Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League trailer released out of DC FanDome

Posted on October 16, 2021 by

Warner Bros. Games and DC today released a new story trailer for Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.

Shown off during DC FanDome today, the brand-new story trailer sheds light on the origins of Amanda Waller’s Task Force X – also known as the Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League was announced for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X at DC FanDome 2020 and is set for release next year.

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Minecraft coming to Game Pass PC in a bundle that includes both the Java and Bedrock Editions

Posted on October 16, 2021 by

Minecraft is coming to Game Pass for PC on November 2 in bundle form.

The game is available through Game Pass for Xbox already and has been for a while, but this is the first time it’s being made available on the service for PC.

The bundle is called the Minecraft: PC Bundle, and it includes both the Java and Bedrock Editions of the game.

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Minecraft is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC

Posted on October 16, 2021 by

During this year's Minecraft Live Mojang has announced that Minecraft is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC this November.

The 'Minecraft PC bundle' will include both Java and Bedrock versions of the block-building sandbox alongside its dungeon-crawling spinoff Minecraft Dungeons. Minecraft already has its own launcher on PC, but it seems like Microsoft is pushing for all its games to be under one subscription umbrella.

Both Minecraft Bedrock and Minecraft Dungeons were already available on the console versions of Game Pass, but this new Minecraft PC bundle will be the first time the Java version will be available on the subscription service. The difference between the two is, put simply, Java is better for modding, Bedrock is better for cross-platform play. Mojang has made clear, mind, that cross-platform play between Java and Bedrock is still not possible.

Having both versions in one place is pretty handy. To play with friends you all need to be using the same version and, previously, the two have been completely non-interchangeable. They'll still remain separate but Game Pass will make switching between versions much more accessible. You'll only need to go to one place to play any Minecraft game.

With Mojang's iconic blocky sandbox joining the Game Pass roster, Xbox's subscription service keeps becoming a better bargain with access to a huge number of games for £8 / $10 a month. This includes all of Microsoft's first-party games the day they're released, alongside regular new PC additions. There's no denying it offers a lot of bang for the buck and, with the addition of the eternally popular Minecraft, continues to go from strength-to-strength.

Minecraft’s next big release is called The Wild update, out 2022

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We've not even gotten the second part of the Caves and Cliffs update yet, but Mojang has seemingly set the Minecraft train to full steam ahead. The block building sandbox's next big update, called 'The Wild',  will be out sometime in 2022. 

With this new update, Mojang says that it wants to celebrate the wilderness of Minecraft's Overworld by making some of its biomes have a clearer identity. An example given was the Birch Forest biome, which currently doesn't have that much going for it. The Wilds update would rejuvenate the biome, making the trees taller and more spread out with plenty of space for wildflowers and shrubs. Suddenly, one of Minecraft's most boring biomes now has a personality. 

The update will also add a brand new area called Mangrove Swamp, a part of the world that will include a new mangrove wood type, a mud block that lets you make mud bricks, boats with chests, and a new frog mob. That's right, frogs are coming to Minecraft.

There are also changes with the Deep Dark biome. Originally announced for the Caves and Cliffs update, Mojang has now moved it to release as part of The Wilds update—but it sounds worth the wait. We saw a sneak peek of it during the last Minecraft Live, but saw nothing more than an eerie underground cave biome. Mojang has now confirmed that the biome is not only a cave but an entire ruined civilization of abandoned cities filled with treasures. The move of the Deep Dark also sees our creepy friend the Warden get pushed back, but it gives us plenty of time to build up the courage to face those subterranean monsters. 

Mojang has expressed that The Wild update will be smaller than Caves and Cliffs—an update so big the studio had to release it in two parts—but from the sounds of it, they'll be plenty to get stuck into.

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League – First Footage Revealed at DC Fandome 2021

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More than a year after being announced, we've finally seen the first in-engine footage of Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, which included looks at the game's versions of The Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman.

