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Is it ever not a good time to Netflix and chill? Probably not. Luckily, Netflix has a pretty strong lineup of shows, movies, and documentaries to tide you over until spring cuts through the cold of winter. 

This month, Castlevania Season 3 hits the streaming service alongside the third season of Carmen Sandiego and two Resident Evil movies, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).

Other standouts include Ozark Season 3, Space Jam, Hook, The Shawshank Redemption, Silver Linings Playbook, and Corpse Bride.

Unfortunately, there are some good ones leaving Netflix in March, too, including Marvel's Black Panther, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Kill Bill, Batman Begins, and Coraline.

Below we go everything coming and going from the streaming service. 

New Netflix TV Shows and Movies March 2020

March 1
  • Always a Bridesmaid
  • Beyond the Mat
  • Cop Out
  • Corpse Bride
  • Donnie Brasco
  • Freedom Writers
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  • GoodFellas
  • Haywire
  • He's Just Not That Into You
  • Hook
  • Hugo
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Life as We Know It
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action
  • Outbreak
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Richie Rich
  • Semi-Pro
  • Sleepover
  • Space Jam
  • The Gift
  • The Interview
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: S3
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Tootsie
  • Valentine's Day
  • Velvet Colección: Grand Finale
  • ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas
March 3
  • Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis
March 4
  • Lil Peep: Everybody's Everything
March 5
  • Castlevania: Season 3 
  • Mighty Little Bheem: Festival of Colors 
March 6
  • Guilty
  • I am Jonas 
  • Paradise PD: Part 2
  • The Protector: Season 3
  • Spenser Confidential 
  • Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City 
  • Ugly Delicious: Season 2 
March 8
  • Sitara: Let Girls Dream
March 10
  • Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal 
  • Marc Maron: End Times Fun 
March 11
  • The Circle Brazil 
  • Dirty Money: Season 2 
  • Last Ferry
  • On My Block: Season 3
  • Summer Night
March 12
  • Hospital Playlist
March 13
  • 100 Humans 
  • Bloodride 
  • Elite: Season 3 
  • Go Karts 
  • Kingdom: Season 2 
  • Lost Girls
  • The Valhalla Murders 
  • Women of the Night 
March 15
  • Aftermath
March 16
  • The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 3 
  • Search Party
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • The Young Messiah
March 17
  • Bert Kreischer: Hey Big Boy 
  • All American: Season 2
  • Black Lightning: Season 3
  • Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom 
March 18
  • Lu Over the Wall
March 19
  • Altered Carbon: Resleeved
  • Feel Good 
March 20
  • A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story 
  • Archibald's Next Big Thing: Season 2 
  • Buddi 
  • Dino Girl Gauko: Season 2 
  • Greenhouse Academy: Season 4 
  • The Letter for the King 
  • Maska
  • The Platform
  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker 
  • Ultras 
  • Tiger King 
March 23
  • Levante
March 25
  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution 
  • Curtiz 
  • The Occupant (Hogar) 
  • Signs 
  • YooHoo to the Rescue: Season 3
March 26
  • 7SEEDS: Part 2 
  • Blood Father
  • Unorthodox 
March 27
  • Car Masters: Rust to Riches: Season 2 
  • The Decline 
  • Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon 
  • Il processo 
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Ozark: Season 3 
  • There's Something in the Water
  • True: Wuzzle Wegg Day 
  • Uncorked 

TV Shows and Movies Leaving Netflix in March 2020

March 3
  • Marvel Studios' Black Panther
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
March 4
  • F the Prom
March 7
  • Blue Jasmine
  • The Jane Austen Book Club
  • The Waterboy
March 9
  • Eat Pray Love
March 14
  • Men in Black
  • Men in Black 2
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection : Classic: Collection 3
March 15
  • Coraline
March 17
  • Being Mary Jane: The Series: Season 1-4
March 19
  • The L Word: Season 1-6
  • Zodiac
March 24
  • Disney's A Wrinkle in Time
March 30
  • Batman Begins
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • Death at a Funeral
  • Drugs, Inc.: Season 5
  • Hairspray
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2
  • New York Minute
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Small Soldiers
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Wild Wild West

In case you missed it (and somehow haven't found them on your own), here's everything that's on Netflix this month

In other Netflix news, the first trailer for Stranger Things Season 4 dropped a massive spoiler, and new behind-the-scenes photos confirm the show is currently filming in Lithuania

The Witcher series is set to receive multiple seasons on the streaming service, according to comments made by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. There are even rumors of a Diablo series sometime in the future. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Netflix news as it drops, including what's coming and going each month. 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Digital and Bluray Release Dates Confirmed Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:03:50 -0500 GS_Staff

Fans won't have to wait much longer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to release on home digital and Blu-ray. Episode 9 of the Skywalker Saga is due to drop out of lightspeed March 17 on digital and March 31 on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD.

The release will include a treasure trove of extras and goodies, including behind-the-scenes footage and documentaries. Individual retailers will, of course, have exclusive packaging as well. Best Buy (seen above) will have a beautiful steelcase depicting Rey and Kylo Ren's battle on Ker Bir, while Target (below) will have a special art book. 

Alongside the film itself, fans can expect "a feature-length, making-of documentary, which goes behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and explores the legacy of the Skywalker saga."

The home release of TRoS will also feature footage detailing how the film's desert scenes were shot, as well as the process behind creating Episode 9's creatures and droids. A featurette exclusive to the digital version will explore the process behind the film's score, orchestrated by legendary composer John Williams. 

Target's special edition Bluray for The Rise of Skywalker home release.

Specific details about the movie's home release can be found over on Currently, there is no word on when the film will release on Disney Plus, though a summer timeframe seems logical.

Considering Disney's streaming service has been slowly regaining exclusivity rights to Disney films and television shows, it's unlikely The Rise of Skywalker will release on other streaming platforms such as Netflix or Hulu.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker was a divisive conclusion to the storied Skywalker Saga. The film stars Daisey Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron.

The film released in theaters on December 20, 2019, and grossed more than $1 billion at the box office, splitting its total between both domestic and international audiences. Currently, it is is the 17th highest-grossing Disney film of all time, falling behind both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi

Wolcen Skill Tree: How to Navigate It, Affinity, and Every Skill Listed Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:47:17 -0500 Ty Arthur

The replayability in an ARPG like Lords Of Mayhem comes from trying out different builds, but Wolcen changes things up by letting you switch between skill types by swapping equipment. If you really want to change your build, you need to learn to navigate the Gate Of Fates skill tree, which is separate from the actual skills learned by using Enneracts that drop as loot.

While primordial affinity is used to level up your skills, the skill tree nodes can only be gained one at a time by leveling up. That means that (as of launch) you have 90 nodes to unlock in whatever path you want to take on the skill tree.

Let's take a look at how to most effectively use those node points to distinguish your character class and build style.

