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Devil May Cry 5’s Ultra Limited Edition Will Get You Dante’s Coat, But It Will Cost You

It seems like companies are constantly trying to one-up themselves when it comes to the limited collector’s editions of various top-brand games. If it isn’t a special DLC item included in the game, there’s a statue, and if it’s not a statue there are rare items like Dante’s coat. Of course, that last one is a specific reference to an upcoming promotion for Devil May Cry 5.

Eurogamer is reporting that the limited edition will come with an $8,000 coat. It’s a long red leather coat that drapes down to the wearer’s shins. It’s a full-sleeve coat with a few straps and aesthetic paddings designed in the same way that Dante wears the coat in the game.

The limited edition with the $8,000 coat is just one of three special limited editions that Capcom has available for Devil May Cry 5. Another one features the coat worn by another character named ‘V’. It’s a sleeveless jacket that’s also full length with various stitch designs on the back and sides. The ‘V’ coat will run you £4000, which is about $5,100.

The last coat in the list is the one that Nero wears in Devil May Cry 5, featuring half a missing sleeve on the lower right arm from the elbow down. This is due to Nero in the game having a missing arm, which is replaced by a robotic limb that he uses during combat. Nero’s coat will run you a not-so-breezy £5,000, which translates into $6,500.

Basically, if you’re a collector who really wants to get their hands on the rare clothing items from the upcoming game, you’ll have to spend an arm and a leg to do so.

As pointed out by Eurogamer, this isn’t the first time that Capcom has included some high-priced items in its packages when it comes to limited collector’s editions. Resident Evil 6 had a special package where you could purchase a copy of the game that came with Leon Kennedy‘s iconic jacket that would cost you $1,000.

There aren’t too many other publishers who opt to include that kind of gear into their games. The most that gamers can usually expect from a limited collector’s edition is like a statue in the Tomb Raider reboot games, or a radio controlled car in the Call of Duty limited edition packages.

The one question most people will have is: who is going to pay up to $8,000 for a video game and a jacket?

For now these super limited edition units are only available in Japan, so if you wanted to get your hands on one you would have to import it from overseas. Obviously this means that you would have to pay even more money to have the novelty items shipped from Japan to your location, so you can tack on some international shipping fees to the $8,000 you would have to pay for the main jacket and the game.

Alternatively, you can just wait for the game to launch normally on March 8th, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC, and pay the $60 up front without worrying about all the other special hijinks attached to the limited editions.

Important Lessons Hollywood Can Learn From 2018’s Halloween

While Halloween has always been one of the biggest brands in horror, no previous release in the franchise has been as immediately successful as David Gordon Green’s new movie. In just three days the sequel managed to make more money than any other previous chapter did in their respective theatrical runs, and the goal was accomplished in part because the film has been riding high on a wave of positive buzz for nearly a month.

There is no questioning the massive accomplishments of the new Halloween — and that success deserves analysis and recognition. This is largely because there are particular moves that the film made in its development to which other studios should definitely pay close attention. They break down into five lessons in total, so let’s dive in:

Remakes Are Dumb

Is that a broad generalization? Of course. History is filled with filmmakers taking clever new ideas and crafting fantastic re-dos. At the same time, however, when you consider what the new Halloween has brought to the table, the benefits of the long-awaited-sequel over the straight remake are entirely clear. Not only do the numbers agree, with David Gordon Green’s movie projected to earn more than double the box office of director Rob Zombie’s two reboot entries (combined) a decade ago, but there’s also no debating the creative opportunities presented by one tactic over the other.

Not being a remake, the new Halloween doesn’t specifically speak to the weakness of remakes — but what it does show is just the immense possibility that comes part and parcel with a sequel approach. In this particular case it look a bit of extra tinkering with the franchise timeline (more on that in a second), but the willingness to tell a 40-years-later story is the real key to the film’s success. Rather than just running over treaded territory to create a facsimile, the movie instead has the chance to perfectly reflect on what came before and utilize it imaginatively and engagingly.

There’s no point in hitting the reset button when there is strong material to build on, and we are getting to a point in Hollywood where decision-makers are starting to figure that out.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Developer Responds To Complaints About Network Performance

While most of the buzz surrounding Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been resoundingly positive, fans have found the status of its servers to be disappointing. Apparently, that’s going to change soon. According to a recent update, Treyarch plans to beef up its servers in the coming weeks, which should make for a more solid and consistent experience no matter which of the game’s online modes you’re playing.

The above was pulled from a recent post on the Black Ops 4 reddit page, which was an official message from the Treyarch team.