Shown off at DC FanDome 2021, a story trailer (which did not reveal a new release date, but reconfirmed a 2022 release) showed the game's main characters being recruited from Arkham Asylum (the version from Rocksteady's Batman games, incidentally) and sent to Metropolis to fight a seemingly alien threat.

However, the objective is changed to killing the Justice League shortly after their arrival. Interestingly, though, while we definitely see corrupted versions of Superman and The Flash, and what may well be a corrupted Green Lantern (seemingly the John Stewart version), it seems as though Wonder Woman may remain uncorrupted, as we see her fighting Superman along the way. LexCorp also appears to be a big part of the story in some regard – perhaps the source of the issues.

There's also what appears to be a version of the Batmobile, which could hint at an appearance from Rocksteady's conspicuously absent Dark Knight. We do happen to see the Arkham games' Penguin, though, who suffers an unfortunate prank that you should probably just watch:

After many rumours, Batman Arkham developer announced that is was working on a Suicide Squad game last year, going on to show a reveal trailer at DC FanDome. Set within the Batman Arkham universe, the game will let players take control of Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot, or Captain Boomerang.

Each character will come with customisable weapons and unique abilities, and the game can be played either solo (with free character swapping), or up to 4-player co-op. We'd heard almost nothing about the game since that last showing, but we did see some detailed character art in the lead up to the show, as well as the launch of a phone number that lets you prank call Suicide Squad leader/jailer Amanda Waller.

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Frogs are coming to Minecraft

Posted on October 16, 2021 by

During this year's Minecraft Live, Mojang announced that Minecraft's next big update will be 'The Wilds' releasing sometime in 2022. Alongside a bunch of new blocks and biomes, the best thing from the looks of the entire update has to be the addition of the humble Minecraft frog.

Frogs in Minecraft are going to be a peaceful mob and will be the first cold-blooded creatures in the blocky sandbox's history. Grown from tadpoles, frogs will come in a variety of different colours that are chosen depending on the temperature of the biome it grows up in. Each coloured frog will do something unique, but these traits are something that Mojang hasn't even decided yet. 

Minecraft tadpoles

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Our amphibian friends can be found in the newly announced Mangrove Swamp biome where they can hop on lily pads and munch on fireflies to their heart's content. The frogs look pretty darn adorable, but I still think that the crown of cuteness will remain firmly on the axolotl's head for now. 

As big as this news is, Mojang had plenty more announcements at this year's Minecraft Live. Minecraft's next big update is the previously mentioned Wilds update which will focus on fine-tuning some of the sandbox's biomes. The studio also revealed that both Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft will be available to play on the Xbox Game Pass this November. 

DC Fandome 2021: How to Watch Live and What to Expect

Posted on October 16, 2021 by

Last year, DC FanDome premiered as a virtual celebration for fans of the DC multiverse. It was filled with exciting announcements that included the first teaser trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League and a full cast reveal for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. Returning this year as DC FanDome 2021, looks at upcoming DC comics, movies, shows, and games have already been teased. Fans can expect a new trailer for The Batman movie, fresh looks at shows like Batwoman, The Flash, and Superman & Lois, reveals of Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, and more. Here's everything you need to know to tune in so you don't miss it.

When is DC FanDome 2021 & DC FanDome Times?

DC FanDome 2021 returns on Saturday, October 16, 2021, starting at 10 am PT/1 pm ET/6 pm BST. For folks tuning in from Australia, that's Sunday, October 17 at 3 am AEST.

Where to Watch DC FanDome 2021?

DC FanDome 2021 is a free streaming event you can watch wherever as long as you have a steady internet connection. It will be broadcasting directly from and we'll also be carrying it on some of our platforms.

Join us at 9:30 am PT for our pre-show and make sure to stick around for our post-show where we'll be talking about all the reveals from the event.

