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Fallout 4's launch trailer shows off dystopian Boston in style

Fallout 4 is less than one week away, and Bethesda is determined to keep anticipation amped up until Nov. 10. Today the developer uploaded the game's official launch trailer, which presents an in-game look at your new home of post-apocalyptic Boston. Watch the video above to see your future companions along with first- and third-person combat and gunplay. Fallout 4 will be available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Along with the new trailer, Bethesda unveiled the official Pip-Boy app today, which you can download for free right now on your iOS or Android device.
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Blizzard's Overwatch coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, launches spring 2016

Overwatch, the team-based shooter from Blizzard Entertainment, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in addition to Windows PC, Blizzard confirmed today. The game, described as Overwatch: Origins Edition in a pre-order promotion on Battle.net, is expected to arrive next spring. According to the listing, Overwatch will be released sometime before June 21, 2016. It's not clear yet what the "Origins Edition" designation means, but it could be Blizzard's way of describing the launch version of the game with a roster of characters that grows over time as new content is released. We've reached out to Blizzard for details on its plans for Overwatch. BlizzCon 2015 kicks off this Friday, Nov. 6, where we expect to hear more about Overwatch (and Blizzard's other games). The hero-centric...
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    The new Apple TV: What it gets right and wrong

    Apple first tried to revolutionize television back in 2007 with its first-generation Apple TV. It never quite took off the way the company had hoped. Three years later, Apple introduced its second-generation microconsole to underwhelming sales. Two years after that, Apple tried again with its third-generation box, and although closer to what the company was originally aiming for, it still wasn't...
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Bloodborne will get new features as part of a patch for The Old Hunters expansion

Praise the moon Bloodborne players will get some new content later this month, even if they don't pick up the game's expansion, The Old Hunters, Sony announced today. A patch that will apparently prep Bloodborne for The Old Hunters' arrival will add a new weapon, more cooperative NPCs and a feature called The League. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, The League is a group of Hunters that sounds akin to a Dark Souls covenant. Joining The League will let players assist other Bloodborne players online and compete in the group's online ranking leaderboard. The patch will also add The League Cane, a new weapon. Sony also confirmed another new weapon for The Old Hunters: the Moonlight Holy Blade. Longtime From Software fans will recognize this as Bloodborne's version of the...
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Go grab Fallout 4's official Pip-Boy app for free right now, here it is in action

It may be five more long days until we all get our greedy hands on Fallout 4, but you can start tinkering with a cool little piece of the game today if you have a smartphone. The official Fallout Pip-Boy app hit Google Play and iTunes this morning, delivering an early look at a pretty cool little gaming tool. The app is designed to connect to your copy of the game on PlayStation 4, Windows PC or Xbox One, allowing you to check out your stats and status while you're away from the game. (As if that's going to happen.) There's a whole lot of neat little features packed into the app. You can't use them live yet, but the included demo lets you check out how they'll work once your game is arrived and you're playing away. It includes stats, inventory, a map, radio and even holotape games....
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Does Halo 5: Guardians atone for the sins of the Master Chief Collection?

In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon editor-at-large Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? In this episode, we talk with Arthur Gies about his review of Halo 5: Guardians which you can find right here. We'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Read the review Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: Goodwill by The Custodian of Records
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Terminally ill Star Wars fan granted last wish to see The Force Awakens early

Star Wars director J.J. Abrams has given a dying fan his last wish: A chance to see The Force Awakens before he passes away. Daniel Fleetwood, a 32-year-old diehard Star Wars fan, was told in July that his rare form of connective tissue cancer known as spindle cell sarcoma would leave him with just two months to live. Talking to Houston's KPRC-TV earlier this week, Fleetwood said that based on "how progressive the disease had gotten in the past two months" he really didn't think he'd be able to make it to the Dec. 18 premiere date of the new movie. In an effort to make his dying wish come true, his wife Ashley took the campaign to Twitter, using the hashtag #forcefordaniel to bring attention to their situation. #forcefordaniel help my man get his last wish, to see a screening of...
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Cathedral in the Clouds is pure, virtual art

