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PlayStation, Oculus, and Facebook Gaming pull out of GDC over coronavirus concerns

Sony’s PlayStation team and Facebook, including Oculus VR, have withdrawn from this year’s Game Developers Conference, citing health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

“Out of concern for the health and safety of our employees, our dev partners, and the GDC community, Facebook will not be attending this year’s Game Developer Conference due to the evolving public health risks related to COVID-19,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Polygon. “We still plan to share the exciting announcements we had planned for the show through videos, online Q&As, and more, and will plan to host GDC partner meetings remotely in the coming weeks.”

Facebook Gaming and Oculus planned to have booths and employees at GDC 2020, which will be held March 16-20 in San Francisco.

Sony Interactive Entertainment will also not attend, according to a statement received by GamesIndustry.biz. A spokesperson for the PlayStation division said in a statement, “We felt this was the best option as the situation related to the virus and global travel restrictions are changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.”

Sony announced on Wednesday that it was also pulling out of this year’s PAX East over concerns regarding the novel coronavirus. That consumer-focused event will be held in Boston from Feb. 27 to March 1.

Organizers for the Game Developers Conference published a statement on Thursday saying that they were preparing for the event with attendees’ safety in mind, and planned for additional health security measures.

“We believe that, based on the strict U.S. quarantine around coronavirus and a large number of enhanced on-site measures, we are able to execute a safe and successful event for our community,” the GDC team said. “Locally, the Department of Health for both the State of California and the City of San Francisco support the convening of public events.”

The statement continued, “We are also continuing to follow the latest CDC and WHO guidance, following in the footsteps of other large international events that are taking place successfully at the Moscone Center.”

The current coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan City, China, in late 2019. Originally thought to be pneumonia, the novel coronavirus spread within the region. The Chinese government is restricting travel in the affected area in an effort to contain the virus. According to Vox, the virus has already infected more than 75,000 people in two months. Of them, 2,130 have died.

Concerns over the virus have led to cancellation or postponement of some esports events in China, and have affected the development of some games being worked on in the region.

Source: Polygon.com

How Lucasfilm used Unreal Engine to make The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian’s set used some serious Danger Room/Holodeck stuff to pull off a virtual shot-on-location feel for its many different settings, and powering the world projected on its giant LED wall was none other than Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.

What director Jon Favreau and the cinematographers and animators of The Mandalorian relied on was actually as simple as good old-fashioned projection screen filming — except this is about a bajillion times more realistic than footage rolling in the background while someone gratuitously turns a steering wheel.

That’s thanks to a 20-foot high, 270-degree semicircular LED video wall, which displayed locations from the ice world of Maldo Kreis to the sinister hideout of The Client. These environments were edited in real time, right up to shooting, and allowed Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Werner Herzog, et al., to interact as if they were in a physically built space.

The setup allowed the cast to shoot in multiple locations in a single day, to shoot at a particular time of day for 10 hours if necessary, or even (literally) move a mountain in the background to get a better shot. But you really see (or, rather, don’t see) the difference when characters are aboard a moving vehicle.

The projection behind them makes the scene look seamlessly realistic because, well, it’s actually part of the shot, it’s not being added in later. It’s a good look at the future of TV and moviemaking, where Star Wars has been at the vanguard for more than 40 years now. And it speaks optimistically of a future where sci-fi TV series can have all the production values of a big budget theatrical release, where cost considerations made for some conspicuous limitations even a decade ago.

Source: Polygon.com

How to buy Persona 5 Scramble: Phantom Strikers if you don’t live in Japan

Persona 5 Scramble: Phantom Strikers, a hack-and-slash Dynasty Warriors-style game set in the world of Persona 5, launches in Japan on Feb. 20. Unfortunately for Persona fans who don’t live in Japan, the game’s publisher, Atlus, hasn’t yet announced a worldwide release date.

For those who don’t want to wait for the as-yet-unannounced North American release (and those who, importantly, speak Japanese — there’s no English translation yet), the good news it that it shouldn’t be too hard to pick up a Japanese copy of the game.