How to Get Around the Wolcen Skill Tree

Unlike a typical class-dependent skill tree, the Wolcen skill tree lets you go in any direction you want and features three circular tiers. Each of the three tiers can rotate independently of the others, allowing for just about any combo of possible paths.

What happens if you rotate the skill tree after already unlocking part of that circle? Previously unlocked nodes are no longer active, but they will reactivate if you cycle back around to the original configuration.

Before picking a path, it's important to note that many of these skills aren't currently functioning as their description text would indicate, and several are already marked for fixing in an upcoming patch.

Reset Gate of Fates nodes in Wolcen by spending primordial affinity.

Did you take a path including a skill that doesn't currently work properly, or just want to try out a different set of passive bonuses?

The Gate Of Fates nodes can be reset by spending primordial affinity; the more nodes you've unlocked, the more affinity it costs. Oddly, this option isn't actually found on the skill tree but is instead found in the character attributes menu by pressing "C." 

Need more primordial affinity? Get this resource when you sell Enneracts in the Stormfall Palace or use Enneracts for skills you already possess. Enneracts drop randomly like any other type of loot. You can also buy them for 2,000 gold a pop (which isn't a very cost-effective way to get primordial affinity).

Wolcen Gate Of Fates Skill Tree

The three circular tiers begin with the very basic concept of the mage build (skills used with staves or catalysts), ranger build (skills used with daggers, bows, or pistols), or warrior build (skills used with melee weapons).

Next, the second circle offers two further specializations for each of those basic "classes," while the third and final circle offers a further four specializations for each type.

Since any character can take any skill, and all attributes and ailments end up being helpful for any build, those "classes" can be mixed and matched by rotating the skill tree. Soldier and Sentinel passives, for instance, can make excellent builds where a spell caster stays alive longer and casts spells faster.

Because the circles are mobile, there's nothing stopping you from taking the Soldier circle first, then going with Cabalist in the second circle, and finally ending with the White Arrow on the third circle, effectively combining elements of warrior, mage, and ranger together.

The Gate of Fates has three concentric rings with multiple skill paths.

Use the skill tree list below to plan out your preferred path.

For instance, if you want to frequently land ailments, Cabalist is a good path to take on the second circle (even if you aren't going for a spell-focused build).

Over the course of your build, you might decide burning is the ailment you like to inflict best with your skills, so Child Of Fury could be a great third circle choice, even though its actually a warrior-focused skill set.

Want to know at a glance which path focuses on which type of build? The Gate Of Fates nodes follow this color scheme: 

  • Purple  spells
  • Green  ranged attacks
  • Red  melee

The full Wolcen skill tree breakdown below covers the basic passive abilities of each path on the tree, as well as the three to five special passive abilities that can be unlocked on that tier of the path. By knowing what's available ahead of time, it's easy to decide which option to take on each circle.