Virtual reality is going to be a far more laid back experience than previous game-like platforms, which have traditionally relied heavily on physical engagement, progress and feedback. In VR a "game" can mean little more than a walk-through of a diorama. Seeing, watching and wandering are equally valid interactions as shooting, climbing and connecting. VR will be a platform for inhaling wonder and art. Beauty will be paramount to experience. This is why Tale of Tales' new project is so intriguing. The wife-and-husband team of Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn are planning Cathedral in the Clouds, a virtual place to view animated, 3D pieces inspired by the Western tradition of religious art. Religious ecstasy Based in Ghent, Belgium,  Harvey and Samyn live close to Sint-Baafs...
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You can finally date Loki in Marvel Avengers Academy

Marvel's most popular superhero team is starring in a new game, but instead of fighting Thanos, Marvel Avengers Academy finds them taking on something far scarier: high school. Marvel Avengers Academy is being developed for iOS and Android devices for a first quarter 2016 release. Produced by Marvel Entertainment and TinyCo, the studio behind Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, the free-to-play title lets you play as a teenage versions of the world's mightiest heroes. According to a press release, players will serve as guardians to the high schooler superheroes, who deal with not only their powers but also the "multifarious aspects of campus drama." Naturally, this includes dating — with characters like Loki as your possible romantic options — as well as navigating cliques and other...
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ESPN, Disney and ABC networks finally coming to PlayStation Vue

Sony will soon fill a major hole in the channel lineup for PlayStation Vue, its streaming pay-TV service: The company has signed an agreement with Disney and ESPN Media Networks to bring channels such as ESPN, ABC and the Disney Channel to Vue, the companies announced today. Since its launch in March, PlayStation Vue has offered three of the four major broadcast networks — CBS, Fox and NBC — and upward of 80 additional channels in its most expensive package. But Disney had been the lone holdout among the major media conglomerates that agreed to bring their networks to Vue, leaving the service without key channels such as ESPN and ABC Family. "The addition of Disney and ESPN's primetime programming and live marquee sports to our portfolio ensures subscribers will have access to the...
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Jurassic World set to become a trilogy

Contrary to popular belief, Jurassic World isn't going to have a sequel. It's going to have two. During a roundtable conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley confirmed that plans had been made to turn Jurassic World into a trilogy. "Colin Trevorrow is busy working on an outline," Langley said. "He's been working with Steven [Spielberg]. And they have an idea for the next two movies actually." Langley admitted that she had no idea Trevorrow and Spielberg were working on the project, but called the news, "a happy surprise." Trevorrow is already working on pre-development for the sequel, which is scheduled to be released on June 22, 2018. Although there's no estimated release date for the third film, Trevorrow's also set to tackle the ninth...
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Welcome back to Halogon

Welcome back to Halogon, Polynauts This is Halogon, where... uh well, we play Halo! Whether you're a fan of co-op, Versus, Big Team Battle (BTB) or even weird Forge creations — we play it all. It's the first time since Halo 4 that we've organised a Halogon event, but you're going to love it. First of all you should join our Polygon-based, Halogon Spartan Company. You can do so by signing in to Halowaypoint.com with your Xbox Gamertag, and then after you send Halogon a request we'll approve it. Why join our company? Well besides being a part of our awesome group of soldiers, you get a free requisition pack sent to your inbox! You can read more information here on what Spartan Companies add to Halo 5. In anticipation for the release of Halo 5 this coming Tuesday we are going to...
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Here are 30 new images from Marvel's Jessica Jones

Netflix has released brand-new images from the imminent second installment of its Marvel deal, Marvel's Jessica Jones. The whopping set of 30 pictures includes both on-set snaps as well as stills from the upcoming series, which will be released in just over two weeks. Not sure who Jessica Jones is? Click right here. Want to know what we thought of the first episode (absolutely no spoilers, we promise)? Click right here.
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Battleborn delayed three months to May 2016