A screenshot of the Persona 5 Scramble listing on the website YesAsia The YesAsia website is pretty straightforward. Image: YesAsia

Option 1: Import the game

Persona 5 Scramble is available on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, which are both region-free consoles. That means they’ll play game cartridges or discs from other parts of the world.

While you’ll be sure to find listings from Amazon and eBay sellers, your best bet for importing Persona 5 Scramble is an online retailer that specializes in East Asian exports, like Play-Asia or YesAsia. While any imported game will see a bit of a price markup, those sites are generally the cheapest. We’d recommend going with YesAsia because it offers free international shipping on orders over $39. (Hint: It’s also a great place to look if you’ve got your eye on special edition consoles and toys that are only available in Japan.)

Option 2: Create a Japanese PSN or Nintendo eShop account

The other option is to create a Japanese PlayStation Network or Nintendo eShop account. Thankfully, both the Switch and the PS4 will allow you to add a Japanese account to your console even if you don’t live in Japan.

A screenshot of the Japanese Nintendo eShop A screenshot of the Japanese Nintendo eShop Image: Nintendo

How to create a Japanese Nintendo eShop account

To create a Japanese Nintendo eShop account, head to accounts.nintendo.com and sign up with a different email address from the one tied to your own eShop account. Under “Country/region of residence” select Japan. Finish setting up the account normally.

Next you’ll need to add a user to your Nintendo Switch through the console’s Settings menu. There you can register your Japanese eShop account to that new user. Be sure that you have access to the email you registered the new account with, since you’ll need to enter a four-digit code, delivered via email, to finish linking the account to your Switch.

Once that’s set up, you’ll be able to visit the Japanese eShop and purchase the game.

How to create a Japanese PlayStation Network account

Setting up a Japanese PSN account is a little more complicated than the eShop, but still pretty straightforward. Head to the log-in menu on your PS4 (“Switch User” if you’re already logged in) and hit the “Create a New User” option. Start creating a new account as normal until you get to the country selection screen. Once you select Japan, the text will switch to Japanese.

(Again, Persona 5 Scramble is only available in Japanese right now so we’re going to assume you can at least read the language. But if you’re struggling you can always try using the Google Translate app, which translates text using your phone’s camera.)

You’ll be asked to fill out some more information, like gender and birthday, and eventually you’ll come to a screen asking for your location. There are slots for post code, prefecture, and city, but you only need to fill out the zip code. Again, Google is your friend here. Just open up Google Maps and find a random location in Japan. (We used 103-0027, which is a post code in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo, but any Japanese post code will do.)

Next you’ll enter an email address and password and choose a username to finish setting up the account. Again, you should use a real email address, but one that’s not already tied to a PSN account. Once you’re set up, you’ll get an email to that address asking you to confirm your new account and you should be good to go.

A screenshot of the Japanese PlayStation Store A screenshot of the Japanese PlayStation Store Image: Sony

How to buy Persona 5 Scramble digitally

The next snag you’ll come across is that, unless you’ve got an international credit card, you won’t be able to buy Persona 5 Scramble (or any Japanese game) with your own credit or debit card. Instead, you’ll need to buy a digital currency card. Play-Asia offers digital currency for the eShop or PSN via a code that is delivered instantly over email.

Yes, it’s a bit more work to set up a Japanese account, but it’s worth it if you want to play Japanese games without having to wait for a cartridge to be shipped halfway across the world. Plus, if you want to download the game’s DLC you’ll need a Japanese account anyway.

Source: Polygon.com

Brian David Gilbert is bringing Unraveled to Vox Media’s The Deep End at SXSW

For the third year in a row, Polygon is headed to SXSW! Join us from March 13-15 for a weekend of live podcasts, unscripted conversations, musical guests, Eater-curated food and drinks, and some multiplayer party games in the Polygon Arcade.

Join video producer Brian David Gilbert at The Belmont in downtown Austin, Texas, for a special live event. Brian will be premiering a sneak peek of an unseen episode of Unraveled, and diving into how he researches and creates each new video.

