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‘Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’ Everything You Need to Know

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth pitches the Horde and Alliance into all-out war, introducing Kul Tiras and Zandalar, new worlds emerge as old ones burn.

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Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth launches on August 14th, raising the level cap to 120 and launching the Horde and Alliance into a new conflict that will change the world as we know it. Introducing two new areas: Kul Tiras and Zandalar, as well as eight new allied races, Battle for Azeroth is set to shake up old allegiances and plunge Azeroth into a new arms race to decide who will shape its future.

With new armor systems, and gameplay in the form of Warfronts and Island Expeditions, as well as a reshaping of Warcraft’s PvP and leveling systems, we recap everything you need to know about the new content and changes coming to World of Warcraft.

Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers for Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth content.

Kul Tiras: Tiragarde Sound, Drustvar, Stormsong Valley

One of Battle for Azeroth‘s two new areas, Kul Tiras is an old human nation with a strong naval tradition. Home of Jaina Proudmoore, the island withdrew from worldly politics after the Third War and the death of Jaina’s father, Daelin, at Theramore. Today it is led by Jaina’s mother, Grand Admiral Katherine Proudmoore, but its people have not forgiven Jaina’s betrayal.

The island is ruled by four noble houses: Waycrest, Stormsong, Ashvane, and Proudmoore, who are seen in Blizzard’s latest comic: Reunion, focusing on Jaina’s journey home. In game, Kul Tiras will be made up of three zones: Tiragarde Sound, Drustvar, and Stormsong Valley.

Stormsong Valley is home to one of Kul Tiras’ greatest naval ports, where ships are blessed by the priests of the sea. The land is dark, filled with misty forests, silent lakes, green fields and distant mountains. Like the haunted shores, Kul Tirans have their own style of strange magic, from Sea Priests and Tidesages to the darker druidic and witchy magics of the Drust: the old inhabitants of Drustvar.

In Drustvar today, the old race of the Drust wander the earth as spirits, but their magic has shaped the land and its people, and power lies hidden in ancient barrows and hallowed clearings. Wicker beasts stalk the woods, and the creatures of the forest are bewitched as though a curse lies over the land itself.

Elsewhere, in Tiragarde Sound, Kul Tiras lies besieged by pirates, including the capital city of Boralus. Strange beasts from the sea lurk in the waters of the merchant’s coves, and the pirates fill their hulls with gold and treasure. Much of Kul Tiras’ former glory has been lost to the beasts that prey on the land, but much stands to be regained with the aid of the Alliance.

Zandalar: Zuldazar, Nazmir, Vol’dun

The second new area is Zandalar, an island in the South Seas, and home to the Zandalari trolls. It is the cradle of troll civilization and the seat of the Zandalari Empire, but after being thrown into chaos by the effects of the Cataclysm the trolls now seek new alliances. The island is in a state of civil war between King Rastakhan and the Prophet Zul, and is under constant threat from the blood trolls who also call the island their home. Zandalar is divided into Zuldazar, Nasmir, and Vol’dun.

Zuldazar is the capital, ruled over by King Rastakhan and Princess Talanji, it is an ancient temple nestled in the heart of a great jungle, yet old magics stir within its walls and the dead have grown restless in their tombs.

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Beyond, in the land of Nazmir, the jungle gives way to salt marshes. Dinosaurs walk the earth and soar beneath a blood moon, for Nazmir is also the home of the blood trolls who have their own plans set in motion. Alongside the old gods, there are also the Loa, the living gods of the Zandalari who manifest themselves and hold sway over the land.

Last, Voldun is a land turned to dust long ago by the battles of the Old Gods. Today it is a desert, filled with criminals banished from Zandalar, and the strange creatures that live amongst the sand dunes. It is also home to two new races, the Vulpera, fox-like humanoids, and the Sethrak, snake-humanoids, both a people lost beyond the sands of time, and possible allies to the growing Horde.

Island Expeditions

Alongside the two new areas, Battle for Azeroth is also taking inspiration from Black Flag by letting players set sail for distant islands to hunt down azerite: a new resource vital to the Horde/Alliance arms race. These replayable expeditions involve sailing for new lands, searching for treasure, and battling rare monsters. Island systems are designed not to stay static, meaning the islands change with every visit, from different creatures spawning, to items, to new quest givers, as well as randomly occurring events.

