Metro Dev Going Multiplayer And Also Making A New IP After Sale To Deep Silver Owner

Embracer Group, the parent company of THQ Nordic and Deep Silver, is still on a hiring spree. The company announced a whopping eight studio acquisitions today, including 4A Games, the developers of the well-received Metro series. These latest acquisitions come after Embracer purchased Koch Media, Saber Interactive, and THQ Nordic (along with all of their own subsidiaries). In total, Embracer owns 33 game studios and has more than 4,000 employees.

The 150-plus person team at 4A Games in Malta and Ukraine will now work for Embracer Group. Additionally, the deal includes some of 4A’s technology, along with the Metro IP.

Embracer is paying $36 million USD in cash for 100 percent of shares in 4A Games, along with extra pay-outs based on milestones that could pay 4A a further $35 million. The purchase was completed by Embracer’s subsidiary, Saber Interactive.

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Better Call Saul Producer Hints At How The Show Might End

Better Call Saul is gearing up for a sixth and final season, wrapping up the now 11 season (and a movie) run that began with Breaking Bad. The show has a lot of questions left to wrap up about its characters that don’t appear in Breaking Bad, including Lalo, Nacho, and Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler (whose Emmy snub is a disgrace, by the way). But one big question relates to the flash forwards we’ve seen at the start of each season–what happens to Jimmy?

Peter Gould, the show’s executive producer, has talked to Entertainment Weekly about the final season, and what will happen with Jimmy McGill (hiding out in his new identity as Cinnabon manager Gene Takovic). The Season 5 opener suggested that Jimmy might be in some trouble, but Gould wants viewers to ask themselves a larger question throughout the final season.

“Anybody who watches the show carefully and is thinking about where this is all going, one of the questions you have to ask yourself is: ‘What does this man deserve?,'” Gould told Entertainment Weekly. “What would be a deserving end to this? Does Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman/Gene Takovic deserve death? Does he deserve love? What would be the most fitting end for this guy–for the show?”

Gould wants viewers to consider whether there’s any room for Jimmy’s redemption. Throughout Better Call Saul, the character slides further into his dark side, but never goes as far as Walter did in Breaking Bad–in a memorable Season 3 plotline, Jimmy briefly ruins the life of an elderly client, Irene, for one of his schemes, before finding a way to help her that dramatically blows up his potential career in elder law.

Gould also touches on Kim, and the fact that why she isn’t in Breaking Bad is the show’s “other big question.” Gould answers cryptically, saying that fans should “keep (their) eye on the bottle stopper”–a reference to a momento Kim has held onto from a scam she and Jimmy ran on an investment banker back in Season 2, which directly led to the two characters becoming a couple.

These are not the most direct answers–but then, we don’t want the show spoiled for us.

Better Call Saul is due to air its final season in 2021, as long as it’s able to film amid COVID-19 restrictions. Bryan Cranston, star of Breaking Bad, recently revealed that he was diagnosed with and recovered from COVID-19.

The Witcher Season 2 Resumes Production, Seemingly Ahead Of Schedule

It appears work has begun again on The Witcher Season 2 for Netflix, and it seems to be ahead of schedule. It was previously reported that production would resume on August 17, but photos have emerged from the set that suggest things have already gotten underway.

Director Stephen Surjik said on Twitter that August 5 was his first day back on set. He shared a photo of himself with showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, and the pair are watching scenes on a monitor, separated by a shield barrier. This is presumably one of the new health and safety measures.

Hissrich, meanwhile, shared a photo of herself with a mask and a shield covering her face, which again seems to be part of the new protocols on the set of The Witcher.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone And Modern Warfare Offer All These Free Items To Twitch Viewers

Activision has rolled out a new campaign for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the battle royale game Warzone where you can get free stuff for simply watching Twitch streams.

Now through August 19, everyone who watches a streamer participating in the event can get bonuses like double weapon XP, special stickers, and calling cards. The most prized item seems to be the “Blast Check” weapon charm, which requires you to watch four hours’ worth of Modern Warfare/Warzone to unlock. Check out the graphic below to learn more.

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How To Access The Free Items

To be eligible to unlock the content, you must have a Call of Duty account–get one here. Next, you need to link your account to your Twitch account, which you can do here.

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Fall Guys Is Crushing It On Steam, Becomes Third Most Popular Game On The Platform

The whimsical and colorful battle royale game Fall Guys appears to be gaming’s next breakout hit, and it’s doing exceptionally well on Steam with more than 2 million copies sold so far.

People are sticking with the game, too. Steam’s publicly available user data shows that Fall Guys had a breathtaking 136,645 peak concurrent players on August 12, making it among the most popular games on the entire platform. For comparison, only Valve’s own free-to-play titles Dota 2 (600,930 peak) and CS: GO (884,995 peak) had higher concurrent player counts for the day.

With a peak of 136,645 players, Fall Guys paced ahead of other popular games such as Destiny 2 (107,756), Rainbow Six Siege (100,041), Team Fortress 2 (65,140), and others on August 2. Its peak concurrent player number for the day was very close to reaching GTA V’s 145,528, which is a very impressive feat.

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Mulan On Disney Plus — Here’s How It Works And What You Get For $30

Disney recently announced that its next big movie, Mulan, will bypass movie theatres and premiere on Disney Plus for $30 USD. Some questions remained, however, and now Disney has provided some clarification regarding Mulan’s digital release and its future on the platform.

A new landing page on Disney Plus spotted by Collider mentions that your $30 gets you “Premier Access” to Mulan. The movie will eventually be released for all Disney Plus subscribers, but people who pay for Premier Access will get to watch it first. Those who pay for it can watch Mulan as many times as they want and on any platform that supports Disney Plus. Unlike other rentals, there is no time limit at all, except you will lose access if you cancel your Disney Plus subscription.

The Premier Access version of Mulan will come with options for HDR, UHD, and Dolby Audio. The movie can also be downloaded for those who want to watch in an offline setting.

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