In addition to Brian’s session, all weekend long we’ll have classic arcade cabinets as well as various party games to play in the Polygon Arcade. The arcade is our dedicated space within The Belmont, and part of Vox Media’s The Deep End activation at SXSW. The arcade will feature:

Party games

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Nidhogg 2
  • Gang Beasts

Classic arcade games

  • Robotron
  • Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon
  • Pac-Man
  • and more to come …

While you’re at The Deep End, be sure to check out all of the great programming from our family at Vox Media. To RSVP for Brian’s session, the Polygon Arcade, and to learn more about everything going on, check out The Deep End’s event site.

Free event

Vox Media’s The Deep End is a free event and does not require a SXSW badge. To attend Brian’s Unraveled session or hang out in the Polygon Arcade, just RSVP on The Deep End’s event site.

Where

The Belmont (305 W. 6th St., Austin, TX 78701)

When: Polygon Arcade

The arcade will run all weekend long from March 13-15, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT.

When: Brian’s Unraveled session

The time for Brian’s session will be announced in the coming weeks. RSVP now to be the first to know. Space is limited, so please arrive early to secure a seat.

The Deep End’s sponsors

Both the Polygon Arcade and Brian’s live session are made possible by these event sponsors: Aloft Hotels, Mailchimp, Doha Debates, and Seedlip.

Highlights from The Deep End 2019

Source: Polygon.com

Apex Legends is bringing back Kings Canyon

Apex Legends’ original map, Kings Canyon, is making a return, but only for a very limited time. Respawn Entertainment will make Kings Canyon playable as part of a separate playlist in Apex Legends from Friday, Feb. 21, through Monday, Feb. 24.

Kings Canyon changed over the course of Apex Legends’ existence, but it appears that Respawn is bringing back the original, season 1 experience for players. Kings Canyon was altered for season 2 of Apex Legends, and players have been battling it out on a new map — World’s Edge — since October 2019 with the arrival of season 3.

World’s Edge has gone through some changes of its own as part of season 4 of Apex Legends, which also introduced a new legend, Revenant.

While the return of Kings Canyon may be curiously short-lived, Respawn may have a good reason for such a small window of availability. It may want to test how well matchmaking works with two maps in the playlist, which can dramatically split the player base.

Apex Legends is available to play for free on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Source: Polygon.com

Pokémon Go PvP guide: best Ultra League Pokémon, movesets, and costs

Pokémon Go’s PvP system now allows players to use higher CP Pokémon in the Ultra League.

With the help of GamePress and PvPoke, we’ve put together a list of strong Pokémon to use in the Ultra League, what moves they should know, how much it costs to unlock their secondary move, and their strengths and weaknesses.

There may be overlap with some of our Great League picks, so if you accidentally powered up your Pokémon beyond the Great League limits, you now have a new Ultra League companion. Ultra League Pokémon can only have CP up to 2,500.

For PvP, you should also spend candy and Stardust to unlock a second move for your Pokémon to get more type coverage in.

We recommend any of the following:

Altered Forme Giratina

  • Quick move: Shadow Claw
  • Charge moves: Dragon Claw and Ancient Power
  • Second charge move cost: 100,000 Stardust and 100 Giratina candy
  • Best against: Ghost-, psychic-, dragon-, flying-, bug-, fire-, and ice-types
  • Worst enemy: Ghost-, ice-, dragon-, dark-, and fairy-types

Altered Forme Giratina is tanky and its variety of strong moves in various typing make it pretty well-rounded.

Origin Forme Giratina

  • Quick move: Shadow Claw
  • Charge moves: Shadow Ball and Ominous Wind
  • Second charge move cost: 100,000 Stardust and 100 Giratina candy
  • Best against: Ghost- and psychic-type
  • Worst enemy: Ghost-, ice-, dragon-, dark-, and fairy-types

Origin Forme Giratina isn’t as good as its cousin, but it hits pretty hard while still being able to take a lot of damage.

Registeel

  • Quick move: Lock-On (Legacy)
  • Charge moves: Flash Cannon and Focus Blast
  • Second charge move cost: 100,000 Stardust and 100 Registeel candy
  • Best against: Rock-, ice-, fairy-, normal-, steel-, and dark-types
  • Worst enemy: Fighting-, ground-, and fire-types

If you had no use for the Registeel you got from raids, now you do. It doesn’t do much damage, but it can take a ton of damage and its steel-typing gives it a good amount of resistances.

