Tomb Raider Reboot Writer No Longer Working on the Franchise

Writer Rhianna Pratchett, who wrote for the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot and its 2015 sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, is no longer working on the franchise.

Developer Crystal Dynamics made the announcement today on its Tumblr page.

“Crystal Dynamics and Rhianna Pratchett are announcing today that Rhianna is off to pursue new adventures separate from the Tomb Raider franchise,” reads a line from the statement. “Rhianna was instrumental in helping us find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story, and through Rise of the Tomb Raider she shaped Lara into the evolving heroine we know today.”

“The entire team thanks Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on the games. Please join us in wishing Rhianna the absolute best in her next adventure.”

Pratchett sounded off on the news today across a series of tweets.

So, I’m packing up my climbing axe plus a little venison jerky for the road, and bidding a fond farewell to Lara. Onwards to new adventures!

— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) January 3, 2017

I want to thank the @CrystalDynamics team for their dedication esp. @jstafford @josefkstories & @noahmhughes. Guys, it’s been emotional.

— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) January 3, 2017

But, I like to think we did some good things. Maybe shifted the gaming landscape a wee bit. And that feels damn good.

— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) January 3, 2017

I also want to thank TR’s terrific fan community. You really are the best in the world. Constantly helping me remember why I do this job.

— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) January 3, 2017

No new Tomb Raider games have been announced. However, a sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider is expected, given that the story that began with the 2013 reboot has been described as a trilogy.

The name of the rumored third game is Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Pratchett also wrote for Mirror’s Edge, Overlord, and Heavenly Sword.

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Persona 5, Yakuza 0 Skipping Nintendo Switch

Atlus and Sega are among the dozens of publishing partners for the Nintendo Switch, but two of their big 2017 games, Persona 5 and Yakuza 0, are not coming to the hybrid console.

PR manager John Hardin confirmed on Twitter today that Persona 5 is confirmed for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, while Yakuza 0’s only confirmed system is PS4.

“THAT’S. IT. No Switch. No PC,” he explained (via IGN).

We will soon learn more about the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo will host a livestreamed briefing on January 12 where it will reveal the console’s price and launch lineup, while it will also discuss the console’s specs. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.

Persona 5, Yakuza 0 Skipping Nintendo Switch

Last March, Sega completed its acquisition of Atlus. As part of the move, both Sega and Atlus will continue to identify as individual brands, while Sega will take over publishing in North America.

As announced at San Diego Comic-Con last year, a new Sonic game is coming to the Nintendo Switch in holiday 2017; the unannounced game is also headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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The ‘Size and Scale’ of Game of Thrones Is Increasing in Season 7

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“This season you feel that the drama is moving towards its end game.”

Game of Thrones: Season 7 has a shorter episode order than any of its previous seasons, but it’s all for good reason. Even though Season 7 will be seven episodes instead of the typical 10, the series will be taking the same amount of production time on this season as earlier years. In simpler terms: more time is going to be spent making each episode in Season 7 to result in even bigger and more epic episodes.

“I think the scale and size of the set pieces, the world that is being created it’s just getting more and more extraordinary and they feel they need that time to shoot seven hours as opposed to 10,” actor Iain Glen, who plays Jorah Mormont, told Radio Times.

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Season 6’s excellent “The Battle of the Bastards” is an example of the type of episode Game of Thrones can produce when more time and resources are dedicated to making it. The episode took 25 days to film — more than double the typical time allotted to normal episodes. Previous standout episodes, including Season 2’s “Blackwater,” Season 4’s “Watchers on the Wall” and Season 5’s “Hardhome” all ranged from three to four weeks of production to account for their more ambitious content, per The Los Angeles Times.

Game of Thrones: Season 7 started production in September and is expected to wrap shooting in February, via Entertainment Weekly, meaning it’s been in production for about five months. That amount of time allows for more episodes to be made at the scale of previous seasons’ standouts, meaning we’re in for one heck of a season.

“This season you feel that the drama is moving towards its end game, more characters are overlapping so we are seeing a lot more of each other, than perhaps in the past. In the same scenes and we are going to the same places,” said Glen.

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HBO still hasn’t officially confirmed the length of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. While it’s been expected it will be about eight episodes since showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have repeatedly said there are about 15 hours left of Game of Thrones to tell (including the seven-episode Season 7), a comment from Glen suggests that episode length for the final season might still be up in the air.

As he told Radio Times, “They are taking the length of time it takes to shoot 10 episodes to shoot just seven this year and six next year. There are 15 more hours left in Thrones as we understand it, but that may change, but that’s as far as we know.”

Game of Thrones: Season 7 is expected to premiere in summer 2017.

Terri Schwartz is Entertainment Editor at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.

Overwatch's New Oasis Map Is Now Available

With its Christmas event wrapped up, Overwatch will provide players with a good reason to still boot up the game today: a new map.

Oasis, first revealed back at Blizzcon, launches today on all platforms. You can watch a new video of it below that provides a quick run through the map.