To be clear, the servers for Black Ops 4 have been pretty steady so far. Sure, there’s a connection drop every now and then, but that’s to be expected from a new online game. If you take a look at a bunch of reviews, quite a few folks have even commended the game for being mostly smooth from the word “go.”

However, despite the steady connection, fans are not pleased with the fact that the servers were downgraded from the game’s betas. The trial periods for Black Ops 4 saw servers clocking in at 60 hz. Over the first week of live play, however, that’s been dropped to just 20 hz. That means that the server is getting pinged just 20 times per second instead of 60, which can result in things like wonky hit boxes and your position not quite matching up with where you’re actually standing in the live game world.

If you need to see an example of this, check out the kill cam next time you’re trying to figure out how you got spotted/shot by a player who seems to have precognition. I’ve been in situations where I’m standing behind cover, getting ready to pop out, and suddenly I’m shot down by the opponent. Based on the kill cam, though, their view of me actually had my character standing ever-so-slightly out in the open, giving them a clear shot when I thought I was standing behind cover. Boosting the server back up to 60 hz should fix those types of problems and, according to Treyarch, that appears to be the plan moving forward.

As noted in the update, the reason Treyarch decided to downgrade the servers is because 20 hz is more steady than 60 hz, even if precision gameplay has to take a hit. Obviously, Black Ops 4 is a twitch shooter and precision is extremely important, so the developer plans to start improving their offerings steadily, making sure that stability is not forfeited in the process. That’s the same reason they’ve been toying around with the player count in Blackout mode and will continue to do so, looking for the perfect number that guarantees the appropriate pace of play while simultaneously staying as smooth as possible.

The Terminator Almost Got A Happy Ending

Fortunately, things worked out in the end for The Terminator, and seven years later, Terminator 2: Judgement Day told the next chapter of this science fiction saga. Fast-forward to now, Terminator 6 is currently shooting, but instead of following the events of Genisys, it will be a direct sequel to the first two Terminator movies. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are reprising the T-800 and Sarah Connor, respectively, and the new cast members include Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta.

Why Arrow Needs To Keep Oliver In Prison

Spoilers lie ahead for Episode 2 of Arrow Season 7, called “The Longbow Hunters.”

Arrow turned itself upside down at the end of its sixth season when Oliver Queen pulled an Iron Man and outed himself as the Green Arrow. Unlike Tony Stark in the MCU, however, Oliver was not lauded as a hero. He was locked up in Slabside Maximum Security prison after making a deal with FBI Agent Samanda Watson, and now that the first couple episodes of Season 7 have aired, he definitely needs to stay there.

Well, he needs to stay there for now. Obviously the show called Arrow starring Stephen Amell isn’t going to keep Oliver Queen behind bars for however much longer the series runs, and the odds are pretty good that he’ll be out for the big Arrow-verse crossover in December, although the whole “Elseworlds” factor (along with Oliver going Scarlet Speedster rather than Emerald Archer) means that we can’t take that for granted.

Still, Arrow would be best off to leave Oliver in the clink for at least a while. Although the show still has a core of loyal fans, it runs the risk of repeating itself too many times if it doesn’t make some bold moves. Season 6 made one such bold move by outing Oliver in a move that can’t be undone by any normal Arrow means.

Sure, The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow could reset the timeline to keep Oliver’s identity a secret, but that would be too much time travel on what is supposed to be the grounded Arrow-verse series for my taste. Oliver Queen was the Green Arrow of Star City, and everybody knows it. Why not embrace the consequences of that for the first half of Season 7 and explore what the show is like with the hero stuck among criminals? After six full seasons, Arrow should be treading new ground.

With Oliver in prison, the characters are forced into new dynamics. Admittedly, new dynamics can be less than fun if you’re tuning for love of relationships, such as those between the members of Original Team Arrow. They do allow the characters to show off more range and perhaps even grow. While the good guys on the outside can still hang out when they choose, Oliver’s only familiar faces are the villains he put away, and he can’t rely on his friends to cover his back. Oliver needs to adapt.

That need to adapt allowed Oliver to play the tech operative in “The Longbow Hunters.” He wasn’t exactly taking down impossible firewalls or hacking elite government agencies a la Felicity, but he could do enough to get into the prison system and gain info on a guard Brick wanted gone. Although he was desperate for a way to get rid of the guard and gain Diaz details from Brick, he wasn’t willing to kill an innocent man whose record proved he was a solid — if unpleasant — man.

Of course, Oliver ultimately solved the problem in a way that didn’t utilize the information he pulled from the computer, but he gets points for trying. Also, his decision to frame the guard by stabbing himself with a spoon shank was a quintessentially Oliver move that probably had me laughing more than it should have. When the smart and nuanced options fail, there’s always stabbing.