First (Inner) Circle

  • Scholar  The basic mage focused tier with increased spell damage, increased ailment damage, and reduced cooldown times
    • Attrition Strategist  Every hit is more likely to land an ailment
    • Purifier's Will — Reduced damage when force shield is full
    • Thirst For Knowledge  Health globes also recover force shield
  • Sentinel  The basic ranger/rogue focused tier with increased stamina, attack speed, and overall damage
    • Covert Operative — Increased dodge chance after being hit
    • Backline Raider  Increased attack and spell speed
    • Pinch Runner  Gain extra stamina for dodge rolling at low health
  • Soldier  The basic warrior focused tier with increased health, resistances, and rage cooldown
    • Wild Card  Increased critical change with weapons and spells
    • Heat Of Battle  Taking damage provides you rage
    • Second Wind  Gain health regen boost when under 2% health (has a cooldown)
Second (Middle) Circle
  • Praetorian  The classic tank with big boosts to health and resistances
    • Selfless Courage  Bonus to all resistances after blocking
    • Retaliator  Reduced critical chance, but gain bonus damage for every point of physical resistance
    • Kingless Aegis  Bonus block chance and can block with any weapon type
    • Sacred Oath  Blocking applies stacks of the weakness ailment
    • Blessed Manna  Health globes also provide increased resistance
  • Warmonger  The berserker class with bonus melee damage and rage generation
    • Gods Amongst Men  Big bonus to physical, toxic, and rend damage but can no longer deal any other damage types
    • Bestial Frenzy  Bonus damage for every enemy within 4m
    • Warmonger  Add life leach to all forms of damage
    • Manic Slaughter  Bonus damage for every unspent rage point
    • Blood Reaper  Converts half of all physical damage into rend damage
  • Cabalist  A big focus on causing ailments, as well as buffing your force shield and spell damage
    • Primordial Insights — Ailments causing damage over time effects can cause critical damage
    • Insidious Decay  Always deal two extra stacks of any ailment, but non-ailment attacks deal less damage
    • Grievous Afflictions  Any attack can deal two ailments at a time
    • Immortal Offering  Gain bonus damage for every ailment stack on a killed enemy
    • Power of the First Men  50% chance to automatically double number of ailment stacks landed on an enemy
  • Warlock  A straight spell caster with more damage, higher willpower, and better at draining health/force shield
    • Duty To Exterminate  Increase max rage and willpower
    • Residual Energy  Next basic attack deals bonus damage of the same type as your last spell
    • Reining In The Darkness  Spells more likely to cause critical hits when above 2% willpower
    • Faith Leech  Life Leach affects force shields instead of health
    • Resilience To Corruption  Damage over time effects drain force shield before health
  • Assassin  Big buffs to stamina, dodging, and landing critical hits
    • Blessing of the Jade Legion  Half of physical damage converted to toxic damage
    • Slipping Shadow  Dodge rolls can be activated through enemies
    • Clandestine Execution  Deal increased damage when only a single enemy is within 7m
    • Phantom Strike  Increased critical chance with dash attacks
    • Merciless Lethality  Critical hits deal far more damage, but all other attacks deal less damage
  • Ranger  Further increase attack speed, improve evasion, and give bonuses to ranged attack abilities
    • Come What May  Projectiles pierce targets and hit other enemies
    • Persistence Hunting  Enemies with impaired movement effects take bonus damage
    • Archion's Teachings  Attacks and spells launch extra projectiles, but each projectile deals less damage
    • Meditative Focus Deal extra damage when at least 6m away from an enemy
    • Safe From Afar  Extreme bonus projectile damage when at least 15m away from an enemy
Third (Outer) Circle
  • Arms Maester  Bonuses to one and two-handed weapons, as well as rend effects
    • Virtuous Stance — 10% chance to deal double attack damage while reducing resistances by 25%; dodge rolling changes stance to increase block chance while lowering attack and spell damage
    • Pugilist's Momentum  Gain an alternate fourth attack in any attack combo based on the type of weapon currently equipped
    • Proud Reprisal  Deal small amount of weapon damage back when blocking an attack
  • Child of Fury  Bonus fire damage and attack speed, as well as spreading burn effects to other enemies
    • Furious Appetite  Passively generate rage instead of willpower
    • Flurrying Flames  Bonus attack speed and life leach, but reduced resistances for every successive attack
    • Blistering Embrace  Chance to consume burn stacks and deal increased damage with every attack
  • Eos  Add sacred damage, increase attack speed, and buff healing effects
    • Dawn's Pious Striker  Dealing sacred damage instantly kills enemies below 15% health (doesn't apply to bosses)
    • Beacon For The Lost  Bonus spell damage when force shield is high or bonus attack damage when force shield is low
    • Unflagging Prayer  Nearby allies are resurrected when health drops below 0; resurrected allies also gain boosts to resistances
  • Siegebreaker  Increase resistances and increase damage based on your shield block chance
    • Salvatory Anchor  Gain passive bonuses based on type of chest piece equipped
    • Disallowing Vessel  Gain bonus damage while stationary, but take reduced move speed after then moving
    • Belligerent Banner  Increased block chance the longer a combat goes on
  • Abyss Shaper  Increase occult damage and buff status ailment chance 
    • Occult Affliction  Occult damage increased for every stack of curse
    • Masochistic Effigy  Doubles maximum force shield, but health cannot exceed 5% of maximum force shield
    • Fatal Pact  Gain 1 ailment stack whenever landing an ailment, but when hitting 10 stacks of any ailment, you automatically cleanse them all and gain a big buff based off the ailment type
  • Plaguebringer  Buff health, damage, and speed of summons
    • Undertaker  Enemies that die within 20m have a chance to drop a green globe that adds additional poison damage to attacks
    • Sacrifice Of Flesh  Lose 20% of health and force shield, but all summons take 25% less damage from any source
    • Toxic Emanations  All enemies within 7m gain a poison stack every 2 seconds
  • Oracle Of The Trinity  Increase elemental damage and force shield regen while reducing willpower costs
    • Ancient Fervor  Spells that inflict fire, frost, or lightning ailments gain various bonuses
    • Omnitempest  Chance to cast a powerful spell for free whenever casting a fire, frost, or lightning spell (four-second cooldown between free casts)
    • Elementary Destabilization  Chance to cause an explosion when below 25% willpower
  • Time Weaver  Increase aether damage, status ailment chance, and force shield regen
    • Which Time Cannot Heal  Enemies afflicted by stasis take damage again after a few seconds
    • Dire Juncture  Only 1 damage is dealt when hit and the rest of the damage arrives a few seconds later, in exchange your max health and force shields are reduced
    • Captured Velocity  Increased spell casting and attack speed when hitting an enemy in stasis with attacks or spells
  • Alastor  Wolcen's name for the ultimate assassin increases attack speed and critical damage, along with adding lightning effects
    • Static Transferal  Increase damage of next skill based on number of basic attacks used first
    • Sparking Dart  Deal increased lightning skill or device damage if you use at least four basic attacks first
    • Intravenous Neural Cord  Greatly boost attack speed for a short time after landing a critical hit
  • Duskglaive  Increase attack and spell speed, increase dodge, add shadow damage
    • Tethered Shade Dodge rolling now damages enemies and leaves a decoy version of the character for a short time
    • Waltzing Smoke  Dodge roll turns you invisible, and your next skill after dodge rolling deals increased damage (has a cooldown)
    • Life's First Movement  When your number of successive attacks and spells are in equilibrium, gain bonuses to normal attacks based on spell damage; when attacks and spells are not in equilibrium instead lose attack power based on spell damage
  • Exorcist  increase projectile and melee damage, material resistances, and character movement speed
    • Branded Burst  Increased damage reduction the longer you go without being hit
    • Academic Fieldwork  Increased material damage after killing a champion
    • Blessed Silver  Bonus melee and projectile damage (amount of bonus damage time reduced when using skills, increased after dodge rolling)
  • White Arrow  Add frost damage while increasing projectile damage, dodge chance, and force shield regen
    • Hungry Stalactite  Deal 30% of the remaining amount of pierce on any projectile attack
    • Acute Tracking  Gain bonus damage the longer combat goes on (resets every 10 seconds)
    • Wintry Hail  Basic projectile attacks now bounce between enemies and deal Frost damage when bouncing

Ready to start building some different character types? Let us know what you want to create, and be sure to use the Wolcen Universe builder here to map out your planned skill tree path before playing!

Need more specific help with various builds or overcoming the many Wolcen launch bugs? Check out our full list of Wolcen tips and gameplay hints here:

Koei Tecmo Set to Announce New Dynasty Warriors Game This Summer Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:53:20 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Despite its massive, glaring, and unforgivable faults, Dynasty Warriors 9 did decently enough for Koei Tecmo not to toss the whole series in the trash. Thank goodness.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dynasty Warriors series, Koei Tecmo is presenting a play from August 20 to 24 by Daisuke Nishida. Nishida has written and directed plays for the series before and worked on the anime series Bokurano and Claymore.

The play, subtitled "The Battle of Chibi IF," seems to offer an alternative take on the famous battle of Chibi that fans of the Dynasty Warriors series and those familiar with Romance of the Three Kingdoms are well-familiar with.

This doesn't seem to be all Koei Tecmo has in store for fans this year, though.

In a letter posted on the official 20th-anniversary site, series producer Akihiro Suzuki reminisces about how Dynasty Warriors came to be, the successes of the fourth entry in the series, and how it's spanned to such vastness even outside of its numbered entries (Empires, Extreme Legends).

He also confirms a new game will be announced this year for the 20th anniversary. One has to wonder whether this new game announcement may be a bit of a return to form, emulating the PlayStation 2 era of Dynasty Warriors, as he details the success of Dynasty Warriors 4 in selling a million copies in only nine days when it first came out.

There's a storm a-brewin' over at Koei Tecmo, and I'm excited to see if lightning will strike. While I do consider Dynasty Warriors 9 one of the worst games I've ever played and I genuinely dislike it, I've still pumped over 80 hours into the blasted thing.

Whether Dynasty Warriors fans want to admit it or not, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force are basically guaranteed our money. I'd love to spend that money on a worthwhile entry to this series again, but we'll have to wait until August to see what they have in store for us.

Stranger Things Season 4 Photos Tease Russian Prison Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:04:18 -0500 GS_Staff

Netflix has shared a small handful of behind-the-scenes images for Stranger Things Season 4. The images come after the show's first teaser trailer dropped last week, bringing with it a big, spoilery reveal.

Titled "From Russia with Love," the trailer unsurprisingly has many fans believing the next season of the hit horror show will be set in Russia. It does show Russian soldiers after all, so it's a pretty safe bet 2+2=4.

With the new season in production, we know that some scenes are being shot in Lithuania, specifically the Lukiškes Prison. Located in Vilnius, Lithuania, the imposing 115-year-old prison is indeed a good stand-in for a Russian penitentiary.