Here's the full list of places you can watch DC FanDome live:

DC FanDome Schedule 2021

The schedule for DC FanDome 2021 has yet to be revealed so make sure to check back as we'll update this article as more information is revealed.

  • DC FanDome 2021 – Saturday, October 16 at 10 am PT

How Long is DC FanDome 2021?

2021's DC FanDome event's run time is approximately 4 hours long, from 10 am PT to 2 pm PT. However, IGN's pre-show starts at 9:30 am PT and we will have a post-show following the event, so be sure to tune in for the full event!

Who Will Be at DC FanDome 2021?

We have a good idea of who will be making an appearance as the full DC FanDome 2021 celebrity lineup was officially announced. Based on some of the talent who'll be in attendance, it appears there may be news around The Batman, Aquaman, and Black Adam movies, updates about shows such as The Flash, Superman & Lois, and Peacemaker, and maybe even some reveals around Fortnite and Injustice.

Here's who's been confirmed to be at DC FanDome 2021:

  • Aldis Hodge
  • Alex Garfin
  • Anson Mount
  • Candice Patton
  • Chukwudi Iwuji
  • Danielle Brooks
  • Donald Mustard
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Ed Boon
  • Elizabeth Tulloch
  • Ezra Miller
  • Freddie Stroma
  • Grant Gustin
  • James Gunn
  • Jason Momoa
  • Jennifer Holland
  • Jim Lee
  • John Cena
  • Jordan Elsass
  • Matt Reeves
  • Noah Centineo
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Quintessa Swindell
  • Robert Pattinson
  • Steve Agee
  • Tyler Hoechlin
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
  • Zachary Levi
  • Zoe Kravitz

What to Expect at DC FanDome 2021

In the DC FanDome 2021 announcement, Warner Bros. said fans would be able "to immerse themselves in the DC Multiverse" again, so if the event is anything like last year, there will be a handful of "universes", each with different themes, like last year's WatchVerse and InsiderVerse, where fans could watch various talent-led panels or get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating some of their favorite DC properties.

As for what you can expect to hear about and see, the lineup is looking fairly stacked. Though there are always predictions you could make about potential surprises, it seems like WB has revealed a lot of what we can expect to see. Here are some of the movies, games, comics, and shows that have been confirmed for DC FanDome 2021:

Updates on Batman, Black Adam, Flash, Shazam, and Aquaman Movies

WB confirmed fans can expect an exclusive new trailer for The Batman movie, which is due out on March 4, 2022, and stars Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrel, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, and more. The Batman director just showed a glimpse of Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle, ahead of the trailer release.

There will also be updates on other upcoming DC movies that include a first look at Black Adam, a sneak peek at The Flash, and behind-the-scenes looks at Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

News around Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and Gotham Knights Games

WB also confirmed new reveals for Rocksteady's Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and Warner Bros. Games Montréal's Gotham Knights.

New Looks and Updates on Peacemaker, Batwoman, The Flash, Superman & Lois, and More Shows

An exclusive look at the upcoming HBO Max series Peacemaker starring John Cena was confirmed to make an appearance, alongside looks at upcoming seasons of The Flash, Superman & Lois, Batwoman, Titans, Doom Patrol, and Sweet Tooth.

Previews of Upcoming DC Animated Movies

Fans of DC animated movies can look forward to a peek at the Injustice animated movie, as well as a premiere trailer for Catwoman: Hunted.

News on Wonder Woman, Batman, Black Manta Comics, and More

Three new comics touching on Wonder Woman's history, mythos, and impact will be included, as well as news about Batman: Fear State, another installation of the Batman/Fortnite crossover comic, an upcoming series for Black Manta, and more.

This isn't an exhaustive list of what WB has revealed about the DC FanDome 2021 lineup and there may even be some surprises in store. Make sure to check back as we'll be covering all of the biggest announcements out of the show.

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Steam has banned games based on blockchain tech with NFTs, but Epic seems down with adding them to its store

Posted on October 16, 2021 by

Valve has added a new regulation to Steam’s onboarding page which essentially bans the sale of games that make use of blockchain technology on its platform.

