardware inefficiencies, and more.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is the game that keeps on giving, even after its release when we gave it a 10/10 and called it a masterpiece. In our review, we said, “Unparalleled realism and an entire planet to explore makes Microsoft Flight Simulator a simulation like no other.”

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Two Point Campus Seemingly Leaks Ahead of Official Reveal

Two Point Campus, the follow up to Two Point Hospital, has seemingly leaked on the Microsoft Store ahead of its official reveal.

The Microsoft Store page was spotted by @_h0x0d_, and it reveals that Two Point Campus is another “management sim with a twist” that tasks players with building their own university, exploring students’ personality and fulfilling their needs, hiring staff, and much more.

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The aforementioned twist is seen in the courses, which range from “Knight School (hey, we all have to learn jousting at some point in our lives), to the salivatory Gastronomy, where your students will build mouth-watering concoctions like giant pizzas and enormous pies.”

Players will be able to lay down pathways with new easy-to-use tools, plant outdoor fauna, place benches, sculptures, hedgerows, picket fences, and much more.

Two Point Hospital was in the news last week, as a crossover with Sonic was confirmed during the Sonic Central 30th Anniversary stream that will bring with it free items and staff outfits themed after everyone’s favorite hedgehog.

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In our review of Two Point Hospital, we said that it is a “is healthy revival of the business management game with surprising depth and humor.”

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Apex Legends Lore – The Legacy Antigen Story So Far

In this video, Jordan and Persia go over all of the lore being introduced to season 9 of Apex Legends. Throughout the season, in-game comics and community-created comics will be released that tell many different sides to our Legends’ stories.

The Legacy Antigen story is introducing the Legacy Antigen that is a deadly toxin released from genetically modified vines. The legends desperately try to find a cure which involves an upcoming trip to Gaea, Valkyrie giving us the details on this new threat, and Bangalore truly having a bad time.

This video features chapters 1 through 4 of the in-game comics along with the community comics from the Prologue, “The Sins of the Father”, “The Boy Who Hated Gibraltar”, “The Truth Comes Out”, and “Wrong Wraith”.

Warhammer Event Gets Rebranded With A June Livestream Planned

The week-long event Warhammer Skulls (previously called Skulls for the Skull Throne) kicks off on Thursday, June 3 with a livestream dedicated to all things Warhammer, including information about new games.

The presentation goes live on June 3 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST on the official Warhammer Twitch channel. Fans can expect a bevy of announcements, from new games to updates planned for available titles. There are even opportunities to get store-specific free-to-keep games during Warhammer Skulls, though the offerings haven’t been specified. In either case, fans should check storefronts across GOG, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Steam, and Xbox for various content. This includes discounts on games and DLC, preorder offerings, and free updates.

This year marks the fifth Warhammer Skulls event. Typically taking place on Steam inside various associated games, the week-long celebration inundates fans with a litany of Warhammer content. This includes things like Warhammer-themed skins for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and World of Warships, game discounts, and free in-game content such as weapons.

There are several Warhammer-related games in development right now, with two that have been revealed: a cooperative FPS for Xbox Series X|S called Warhammer 40K: Darktide and Total War: Warhammer 3. Both are slated to launch sometime this year.

Destruction AllStars to Add Online Bots to Help With Low Times of Player Activity

PS5-exclusive Destruction Allstars will be getting various new features and Quality of Service updates, including the addition of online bots that will help with low times of player activity for online matchmaking.

Developer Lucid Games shared the update on Reddit, and while there are no definite dates as of yet, the team wanted to be transparent with what it was planning for Destruction AllStars.

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Lucid Games explained that “with a community the size of Destruction AllStars, spread across the world we do have peak times and low times of player activity for online matchmaking.” To ensure matches are filled to capacity at all times, AI bots will take the remaining spaces if real players can’t be found. This will apply to all modes except Blitz, which is a competitive mode that will always consist of only real players.

In addition to Bots, Destruction AllStars will also be getting Global Parties to let players party up with friends and queue into both Solo and Team modes, a Playlist Feature to allow for only your favorite game modes to be selected, and many Quality of Service improvements.