Swampert

  • Quick move: Mud Shot
  • Charge moves: Hydro Cannon (Legacy) and Earthquake
  • Second charge move cost: 10,000 Stardust and 25 Mudkip candy
  • Best against: Poison-, rock-, steel-, fire-, electric-, and ground-types
  • Worst enemy: Grass-types

Swampert also has a great variety of moves and it’s only weak against grass-types. Be careful, though. Grass-type moves will be four times more effective against it.

Togekiss

  • Quick move: Charm
  • Charge moves: Ancient Power and Flamethrower
  • Second charge move cost: 50,000 Stardust and 50 Togepi candy
  • Best against: Fighting-, dragon-, dark-, flying-, bug-, fire-, ice-, steel-, and grass-types
  • Worst enemy: Poison-, rock-, steel-, electric-, and ice-types

Togekiss is a monster in Ultra League and you’ll likely see it around a lot. It covers its own weaknesses with the wide variety of move types it can learn and it can certainly take a few hits.

Snorlax

  • Quick move: Lick
  • Charge moves: Body Slam and Earthquake
  • Second charge move cost: 75,000 Stardust and 75 Snorlax candy
  • Best against: Ghost-, psychic-, dark-, poison-, rock-, steel-, fire-, and electric-types
  • Worst enemy: Fighting-types

Just like in gyms, Snorlax is annoying to deal with due to it only having one weakness and a super-high defense stat.

Clefable

  • Quick move: Charm
  • Charge moves: Meteor Mash and Psychic
  • Second charge move cost: 10,000 Stardust and 25 Clefairy candy
  • Best against: Fighting-, dragon-, dark-, rock-, ice-, fairy-, and poison-types
  • Worst enemy: Poison- and steel-types

Just like Togekiss, Clefable manages to cover its weaknesses by learning powerful counter moves.

Armored Mewtwo

  • Quick move: Confusion
  • Charge moves: Rock Slide and Dynamic Punch
  • Second charge move cost: 100,000 Stardust and 100 Mewtwo candy
  • Best against: Fighting-, poison-, flying-, bug-, fire-, ice-, normal-, rock-, steel-, and dark-types
  • Worst enemy: Bug-, ghost-, and dark-types

If you somehow have the Mewtwo candy (or Rare Candy) to spare, Armored Mewtwo is a strong contender for PvP. Its moveset has a lot of variety and, as expected from its name, it can take a hit or two.

Venusaur

  • Quick move: Vine Whip
  • Charge moves: Frenzy Plant (Legacy) and Sludge Bomb
  • Second charge move cost: 10,000 Stardust and 25 Bulbasaur candy
  • Best against: Ground-, rock-, water-, grass-, and fairy-types
  • Worst enemy: Flying-, fire-, psychic-, and ice-types

If you are seeing too many fairy-types in PvP, give your Venusaur Sludge Bomb and give them a run for their money. It’s affordable with a cheap secondary move unlock, and even if you don’t have Frenzy Plant, it’ll get the job done.

Poliwrath

  • Quick move: Mud Shot
  • Charge moves: Ice Punch and Dynamic Punch
  • Second charge move cost: 50,000 Stardust and 50 Poliwag candy
  • Best against: Poison-, rock-, steel-, fire-, electric-, flying-, ground-, grass-, dragon-, normal-, and dark-types
  • Worst enemy: Flying-, grass-, electric-, psychic-, and fairy-types

The bad thing about Poliwrath is how many weaknesses it has. The great thing is that it’ll help you get through Snorlax and Registeel fairly quickly.

Source: Polygon.com

The 20 Clone Wars episodes to watch before season 7, according to Disney

In anticipation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ seventh season, which premieres this Friday, Feb. 21, Disney Plus listed 20 essential episodes from the series’ original run. But what makes them essential?

In order to catch you up, here’s a brief synopsis of each of those episodes, why they matter, and how some of them may feed into Clone Wars’ season 7.

[Ed. note: Summaries and analysis below each episode title include spoilers for The Clone Wars.]