The new regulation was noticed by SpacePirate Games which developed the game Age of Rust. This particular game makes use of blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) (thanks, Neowin).

NFTs are non-interchangeable units of data that can be used to represent easily reproducible items. Such items include photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files. NFTs use blockchain technology to establish a verified proof of ownership and act similarly in fashion to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The difference is that each NFT may represent a different asset along with a different value.

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Epic Games will give you a $10 Epic Coupon if you sign up for its emails

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Epic Games want to give you $10. But in order to earn it, you will need to hand over your email address.

See, here’s the deal: Epic is handing out a $10 Epic Coupon to everyone who signs up to receive emails from the company. The emails will contain news on new releases, free game drops, and discounts. If you subscribe between October 15 and November 15, you will get the coupon. It can then be used on your next eligible game purchase on the Epic Games Store.

For those who are already subscribed, you will be sent a $10 Epic Coupon within the next 24 hours. Once received, the coupon will be applied at checkout with your next eligible purchase. Be sure to check your account inventory to see if your coupon is ready to be used.

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Injustice: How Superman’s Failure Broke the DC Universe – DC FanDome 2021

Posted on October 16, 2021 by

The DC multiverse is full of parallel versions of Earth vibrating in cosmic harmony. In many of these universes, one key event happens differently, causing a chain reaction that results in a world very unlike the DC Universe we know and love. That’s certainly the case with the universe of Injustice: Gods Among Us. This world has become a hellish dystopia, and it’s all because of Superman’s failure. It turns out even the Man of Steel has some major blemishes on his record.

Now that Injustice has become an animated movie, let’s explore how the worst day of Superman’s life is the catalyst for one of the most fascinating alternate DC Universes of them all, with some input from the two stars of the film, Justin Hartley, who plays Superman, and Anson Mount, who plays Batman.

The Day Metropolis Died

The world of Injustice is more or less identical to the regular DCU until one fateful day Joker and Harley Quinn pay a visit to Metropolis. As Joker explains, he’s tired of losing to Batman, so he decides to make Superman’s life miserable for a change. Joker pulls his most terrible prank of all, tricking Superman into thinking he’s being attacked by Doomsday. Only after dragging his opponent into orbit does the Man of Steel realize he’s actually been fighting his wife Lois. When Lois and her unborn child die, that triggers a massive bomb that annihilates Metropolis. In one fell swoop, Superman loses it all.

Here’s where the real divergence occurs – not in the fact that Superman suffers a terrible loss, but in how he deals with that loss. In the regular DC Universe, no amount of pain could cause the Man of Steel to lose his faith in humanity. But here, Joker’s attack pushes Kal-El over the edge and causes him to do the one thing Batman never could – kill the Joker.

The (Final) Killing Joke

In its own way, Injustice is a sort of spiritual sequel to the iconic graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. In that story, Joker targets Commissioner Gordon in order to prove that anyone can be driven mad if given the right push.

Joker fails in The Killing Joke, though some fans still argue that the ambiguous final page shows Batman strangling his old nemesis to death. But if Joker failed to make his point in The Killing Joke, Injustice may be the story that ultimately proves him right. If he can drive someone as good and benevolent as Superman to murder his enemies in cold blood, what hope do us lowly humans have?

"That's the scary part about the Joker, and what makes Joker such a great nemesis, is that you can never really pin down the motivations of someone who's insane. Then, of course, you get in all the questions of, 'Well, is he really insane?'" Mount tells IGN. "I think that the Joker has a deep-seated ethical structure, that every now and then, we get a glimpse of. I think, obviously, Joker the movie was, was a very good instance of that. So it does make me question at times, and I think, in the better moments of the conflicts with Joker, whether or not we're dealing with a madman or we're dealing with just a really deft genius."