Slams are being looked at, as players have reported that it sometimes feels like you aren’t slamming anything. Ghost hits are also something the team is actively working on alongside balancing the gameplay and adjusting how powerful or weak some of the characters’ abilities appear to be against others.

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Destruction AllStars was released in February 2021 on PlayStation Plus and, in our review, we said that it “can provide fun bursts of frantic car combat action, but never adds up to much more than that. “

Destruction AllStars is no longer on PlayStation Plus and currently costs $20 USD, a $50 drop compared to its original price point of $70 USD.

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Saints Row, Dead Island, and TimeSplitters Parent Company Koch Media Announces Pre-E3 Showcase

Koch Media, the parent company of such IP as Saints Row, Dead Island, Metro, the new TimeSplitters, and more, has announced its “Koch Primetime Gaming Stream” for June 11, 2021, at 12pm PT/3pm ET/8pm BST.

This gaming stream will be part of Summer Game Fest and, while no further details were given as to what to expect from the event, it’s important to note that Koch Media does own Deep Silver – the publisher of Homefront: The Revolution, Maneater, Shenmue 3, Hunt: Showdown, and the previously mentioned titles.

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Back in 2019, Koch Media’s CEO teased that we would be hearing about the next Saints Row game – which may or may not be Saints Row 5 – in 2020. While that announcement has yet to come, this could be a great place for it.

Dead Island 2, a game that was announced at E3 2014 and is on its third developer, is another game that could make an appearance at the Koch Primetime Gaming Stream. It would be a most welcome one, as it was originally set to be released in 2015.

While many may be hoping for a glimpse of the new TimeSplitters that is being created by Free Radical Design, Deep Silver’s announcement of the project revealed that, while there is a studio formed and a plan in place, development is not expected to begin for a few months.

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Far Cry 6 Is Not Trying to Make a Political Statement About Cuba

Despite using the real-life stories of Cuban guerilla fighters from the 1950s and 1960s as inspiration, Far Cry 6’s narrative director Navid Khavari has said the team is not trying to “make a political statement about what’s happening in Cuba” with their new game.

Speaking to TheGamer, Khavari said that, while he wants Far Cry 6 to feel authentic and pay homage to guerilla fighters from around the world and throughout history, the team also doesn’t want to make it specifically about the current issues in Cuba or any other real-world location.

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“The original inspiration was Guerilla Warfare and what is that guerilla fantasy, which is obviously tied to revolution,” Khivari said. “When you talk about guerillas, you think of the guerillas in the 1950s and 1960s, we actually went down there to speak to actual guerilla fighters who fought back then, and we just really fell in love with their stories.

“But we also fell in love with the culture and people we met,” Khivari continued. “When we came out of that, it wasn’t that we felt we had to do Cuba, we realized it’s a complicated island and our game doesn’t want to make a political statement about what’s happening in Cuba specifically. Beyond that, we’re drawing inspiration from guerilla movements around the world and throughout history. For us, it felt like doing the island of Yara would help us tell that story while being very open with our politics and inspiration.”

However, this doesn’t mean the team plans on pulling its punches in regards to exploring how a revolution impacts the people involved and surrounding one.

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“A revolution is complex, and the people you’re going to engage with are also complex. I use this line of philosophy, which is that every character has their own heartbeat, you just have to find it,” Khavari said. “We have this melting pot of motivational complexity where we tried to translate that into the gameplay and the story. So tonally, it sort of already existed. But for us, thematically, unifying that into the guerilla fantasy felt pretty natural.”

This follows similar comments from Ubisoft for games like The Division 2 and Far Cry 5 staying politically impartial. However, Watch Dogs Legion creative director Clint Hocking said, “I believe that it’s our responsibility as creators of culture to talk about stuff that’s real, and that matters to people. I think Ubisoft is a bold company and has a willingness to explore issues and allow creative teams to engage with challenging subject matter.”

For more on Far Cry 6, which now has a release date of October 7, 2021, check out our first hands-off preview of Far Cry 6 and why it featuring the largest location yet in Yara is the right step for the series.

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