While the behind the scenes images show very little that's actually exciting (unless you really enjoy seeing a film crew unload trucks), they do provide fans a glimpse of what they can expect see when it comes to the state of The American name redacted later this year.

Season 3 ended on a big cliffhanger that left the internet reeling, with fan theories grasping for ways to explain the disappearance of Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour. Leading up to last week's not-so-shocking yet surprising reveal, Harbour had remained coy about Hopper's fate. 

Telling TheWrap earlier this year, Harbour said: 

... I really thought I was ‘The American,’ and then I haven’t heard a lot from them (laughs). So I really don’t know if I am. But I thought I was, but it was never discussed. I didn’t ask [The Duffers], ’cause I felt confident I was — and now I’m not so confident.

Stranger Things Season 4 is set to release on Netflix sometime this year. Considering production is still in the early stages, a November or December air date is most likely, though the streaming company has yet to share anything definitive. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinnt for more on Stranger Things.

Show Your Pokemon Ball Guy Love with Free Sword and Shield Swag Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:26:49 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Sword and Shield 2020 International Challenge February Online Competition (*takes breath*) is almost upon us. Most of us don't compete in online Pokemon tourneys, but The Pokemon Company is offering some Ball Guy-themed incentive to participate in at least one battle.

Anyone who signs up for the February Online Competition and takes part in at least one battle gets a free downloadable apparel item for their Pokemon Sword and Shield avatar. Here's how The Pokemon Company describes it: "...a fashionable T-shirt featuring their good friend Ball Guy..."

Fashionable, we won't question, since Sword and Shield offer plenty of ways to look snazzy. Good friend is another matter. Unofficial Sword and Shield mascot the Ball Guy may be, but this humble writer finds him more than a little creepy.

Anyway, if you want your Ball Guy shirt, you'll need to link your Pokemon Trainer Club account (free to have) with your Nintendo Account (also free) and keep them linked until you're awarded your Championship Points for your match.

If you're interested, signup is open now and runs through February 27 at 6:59 p.m. EST/3:59 p.m. PST.

You can check out the full details at The Pokemon Company's website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news as it bounces our way.

Borderlands Movie May Be Getting a Very Unexpected Director Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:18:54 -0500 Ty Arthur

It looks like none other than Hostel and Green Inferno director Eli Roth may be helming the upcoming Borderlands movie. The news comes by way of a tweet from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.

The tweet was quickly deleted after coming online, indicating this info may not have been cleared for release until the Gearbox Pax East show later this month  or that Roth's hiring may not have been finalized yet.

While a director most well known for horror torture porn might raise some eyebrows, Roth's inclusion may not be so surprising to others considering violence and dark humor have always been central to the Borderlands series.

Here's a screenshot of Pitchford's tweet for posterity. 

Borderland's CEO Randy Pitchford's tweet about Eli Roth and the Borderlands movie.

Tiny Tina and her disturbingly amazing quotes could be a minefield to navigate when transferred to live-action, but other portions of the games would certainly translate well to the big screen.

We don't know many details on the story, characters, or filming date at this point, although we did already get something of an interactive Borderlands movie with Telltale's adaptation Tales From The Borderlands.

Video game movie adaptations have typically been panned, though we've seen a sudden resurgence in high-quality TV shows like Castlevania and The Witcher. The former is about to get a third season, while Season 2 of The Witcher is now in development and will include some unexpected new characters. 

Want to jump into the latest Borderlands game ahead of a potential theatrical release? The Live, Laugh, Loot experience of Borderlands 3 came to PC and consoles back in September of 2019. 

War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Pre-Registration Open Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:09:26 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

During Square Enix's massive E3 2019 presentation, one title received a trailer and no mention thereafter: War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. Now, Square Enix opened up pre-registration for the mobile tactics RPG and anticipates a spring 2020 launch in the West.

War of the Visions is probably the closest thing we'll get to a proper Final Fantasy Tactics sequel until Square Enix actually makes a direct sequel.

The game takes place on the war-torn continent of Andra and follows the kingdoms of Leonis and Hourne. Princes Mont and Sterne fight each other for influence in Leonis, while the Maiden of Hourne, Macherie, is the game's third central character.

It all plays out in ways that should be familiar to anyone who's played the Final Fantasy Tactics games in the past. Each character has access to a set of jobs that augments their abilities and offers new skills. Espers are added in as additional boosters, and the environment is used for more than just getting a height advantage on your opponents.

Pre-registration is open on the Google Play Store. It's supposed to be open on the App Store too, but it's not live at the time of writing.

The official War of the Visions website details a number of pre-registration bonuses like weapons and items that'll be made available after pre-registration numbers pass certain milestones.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius news as it rides our way atop a majestic Chocobo.

Skillshot Media Partners with NACE for College Esports Events Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:29:53 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is teaming up with Atlanta-based esports agency Skillshot Media to provide even more esports competitions and events for its member universities.

NACE is the only governing body for collegiate esports in the North America region and currently works with over 200 member institutions. These members and NACE together work to provide over $16 million in esports scholarships every year, and this partnership with Skillshot is meant to increase NACE's capacity to offer more for its members.

Michael Brooks, NACE's executive director, said

Skillshot Media powered our initial collegiate competitions for CS:GO, Smite, and other titles. After hearing our member school appetite for more competition, we considered many partners, and Skillshot was the clear choice for a strategic partner based on shared vision and capabilities.

We are thrilled to offer more game titles and more live events, including collegiate Fortnite this spring and many more games to come in the fall.

Skillshot's CEO Todd Harris said the company is working with NACE to provide even more value to members and publishers, offering internship opportunities for students interested in esports and much more. So, it's a win-win for everyone involved.

NACE member schools are the true pioneers and thought leaders in collegiate esports, the schools who are committing scholarship dollars, coaches, and facilities, and are committed to positive and balanced outcomes for their student-athletes. 

We're excited to partner with NACE to scale esports to colleges nationwide – more schools, more game titles, more events. With our infrastructure, production capability and publisher relationships we aim to provide value to participating schools, the competing teams, and also importantly our partnered game publishers. 

Beyond competition, together we are also developing governance and internship opportunities for students wishing to enter the esports industry.

Additionally, a collegiate competition for both Fortnite and CS:GO will culminate in a MomoCon 2020 invitational finals on May 23. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct Recap: Living the Island Life Thu, 20 Feb 2020 10:03:08 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Today's focused Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Direct was packed full of information about the upcoming island getaway, from events and tourists to crafting and island re-designs. There's a lot to cover, including how Nintendo will continue supporting New Horizons, but we've got it broken down for you here. Let's get started.

Island Orientation

The presentation was divided into three parts, the first being a general overview of what to expect in New Horizons. Like New Leaf, you'll be able to choose your map layout and, as was mentioned before, pick your desired hemisphere. We got a glimpse at the seasons too, the gorgeous lushness of spring and summer, the aurora in winter, and everything in between. In a sentence, it's freaking gorgeous.