"I don't know if it proves him right," muses Hartley. "I think that it's something to talk about. I think that anyone can be pushed to a limit, which is I think what you saw in Injustice. It's an extreme version of it, but I think anyone can be pushed. Everybody has hot buttons and triggers. Everybody's sort of susceptible and vulnerable to that."

Injustice: DC’s Civil War?

It’s practically impossible not to make comparisons between Injustice and Marvel’s Civil War storyline. This is another case where Earth’s heroes are divided right down the middle by a philosophical debate. Here, Superman’s decision to kill Joker is the first step on a journey that leads him to become the tyrannical ruler of the entire planet.

Like many Justice League members, Superman believes the time for half-measures is over, and heroes should do everything in their power to enforce world peace by any means necessary. Batman and his team believe this is a line that can never be crossed. But when you’re just a billionaire playboy going up against the strongest man in the world, mounting a resistance is far easier said than done.

"Every character in the movie is coming at this conflict from the point of view that they are the protagonist, that they are the ones that are convinced that they have a moral and ethical stance that they're not going to back down from. And that's where you get war, besides other things, like human rights abuses, and rampant corruption," Mount says. "This is a civil conflict. It's a pure civil conflict, and I think that that's what makes Batman's stance so interesting, is that if you say, 'Batman versus Superman,' and [in] a lot of ways, I think that's probably the worst bet in Las Vegas history."

Mount continues, "Nobody wants to go up against Superman, but he has no choice. There is no compromise. That's what makes Batman such a great character, in general, is that he is a man that is laden, burdened with this ironclad moral compass that he must bear, living in a place that is almost entirely lawless. That's the crux, I think, of what makes Batman such a great hero and an interesting character to watch."

"Gosh, it's so relevant to today's society as well, isn't it?," says Hartley. "I mean, something that happens and then how you go about correcting the problem and when you step in and you have a certain side to, 'Well, this is how we're going to fix the problem. This is the way it should be. And I know what I'm talking about and everybody fall in line.' They both have good intentions, which is what you see in the political system today [and] since the beginning of time, actually."

Making Superman the Villain

Where Civil War avoids casting either Iron Man’s pro-registration faction or Captain America’s anti-registration faction as the heroes of the story, Injustice makes it clear Superman is the villain of this conflict. His road to Hell is paved with good intentions and the blood of men like Joker. But we can at least understand why he makes the choices he does. Even Batman, who’s often had to restrain himself from killing Joker in the past, understands the rage and helplessness fueling his fallen friend.

"I think he has to, in order to be a responsible team member and leader, and I don't think that it would be as good a story if Superman didn't have a point," Mount says. "But in terms of who's right, and who's wrong, I don't think I ever really wavered as a reader in my support for Batman's stance."

Despite voicing Superman, Hartley agrees that that Batman's side is ultimately the right one. But even so, Superman's viewpoint in this war is nothing if not understandable.

"I don't know which side," Hartley says. "It's funny. I think you'd have to fall on the side of Batman as far as the right way to go about … That's a tough situation. I don't know. They wrote a really good script. That's part of the beauty of it, is you can see both sides and then all these horrible things happen, but not to say that it's right, but you can wrap your brain around both sides of the issue. So I think it was just a well-written script and I'm lucky to be a part of it."

Injustice is a story about Superman transforming from the greatest hero of his age into a tyrant who rules the world with an iron fist. In the end, Batman exhausts every weapon and every countermeasure and has to resort to bringing the Justice League of the regular DC Universe in as backup.

Thanks to the help of our Superman, this twisted, unhinged Superman is finally brought to justice at the end of the first Injustice game. But even our Superman must surely wonder – is he just one bad day from making the same mistakes? Will his own failure doom an entire world?

For more on Injustice, check out IGN's review of the new movie and learn more about the history of the Injustice franchise. And if you're tuning into DC FanDome this weekend, DC will be holding a virtual panel and sneak peek for the animated movie during the event.

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