“Ambush,” season 1, episode 1

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Master Yoda and his band of clone troopers battle Count Dooku’s apprentice, Asajj Ventress, for the allegiance of the Toydarian king, who’s interested in joining the Republic.

This is Clone Wars’ first episode, and showcases the formula of the show pretty well. We doubt this will have anything to do with season 7, and that Disney+ included it to introduce viewers to Ventress.

“Rookies,” season 1, episode 5

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Clone commanders Rex and Cody teach a group of rookie clones the importance of working together as a unit.

Similar to the series premiere, “Ambush,” this episode serves to introduce viewers to the clones — especially Rex and Cody. Rex and Ahsoka are very close by the time Star Wars: Rebels happens, and we expect Rex to play a key role in Clone Wars season 7.

“Landing at Point Rain,” season 2, episode 5

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Ahsoka, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi land on Geonosis to attack a powerful droid factory.

The attack on Geonosis is one of the first major arcs in Clone Wars, and introduces viewers to Barriss Offee, who will eventually betray the Jedi Order and Ahsoka in later seasons.

“Weapons Factory,” season 2, episode 6

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Anakin and Jedi Master Luminara Unduli fend off waves of droids while their Padawans — Ahsoka and Barriss Offee — attack to droid factory.

“Weapons Factory” shows the budding friendship between Ahsoka and Barriss, and features Ahsoka’s tenacity in the face of death.

“Legacy of Terror,” season 2, episode 7

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Obi-Wan and Anakin search for a missing Jedi Master Luminara, and accidentally stumble into an army of zombies and the Geonosian Queen.

This episode sets up the Geonosian Queen and her mind control abilities, which play a key role in “Brain Invaders,” the next episode Disney Plus recommends you watch.

“Brain Invaders,” season 2, episode 8

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: After finding success on Geonosis, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Luminara, Ahsoka, and Barriss unknowingly bring Geonosian Brain Worms onto their transport, causing a outbreak of mind control.

The Brain Worms infect Barriss in this episode, and she battles against Ahsoka. This gives important context to what could’ve caused Barriss to flip in the future “Wrong Jedi” arc (see down the list), where Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order.

“The Mandalore Plot,” season 2, episode 12

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Obi-Wan and Anakin travel to Mandalore, where Obi-Wan reunites with an old flame: Duchess Satine, the Mandalorian ruler.

This episode introduces viewers to Duchess Satine, and the currently passive Mandalorian people.

“Voyage of Temptation,” season 2, episode 13

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: The Jedi, with some Clone assistance, defend Duchess Satine from assassination attempts.

“The Voyage of Temptation” reveals Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine have always been in love, which serves as an important connecting point between Anakin and his master. “The Mandalore Plot” and the “Voyage of Temptation” also start the twisted tale of Mandalorian politics, which we know will wrap up in season 7 (and perhaps inform what we just saw in The Mandalorian season 1).

“ARC Troopers,” season 3, episode 2

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: The Separatists attack the Clone facility on Kamino, and many of the named Clone troopers return to defend their home.

Much of Clone Wars focuses on humanizing the Clones. In “ARC Troopers,” you see Rex, Cody, Fives, and many others fear for their home, and mourn the loss of an elderly Clone, 99.

“Brothers,” season 4, episode 21

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Savage Opress, brother of Darth Maul, makes his way to a junk planet to find his brother. He discovers Maul in a pit, a sliver of his former self.

This is the first episode to bring back The Phantom Menace’s Darth Maul, who we know will be a key bad guy in Clone Wars season 7.

“Revenge,” season 4, episode 22

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Mother Talzin of Dathomir uses magick to restore Darth Maul’s mind and grant him a new pair of robotic legs. Savage Opress and Maul battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku’s former apprentice, Asajj Ventress.

This episode reminds viewers of Maul’s intense hatred of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and is the first moment where Ventress becomes more anti-hero than villain.

“Revival,” season 5, episode 1

darth maul and his brother duel jedi on a cliff Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Maul and Opress wreak havoc in the galaxy. Obi-Wan and Jedi Master Adi Gallia hunt the brothers down, but Opress kills Gallia.