Oliver behind bars without his loved ones also requires the establishment of new relationships. I had my concerns about the incorporation of new characters after how quickly the newbies were incorporated and elevated in Team Arrow, but Stanley as Oliver’s prison pal is a fun addition, and Arrow didn’t go too hard too fast with him. The villains in the clink with Oliver are familiar enough that Oliver’s healthy fear of what they can do feels earned.

At this point, I’m not convinced that Stanley isn’t going to turn out to be a villain himself. His effort to ingratiate himself with Oliver is obviously self-preservation, as Oliver is clearly more than capable of holding his own against the bullies behind bars. Stanley is quite diminutive compared to Oliver and many other prisoners, so Oliver as an ally is valuable.

It’s worth noting that Stanley is pretty quick to jump to some concerning conclusions, such as blackmailing the prison guard because he has a wife and child. His combination of flattery and fear in his interactions with Oliver obviously appealed to the hero still living inside of him. I won’t be surprised if we get a big twist of Stanley the serial killer. We only have his word that he was wrongfully convicted.

Until that happens (or doesn’t), Oliver can apparently count on Stanley as his sidekick. His new circumstances require him to get resourceful to accomplish any of his goals. The Season 7 premiere saw him using a book as a blunt object to deliver a beating, and “The Longbow Hunters” featured a neat trick when Oliver used what few things he had handy to knock the lights out when he was waiting in line for a shower. The resulting confusion allowed him and Stanley to infiltrate the office and computer.

Oliver behind bars could give us a little bit of the early Season 1 Oliver that hooked a whole bunch of fans, and I don’t just mean because the first couple episodes of Season 7 have delivered at least as much shirtlessness as the first couple episodes of Season 1. In prison, he has to be resourceful without a bodyguard or a computer genius watching out for him.

A character with six years of development in circumstances requiring some of his first season methods could provide an Oliver we haven’t gotten before. Besides, it’s not like he’s going to be in prison forever. Arrow should make the most out of its new prison era and keep Oliver locked up for a while. If nothing else, it could increase fans’ hunger for a return to something resembling the status quo.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens. For now, the remnants of Team Arrow will need to work without him. Diggle is busy with ARGUS and “The Longbow Hunters” sent Felicity to work with the FBI in a twist with a great deal of potential. Laurel is somehow operating as the D.A., with Dinah lurking in the background. Throw in the Longbow Hunters and Diaz, and there will be plenty going on outside of prison.

New episodes of Arrow air on Mondays at 8 p.m. For some viewing options for the other nights of the week, take a look at our fall TV premiere schedule.

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Arrow Spoilers: Why That Felicity Twist Is The Change Season 7 Needs

Warning: spoilers ahead for the second episode of Arrow Season 7, called “The Longbow Hunters.”

Arrow is back for its seventh season, and the crime-fighting is definitely not business as usual for the good guys of Star City this time around. With Oliver incarcerated after making a deal with the FBI to out himself as the Green Arrow, the rest of the former Team Arrow has to find a way to move on. In “The Longbow Hunters,” Arrow delivered a Felicity twist that is both shocking and entirely logical: she’s going to work with the FBI, and it could be exactly what Season 7 needs.

Here’s how it started. Felicity made good on her vow to Oliver in the Season 7 premiere that she was done hiding from Ricardo Diaz. She returned to Star City with the intent to find him and stop him, no matter what. Still in danger, Felicity was hiding out at ARGUS and attempting to use ARGUS resources for her goal. Curtis didn’t want to risk his job by letting Felicity get into her usual cyber shenanigans, and Diggle wanted to keep the focus on larger ARGUS matters.

Normally, it might have been difficult to relate to Diggle wanting to prioritize ARGUS over tracking down the man who had ruined the lives and nearly killed some of his favorite people, but he had a point in this case. The Longbow Hunters debuted by stealing a battery with the capacity to generate a whole lot of power, and as one might expect of ARGUS tech, it can also be used as a weapon powerful enough to level a city. Oh, ARGUS.

Felicity’s focus on catching the Longbow Hunters over recovering the battery botched an ARGUS mission, and her assistance during a train heist when an ARGUS team was attempting to stop the Longbow Hunters almost resulted in disaster when Diaz turned up on the train. Diggle got hold of the battery, but Diaz was right behind him, and Diggle told Felicity to uncouple his train car from the one carrying Diaz. Felicity wouldn’t do it because it would have meant Diaz escaping, and Curtis stepped in and did it himself.

