Valorant Agent Astra Comes To Game Alongside Battle Pass On March 2

Riot Games has revealed a new agent for Valorant, Astra, who will be able to cause chaos with astronomy-themed attacks and a powerful Gravity Well ability. The agent, originally from Ghana, acts as a controller in matches and should help to keep the other team from making coordinated strikes. She’ll be live in the game on March 2.

One of the most unique aspects of Astra is her ability to soar above the map in order to get a better perspective, though you’ll be leaving her actual, physical body at risk of being attacked while you do so. Using her Astral Form, she’s able to place down stars that can then be turned into a Nebula, powerful Nova Pulse, or a Gravity Well that traps and damages those caught inside.

A new battle pass is also on the way, giving you more cosmetic unlockables for Valorant’s characters. It costs 1,000 VP, with the paid track giving you a Prism III Axe melee, Cavalier Vandal, Cavalier Operator, Make Some Noise spray, and Versus // Sova + Cypher card. A few freebies are available, too, including a Prism III Classic pistol and a Dumpster Fire spray.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Is Getting A Board Game

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been ported to just about everything at this point, including Nintendo Switch and even Amazon Alexa. But Modiphius Entertainment sees one more platform it can be on: cardboard. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Board Game is in the works, and it appears the company will be seeking crowdfunding to make it possible.

In a listing on the crowdfunding site Gamefound, Modiphius described The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Board Game as an “epic cooperative board game” that will be playable by one to four players. It’s honestly baffling that it took this long for a Skyrim board game to be made at all. Presumably, the game will involve one of the quests we saw in the video game, as well as dragons. We could do without any “arrow in the knee” jokes.

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E3 2021 In-Person Event Canceled, Tourism Board Says

It’s news that isn’t particularly shocking, but it was all but inevitable. E3 2021 has been canceled as an in-person event, with the Board of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development Commissioners planning some sort of digital replacement to be broadcast from the city.

The news, shared by VGC and available as part of an 84-page presentation on the city’s official website, lists E3 2021 as a “canceled live event in 2021,” with potential broadcast options at LA Live and/or the Los Angeles Convention Center. The same update says the city is still working on the license for the next two years’ conferences.

We did already know that the ESA was considering doing a very different sort of E3 for 2021, per a statement it gave to GameSpot earlier this month. The organization said it was “transforming the E3 experience for 2021” and added that it would share details on publishers’ involvement in the event soon.

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The 3DS Games That Actually Utilized 3D Well

The 3DS was mostly sunset shortly after the Nintendo Switch began gaining traction. In numerous ways, the Switch is a far superior piece of gaming hardware, with a capacitive screen instead of a resistive one, along with more obvious improvements like the higher processing power and visual resolution. But the 3DS’ namesake–its glasses-free 3D technology–hasn’t been utilized by other traditional systems, and it remains one of the most underappreciated and underused features in gaming history.

Consumers didn’t universally accept the feature, and many actually turned down the slider on the 3DS. Nintendo eventually even released its 2DS lineup that omitted the feature entirely, but many games were better with it enabled. In fact, a few of them used it so well that it makes 3D sorely missed on the Switch. These games didn’t rely on 3D as a gimmick but instead included it to add a greater sense of space and texture to the world. In the best cases, the 3D even made the game more fun to play, and it’s no surprise that Nintendo developed most of those examples in-house earlier on in the handheld’s lifespan.

It’s a shame that Nintendo stopped emphasizing 3DS’ stereoscopic 3D functionality because it was notably unique and awe-inspiring, following closely in step with the company’s always forward-thinking philosophy to expand the way we think about and play games. With that said, we’ve compiled the games that made the best use of 3D to commemorate the 3DS’ 10th anniversary. Below we discuss why they’re still worth picking up or digging out of storage if you’ve retired the system in favor of the latest offerings.

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Zack Snyder Confirms Justice League Length, Snyder Cut Edit Is Locked

Zack Snyder confirmed during IGN Fan Fest 2021 that the Snyder Cut edit of Justice League is locked, and HBO Max confirmed the film will be 4 hours and 2 minutes.