You'll also get the usual orientation to how life works in Animal Crossing, this time given by the Nook Inc. staff (no Isabelle yet folks). You can discuss where everyone's tents should go and even set up where the other denizens place theirs.

Resident Services

Resident Services is where you'll buy daily necessities, craft things and learn crafting recipes, sell your junk, and get advice, should you need it. It's open 24/7, too.

Crafting was shown off a bit more as well, namely the customization options available to you once you reach an advanced crafting level. Color, cushions, and design are all open to customization, though these are still pre-set designs.

Resident Services can expand into a town hall, but there's no word yet how this development will take place. Isabelle herself will be handling all development needs.

Resident Services is also where you'll be building things like stairs, bridges, and more. You'll need to develop the island more fully before you can get access to some of these, though, including the path-building feature.

After you get to that point, you can even modify the town's very layout, building or destroying cliffs, making new rivers and waterfalls, and really making the island your own.

The Airport

The airport is the second major facility on the arrival, staffed by Orville the Dodo. It's like the train station from the original Animal Crossing; it's where you'll welcome others to your island to set off for another. In case you forgot, you can have up to eight people playing on an island at one time. You can also use the airport like a post office, sending letters and gifts to others on the island.

You can also take mystery tours to deserted islands by redeeming your Nook Miles for a ticket. The destination is never the same, depending on the pilot's mood, and you'll find all kinds of crafting materials, plants, and even villagers on your travels.

Special Services

Nook Inc. starts you out with some basic furniture, just like always, only you get the Nook Phone this time. It's your inventory, where you store recipes, check your map, and more.

Nook Miles are meant to guide your daily activities, should you feel a bit lost with all the freedom. These range from things like catching certain fish to other essentials of daily life. Once you rack up enough Nook Miles, you can redeem them for rewards like clothes and other helpful items. A new part of the UI, a quick swap between tools, was briefly shown as well.

Island Life

Wasps and scorpions make their return, as expected on a deserted island. Medicine cures your ills, should you get stung or are otherwise incapacitated.

It's also recommended you mind yourself when wandering around. At night, ghosts (Wisp!!) might make themselves known, and you'll likely come across the hapless traveler Gulliver at some point.

It's actually possible to get lost in New Horizons, apparently. Your Nook Phone offers a Rescue Service to transport you back to your house immediately.

You'll want a house eventually, and that involves taking out a loan from Nook. On the other hand, you'll get storage space and a much bigger living area. As always, the loan is stress-free, letting you pay it back whenever — or never. But you'll want to pay it off if you plan on remodeling in the future.

Happy Home Designer's streamlined decoration style makes a return, letting you move furniture around without having to push it by hand. Rotate the camera 360 degrees to make sure everything's how you want it, and then plunk it down and enjoy.

Other Residents and Tourists

Like usual, you aren't stuck with just the handful of animals who start life with you. You'll be picking where the newcomers live and can even invite new residents.

You'll also have to develop the island for classic facilities, like the Able Sisters, the Museum, and even Nook's Cranny. The campsite makes a return as well, letting you invite residents for a visit and maybe get them to stay forever (not in a creepy way).

Tourists like Label might pass through from time to time and offer their special services while teaching you about the lands they came from, making it a true cultural exchange. This is how you'll meet special characters like Jack and Jingle, but apparently, they'll only be added through free updates later on. The first is available when the game launches and lets you celebrate Bunny Day.

Animal Crossing FAQs and Miscellaneous

The FAQs section was pretty basic, but it did introduce a new feature called Photopia. It's an island you'll eventually discover in the world where you can dress up animals, create a tableau, and, obviously, snap pictures of your creations.

Nook Link is an app for real smartphones that lets you scan QR codes from custom designs in the 3DS Animal Crossing titles. Download them through Nook Link, and you get them in your New Horizons game.

As we reported before, it will also offer voice chat or, if you don't want that, you can just use the phone's keyboard for chat. Nook Link is set to launch shortly after New Horizons in late March.

And that's it! Everything that was announced in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Direct. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the upcoming sim game as it develops.

Until then, be sure to check out some of our other Animal Crossing articles and lists, such as the furniture options we really want to see in the game

How to Unlock, Customize Imps in Dreams on PS4 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:19:52 -0500 Gabriel Moss

Imps are your cute little friends in Dreams. When you first start playing the game creation system, you only get a small selection of colors and outfits for your Imp. But that collection gradually expands as you unlock more Imps over time, letting you customize them more and more the further into Dreams you get. 

Unlocking Imps is simple and easy, but you need to do some specific things to get new ones and equip them.

How to Unlock Imps in Dreams

Throughout your time in Dreams, you'll naturally come across a bunch of different Imp Quests. You might complete them by accident, or you might have them recommended to you as you work your way through other players' dreams.

As you complete these quests, you'll earn XP first and foremost, but you'll also unlock brand-new Imp designs.

My Imp Quests

Find new Imps in Dreams by completing Imp quests, found in the game's menu.

Figuring out which Imp Quests to do is a piece of cake. Navigate to your home screen, then go to your profile page and select "My Imp Quests" as the first option on the top right of the screen.

You'll first see a small list of Creative Imp Quests, which are colored green. You can click into any of them and see which Imp is featured as a reward for completing the quest.

As you scroll further down the list of Imp Quests, you'll also find One-Shot Quests (pink) and Tiered Quests (blue). One-Shot Quests only give you one objective, whereas Tiered Quests become more and more challenging as you complete each tier of the quest.

How to Customize Your Imp in Dreams

It doesn't seem like you can customize the individual features of your Imp in Dreams as of release, but you can still change the look and overall appearance of your Imp by selecting one of the newly unlocked Imps from the Imp Carousel.

To do this, you have to return to your profile page, then click into "Customize My Imp" on the lefthand side of the screen.

Move your cursor (or rather, your Imp) to the center selection at the top of the Customize My Imp screen, called Imp Carousel.

Select that, and an entire carousel of your unlocked Imps will appear before you. When you've chosen the one you want, tap the plus sign on the right side of the screen to save your selection.


And that's the skinny on how to unlock and customize your Imps in Dreams! In no time at all, you'll be dreaming with a brand-new look to suit your fancy. Granted, you might appear a bit Impish in that new outfit, but who's judging? Not us!

Stay tuned for more Dreams guides and tips as we make our way through the game. If you're wondering, "How do I level up in Dreams?", well, we've got a guide for that, too

How to Level Up in Dreams on PS4 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:40:59 -0500 Gabriel Moss

Dreams is a platform for all kinds of imaginative, user-generated content. But did you know there's also a progression system that tracks how many experience points you've gained over time?. 

Leveling up in Dreams is a major part of the experience, as it shows other PS4 players how familiar you are with the entire package. As you grow in level, your favorite activities are recorded and turned into an "aura," which shows off what kind of dreamer you are.