To make it even more of a challenge, these islands are also introducing Horde and Alliance ‘Advanced NPCs’ with buffed abilities and smarter AIs than your average trash mob, who should prove more formidable opponents in your quest for azerite.

The islands range from frozen wastes off the coast of Northrend, to shrouded forests hiding Gilnean castles, or even tropical archipelagos home to naga, elementals, and all manner of new monsters. Island expeditions will have four difficulty options: Normal, Heroic, Mythic, and a PvP mode where you race against three other players to get the azerite first.

Azerite and Armor Upgrades

Replacing the Artifact Weapon system, players will now be upgrading their armor using the Heart of Azeroth: a legendary necklace bestowed upon us by Magni Bronzebeard. The necklace feeds off of azerite, and the more of it you gather the more powerful your armor can become.

Different armor has different latent properties, and as you unlock each ring, or level, of upgrades you can customize your armor to your own playstyle with various improvements, buffs, and traits.

New PvE Mode ‘Warfronts’

Inspired by Warcraft’s Real-Time Strategy roots, Warfronts will send players to the frontlines of a 20-man co-op battle against enemy NPCs. Players lay claim to strategic outposts, collect resources, build up armies, and siege the enemy strongholds – like the olden days of Alterac Valley combined with the Garrison system into a cooperative PvE.

Each week one faction will claim victory in the warfront, and unlock special world bosses, quests, and gear. The first warfront will take place at Stromgarde Keep in the Arathi Highlands, and should prove to be an interesting new game mode outside of the usual raids and battlegrounds.

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A Scaling Leveling System

As of patch 7.3.5. released in January in preparation for the new expansion, mobs, quests, and dungeons across Azeroth now scale with your level, allowing you to travel and train in (almost) any zone right from the start. Most vanilla areas can scale from level 10-60, with end-game zones such as the Burning Steppes scaling from 40-60, so you have the freedom to train throughout the world, but without losing the world’s narrative logic (you can’t just show up and take on Molten Core from the get go), or the sense of challenge from fighting bigger, badder enemies.

The zones of each expansion generally scale to their original difficulties, with Outland and Northrend running from 60-80, Pandaria and Cataclysm zones building to 90, and Warlords of Draenor and Legion content from 100-110.

It’s a system designed to make the world feel less rigid in its progression, and give players leave to adventure in a way that lets them follow their curiosity, exploring and uncovering the world in a way that still makes sense to their own story. Of course, from the start of Battle for Azeroth you’ll be able to boost a character up to level 110 and play up to the new level cap of 120.

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A New Approach to PvP

PvP servers are no more. With Battle for Azeroth’s focus on Horde vs Alliance, Blizzard have updated Warcraft’s long-standing PvP system for a new, revamped model. Rules for PvP are now the same across all of Warcraft’s servers, acting as an opt-in system where you can flag yourself for PvP combat – but not quite like before.

Players can now only flag themselves for PvP when they are within a capital city, meaning before you venture out to quest you will have to decide how you want to play. Opting in means you will be instanced in with other players across Warcraft’s servers who have also flagged for PvP, and experience all the usual joys of ganking and corpse camping.

Battle for Azeroth will also see a new battleground: The Seething Shore off the coast of Silithus, where players will fight over sources of azerite, in addition to the Island Expedition PvP opportunities, and new Brawl PvP modes coming to the game.

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New Allied Races

Finally, Battle for Azeroth introduces eight new allied races, but to start playing you must first unlock them by doing quests and grinding reputation with the relevant sub-faction, and follow the story of how the new race fits into the Battle for Azeroth.

Each race has their own unique mounts, heirloom armor, and will from level 20. Four new allied races are already unlockable for players who own Battle for Azeroth, whilst the Dark Iron Dwarves and Mag’har Orcs require you to complete the 8.0 war campaign, and Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls are planned for the future.

Highmountain Tauren: An ancient tribe of Tauren descended from Huln are departing from their sacred mountain home to rejoin their Tauren brothers. The Highmountain Tauren honor the spirits of earth, river, and sky, and have unique druid forms and shaman totems.

Lightforged Draenei: With the return of the Army of Light from Argus, the Lightforged Draenei are joining the battle to defend Azeroth and relieve it from corruption. Imbued with the very essence of Holy Light, these Draenei are natural healers and slayers of demons.

