The Rock Thinks Terry Crews Should Voice an Overwatch Character, Too

Actor Terry Crews has made it no secret he’d like to voice an Overwatch character. While Blizzard’s stance remains unknown, one person who approves is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

There have been rumors for some time that a character named Doomfist is on the way to Overwatch. Fans have proposed Crews could fill this role, and Crews himself has repeatedly said he’d be up for it. He tweeted about the possibility again this week, leading to The Rock voicing his support in a tweet of his own.

“Co-sign,” he said. “Known TC for years and this man’s voice even has bad assery muscles. Fans would luv it. #Doomfist”

It’s unclear if The Rock even knows what Overwatch is, but his support certainly can’t hurt. That said, it’s not as if Blizzard is likely to be unaware of Crews’ interest–there has been no shortage of fan support for the idea, and Crews even got to visit Blizzard recently.

The Rock Thinks Terry Crews Should Voice an Overwatch Character, Too

Presumably, Blizzard hasn’t given Crews the role yet, given how hard he’s campaigned for it. That is, unless this is all an elaborate ruse to make us think he hasn’t signed up to do so already.

There’s no official word yet on who the next character will be. The hacker-centric Sombra was added in mid-November, while the new Oasis map debuted just this week. We know Blizzard has extensive plans for more content this year, but we don’t yet have a time table for when any of it will launch or even be unveiled.

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CES 2017: Mad Catz Reveals Its New Flagship RAT Mouse

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As customizable and weird-looking as ever.

Mad Catz has announced the RAT Pro X+, which will be the new high-end flagship mouse in their line of PC gaming peripherals.

The announcement comes along with the reveal of their new Tritton headsets, the ARK 300 for consoles, and the ARK 100 for PC. Keeping in line with the spirit of the RAT line, the Pro X+ is as highly customizable as its predecessors, featuring swappable feet, scroll wheels, optical sensors and much more.

CES 2017: Mad Catz Reveals Its New Flagship RAT Mouse

 

Mad Catz plans to show off its new line of gaming peripherals at CES 2017 in Las Vegas later today. Prices and dates of availability or still forthcoming.

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Smite's Next Year of Content Outlined, Includes a Huge Number of Changes

Alongside the exciting new character on the way to Smite, Hi-Rez Studios has previewed the upcoming fourth season and many of the changes that are in store for players.

Among the studio’s announcements today at the ongoing Hi-Rez Expo were a wide range of details on Season 4. The Celtic pantheon makes its debut in the 3.25 patch with the addition of The Morrigan, a new Mage who can transform into other characters. Coinciding with this, a special Path of the Phantom Queen event will soon begin where you can unlock skins and items by completing certain tasks. This will be a paid event, though Amazon/Twitch Prime members will get free access.

Also coming this year is a new map for Clash. This will be themed around the Egyptian pantheon and sees some significant changes to its layout. It remains a two-lane map, but the Gold Fury and Fire Giant are both gone. Buff camps have been adjusted; they’ll be more difficult to defeat as the match progresses but offer improved buffs. A new boss, Apophis, eventually emerges in the middle of the map and provides an unspecified buff. Units and towers look different, with phoenixes now attacking in a new way. Rather than the usual method of attacking, it shoots a constant beam that increases in damage over time.

Items are changing as well, though we don’t yet know many of the specifics. Broadly, starter and tier 1 items will be reworked, and Relics can be upgraded for gold. New Relics are being introduced and others removed, and two new types of items will be added. Rituals are expensive, one-use consumables, while Containers are consumables that can be refilled back at base.

Having experimented with cooperative content like Xing Tian’s Mountain and Fafnir’s Winter Wonderland, Hi-Rez will offer more Smite Adventures, as they’re now called. These are described as “episodic events” that offer rewards unique to that event.

Ranked play’s schedule receives a shuffle to align it with the Spring/Summer/Fall format of the professional scene, with each leg resulting in a soft reset and a new ladder to climb. The season ticket will become free for all players, with new paid elements on offer. The overall UI gets a refresh, and it’ll be possible to queue up for multiple playlists at once.

Specific dates for all of this have yet to be announced, but it’s clear that even with two spinoffs in development, Smite support continues to be strong.

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Star Wars: Leia Reportedly Was to Have Had a Larger Role in Episode 9 Than Episode 8

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Ep. 9 director to meet with Lucasfilm boss next week.

The powers that be in the Star Wars franchise will reportedly meet soon to determine how to handle Leia Organa’s inclusion in future films in light of actress Carrie Fisher‘s death.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Leia was to have been a bigger part of Episode IX than VIII.” Star Wars: Episode VIII has finished filming, and Fisher reportedly wrapped shooting her scenes.

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THR adds that “at least two key scenes” involving Leia were planned for Episodes VIII and IX: “a Leia reunion with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), her son who killed Harrison Ford’s Han Solo in 2015’s The Force Awakens.”

Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly are still working on the script for Star Wars: Episode IX. THR claims Trevorrow will meet with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy in L.A. the week of Jan. 10 “to discuss options.”

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THR suggests these options could include using CGI to digitally recreate Leia for certain scenes, writing her out of the story or, in the case of Episode VIII, re-shooting her scenes if necessary. Episode IX likely won’t start filming until early 2018 for a December 2019 release so the filmmakers have time to implement whatever option they ultimately go with for that film.

A December 30th report from The Insurance Insider also claimed “Leia was again slated to have a major role in Episode IX,” and that Lloyd’s of London is expected to have to pay Disney $50 million in “contract protection cover,” an insurance clause set to trigger in the event that Fisher was unable to fulfill her obligations to the new Star Wars films.

CES 2017: Nvidia Announces Cloud-Based Gaming Service

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Nvidia wants everyone to have access to its hardware. Knowing it’s impossible to fit a GTX 1080 into a MacBook, the company introduced a cloud-based gaming solution to let PC gamers access its top-end hardware without needing to assemble a gaming PC.

The GeForce Now service uses GTX 1080-equipped machines in data centers to stream games to PCs and Macs.

CES 2017: Nvidia Announces Cloud-Based Gaming Service

Nvidia announces its cloud gaming service.

Nvidia is selling its service by touting it as an alternative to upgrading or replacing aging or ill-equipped computers. The service is compatible “with most” PCs and Macs, and requires downloading the GeForce Now client.

From there, the experience is pretty much the same as someone with a dedicated gaming rig. Games can be bought on Steam, GOG, Battle.net, etc., and installed and played on the GeForce virtual machines.

Of course, you can’t just dive headfirst into the world of GTX 1080 gaming. Nvidia’s top-end hardware is only available in the top-tier. After registering, Nvidia offers a free “8 hours on a GeForce GTX 1060 PC,” or 4 hours on a GTX 1080 PC. From there, the pricing schedule follows the same rule of halves: for $25 you get 20 hours on the 1060 or 10 on the 1080.

During yesterday’s Nvidia keynote, unseen Mass Effect Andromeda footage was shown to the public for the first time, running on GTX 1080 hardware.

You can sign up for early access on Nvidia’s site, and it will email you when it’s your chance to try it out.

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