How do you gain levels in Dreams, then? It's extremely simple; everything you do in Dreams earns you experience points and communicates whether you prefer to spend time playing, rigging characters, recording music, sculpting artwork, or designing gameplay.

How to Level Up in Dreams

You can split Dreams into two different "universes" of play: DreamShaping and DreamSurfing.


DreamSurfing is as simple as it sounds. You can surf the entire world of dreams that others have created, playing through vignettes and even finding a few entirely finished games.

By spending time in DreamSurfing mode, you gain experience points in the Play section of your profile. There's even an AutoSurf option that lets you quickly sample content without falling into a pesky bout of choice paralysis.


DreamShaping is the essential toolkit that ties Dreams together. This is where you get to create anything and everything you can imagine, including individual elements, scenes, and entire dreams.

Virtually everything you do in this mode can earn you XP, but you may want to focus on completing objective-specific Imp Quests and Tutorials when you're first starting out to gain experience.

These will teach you how to navigate the DreamShaping toolset, but they also grant significant XP rewards upon completion.

Community Jams provide great opportunities for getting experience in Dreams.

Community Jams

Regardless of whether you're a shaper or a surfer, you'll find plenty of stuff to do during community events. Even if you aren't creative, community jams are themed around a simple prompt, such as "Medieval," making it that much easier to get those creative ideas rolling.

Likewise, these jams provide the perfect opportunity for creators to take a break and try their hand at experiencing and even judging others' work.


That's everything you need to know on how to level up in Dreams on PS4. Doing so is a fundamental part of the game, so once you start playing, you'll be leveling up in no time at all. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Dreams tips and tricks, including a guide on how to get more imps

Organic Spaceships Come to No Man's Sky in the Living Ship Update Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:28:12 -0500 GS_Staff

No Man's Sky is truly a living game. Sure, most modern games see their share of updates, and many ascribe to the software-as-a-service model. But Hello Games' space exploration and survival game has evolved from its promising if paltry beginnings into something more substantial than the sum of its parts. 

It's fitting, then, that the game's latest update is titled Living Ship. While previous releases have pushed the game's boundaries both creatively and mechanically, leaving the game a better product today than it ever was, the newest free "DLC" dips into the imagination. 

According to a release from Hello Games, Living Ship introduces, well, living ships. Players will be able to grow creatures from birth to adulthood, and then use them as vessels to further explore the game's procedurally generated universe. 

The Living Ship update introduces the first new starship since ATLAS RISES. But this is more than just a ship – these are strange and beautiful creatures with lives of their own. A new series of missions will take players through the ancient Korvax experiments that led to the birth of these interstellar beings. Players who wish to incubate, grow and ultimately fly their own living ship should visit the Space Anomaly and follow the call of the Void Egg…

These beautiful, organic, slightly psychedelic ships are uniquely grown (and as with everything in the No Man’s Sky universe, procedurally-generated). They can’t be upgraded in the same way as a traditional ship: each one is individually hatched, with a unique set of internal organs that determines its abilities. If you want a fast hyperdrive, you’ll need to nurture the right sort of life within your ship…

The update also includes new and unique fauna, as well as objects floating in the void of space "between planets." 

In the past, No Man's Sky has often seen large, protracted updates. Beyond was one of the biggest, which completely retooled the game. Moving forward, Hello Games says it will focus more on smaller updates alongside bigger endeavors, primarily so that players don't get too antsy. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on No Man's Sky as it continues its journey through the cosmos. 

Uncharted Movie Will Start Shooting Sooner Rather Than Later Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:58:42 -0500 GS_Staff

Although Sony has yet to name a director for the upcoming Uncharted movie, star Tom Holland said that the film is set to begin filming in about four weeks. The quote comes from an IGN interview with Holland at the premiere of Disney and Pixar's Onward

When asked what his favorite video game is, Holland quickly responded with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. He then went on to say the game is "unbelievable," and he confirmed that he will begin shooting scenes for the origin story sometime in March. 

Lots of the inspiration for the film has come from that game in particular. But it was interesting, when I sat down with Tom Rothman and we were talking about video games, and I was like, "Ah, I've just finished Uncharted," he was like, "Well, why don't you play Nathan Drake?" And I remember being like, "I would do anything to play Nathan Drake." Please, that would be amazing.

So yeah, we start shooting in like four weeks.

Holland (Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home) continued, saying that some of the film's stunts have already been prepped, specifically those in Berlin. Previously, Holland said he thinks the Uncharted film will succeed because it's an origin film, and not a movie directly tied to a story from the games. 

The currently-untitled film has been in development for more than a decade and has seen many directors and writers come and go. To date, six directors have been hired for the Uncharted movie, alongside a larger handful of writers.  

As of writing, Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Venom) is the latest director affiliated with the project. Though Sony has not confirmed his involvement with the film, multiple outlets have reported that he is at the top of the studio's wishlist. 

You can see the full interview clip over on IGN's Twitter. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the Uncharted film as it develops. 

Stoneshard Economy Tweaks Arrive Prepping For Trollslayer Update Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:09:32 -0500 Ty Arthur

Two weeks after first hitting Early Access, the rogue-like RPG smash hit Stoneshard has already seen a number of balance tweaks and class changes. As those smaller fixes keep landing, a major update titled Trollslayer is also in the works and slated to launch in March.

While waiting on that first big content expansion, today the patch has arrived, bringing another round of bug fixes and balance tweaks. Those changes will be welcome if you've had a hard time working around the Stoneshard economy.

Here's everything that will have changed when you next load up Stoneshard on Steam: 

  • Weapons now properly lose durability 
  • Fixed Parry gaining negative stacks
  • Fixed Parry not granting counterattacks on block
  • Fixed “Dance of Death” passive skill not working while “Painful Hits” stance is active
  • Fixed cursed items dropping after receiving severe hand injury
  • Fixed Inferno not applying its effect during the casting turn
  • Fixed bug causing all Crowbars in inventory lose durability after lock-picking or disarming
  • Weapon stances now lose 2 tiers instead of 3 on corresponding stats procs
  • Added War Scythe to Osbrook’s weapon stands
  • Added 10% Fumble Chance to “Confusion” modifier
  • Reduced negative Crushing Damage Resistance of “Frozen” modifier to 20%
  • Reduced Proselytes’ jewelry drop rate
  • Range of “Heroic Charge” was reduced to 3 
  • “Heroic Charge” stat bonuses per tile traveled increased to 10%
  • “Advance” range was increased to 4.
  • Reduced base Daze duration from Daze Chance to 3
  • Reduced NPCs buying prices, but increased its dependency from reputation level.
  • Food & wine traders now buy tableware
  • Priest and healer pay more for medicine

Several more balance passes are expected before the next big content addition in March, which will bring major additions to dialog and unlock two of the currently inaccessible skill trees.