Battleborn, the upcoming shooter with MOBA elements from Gearbox Software, has been pushed back to May 3, 2016, publisher 2K Games announced today. That's a three-month delay; 2K Games had originally announced in August that it planned to launch Battleborn Feb. 9. That means the game will now launch outside of the current fiscal year of Take-Two Interactive, parent company of 2K Games; Take-Two's fiscal year ends March 31. In a quarterly earnings statement today, Take-Two still raised its financial guidance for the full 2016 fiscal year, although it noted that the increase is "partially offset" by moving Battleborn into the 2017 fiscal year (and by the previously announced delay of XCOM 2 from November to February). Gearbox launched closed beta testing for Battleborn on Oct. 29. For...
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How esports fans spend their time, and their money

League of Legends, Dota 2 and CS:GO playing habits revealed in new study. How many players of League of Legends, Dota 2 and other esports game actively participate in competitive gaming? How long do they spend on their favorite games and how much money do they spend? A new report from research outfit EEDAR seeks the answers to these questions. It defines an "esports participator" as a particular game player who has participated in a tournament or watched a tournament for that game in the past year. EEDAR surveyed more than 2,000 self-selecting gamers who have either played or watched an esports-related title within the past year. MOBAs hold the crown with 69 percent of League of Legends players and 63 percent of Dota 2 players counted as "participators." Heroes of the Storm and Smite...
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Grab a $299 PS4 or Xbox One, get a $50 coupon from Meijer’s Thanksgiving sale

Plus discounted games, a New Nintendo 3DS and more. Supermarket chain Meijer is offering a number of discounts to gamers willing to stop by on Thanksgiving Day. The retailer's holiday sale includes PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles at impressive prices, as well as discounted games. ANOTHER $299 PS4 — AND AN XBOX, TOO The PlayStation 4 bundle that includes Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will be sold for $299 on Nov. 26. This matches Sam's Club's one-day-only bundle price, which will be offered to customers on Nov. 14. A key difference with Meijer's deal, though, is that this bundle comes not only with a $50 price cut, but an extra $50 coupon on top of it. A similar offer is available for Xbox One. Bundles typically priced from $349 to $499 will receive special $50 price cuts....
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The Witcher is coming to theaters

The Witcher is getting the live-action treatment in a new film based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, and it's getting some Hollywood help. Studio Platige Films announced that it has joined with the Sean Daniel Company, the producers of The Mummy franchise, among other films, to bring the series to theaters. Shooting for a 2017 release, the film takes after author Sapkowski's original short stories, as opposed to this year's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Oscar nominee Tomasz Baginski is slated to direct, with Thania St. John (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) working on the script. No star is attached to play the lead character Geralt yet. The press release also mentions that the film, which Platige first announced was in pre-production in August, is planned to be the first in what the studio...
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Destiny's next update will ease your weapon parts troubles

Destiny is getting an update this month that will, among other things, relieve the Great Weapon Parts Shortage of 2015, developer Bungie announced today. Last month, Destiny update 2.0.1 reduced the amount of weapon parts that players received from dismantling certain guns. That change left many Guardians with a severe lack of weapon parts, a resource that's necessary to upgrade weapons. Bungie has heard your pleas: As of Destiny's 2.0.2 update, you'll be able to simply buy weapon parts from Banshee-44, the Gunsmith in the Tower, for plain ol' Glimmer. The 2.0.2 update is scheduled to be released this month, before Thanksgiving, and it will also include some previously announced tweaks to Crucible bounties and quests. In short, the changes will reduce the difficulty and time...
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New full-length trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight arrives

Quentin Tarantino wants audiences to spend the holiday season with people they can't stand. At least, that’s according to the latest trailer for his upcoming film, The Hateful Eight. Set six to 12 years after the events of the Civil War, The Hateful Eight follows bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) as they race through Wyoming to get to the town of Red Rock where Domergue will be hanged. Before they can get there, though, they encounter a couple of strangers and wind up having to take shelter from a blizzard at a stagecoach stopover on a desolate mountain pass, where they encounter a few more questionable characters. Unlike the previous trailers, the new one hones in on Samuel L. Jackson's rival bounty hunter character, Major...
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