Luckily, Diggle and Felicity are two members of the former Team Arrow who can resolve conflicts like adults, so neither blamed the other for their disagreements during the episode. Diggle had a difficult discussion with her, and it was ultimately revealed that he didn’t take on the mantle of the Green Arrow as Oliver requested because he couldn’t bear to let his family be torn apart the way Oliver and Felicity’s was.

After the train, Diggle checked up on her, and Felicity acknowledged that the world is a safer place since the weapon was recovered, even though it meant losing Diaz. Instead of compromising her priority, however, Felicity simply said that she needed to focus on catching Diaz, and Diggle was not the one to help her do that. She took her leave of ARGUS, telling Curtis she needed to find somebody to help her. As it turns out, that somebody happens to be FBI Agent Samanda Watson.

In the final scene of the episode, Felicity sat in Watson’s office and rehashed the deal that sent Oliver to prison in exchange for the FBI capturing Diaz. As Felicity pointed out, Oliver is in the clink but Diaz is not yet captured. So, she told Watson that they’re going to take down Diaz… together. Felicity will work within the law!

By teaming Felicity up with the FBI, Arrow is finally delivering an arc for Felicity in which she can be proactive and actually lead the charge. While the FBI will presumably have the power in the hunt for Diaz, and her mission is in honor of her husband, Felicity’s mission to take down Diaz is her own, and she’s taking steps to make it happen as quickly and effectively as possible. The normal allies can’t cut it? Time to move on to the people who can!

As Overwatch (and before she received that name), she was an essential part of supporting Team Arrow, but she won’t just be support in the hunt for Diaz, and it won’t have to take a backseat to somebody else’s arc. While her arc almost certainly won’t be the A plot for every single episode of Season 7, it can showcase her in a new way and mix up a series that is getting pretty long in the tooth.

The CW is not CBS or NBC, and not an overwhelming number of shows last into their seventh season on the network, Supernatural notwithstanding. I’m still half convinced somebody at Supernatural made a deal with the devil to keep it going indefinitely. If Arrow gets too stale or formulaic, viewers may not be willing to tune in anymore. This new era of Arrow under a new showrunner is treading new ground, and that’s a good thing in Season 7.

Now, some may argue that Felicity’s decision to work with the FBI is a betrayal of Oliver, as he would not be in prison getting the stuffing beaten out of him if not for Watson forcing him into a deal. The reality is that Oliver made that deal of his own volition because he knew getting Diaz was more important than his own pride and freedom. Nobody tortured him into outing himself as the Green Arrow.

Oliver understood the need to bring in the FBI to assist Team Arrow five months ago; why wouldn’t he understand and support Felicity helping the FBI keep its side of its bargain with him? If anything, he ought to be grateful when he finds out. He made the sacrifice of his own freedom to get Diaz captured. At the moment, he pretty much sacrificed his freedom for nothing. Diaz is not only at large; he also recruited a dangerous trio of villains to help him out.

Felicity teaming up with the FBI could absolutely expedite the process of capturing Diaz. We should also get to see Felicity unleashed with all the resources of the federal government behind her. She won’t have to worry about being caught if she’s working with the people who once would have done the catching. While Felicity presumably won’t have a carte blanche to do whatever she wants under federal purview, she could have means she never had access to before, even under ARGUS.

Perhaps teaming Felicity up with the FBI also means that Arrow won’t abandon any of the major arcs of the season for chunks of time. Oliver has the prison arc, Diggle (with Curtis) has the ARGUS arc, Dinah and Rene likely have the new Green Arrow arc, and Felicity can have the primary Diaz/Longbow Hunters arc. Laurel can go wherever the wind blows her, as is her wont. These arcs will surely cross over and the characters will interact, but I’m excited to see how Felicity’s story unfolds.

Find out what’s in store next for Felicity and all the others with new episodes of Arrow on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. For some additional viewing options (including some of the superhero variety), take a look at our fall TV premiere schedule.

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Fortnite’s Save The World Mode Won’t Be Free-To-Play This Year

Believe it or not, Save the World got rolling back in July of 2017. After a few much-needed updates, the cooperative zone defense shoot-a-thon started to look more and more like a fully-featured game, with plenty of resource management, more maps to explore, more enemy types to mow down and, of course, Fortnite‘s trademark building mechanics. Since the mode’s launch, players have been able to fork over some real-world money to get in on the action early, with the end goal being to transition the mode to free-to-play for everyone to enjoy. As noted in the blog post, the plan to launch the gratis version of the mode has been postponed in order to keep nailing down all of the finer details.