Nightborne: Locked away since The War of the Ancients in Suramar: a city of unending night, these elves have been transformed into dark beings through the power of the Nightwell. Released after the events of Argus, the Nightborne now seek a place in the world alongside their Blood Elf sisters and the Horde.

Void Elves: Discovered by Alleria Windrunner, this sect of elves seek to use the dark powers of the Void to aid the Alliance and bring peace to Azeroth. Much is yet unknown about the Void, whispering in the elves’ minds and turning them to shadow, but under the guidance of Alleria the Void Elves may come to control their power.

Dark Iron Dwarves: Once servants to Ragnaros, the Dark Iron Dwarves found a foothold in Ironforge after Moira’s return and the forging of the Council of Three Hammers. However, many Dark Irons still exist beyond the reaches of the Dwarven city, and seeing their clan united on behalf of the Alliance could prove vital in the race for azerite.

Mag’har Orcs: The Mag’har, or ‘uncorrupted’, Orcs were those who rejected Gul’dan’s gift of power. Now returning from Draenor after the fall of Hellfire Citadel, these Orcs have pledged themselves to aid the Horde as Hunters, and stand ready to reclaim the glory of their shared ancestors.

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The final two allied races are not currently available to unlock, but as the story of Battle for Azeroth progresses we’re sure to learn more about the Humans of Kul Tiras, and the Trolls of Zandalar.

What we know so far is that the Kul Tirans are a hardy people with an affinity and religious wonder for the sea, but who also have a history with the people of the Drust: now spirits, druids, and witches wielding eldritch power, we’re sure to see a mix of warriors, cult-like priests, and ancient magics going into the creation of Kul Tirans as a playable race.

Meanwhile, the Zandalari Trolls are perhaps the oldest race of trolls on Azeroth, standing upright, they worship ancient gods known as the Loa and have an affinity for shamanistic and druidic magics.

While we don’t know much, both the Kul Tirans and Zandalari have some unique druid forms confirmed, with Kul Tiras druids transforming into fearsome wicker beasts, and Zandalari Trolls turning into dinosaurs.

A War with Everything at Stake

Beyond the tides of Kul Tiras and the jungles of Zandalar, forces are moving across Azeroth like never before. It’s clear that Battle for Azeroth will be tracing a war between the Horde and Alliance that will wreak destruction throughout the land.

With the Battle for Lordaeron and the Burning of Teldrassil, Warcraft’s main players are set to take the spotlight in this expansion, with consequences that will shape the world of every player. We’ll be recapping the lore behind Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth in a coming article, but until then you can enjoy the comics, books, and cinematics Blizzard have been releasing in anticipation of the coming war.

Helen Jones is a Ravenclaw graduate who likes to apparate between her homes in England and Denmark. She spends her time reading fantasy novels, climbing mountains, and loves to play story-focused and experimental indie games like The Stanley Parable or Night in the Woods. She also covers tabletop and board games over at Zatu Games, and you can follow her twitter @BarnacleDrive for updates, blogs, and pictures of mushrooms.

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Fantastic Fest 2019: Second Wave Adds ‘Knives Out’, ‘Parasite’ and More

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This year’s Fantastic Fest is shaping up with one of the strongest lineups in recent years and if the first wave announcement didn’t impress you, the second wave of films announced today will have you running to buy tickets.

Wave two brings a ton of exciting new titles including Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out, Bong Joon-ho‘s Palme d’Or winner Parasite, as well as Richard Stanley‘s The Color Out of Space and the latest from filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, Synchronic.

This year, Fantastic Fest will also be spotlighting Mexican genre films such as The Black Pit of Dr. M and The Ship of Monsters—and, the festival will also include a sidebar dedicated to LGBTQ+ representation in genre cinema.

Check out the full second wave film lineup below. Fantastic Fest runs September 19-26. Be sure to check back as we will be covering the event once again this year.

Abou Leila
Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019
North American Premiere, 139 min
Director – Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
In the midst of the Algerian Civil War, Lotfi ventures into the desert with his lifelong friend S., who hopes to find and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.

The Antenna
Turkey, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Orçun Behram
Somewhere within an unnamed city in Turkey, the residents of an apartment block await the installation of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. No one can prepare them for the evil that will be unleashed.

