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65daysofstatic’s No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe Soundtrack Available Now

We’re just a few days away from beginning our adventure through Hello Games’ space epic, No Man’s Sky. If you’re eager to take off and explore the universe, you might want to tide yourself over with the sounds of space.

65daysofstatic’s No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe soundtrack is available now for purchase and streaming. You can grab the 16-track album digitally or on double CD. You can also purchase a vinyl double album featuring 10 tracks (comes with 16-track digital version).

A deluxe vinyl version with four LPs featuring all sixteen tracks will be out in September. You can purchase or stream from the following storefronts:

iTunes
Spotify
Apple Music 
Laced Records

No Man’s Sky will be out on August 9 for PlayStation 4 and PC.

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New Trailer Shows Off All The Different Properties In The Final Fantasy XV Universe

Fans will be able to sink a lot of hours into the Final Fantasy XV universe, as Square Enix is releasing a mobile game, a movie, and an animated show based around the property. A new trailer, released today, serves as a reminder that there will be more media than just the core game.

Aside from the main Final Fantasy XV RPG, fans will be able to play the upcoming Justice Monsters Five, a pseudo-pinball game. There is also Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, a parallel story to Final Fantasy XV, which will fill in what's happening in the kingdom of Lucis while game protagonist Noctis is on his road trip. That road trip will also be featured in the animated series, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV, which debuted in March and is a prequel to the events of the main game. Make sure to read our impressions of the series, thus far. 

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For more on Final Fantasy XV, make sure to check out our exclusive coverage from our May 2016 issue at the hub below.  

 

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Clueless Gamer: Overwatch Outtakes Discuss Conan As A ‘Matronly Wet Nurse’ In Game Of Thrones Universe

A couple of weeks ago, Conan O’Brian had Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey from Game of Thrones on his Clueless Gamer video segment to play a little Overwatch. This certainly led to some clueless gameplay, but mostly consisted of arranging a team of the “woman with the shiny butt” (i.e. Widowmaker) and admiring said posteriors.

Some outtakes of the shoot were recently released, wherein a thoroughly creative discussion revolved around the character type Conan would assume if he were to join the world of Westeros – that being a “matronly wet nurse.” Check out how they arrived to this conclusion below.

Past segments of Clueless gamer include Lil Wayne and Tony Hawk playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, and some Mario Kart 8 with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. We even interviewed Clueless Gamer’s co-host Aaron Bleyaert in an April Game Informer Show episode where he shared his top five video games of all time

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Titan Publishing Announces New Books and Comics Set in the Dishonored Universe

Players can return to the twisted city of Dunwall this November, when Dishonored 2 launches. For those eager to get a taste of the story beforehand, a number of books are on the way from Titan Publishing to set the stage.

A four-part limited comic series has been announced that will being in August 2016 and run through October, leading up to the launch of Dishonored 2. In November, the entire series will be collected together in one graphic novel.

The story will follow Corvo Attano twelve years after the events of the original game and serve to tie-in to the sequel, as Corvo looks for a new apprentice. Gordon Rennie will write each installment of the series for Titan Comics with art from Andrea Olimperi and Marcelo Maiolo.

If that’s not enough story for you, or if you are not a comic reader, a novel titled Dishonored: The Corroded Man is set to release in September, written by Adam Christopher. The book follows Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin after the events of the first game and bridges the time period to the second title.

The Corroded Man is the first in a planned trilogy, with later installments coming in 2017. Check out the cover art for the comic book series and be sure to visit the hub for our Dishonored 2 cover story by clicking on the banner below.

 

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Legends Of Tomorrow’s Brandon Routh Plays DC Universe Online

In conjunction with the Legends of Tomorrow season finale tonight, Brandon Routh sat down to play DC Universe Online alongside Daybreak Games' executive creative director Jens Andersen.