This was only one of the 27 things we learned from Zack Snyder in our in-depth conversation about his version of the Justice League, which is set to be released in theaters and on HBO Max on March 18, 2021.

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Snyder also released a brand new Mother Box origins clip that is packed with Easter Eggs for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash.

He also revealed how the Snyder Cut will have a “massive cliffhanger” ending, what his thoughts are on Joker’s redesign, and how this new version will flesh out Ben Affleck’s Batman’s full character arc.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League will include two-and-a-half hours of never-before-seen footage, with “four or five minutes of additional photography,” original footage from the theatrical release, and elements the ended up on the cutting room floor.

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For more on IGN Fan Fest 2021, check out the exclusive premiere of The Flash season 7 premiere episode, the first Shadow and Bone trailer, and director Adam Wingard’s comments on how Godzilla vs. Kong will have a definitive champion.

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Justice League Investigator, WarnerMedia Dispute Ray Fisher’s Allegations Against Walter Hamada

WarnerMedia and Justice League investigator Katherine Forrest have disputed Ray Fisher’s recent allegations against DC Films President Walter Hamada.

Ray Fisher Tweeted these allegations against Hamada, saying he tried to “destroy a Black man’s credibility” and tried to interfere with the investigation.

“Do ya’ll remember that time Walter Hamada and @wbpictures tried to destroy a Black man’s credibility, and publicly delegitimize a very serious investigation, with lies in the press? But hey, Black Superman… A>E,” Fisher wrote.

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WarnerMedia responded by saying that, following an “extensive and thorough third-party investigation,” there was no interference found whatsoever.

“Once again there are false statements being made about our executives and our company surrounding the recent Justice League investigation,” WarnerMedia said. “As we have stated before, an extensive and thorough third-party investigation was conducted. Our executives, including Walter Hamada, fully cooperated, no evidence was found of any interference whatsoever, and Warner Bros. did not lie in the press. It’s time to stop saying otherwise and move forward productively.”

Forrest, the investigator and former Federal Judge, also spoke up and said there was no interference of any kind by Hamada.

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“I am disappointed by continued public statements made suggesting that Walter Hamada in any way interfered with the Justice League investigation. He did not,” Forrest said. “I interviewed him extensively on more than one occasion and specifically interviewed him concerning his very limited interaction with Mr. Fisher.  I found Mr. Hamada credible and forthcoming.  I concluded that he did nothing that impeded or interfered with the investigation. To the contrary, the information that he provided was useful and advanced the investigation.”

This is another development in the ongoing story following Fisher’s allegations that there was a toxic, hostile working environment under Joss Whedon, the director of the reshoots of 2017’s Justice League.

Fisher also called out Hamada, saying he is “the most dangerous kind of enabler,” and that he would not be participating in any future production that is associated with him.

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Snyder Cut Of Justice League Is Getting Multiple Versions

Fans of Justice League are in for a treat as Zack Snyder’s cut of the movie will be getting multiple releases. During IGN’s Fan Fest, the director revealed a black and white edition will be coming to HBO Max, along with multiple versions for IMAX theaters.

Coming to the streaming service on March 18 will be the color version of the movie, but shortly after, you’ll be able to watch the movie in black and white. “There is Zack Snyder’s Justice League “Justice is Gray” edition, which is the black and white version, which I’m a huge advocate of and huge admirer of,” the director explained. “For me, it’s my favorite version of the movie. I understand that people want to see it in color, and that’s great, and I really want them to enjoy it in color. But for me, the ultimate version is the black and white IMAX version of the movie, which is sort of the penultimate ridiculous movie that shouldn’t exist at its highest most fetishistic level, and I really, really love that.

“And of course, the black and white version of Justice League will be released on HBO Max, at some point after release, I believe, and you’ll be able to see that somehow on, I don’t know how you’re gonna get to it but that’s the plan.”

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