The Black Pit Of Dr. M
Mexico, 1959
Repertory Screening, 82 min
Director – Fernando Méndez
Two doctors make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact will not end well.

Bliss
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 80 min
Director – Joe Begos
While trying to complete her latest painting, a starving artist facing a lack of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.

Blood Machines
France, USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 50 min
Director – Seth Ickerman
The wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, Turbo Killer, shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.

Butt Boy
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 100 min
Director – Tyler Cornack
Writer/director/comedian Tyler Cornack’s Butt Boy introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs feelings deep inside leading to an addiction that can only be shown to Fantastic Fest audiences.

Climate Of The Hunter
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Mickey Reece
The “Soderbergh of the Sticks,” Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest with his 27th feature. Two beautiful sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

Color Out Of Space
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – Richard Stanley
Unimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their front lawn in Richard Stanley’s entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story.

Iron Fists And Kung Fu Kicks
Australia, 2019
North American Premiere, 107 min
Director – Serge Ou
From the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu films conquered the world from the 1960s to now.

Knives Out
USA, 2019
Special Presentation, 130 min
Director – Rian Johnson
In attendance – Director Rian Johnson
From acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes Knives Out, a fresh and modern take on the classic “whodunnit” mystery genre.

The Lodge
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 108 min
Directors – Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Five years after Goodnight Mommy stunned Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are back with another disturbing psychological twister about a brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.

The Long Walk
Laos, Spain, Singapore, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Mattie Do
In attendance – Director Mattie Do
An old Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a road accident victim can transport him back in time fifty years to the moment of his mother’s painful death..

Lyle
2014, USA
Repertory Screening, 65 min
Director – Stewart Thorndike
In attendance – Director Stewart Thorndike
After the loss of her child, a young woman begins to suspect that her neighbors might be part of a satanic cult and that she might be their next target.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
USA, 1985
Repertory Screening, 87 min
Director – Jack Sholder
In attendance – Actors Mark Patton and Kim Myers
Jesse (Mark Patton) is the new kid on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger might not be the only monster in the closet in this much discussed but under-appreciated queer horror classic.

Nobadi
Austria, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Karl Markovics
In a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds both himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics’ remarkable and poignant third feature.

Parasite
South Korea, 2019
Texas Premiere, 131 min
Director – Bong Joon-ho
Bong Joon-ho’s seventh feature — about an unemployed Korean family conning their way out of their basement apartment — is a roller coaster ride of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.

Patrick
Belgium, 2019
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Tim Mielants
Patrick is not having an easy time. First his domineering father passed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick’s search will lead him to discover answers to the questions he didn’t even know existed.

Phil Tippett – Mad Dreams And Monsters
France, 2019
International Premiere, 80 min
Directors – Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet
After their documentary Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex, French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso deliver an in-depth, sad, and beautiful documentary about the stop motion and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who changed the landscape of visual effects in film.

The Platform
Spain, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
In attendance – Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Somewhere in the future exists The Platform, a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner’s luck hold? One man is about to find out.

Prey
1977, United Kingdom
Repertory Screening, 78 min
Director – Norman J. Warren
Jessica and Josephine find more than their relationship at stake when they’re chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational study.

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 100 min
Directors – Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen
In attendance – Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen
More than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton (star of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), sets the record straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, surprising, and eye-opening documentary.

The Ship Of Monsters
Mexico, 1960
Repertory Screening, 81 min
Director – Rogelio A. González
Two Venusian women and their robot servant are on a mission to find suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Soon their ship is filled with bizarre specimens from across the universe, leading to an adventure like no other!

Synchronic
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 96 min
Directors – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
In attendance – Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Two paramedics find their world ripped apart when they start encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly effects of a new designer drug called Synchronic.

Trampa Infernal
Mexico, 1989
Repertory Screening, 77 min
Director – Pedro Galindo III
In Mexico’s most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling war veteran wearing a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove. Entertainment ensues!!

The True Adventures Of Wolfboy
USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 88 min
Director – Martin Krej?í
Suffering from hypertrichosis — which covers him with animal-like fur — Paul knows he’s not like other kids. But a seemingly random package from his estranged mother will send him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.

The Vast Of Night
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 90 min
Director – Andrew Patterson
A rural 1950s radio DJ and a telephone operator uncover a strange signal that could change everything in this stunning science fiction debut feature.

