The Book Of Boba Fett Trailer Gives First Look At The Bounty Hunter’s New Criminal Empire

Star Wars spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett premieres on December 29 on Disney+, and a new trailer gives us our first look at Boba’s first solo outing. The story sees the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy (no offense, Mando) transition into becoming its most powerful crime lord. 

The series takes place after the events of Season 2 of The Mandalorian, with Boba sitting on the throne of Jabba the Hutt’s criminal empire. In his words, Jabba relied on fear to rule, but Boba intends to lead with respect. However, not all of Jabba’s former captains seem overly enthused by the change in management, putting Boba and his partner, Fennec Shard, in the crosshairs of some of the most dangerous crimelords and cutthroats in the galaxy. We feel bad for the criminals. 

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Temeura Morrison and Ming-Na Wen reprise their roles as Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, respectively. The Book of Boba Fett’s executive producers include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Colin Wilson, and Kathleen Kennedy. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who directed The Mandalorian’s acclaimed Season 2 episode, “The Tragedy,” directs several episodes and also has executive producer credits. 

What do you think of this first look at The Book of Boba Fett? Let us know in the comments!


Forza Horizon 5 Races Onto Xbox Game Pass This Month Alongside It Takes Two And More

Another month, another batch of games coming to Xbox Game Pass. 

This month’s offerings feature some heavy hitters, too, including Xbox’s own Forza Horizon 5, Oscars-hating Josef Fares’ It Takes Two, a classic Grand Theft Auto title, and more. Xbox Game Pass costs $9.99 on Xbox consoles, or you can purchase a monthly Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription for $14.99. Both give you access to Xbox Live Gold, and the latter gets you Xbox Game Pass on both Xbox consoles and PC. Titles are added each month, and this November, nine games will hit the service. 

What’s Coming To Xbox Game Pass

  • Minecraft: Java and Bedrock Editions (PC) – November 2
  • Unpacking (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 2
  • It Takes Two (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 4
  • Football Manager 2022 (PC) – November 9
  • Football Manager 2022: Xbox Edition (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 9
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 9
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition (Console) – November 11
  • One Step from Eden (Console and PC) – November 11

What’s Leaving Xbox Game Pass

The following titles will leave the subscription service on November 15:

  • Final Fantasy VIII HD (Console and PC)
  • Planet Coaster (Cloud and Console)
  • Star Renegades (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Streets of Rogue (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • The Gardens Between (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • River City Girls (Cloud, Console, and PC)

While waiting for these new titles to hit the service, check out the games added last month, and then be sure to read our recent preview of Forza Horizon 5, which comes out next week. Check out our review of It Takes Two after that.   

Are you excited about this month’s Xbox Game Pass offerings? Let us know in the comments below!


Sega And Microsoft Forge ‘Strategic Alliance’ To Create ‘Large-Scale, Global Games’

Sega has backed the development of some of gaming’s most beloved franchises – Sonic the Hedgehog, Yakuza, Streets of Rage, and Bayonetta, to name a few. It seems as if a “tactical alliance” with Microsoft is in the works to create next-generation experiences using the Azure cloud platform. The partnership hasn’t been solidified yet, but a Sega-Microsoft joint effort could lead to the creation of “large-scale, global games.”

An article on the official Sega website provides more context for the entertainment company’s Microsoft-supported plans. Sega’s chief goal is to develop “Super Game(s),” with the specific focus being on keywords like “Global,” “Online,” “Community,” and “IP utilization.” We might be in for a new era of Sega-published/developed multiplayer games based on the recurring theme. Perhaps, even MMOs. But that’s all speculation. 

Sega Corporation president and COO, Yukio Sugino, chimed in on his excitement for the partnership and the recent announcement as a whole: 

“We are very pleased to announce today that we are considering a strategic alliance with Microsoft to help develop SEGA’s new ‘Super Game’ initiative as well as build a next-generation game development environment. By considering a strategic partnership with Microsoft, we seek to further advance our game development so that our titles can be enjoyed by fans all over the world; in this regard, we aim to build an alliance that utilizes both SEGA’s powerful game development capabilities and Microsoft’s cutting-edge technology and development environment.”

In a similar vein, Sarah Bond, the CVP of Microsoft, voiced the conglomerate’s respect for Sega’s historical pedigree and emphasized the utilization of cloud-based capabilities: 

“SEGA has played such an iconic role in the gaming industry and has been a tremendous partner over the years. We look forward to working together as they explore new ways to create unique gaming experiences for the future using Microsoft cloud technologies. Together we will reimagine how games get built, hosted, and operated, with a goal of adding more value to players and SEGA alike.”

Exact details on what these two companies have in store remain to be seen. 