A sneak peak at the full roadmap is available to the right, and here's what to come with the Trollslayer update next month:

  • Catacombs dungeon type
  • Troll boss
  • Mini-quests added to towns
  • Athletics skill tree added
  • Combat Mastery skill tree added
  • Expanded dialogue trees

Those extras are just the start though, as a reputation system, caravan system, crafting, and a new settlement are expected to arrive over the next year and a half of Early Access development.

Need help figuring out where to sell items or how to survive the early quests? Check out our Stoneshard walkthrough here.

PlayStation Essential Picks Sale: Sony Slashes Prices on Dozens of Games Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:35:11 -0500 GS_Staff

Sony is apparently in the business of offering continuous discounts on some of the PS4's most popular titles. The current Remasters & Retro sale isn't keeping the developer and publisher from slashing prices on more than 150 titles, bundles, and add-ons. 

Beneath the umbrella of the Essential Picks Sale, the latest bargains include markdowns on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, No Man's Sky, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, The Last of Us Remastered, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. And that's just on the front page.

Here's a list of the highlights you can expect. The sale runs until March 3 at 8 a.m. PST. 

Game Sale Price Regular Price
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order $44.99 $59.99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt $49.99 $14.99
Grand Theft Auto 5 $29.99 $14.99
The Last of Us Remastered $14.99 $19.99
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Gold Ed. $99.99 $24.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 $59.99 $19.79
No Man's Sky $49.99 $22.49
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End $14.99 $19.99
Greedfall $49.99 $29.99
Borderlands 3 Deluxe Ed. $79.99 $39.99
Ark: Extinction $19.99 $9.99
Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Ed. $99.99 $39.99
Metro Exodus Gold Ed. $84.99 $33.99


The entire list of games available during the sale can be found over on the PlayStation Store. Be sure to check out the Remasters & Retro sale while you're there, which discounts games such as the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, Metro Redux, Dark Souls Remastered, Assassin's Creed 3, the Resident Evil Triple Pack, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

For more sales, stay tuned to GameSkinny. 

Every Side Has a Story in My Hero One's Justice 2 Story Trailer Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:05:21 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

My Hero One's Justice 2 is almost done with its training, gearing up for release on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on March 13. To bump up the hype, Bandai Namco recently released a story trailer highlighting some of the anime brawler's many components.

Story mode naturally gets a good bit of attention. You'll experience it from two angles: the hero version and the villain version. Both stories revolve around attempts to change the fate of the world (but of course) with interpersonal drama liberally sprinkled throughout.

There's also mission mode, which we briefly covered a while back. You'll take on special quests with the goal of scouting new recruits for your agency and building your heroic or villainous dream team (or both). Arcade mode lets you pit any character against another and see special dialogue and interactions for each pairing.

The trailer ends with a brief overview of the massive lineup of My Hero One's Justice 2 playable characters, including recent reveals like Camie.

We're already looking forward to My Hero One's Justice 2 quite a bit, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more My Hero One's Justice 2 news as it quirks our way.

Sony Pulls Out of PAX East 2020 One Week Before the Show Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:00:20 -0500 GS_Staff

Sony has announced that it will no longer be attending PAX East 2020 in Boston, citing concerns over the growing worldwide threat of coronavirus. The developer updated a February 13 blog post in which it shared its plans for the yearly gaming convention. 

The update to the blog says: 

UPDATE: Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as “novel coronavirus”).

We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.

Sony was set to showcase The Last of Us 2 at PAX East, holding one-hour demos of the action-adventure title on the show floor. Naughty Dog's follow-up to 2013's The Last of Us further follows the story of Ellie and Joel.

Many, including us here at GameSkinny, were hoping to go hands-on with the game before its May 29 release on the PS4. But we'll at least have to wait a little longer for that to happen. 

Sony also planned to showcase other titles, such as Doom Eternal, Spelunky 2, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Nioh 2, Trials of Mana, and MLB The Show 20. Some of these, such as Trials of Mana, will still be shown by other developers. 

Sony's exit from PAX is the latest in a spate of announcements concerning the coronavirus. The Taipei Games Show, originally scheduled for February 6 through February 9, was canceled because of concerns regarding the virus. Games such as Elden Ring, Marvel's Iron Man, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon were to be shown by Sony.

Meanwhile, Nintendo has denied that the virus will impact Switch manufacturing, but some analysts have said shortages are already on the horizon

According to the official PAX website, event organizers are taking precautions to protect attendees and staff, including "enhanced cleaning and sanitization across the show." The full statement from Penny Arcade can be seen below: 

The entire PAX community wants to express our concern for everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The gaming community is a global one and our hearts go out to every person and family affected.

PAX East 2020 will take place as scheduled with enhanced cleaning and sanitization across the show, including adhering to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the COVID-19 virus. We are working closely with the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and following local, state and federal public health guidelines, including those issued by the CDC. For more information on those measures and the virus, please visit the PAX East travel page and the MCCA website.

While we are saddened that Sony will no longer have a presence at PAX East 2020, we look forward to welcoming our friends at Sony to future PAX events and are focused on making PAX East 2020 a successful and enjoyable event for all attendees and exhibitors.

The well-being of everyone at PAX - from our attendees and exhibitors to our staff on-site at every show - is of the utmost importance to ReedPOP and Penny Arcade. Across the more than 50 total PAX events around the world, we have provided a positive environment for over one million attendees to celebrate gaming. We will continue to work diligently to ensure PAX East 2020 and our other events live up to our high standards and we will proactively keep you up to date with any further developments as we get closer to PAX East 2020.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on PAX East 2020. As of now, we still plan to attend the show, hoping to bring a slew of hands-on content your way. PAX East is set to for February 27 through March 1 ... unless something changes. We'll keep you up to date. 

Wolcen Review: The Mayhem of Endless Bugs Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:18:16 -0500 Ty Arthur

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, the self-titled ARPG from Wolcen Studios, has emerged from Early Access, and it's a mess. 

In the absence of Diablo 4, any new high-quality ARPG is a welcome addition to the collective Steam library. In a lot of ways, Wolcen fits that bill, drawing in thousands of players since February 13. Considering certain aspects of the game, Wolcen feels like the next big successor to the ARPG throne.

Unfortunately, there's just so much going against it. So, so much. 

A Promising Beginning

Attacking an enemy in Wolcen using electricity ability.

For those who felt that Chaosbane didn't quite get the ARPG style right, the gameplay in Lords Of Mayhem is more familiar to genre staples like Diablo and Grim Dawn, including map design, creature types, and skills.

In terms of graphics, Wolcen hits the sweet spot, melding Warhammer aesthetics with a dark take on ARPG world-building. If you don't care for the relentlessly dark color scheme, the ability to unlock new skins and dyes to modify your equipment on the fly adds another reason to amass as much loot as possible. I went with a brighter green motif on my sorceress, and she looks like an emerald whirlwind of death while raining down every elemental effect imaginable.