New Star Wars Comic Reveals Why Darth Vader Built His Castle

During his minutes of screen time in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we learned two things about Darth Vader. One, the cybernetic Sith Lord can slaughter a team of Rebels without breaking a sweat. Two, when he’s not carrying out Emperor Palpatine’s wishes, he spends time at the menacing castle he built on Mustafar. Now we’ve learned that the reason Vader’s fortress is located on the planet where he lost most of his limbs and was burned beyond recognition was because he was trying to communicate with his late wife, Padme Amidala.

As Star Wars fans know, Padme, former queen of Naboo-turned-senator for her homeworld, died at the end of Revenge of the Sith after giving birth to Luke and Leia. With her dead, there was nothing left for the man once known as Anakin Skywalker to do but to continue serving Palpatine. However, in the latest issue of Marvel’s Darth Vader comic book series (via Comic Book Resources), it was revealed that by tapping into the dark side energy within Mustafar’s core, Vader believed he could contact Padme’s spirit.

When we first saw Darth Vader’s castle in Rogue One, it was generally assumed that this was just a home away from home for the villain. A place he can unwind when not Force choking Imperial underlings and leading stormtroopers into battle. Not so. After having been gifted Mustafar by Palpatine, Vader used schematics created by the ancient Sith Lord Momin, who has long been dead, but whose spirit still lingers inside his mask, to design his castle.

Speaking with Darth Vader from beyond the grave, Momin informed him that the castle is shaped like a tuning fork because it is one. Specifically, it’s a giant tuning fork designed to read mystical pitches, various frequencies of life and, if done properly, even break through the veil of death. This would allow Vader to reunite with Padme despite her being long dead.

We’ll have to wait and see if Darth Vader can successfully communicate with Padme in his castle, but I suspect his efforts will be for naught. Nevertheless, it’s understandable that Vader is so desperate to try to pull this off. Charles Soule’s Darth Vader comic book series takes place right after Revenge of the Sith, so the pain of losing Padme is still fresh. That lingering part of him that’s still Anakin Skywalker would do whatever it takes to see his wife again, even going so far as to build a giant tuning fork castle to get the job done.

This also provides another reason for why Darth Vader felt the need to go back to Mustafar, the place where his old life essentially died. Previously in the Darth Vader comic book series, Vader went to the lava planet to bleed some kyber crystals (that he killed an Order 66 survivor for) red to power his new lightsaber. However this arc (and the series) wraps up, at least Vader comes out of this with some fancy digs.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for all the biggest updates concerning the Star Wars franchise. Don’t forget to look through our handy guide to learn what movies are in development for a galaxy far, far away.

Why The Longbow Hunters Have An Advantage Over Team Arrow

Arrow is trying something new with its bad guys in Season 7. Not only did the previous bad guy escape to menace another day at the end of Season 6, but the show also brought in a trio of new baddies to make the most of the newly vigilante-free Star City. Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, had this to say:

When Season 7 kicked off, Team Arrow was really a thing of the past. The former members of the team were still friends and allies, but the vigilante ban combined with the terms of their immunity with the FBI meant that they had to find their own ways of pursuing justice. Felicity’s absence due to witness protection meant that she wasn’t even around. Any sense of cohesion behind Oliver’s former teammates was lost when he went into the clink.

Oliver is the only one 100% out of the fight for Star City thanks to his incarceration, but Team Arrow isn’t a team anymore, and that is a weakness that the Longbow Hunters could exploit. Every single one of the former members of the team could be fighting fit and ready to go; unless they’re all on the same page, they likely won’t be able to beat these new baddies. Based on what we know about them from the comics, each one will be formidable enough on their own.

With the new baddies working together, Emily Bett Rickards’ comments to EW indicate that the good guys will need to come together sooner than later. Felicity vowed to return to Star City and fight to take down Ricardo Diaz, even sending William away to boarding school, with his major arc of the season seemingly taking place in the future. Diggle is hard at work at ARGUS, with Curtis backing him up in the tech department.

Dinah is still fighting the good fight for Star City thanks to her position as SCPD captain. Rene is itching to return to the vigilante life, so he’s probably the one who could be most easily persuaded to get back into the mask. Even Laurel — who is really only sometimes one of the good guys — is fighting the good fight in her own way now that she landed the unlikely position of District Attorney.

If at least some of these characters can set aside their differences and work toward a common goal, the Longbow Hunters will be in trouble. As two of the original members of Team Arrow, Diggle and Felicity may need to be the centers of a new group. If not… well, hopefully that new Green Arrow is free to do a lot of crime-fighting.

You can catch new episodes of Arrow on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW ahead of new episodes of Legends of Tomorrow. For some non-superhero viewing options, take a peek at our fall TV premiere schedule.