In other Sega news, the final chapter in the Bayonetta franchise was revealed, and it looks bigger and better than ever, with intense Kaiju battles. Bayonetta 3 launches sometime in 2022 on Nintendo Switch

What do you think these Super Games will look like? Let us know in the comments below!


Ubisoft Reveals Plans To Develop Blockchain Games And NFTs

Ubisoft has announced that it plans to develop blockchain games and non-fungible tokens. 

The company will integrate blockchain technology into future games, as reported by the International Business Times. It will also employ play-to-earn techniques that allow players to earn content from playing Ubisoft’s games. 

“As you see, this industry is changing regularly with lots of new revolutions happening,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said during a recent earnings call. “We consider blockchain one of those revolutions. It will imply more play-to-earn that will enable more players to actually earn content, own content, and we think it’s going to grow the industry quite a lot. So we have been working with lots of small companies going on the blockchain, and we’re starting to have a good know-how on how we can impact the industry. We want to be one of the key players there.” 

Ubisoft has been looking into blockchain for years, according to IBT. More specifically, its Strategic Innovation Lab has been investigating its use of since 2018.

The Verge reports that blockchains and NFTs are partly responsible for ongoing planet damage due to the millions of carbon dioxide emissions generated from mining and the use of cryptocurrencies

As a result, some major players have criticized their emerging use in various industries, including Steam, which will not allow developers to publish “applications built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs.” Others, however, such as Epic Games and its digital storefront, are fine working with developers using blockchain technologies, despite Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney stating that the company wouldn’t be “touching NFTs as the whole field is currently tangled up with an interactable mix of scams, interesting decentralized tech foundations, and scams” just one month prior.

It seems Ubisoft will follow in the footsteps of Epic Games, rather than Steam. Only time will tell how that goes for the company. 

For more about Ubisoft, read about how Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is already its second biggest game of all time and then check out this story about Valhalla’s new and free Discovery Tour Mode. Read Game Informer’s Far Cry 6 review after that. 


Update: Roblox Is Back Online After ‘Subtle Bug’ Took It Offline For Three Days

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Update, 11/01/21: Roblox is finally online again after it went down for roughly three days this past weekend. 

The company announced the news in a blog post released yesterday, and in it, it cites a ‘subtle bug’ as the cause for the outage. It didn’t reveal too much about how this bug caused three days of downtime, but a post-mortem will be released once the company’s internal analysis is complete. 

“This was an especially difficult outage in that it involved a combination of several factors,” the blog post reads. “A core system in our infrastructure became overwhelmed, prompted by a subtle bug in our backend service communications while under heavy load. This was not due to any peak in external traffic or any particular experience. Rather the failure was caused by the growth in the number of servers in our datacenter. The result was that most services at Roblox were unable to effectively communicate and deploy.” 

Roblox says the difficulty in diagnosing the bug is why recovery took longer “than any of us would have liked.” Upon identifying the root cause of the bug, it was able to “resolve the issue through performance tuning, re-configuration, and scaling back of some load.” 

The game is now online again. 

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Update: Roblox is still unplayable, and we still don’t know when it will come back, but we now know free burritos have nothing to do with the game being offline. As jokes about burritos killing Roblox ran rampant on social media, Roblox Corporation took to Twitter to update its community, which consists of over 43.2 million daily active users.

Still making progress on today’s outage,” the tweet reads. “We’ll continue to keep you updated. Once again, we apologize for the delay. We know that this outage was not related to any specific experiences or partnerships on the platform.”

This messaging rules out the Chipotle promotion, and yet leaves the entire Roblox fan base in the dark as to what is going on with their beloved game. Roblox’s website is also down, offering nothing more than a static image that reads, “We’re making things more awesome. Be back soon.”

Given just how long this outage is, we’re hoping Roblox Corporation comes forward soon with information about the what is happening to the game. Players are heavily invested in this game – either with worlds they created or money they’ve sunk into it just to play. Here’s hoping it comes back soon. We rarely see games go offline for this long.

Original Story: Who doesn’t want a free burrito from Chipotle? This tasty opportunity is currently being offered in Roblox through a limited Halloween-themed experience called the Chipotle Boorito Maze. On each day from October 8-31, the first 30,000 people who make it through the maze to the Chipotle restaurant will win a free (and real) burrito.

We don’t know why Roblox is currently down, but the timing of it going offline for most players lines up with this promotion, leading us to believe a wave of players may be overloading the servers or there may be some problem with this new offering.

After going offline last night, Roblox is now working on recovery efforts, stating that some users are starting to have limited access to the game again. We’re hoping it comes back online soon so we can all see this wild promotion with our own eyes. It reminds us of Burger King’s silly Sneak King game that was sold by the chain. Roblox players can apparently dress up in a Chipotle-themed costume and are asked to track down ingredients in the maze, all while dodging monsters, too.

Have you earned your free boo-rito yet? Let us know in the comments below!