VFW
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 92 min
Director – Joe Begos
In attendance – Director Joe Begos
In the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they’ve set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos’ star-studded latest.

VHYES
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 71 min
Director – Jack Henry Robbins
In attendance – Director Jack Henry Robbins
This bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, takes us back to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape.

Vivarium
Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019
US Premiere, 98 min
Director – Lorcan Finnegan
When young couple Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) drive out to a maze of temptingly affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Gets a Mysterious Trailer

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for Antlers, a rural horror film about a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, who discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret that places the entire town in danger.

Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro have teamed to adapt a short story from Nick Antosca, the creator of the criminally underrated horror anthology series Channel Zero. Not much is yet known about Antlers other than Fox Searchlight, now owned by Disney, has scheduled the film for a 2020 release. Rounding up the main cast is Graham Green, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze and Rory Cochrane. Watch the trailer below.

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Be Excellent to Each Other with these Awesome ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Figures

“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”

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Since its release in 1989, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), a Saturday morning cartoon, a comic book series, and launched actor Keanu Reeves into movie stardom. And now, three-plus decades later, Bill and Ted are getting their own scale collectible set courtesy Sideshow and Blitzway.

This is your chance to own the friendly duo in one go! The work put into creating these high-end figures is truly astounding as the figures capture the look of a young Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves just as we remember them. If you have $399 to spend, they can be all yours.

Check out the photos below along with the official press release.

Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie.

Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!

The Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set specially features:

Highly detailed likeness of Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.
Highly detailed likeness of Keanu Reeves as Ted “Theodore” Logan
Newly designed and developed male body with over 30 points of articulations and flexible soft arms
Two (2) Newly designed and developed figure stands
Twelve (12) interchangeable hands (total for both) including:
Two (2) pairs of guitar hands
Two (2) right blow fist hands
Two (2) pairs of open hands
Two (2) right good fortune hands

Costume for Bill:

One (1) purple pattern shirt
One (1) graphic t-shirts
One (1) pair of blue jeans
One (1) pair of pattern underpants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

Costume for Ted:

One (1) blue jacket
One (1) black vest
One (1) graphic t-shirt
One (1) pair of graphic shorts
One (1) pair of inner training pants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

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Watch the Creepy Trailer for ‘Little Nightmares 2’: Six is Back and She has Help.

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One of the biggest surprises to come out of Gamescom 2019 so far is the announcement of Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the puzzle-platformer hit horror game developed by Tarsier Studios.

While the first Little Nightmares has you take control a character named Six while avoiding instant death as she traverses alone amongst the depths of a dungeon, the sequel will give her a companion named Mono, who must accompany Six throughout her terrifying new journey.  

Little Nightmares was one of our favorite games of 2017 and so we can’t wait to get our hands on the sequel. In our review, James Baker wrote, “Tarsier Studios have created a wholly original concept to a horror genre that has leaned more towards thriller before anything else, bringing its roots back without relying on jump-scares and needlessly-gory shocks. Just like hide-and-seek, Little Nightmares captures the fear of being caught, albeit in a creepy, macabre style.”

Little Nightmares 2 will be released sometime in 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer below and if you are a fan of the first game, we recommend reading this article that dives deep into the meaning behind Little Nightmares.

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NBA 2K20’s Story Mode Gets a Stunning Trailer

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NBA 2K19 features to date, its strongest MyCareer mode with the aptly titled, “The Way Back”, a fascinating look at the culture behind college basketball recruiting. The story mode was well received by critics and fans everywhere and in our review, we called it, “an incredible achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length”.

NBA 2K20 which will be released in less than a month, promises to include an even better story mode, and while we haven’t played the game yet, we have plenty of reasons to think it might be. Not only does it feature an all-star cast with top-tier talents such as Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson, but the story mode – entitled “When the Lights Are Brightest” – is being produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Productions, the same company behind the upcoming Space Jam 2.

NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, give us a good idea of what to expect. We get a glimpse at Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson in action as well as the rest of the supporting cast which includes Thomas Middleditch, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson, Lamorne Morris, Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White!

The NBA 2K20 demo will go live on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and will allow players to create a character and get a head start on MyCareer. Any progress made will carry over to the full game, which will be released Sept. 6 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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