This battle shows off more of Maul and Opress’ capabilities, and the death of a colleague gives Obi-Wan a real reason to continue to battle Maul.

“The Gathering,” season 5, episode 6

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Ahsoka and Master Yoda take a group of younglings to the planet Ilum, and help them craft their first lightsaber.

This episode puts Ahsoka in the role of a teacher, and a respected Jedi — which is important to see before Ahsoka decides to leave the order later this season. It’s also possible some of the younglings she befriends in this episode will appear in season 7.

“Eminence,” season 5, episode 14

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Savage Opress and Darth Maul land on Mandalore, and form a loose alliance with the Death Watch terrorist cell.

This episode begins the second Mandalore arc, which is likely key to understanding season 7’s plot.

“Shades of Reason,” season 5, episode 15

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Opress, Maul, and the Death Watch overthrow Duchess Satine. The Death Watch betrays Maul, but he and his brother escape captivity. Maul challenges Vizsla, the leader of the Death Watch, to a duel, kills him, and claims the Darksaber — but the members of the Death Watch refuse to swear fealty to an outsider.

This episode shows the fall of Death Watch and rise of Darth Maul in Mandalorian politics. It also features the Darksaber changing hands to Maul, which could play into season 7.

“The Lawless,” season 5, episode 16

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Obi-Wan ignores the Jedi Council’s orders to stay away from Mandalore, and attempts to save Satine. Maul kills the duchess in front of Obi-Wan, and Satine professes her love for the Jedi. Darth Sidious feels the presence of Maul across the galaxy, travels to Mandalore, kills Savage Opress, and tortures Maul with Force Lightning.

The death of Duchess Satine is a huge turning point for Obi-Wan as a character and the political structure of Mandalore. Obi-Wan will surely mention Satine’s death in season 7.

“Sabotage,” season 5, episode 17

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: After a bombing at the Jedi Temple, Anakin and Ahsoka investigate the crime scene.

“Sabotage” starts the “Wrong Jedi” arc, which eventually causes Ahsoka to leave the Jedi Order.

“The Jedi Who Knew Too Much,” season 5, episode 18

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: A woman named Letta Turmond, who seems to know who caused the explosion at the Jedi Temple, asks for Ahsoka’s aid. But before Turmond can reveal who set the bomb, a mysterious figure Force Chokes her to death. The security footage makes it look as if Ahsoka killed Turmond, and in turn, the Clones arrest her for murder and the bombing of the Jedi Temple. Ahsoka escapes into the depths of Coruscant.

This is the first episode where the Order turns on Ahsoka, causing her to flee and discover the truth of the bombing.

“To Catch a Jedi,” season 5, episode 19

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: The Jedi Council — aside from Anakin and Jedi Master Plo Koon — believe Ahsoka is guilty. Ahsoka contacts Barriss for help. Asajj Ventress hunts Ahsoka down, and the two team up to find the real perpetrator. However, a mysterious figure knocks Ventress out and uses her lightsabers to attack Ahsoka, leading the Padawan to believe Ventress betrayed their deal. The figure knocks Ahsoka out, and she’s captured by the Clones.

This episode features the team-up between Ahsoka and Ventress, whose friendship could play a key role in season 7. It introduces Barriss back into the plot.

“The Wrong Jedi,” season 5, episode 20

Star Wars: The Clone Wars essential episodes list Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

What you need to know: Ahsoka stands trial for the bombing of the Jedi Temple. While Ahsoka faces the senate, Anakin hunts down the real perpetrator: Barriss. Anakin brings Barriss before the council, and they offer Ahsoka the chance to rejoin the Jedi Order. Ahsoka refuses, and leaves to make her own path through the galaxy.

This episode sees Ahsoka leave the Jedi Order for good. This is the most important decision Ahsoka makes in the series, and will likely be a major talking point for her character in Clone Wars season 7.

Without the full context of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, it’s impossible to say for sure why Disney listed these episodes as essential. But if you’re looking to dive into Clone Wars for the first time, or just want to refresh your memory, these 20 episodes are a great starting point before the next season debuts.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7’s first episode, “The Bad Batch,” launches on Feb. 21 for Disney+.