DC Universe Online recently hit Xbox One, so there is still some life left in Daybreak Games' super hero MMO. Brandon Routh has played both The Atom and Superman, so he seems pretty qualified to comment on the game's recent Legends of Tomorrow content.

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DC Universe Online Is Available Now On Xbox One

Earlier this year, developer Daybreak Game Company announced that DC Universe Online, its free-to-play MMO, would be coming to Xbox One. Now we know the exact release date: Today.

As you might guess from the game's title, it casts players as super-powered characters from the DC Comics universe and tosses them together.  Xbox One owners with Xbox Gold memberships can download and play DCUO for free. In addition, three free items exclusive to Xbox One are also available to download: a powered-up cape, powered-up emblem, and a vapor aura.

DC Universe Online is already available on PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.

 

Our Take
On one hand, this game has been around for a long time (it originally released in 2011) , so it might be tough to get too excited about the new platform. However, in that time, the developer (formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment) has been adding new powers and scenarios to expand the experience, so jumping in now means that you're essentially seeing the game in its best shape yet. 

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Hello Games Touches On The Lore Of No Man’s Sky’s Vast Universe

No Man's Sky doesn't have a story, but it does have lore, and the involvement of Watchmen artist, Dave Gibbons and author James Swallow who has written for Star Trek, Doctor Who, and many other science fiction properties.

In a new video from Sony and Hello Games, director Sean Murray details in vague terms how the game's lore will help build its universe. The video also speaks to Gibbons and Swallow who have been creating fiction for the game that will be included in comic book form with the game's special edition release. Both seem to have a genuine appreciation for the universe Hello Games has created.

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You can also find this video in the same series that focuses on No Man's Sky's art by heading here.

For more on No Man's Sky, check out all of our features from when the game was on our cover back in 2014.

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Hello Games Touches On The Lore Of No Man’s Sky’s Vast Universe

No Man's Sky doesn't have a story, but it does have lore, and the involvement of Watchmen artist, Dave Gibbons and author James Swallow who has written for Star Trek, Doctor Who, and many other science fiction properties.

In a new video from Sony and Hello Games, director Sean Murray details in vague terms how the game's lore will help build its universe. The video also speaks to Gibbons and Swallow who have been creating fiction for the game that will be included in comic book form with the game's special edition release. Both seem to have a genuine appreciation for the universe Hello Games has created.

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You can also find this video in the same series that focuses on No Man's Sky's art by heading here.

For more on No Man's Sky, check out all of our features from when the game was on our cover back in 2014.

[Source: PlayStation Blog Europe]

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Incredible Writer’s Room Gathers For New G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K., ROM Cinematic Universe

Word came through today that the previously announced crossover film universe that includes G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. and ROM is moving forward, and Hasbro and Paramount are pulling together an impressive stable of writers to kickstart the project and begin crafting its stories.

Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) is leading the charge as overseer of the writing room. Joining him is Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Chabon, who wrote the novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Nicole Perlman was involved in writing duties for the insanely popular Guardians of the Galaxy, and is also one of the writers on the planned Captain Marvel film. Brian K. Vaughan is also joining in the fun, known for his work on TV shows like Lost and Under the Dome, as well as comic series like Saga and Y: The Last Man. Joe Robert Cole is writing the screenplay for Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther film, and Cheo Coker is the showrunner for Marvel’s upcoming Luke Cage. Other talents include Lindsey Beer (Wizard of Oz, Kingkiller Chronicles), Jeff Pinkner (Lost, The Dark Tower), Nicole Riegel (Soldier Girls), and Geneva Robertson (Atlantis, Tomb Raider). 

Hasbro and Paramount are also bringing in a team of artists and designers to help visualize this new universe as the writing team gets to work. 

The previous partnership of Paramount and Hasbro on Transformers and G.I. Joe films have been huge moneymakers, but have rarely been noted for the quality of the related screenwriting and storytelling. Here’s hoping this strong team of writers can begin crafting a linked universe that is both popular and involves fun characters and stories. 

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