Maybe the most notable element of Oasis are its jump pads, which are a first for the game. When Oasis was unveiled, Blizzard talked about how these serve not just as a means for getting around, but also as a way to modify or amplify some Ultimate abilities, such as McCree’s. Oasis also features moving traffic that can kill you if you’re hit by it.

Oasis, a Control mode map, has been available on the PC version’s public test servers since the end of November.

“Oasis is one of the world’s most advanced cities, a shining jewel rising from the Arabian Desert,” reads Blizzard’s official description. “A monument to human ingenuity and invention, researchers and academics from around the region came together to found a city dedicated to scientific progress without restraints. The city and its inhabitants are governed by the Ministries, a collection of brilliant minds who possess many secrets that have attracted the interest of powerful organizations from around the world.”

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Screenshots of Oasis can be seen in the gallery above. Check out our previous coverage for more on what to expect from Overwatch in 2017.

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Daily Deals: Resident Evil 4 & 5, Rent Any Movie $1, $250 Off 55-Inch 4K HDR TV

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Resident Evil 4 & 5, Starting at Just $12

I don’t know about you, but I consider RE 4 to be one of my all-time favorite third-person shooters. I played it on my roommate’s GameCube in college, and I’ve since owned it on Wii and now PS4. And while I don’t love RE 5 enough to revisit it annually like RE 4, that game is a blast as a couch co-op affair.

If your collection is somehow lacking either game, Amazon will sell you a digital copy PS4 for just $12, and discs start at $15 on either console. Happy (not quite) zombie hunting!

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The LOTR Game No One Knew They Wanted is Down to $15

No one expected we would be getting a Lord of the Rings game great enough to merit a 9.3 review, 12 whole years after the trilogy hit theaters. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor turned out to be one of 2015’s most pleasant surprises, and I’m still shocked we’ve yet hear about sequel, or see another game copy its devious Nemesis system.

If you somehow missed this one, add the GOTY edition your keep for $15 on PS4.

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Save $250 on a 55-inch 4K HDR TV

Dell currently has the lowest price I’ve ever seen for this 55-inch 4K TV with HDR. Amazon currently sells $798, and the best price it’s ever listed is $598, but Dell currently has it for just $550. This a hot TV deal and I would get on it, fast!

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You read that right, I said any movie! Use code MOVIE99 (pick the movie you want, then right below the “Rent Movie” button, click on “More Purchase Options” and click “Redeem a gift card or promotion code” to enter the code). This code is only good once per account, so use it up before it expires on January 23rd. Remember, once you rent a movie you have 30 days to watch it, so take advantage before the offer expires.

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Before it’s a Movie, Read About The 1980’s Throwdown Between Nintendo and Sega

There’s a reason Seth Rogen has the rights to make Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation into a movie: it’s fantastic story of corporate rivalry and intrigue, set against an awesomely eighties background. It’s The Social Network for the early years of the video game industry and it can be yours to read on Kindle for only $2 (paperback copies are usually around $8. That’s the cheapest it’s ever been and remember, you can read Kindle books on any phone, laptop, or tablet, just download the Kindle app.

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Catch Three Pokémon Blu-rays for the Lowest Price Available

I remember buying a bootleg VHS of Pokémon: The First Movie from my local comic book store. It was in Japanese with English subtitles, and cost me nearly a month’s worth of allowance, but it made me the coolest kid at my lunch table for weeks. Now, all that glory and more can be yours at a fraction of the price.

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Save $70 on this 32-inch VA Panel

Get a giant monitor with inky blacks and incredible color reproduction for $300. That’s a good $70 less than usual for a massive monitor that PCMag awarded 4 stars.

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Never Let Your Phone Die with These Battery and Car Charger Deals

New year, new rule: no more letting your phone run out when you really need it, or begging the bartender to plug in your phone (she doesn’t want that kind of responsibility!). Instead, keep topped off with a portable battery or USB car charger.

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The Aukey charger is great for any phone, and I love how low profile it is (you’ll hardly notice it in your car). The other two are larger, but let you charge up to 3 devices, and they have quick charge, which benefits newer Android devices.

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Stop Fiddling With Your Phone While You Drive!

Here’s a new year’s resolution for you: be safer with your phone in your car! Keep GPS directions right in view and Siri in convenient shouting range while you drive. You’ve got three options below, and I would personally reccomend the CD slot holder, especially if you can’t remember the last time you popped a disc in there.

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Get Two Dry Bags for $8 and Keep Your Phone Safe All Year Long

These Mpow dry bags aren’t the kind of thing you’ll want to pop your iPhone or Samsung into everyday, but if you’re going to the beach, the pool, or anybody of water/ source of obnoxious, glass-scratching grit, you can safe yourself a ton of grief and possibly hundreds of dollars by sealing it up in a dry bag. It even floats should your phone end up walking the plank!

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Get A Whole Weight Rack out of These Bowflex Dumbbells

Here’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen for this pair of adjustable Bowflex dumbbells, which start at 5lbs and go all the way up to 52.5lbs. They’re not cheap at $236, but compare the cost 9and size!) of these to an entire weight rack and you’ll see the benefit.

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