Source: Polygon.com

Eli Roth is making a Borderlands movie

The Borderlands movie is officially happening, again. Lionsgate originally announced a feature film based on the Borderlands video game franchise in 2015, and the studio announced on Thursday via a press release that infamous horror director Eli Roth will helm the upcoming adaptation.

Roth — alongside producers Avi Arad (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse), Ari Arad, and Erik Feig — will helm the production using a new draft from writer Craig Mazin. Mazin recently won two Emmys for his work on HBO’s Chernobyl.

In a press release from Lionsgate, Roth has this to say about the project:

I’m so excited to dive into the world of Borderlands and I could not be doing it with a better script, producing team, and studio. I have a long, successful history with Lionsgate – I feel like we have grown up together and that everything in my directing career has led to a project of this scale and ambition.

I look forward to bringing my own energy, ideas, and vision to the wild, fun, and endlessly creative world of the game. Randy Pitchford and everyone at Gearbox have been incredibly supportive of my ideas – it really feels like a perfect storm of creators coming together. We are out to make a new classic, one which the fans of the game will love, but also one which will find new audiences globally.

Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford will also serve as an executive producer on the film, as well as Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive.

Pitchford helped launch Borderlands 3 last year, which we said felt like more of the same in our review. Roth’s most recent project was the “spoppy” The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which featured a haunting, animatronic Jack Black baby. But the director is best known for his gory horror movies, such as Hostel and The Green Inferno.

It’s currently unclear if the Borderlands movie will re-tell the tale from one of the Borderlands games, or tell a different story from the world of Pandora.

Source: Polygon.com

The final episodes of Steven Universe will air next month

Steven Universe will end for real this March.

The Cartoon Network series premiered in 2013. Though the main series wrapped up with season 5 last January, the characters and story of Steven Universe continued on. A musical TV movie, taking place two years after the end of the show, followed in August, with an epilogue series Steven Universe Future premiering in December. Next month, the last 10 episodes of Steven Universe Future will air on Cartoon Network. The first will premiere on March 6, airing every Friday a four-part series finale on March 27.

The bulk of the show’s conflict resolved last year with the fifth season finale. Steven Universe: The Movie introduced the possibility of lingering antagonists in the world, though the epilogue series has divided its time between confronting final loose ends, exploring the fallout of “happily ever after,” and diving into Steven’s residual trauma.

In a press release, creator Rebecca Sugar spoke warmly about the show’s ending and her time working on it.

“I’m so excited for the final episodes of Steven Universe Future to be out in the world, and so grateful to our audience for supporting our show for all these years. It has been an eye-opening experience to meet the community that has come together around the show: I have been so moved, and I have felt so seen. I have always been a firm believer in the power of cartoons, and these days it’s undeniable: the friendships forged over this show, the artists inspired to draw, the families that watched together and saw each other in these characters, fill me with awe and renew my love of animation every day. Though our epilogue series is coming to a close, please trust that like us, these characters will always be growing, changing, and supporting each other. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for watching our show.”

Source: Polygon.com

Ring Fit Adventure Stock Shortages Are Reportedly Driven By Resellers

Ring Fit Adventure, the Switch’s innovative fitness game, has been a success for Nintendo, cracking the top 10 sales charts in the US in October 2019. It has continued to do well since, again making it into the top 10 in January 2020. It’s doing so well, in fact, that some stores are facing stock shortages–and one Australian retailer has had to limit the number of copies that customers can buy, as resellers are buying multiple copies to sell at an inflated price.

Kotaku Australia is reporting that EB Games, the Australian arm of GameStop, has had to limit sales to two copies per person, as the game is being snapped by by resellers. As the rare game that is not available digitally (as it requires physical peripherals to operate), this means that many players are not able to get their hands on it.

As Kotaku Australia points out (via Abacus News), there’s also been an increase in interest towards the game in China, where the Switch recently went on sale–it represents a safe way to exercise at home amidst concerns sparked by the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Resellers have thus been able to sell the game for around double its retail price in Australia.

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Source: GameSpot.com