In terms of animations and graphical skill effects, bouncing and chaining skills are incredibly satisfying to watch, and classic ARPG abilities abound. You can freeze enemies around you for crowd control, call down shards from the sky in a specific radius, bounce lightning bolts between hordes of monsters, aim a necrotic ray, spin around in a whirlwind of blades, and so on.

All of those abilities mesh well with the environments for a high quality union of visuals that result in some serious eye candy while playing. There's more than just nice graphics here though, as the standard ARPG class system gets an interesting revamp.

To put it simply, any character can learn any skill. However, specific skills are tied to weapon types. If you want to cast fireballs and lightning bolts, you need to use a staff. If you want to use traps and ranged skills, you need a gun or bow.

In essence, you can swap classes just by changing your weapon and moving over your skills' keyboard hotkeys.

Here's where things get the most interesting: skills drop randomly like any other loot item, and a limited selection is up for grabs at the Palace store. To make that change work, the standard attributes have been re-tooled so that they're all helpful for any class. You won't just use wisdom as a mage, agility as a ranger, or toughness as a fighter.

Skills can also be modified and upgraded in a number of ways, and even duplicated to use multiple instances of a skill with different modifiers. There's a ton of choice involved when annihilating hordes of monsters.

Resource management also sees a tweak from what genre fans might be used to. Instead of consistently trying to bump up your mana every level to use abilities more often, skills either use energy or rage, and the two resources are always in balance. When one goes up the other goes down, which effectively limits the ability to constantly spam spells without having to use normal attacks in between. 

Wolcen's huge Gate of Fate skill tree system.Just let the number of possible paths there sink in for a minute

Since any character can take any playstyle by swapping weapons, classes are chosen in the Gate Of Fate.

Every level up provides a point, which you can spend on the node tree. There is a staggering number of possibilities to take too, from passive bonuses to new abilities. Rotating each rung on the circular tree connects future options with where you are already taking a path is an incredibly smart change to the typical skill trees you see in other ARPGs (like the devotion constellations in Grim Dawn).

While leveling up your character and dealing with the fallout of the prologue, your character uses Stormfall Palace as a base of operations. That area starts as a simple one-screen hub to sell loot, upgrade skills, and swap out gems in items with sockets.

It slowly expands over time so there's more of a city to explore, however, and a building upgrade mechanic is added into the end game to make the world feel more interactive.

All of this seems like I'm describing a great game and in many ways, I am except for some gigantic glaring problems that you can't avoid.

A Game That Released Too Early

The active skills modifier menu in Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem.

Wolcen's biggest problem is its bugs. They. Are. Everywhere. And they completely ruin an otherwise awesome ARPG experience. Start the game, close your eyes, and throw a dart in a random direction. You will hit a bug, guaranteed.

Skills either don't work as intended, or they flat out don't work at all. A few somehow do the opposite of what their text indicates and are actually detrimental to take! On the flip side, some skills are so overpowered you can kill bosses in two hits.

Online mode didn't even function at all for the first few days, and when it came back online, whole swathes of player data was lost. There's broken pathfinding, broken hitbox detection, and broken trigger points for exiting areas. 

You will be assaulted by constant audio bugs, where the music cuts out or voices repeatedly echo over each other. There's a massive gold exploit that is astonishingly easy to accidentally trigger  and which the developers are threatening action against players for utilizing.

The Steam forum and Wolcen sub-Reddit are a constant string of complaints about lost level, story, or map progression. That's all Day-One launch stuff that can be eventually forgiven, but there are more basic problems showing a lack of attention to detail that is frankly baffling.

For instance, many of the randomized item modifiers in loot drops frequently don't work together. Some items have the "+% HP for this item only" tag, except there's no base health stat to improve, so these items literally don't offer any bonuses at all.

If you somehow don't experience any bugs, you can look forward to bosses and end-game creatures that don't drop loot. That's about as simple and devastating a failure as an ARPG can commit. Loot is its lifeblood. Getting loot so dramatically wrong so early is the kiss of death.

We haven't even gotten to the worst bug, though. Yes, there's more.

The cream of the crop is a bug that can literally prevent you from playing at all. Even if you make an entirely new character, just simply using the transmutation forge will permanently lock you out of loading any Wolcen character at all.

Bugs can be patched of course, but there's a problem there, too. The developers revealed that because of the game's server setup, they will only release one patch a week. Unfortunately, there's no way all of these major issues are going to get fixed in anything resembling a timely fashion.

Wolcen Review — The Bottom Line

  • Great tweaks to the standard ARPG format to inject new life into the genre
  • Even with the tweaks, Wolcen still plays like a classic Diablo-style game
  • The
  • Constant
  • Unbelievable
  • Bugs
  • Destroy
  • Any
  • Hope
  • Of
  • Enjoying
  • This
  • Game

Wolcen's graphics and base gameplay are polished and ready for prime time. Unfortunately, everything else is a steaming pile of demon manure.

The most ludicrous part of this disastrous release is that the game already went through a Beta and Early Access period, yet this still can't possibly be considered a full launch. The subtitle, Lords Of Mayhem, somehow ended up describing the game's bugs, rather than its enemies or characters. 

If this had all been avoided and Wolcen had launched in a stable state, it probably would have been my favorite new ARPG. As it stands, I can't imagine it survives long enough to even be a blip on the radar.

Simply put, Wolcen isn't worth dropping $39.99 on right now (or any amount of money, really), but in a few months, if all the bugs are worked out, it absolutely will be an ARPG gem.

In the meantime, Grim Dawn is still the best action RPG around, and we've got the upcoming Torchlight 3 to look forward to in the near future.

Don't Transmute Items in Wolcen if You Want to Keep Playing Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:16:41 -0500 Ty Arthur

Action RPG Wolcen has been plagued with bugs and glitches since launch, but there's one in particular that players need to know about immediately. It's a bug that can completely lock you out of Lords of Mayhem. If you've managed to reach the end game, avoid the transmutation forge at all costs, because it currently breaks everything.

According to the game's developers, it will only receive one hotfix per week for the near future, which means many major bugs likely won't hit critical threshold and won't be prioritized in the first few patches.

While the Wolcen transmute items bug is expected to be among the glitches addressed in those first updates, we don't have an official fix date at this point. Here's what you need to know about it. 

Don't Transmute Items in Wolcen

The transmutation forge menu in Wolcen, something you definitely shouldn't use yet.

Once you finish the main storyline, you'll gain access to a city-improvement feature that lets you upgrade locations in Stormfall Palace. It is critical at this stage that you don't start any transmutation forge projects, and don't use the increase rarity/quality option on any items at all! Seriously. 

Using either mechanic can soft-lock Wolcen and prevent you from progressing at all, or even starting over with a new game. It will cause the engine to get stuck in an infinite loop at the "Checking Game Versions" message when trying to load your character.

Creating a new character doesn't help. Since this takes place in the end game, you will be well beyond the Steam two-hour refund period, stuck with an unplayable game.

If you're willing to brave the bugs, check out the rest of our Wolcen guides for more tips and help, including: