An NHL Team Just Banned Its Players From Playing Fortnite

Apparently, playing Fortnite is almost the equivalent of a crime in certain occupations. Some employers absolutely hate how much the game has taken over the lives of some of their employees, and have actually banned them from engaging with the game. While this might make sense if we’re talking about White House staff, Secret Service agents, or anyone working in the Department of Justice, the current big villain of Epic Games’ Battle Royale third-person shooter is actually the NHL. Yes, the NHL. It turns out that an NHL team just banned its players from playing Fortnite. How could such an innocent and colorful game cause such a ruckus to get hit with the ban-hammer from an official sports team? Well, the reason for the ban isn’t because of what you might be thinking.

According to a report from The Province, the Canucks are banning video games while on road trips. This is a team-wide decision, affecting every player while they’re out on the road traveling. The article explains that the idea was first discussed by Michael Del Zotto during the training camp sessions, but the idea didn’t arise again until recently.

During a radio interview, Canucks player Bowie William “Bo” Horvat told TSN 1040 that it was decided that the team should abandon video games while on the road, and in particular that the team would be giving up Fortnite. So, why are they giving up gaming while on the road? Horvat said that it was about building camaraderie with the other teammates, and that it’s difficult to do that while engorged eye-deep in your cellphone playing Fortnite or trapped in a hotel room playing the game on a laptop or other portable gaming device like the Nintendo Switch

I’m sure the feelings aren’t mutual at Epic Games.

Fortnite has been the bread and butter for the company in ways unimaginable by most people. It makes hundreds of millions of dollars each month, and has turned Epic Games valuation around with huge numbers, making it one of the most profitable independent video game companies in existence.

Some other sports superstars, such as those in the WWE, seem to love Fortnite. In fact, WWE’s Xavier Woods runs a video game channel on YouTube called UpUpDownDown, and given that the guys and gals spend so much time on the road they usually opt to play games when they aren’t training or wrestling.

Even still, the Canucks feel as if the team could better bond with one another without the game getting in the way. If they feel that way, who is anyone to disagree with them? Especially if it helps them to play better.

How This Is Us Set The Stage For A Major Conflict Between The Big Three

Warning! The following contains spoilers for This Is Us Season 3 episode, “A Philadelphia Story.” Read at your own risk!

This Is Us‘ latest episode was rife with drama and just when things finally looked to be settling down towards the end, Kevin opened his mouth and ruined it all. Granted, he didn’t mean to make waves when he recapped the drama of the day to brother Randall and offhandedly mentioned that Kate wanted to have a baby so someone in the family could carry on their father’s legacy. Executive producer Isaac Aptaker explained why the statement hit Randall so hard, and how it set the stage for a major conflict between The Big Three:

As Isaac Aptaker points out, Randall was wounded and seething at the implication that only Kate or Kevin could carry on the legacy of Jack. Kate’s poor choice of words made it sound as though Randall can’t live or pass on Jack’s legacy to his children simply because he’s not blood-related. Is this really how Kate feels, or did she simply forget about Randall while arguing with Kevin and Rebecca earlier in the day?

Obviously, there’s going to be some fallout on This Is Us for the statement, and executive producer Elizabeth Berger assured viewers in the chat with Variety that they won’t have to wait long to see Randall call out his sister for what she said:

Randall does have a track record of making incredibly uncomfortable family moments with confrontations, so it’s unsurprising he’s wasting no time in calling out Kate for the statement. We’re pretty sure Kate doesn’t actually think Randall is an illegitimate Pearson or incapable of carrying on Jack’s legacy, and if Randall really sat and thought about it, he’d probably realize his sister more than likely misspoke. Unfortunately, the adopted Pearson is in a weird place right now and in a mindset where he’s feeling like an outsider wherever he goes, so we doubt his cooler head will prevail before starting a classic This Is Us sibling throwdown.

As tense as the moment was, it doesn’t seem guaranteed this fight will be a huge part of This Is Us‘ next episode. Randall will probably understand fairly quickly his sister didn’t mean what she said, and Kevin will probably get some blame from Kate for telling Randall about the argument out of context. The upcoming sibling showdown didn’t even make the preview for the next episode, so its more likely this argument is just a vehicle for Randall’s ongoing Season 3 story of finding his purpose and honoring both of his father’s legacies. Still, we’ll have to wait and see.

This Is Us airs on NBC Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET. Keep up with all the new things coming to television in the coming weeks by visiting and bookmarking our fall premiere guide.

NBC’s Chicago Crossover Will Put Some Characters Through A Family Crisis

Fans of Dick Wolf‘s Chicago shows have a big night ahead of them this Wednesday, as the big, three-show crossover is going down early in the new season. And, while we already knew that a big fire will play into this crossover, now we also know that some beloved characters will be going through quite a family crises when the drama picks up. Specifically, brothers Jay and Will Halstead will be dealing with a very scary situation. When I spoke with actor Nick Gehlfuss, who plays Will on Chicago Med, at One Chicago Day a few weeks ago, he revealed that the siblings will be worried sick about their dad, Pat.

Here, what happens is, it’s part of the crossover. Our father, we’re not sure if he’s caught in a fire. So, I’m at the hospital receiving patients coming in and he’s on the scene, [we’re] really trying to find out where our dad is. We moved him to a new building, because our childhood home, we came to find out, was falling apart, so we wanted to give him a better living arrangement. And, it just so happens that a fire starts at this big, high rise building.

Eesh. Talk about a shitty day at work. Can you imagine how (undeservedly) guilty you’d feel if you were trying to help out one of your parents by paying for them to have a much better home, but then that home turns into a towering inferno? Add to that the fact that neither Jay nor Will is going to know whether or not their father was actually caught in the fire, injured or even killed, and you can tell that the anxiety for these two is going to be even more off the charts than usual when dealing with a mass casualty situation.

While the Halstead brothers haven’t always had the best relationship, they’ve been pretty close for some time now. Much of that seems to be due to the fact that neither of them were particularly close to their father growing up or in young adulthood, and, as of a few years ago while Jay was still in the military and deployed to Afghanistan, they lost their mother to cancer. So, they seemed to have mended their relationship as a way to cope with not having much other reliable family to depend on. One of the best parts about watching these two characters has been seeing them grow as brothers, as well as characters in general. It’s always nice to watch them banter, stand up for one another or just give each other caring, brotherly advice.

Of course, even though they weren’t close to Pat for most of their lives until this point, each brother has recently made great strides to mend the father-son bond with him, as well. And, it’s worked well enough that Will and Jay banded together to try to give dear old dad a better life. Let’s hope that their efforts, and newly formed closeness to Pat, hasn’t ended up impairing his health or costing him his life. Jay and Will would likely have a very hard time getting over that.

You can see how the Halstead family drama gets resolved when Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. air the big crossover tomorrow, starting at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. To see what else you can catch on the small screen, be sure to check out our 2018 fall premiere guide.

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Venom Reviews Are In, Here’s What The Critics Think

The reaction to Venom has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, and one that might work in the symbiote’s favor. Early buzz was mixed. Then, after the world premiere, social media began to weigh in, saying Ruben Fleischer’s origin story for the alien symbiote wasn’t nearly as bad as some feared, and might even be pretty damn funny (even if some of the laughs were unintentional). Now the full review embargo has lifted, so what are critics saying?

We’ll go first. In a two-star review, CinemaBlend complained that removing Spider-Man from the Venom story is a death-blow, saying:

Arguably, you can’t have Venom without first having Spider-Man… which, in a nutshell, is the main reason that Venom, the movie, doesn’t work. Sure, director Ruben Fleischer and his seven credited screenwriters (!!) cook up an alternate origin story for both Brock and the symbiote. But removing Spider-Man from the overall equation creates too many narrative potholes around which Venom fails to weave with any sort of grace or style. Eventually, the movie gets a metaphorical flat tire, and wrecks itself on the Hollywood superhero highway.

Todd McCarthy, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, dismisses Venom as bland, stating:

At a time when the Marvel universe is both expanding adventurously (Black Panther) and wrapping up other storylines (Avengers: Infinity War), Venom feels like a throwback, a poor second cousin to the all-stars that have reliably dominated the box-office charts for most of this century. Partly, this is due to the fact that, as an origin story, this one seems rote and unimaginative. On top of that, the writing and filmmaking are blah in every respect; the movie looks like an imitator, a wannabe, not the real deal.

Matt Patches from Polygon praises Tom Hardy, even though he’s making a different movie from everyone else:

Venom would be another anonymous notch on the superhero movie belt if not for Hardy, whose dedication to batshit nonsense is a saving grace — and reason enough to make a second movie. The pieces are in place for a Venom 2 in which Eddie spends 100% of his time wrapped up with the symbiote; in which Williams, who makes a thankless role so much more than it could have been, has a character whose life extends beyond tracking her animalistic ex’s path on Waze; in which any risks are taken.

JoBlo seems to be the movie’s loudest champion, stating:

Ultimately, VENOM is better than I expected. Tom Hardy is terrific, and the actor is having a great time playing Eddie along with his new best alien pal. While the story is a bit obvious, I enjoyed the throwback to sci-fi alien invasion flicks. Ruben Fleischer has delivered a superhero feature that is frenzied and perhaps a little too facetious at times. Yet, when Venom attacks, it is a glorious thing to watch. This is the kind of movie that you can sit back and take it all in, just don’t think too hard about it. Add to that a couple of inspired cameos and you have a genuinely appealing Marvel flick.

Make the call for yourself once Venom opens in theaters later this week! Also, keep it here on CinemaBlend for a lot more from our interviews with the cast and crew at the Venom press junket in Los Angeles.

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Lethal Weapon Cast A New Partner That Could Be The New Riggs

Lethal Weapon went through a massive change between Season 2 and Season 3 when Fox went ahead and fired Clayne Crawford in response to alleged misconduct on set. The maverick who lived to break the rules, push boundaries, deal with demons, and form an unlikely friendship with his straight-laced partner was killed off, with his death taking place with Crawford nowhere to be seen in the Season 3 premiere. Lethal Weapon exists without Riggs. Now, however, the show has cast a new character who basically sounds like the maverick we came to know and love, and she’ll partner Bailey. Lethal Weapon head honcho Matt Miller describes the situation as Bailey “getting her own Riggs,” and he went on to say this:

Well, maybe spending a couple years dealing with Riggs and — perhaps more importantly, watching Murtaugh deal with Riggs — will help Bailey deal with having a Riggs of her own in Season 3. Her new partner is named Louie “The Gute” Gutierrez and will be played by Paola Lázaro. The Gute joins the Robbery/Homicide division after getting out of a year of undercover work, which pitted her against the Mexican cartel and probably brings her back with her fair share of baggage and even trauma. This new character would rather act than think in high-stakes situations, and that isn’t exactly the way Bailey tends to handle her work as a detective.

The casting of Paola Lázaro may be a sign that Lethal Weapon intends to give Bailey more screentime and more time in the field, although it’s too soon to say. Lázaro doesn’t debut on Lethal Weapon until the sixth episode of Season 3, which also happens to feature actress Keesha Sharp as director, in a departure from her usual role as Trish. The maverick and shoot-first-think-later characteristics of The Gute also seem to indicate that Lethal Weapon is not planning on slowly turning Cole into Riggs 2.0.

Obviously Cole didn’t premiere as a character with a ton in common with Riggs, and his background is certainly different than Riggs’, but given that Riggs is a legendary character and half of a legendary dynamic on large and small screens alike, it was entirely possible that Lethal Weapon would slowly transition him into a Riggs-esque partner for Murtaugh. Instead, Bailey will deal with her own version of Riggs, and that could be a lot of fun… for viewers. Bailey, not so much. Matt Miller went on in his chat with TVLine to explain why Bailey’s previous partner Zach was being replaced by The Gute:

Zach lost his spot as Bailey’s partner once the new co-lead started taking on some similar characteristics. Bailey’s dynamic with her new parter will undoubtedly be very different and involve some very different struggles. Since Lethal Weapon is primarily Murtaugh and his partner’s story, we likely won’t see as much of Bailey and The Gute as we will of Murtaugh and Cole. Still, Paola Lázaro could be a fun addition to the cast in the new Riggs-less era. We have a new Riggs-type character without Clayne Crawford on the scene!

Tune in to Fox on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET to catch new episodes of Lethal Weapon in the fall TV lineup.

Venom Review

Venom, as a character, needs Spider-Man. Introduced in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man comics, Venom was an amalgamation of bitter newspaper reporter Eddie Brock and an alien symbiote that had been rejected by Spider-Man. Both entities hated Peter Parker, and their shared animosity fueled the creation of the vengeful and murderous Venom.

Arguably, you can’t have Venom without first having Spider-Man… which, in a nutshell, is the main reason that Venom, the movie, doesn’t work. Sure, director Ruben Fleischer and his seven credited screenwriters (!!) cook up an alternate origin story for both Brock and the symbiote. But removing Spider-Man from the overall equation creates too many narrative potholes around which Venom fails to weave with any sort of grace or style. Eventually, the movie gets a metaphorical flat tire, and wrecks itself on the Hollywood superhero highway.

Why isn’t Spider-Man in Venom? It’s complicated, but it boils down to the fact that while Sony owns the rights to the character, it recently loaned him out to Marvel Studios so that Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) could play alongside Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Brilliant move for Marvel, and good for Sony in that it allowed them to co-produce the winning Spider-Man: Homecoming. But the cost proves great, as it means Sony needs to jumpstart its disconnected Spider-Man Universe without Spider-Man, leaving Venom (and possibly movies that follow it) feeling incomplete.

Here’s why: Because Venom can’t use the symbiote’s real origin from the Marvel Secret Wars limited series, it has to cook up a new entity. Enter the Life Foundation, is a generic laboratory dedicated to space research that’s funded by the blandly sinister Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed, playing a Textbook Bond Villain). The Life Foundation explores the stars because, well, the reasoning is unclear. Something about the solutions to our planet’s — fill in the blank here — ecological, medical or societal woes potentially waiting for us in the galaxies. Don’t worry, all of that gets chucked to the side once Drake obtains the symbiote from one of his errant space crafts.

Across town, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is an entrepreneurial, hard-news bloodhound who has established his name and reputation by going after suits like Drake, and defending the voiceless Every Man. Eddie has a steady girl, Anne (Michelle Williams), and a promising gig, but he decides to jeopardize them both when, coincidentally, he’s assigned to write a puff profile on… you guessed it, Carlton Drake.

There’s a lot of story being set up here, and that story is just as quickly discarded, because the symbiote’s about to show up and pull focus, entirely. And that’s an important note, because Venom — without the benefit of having multiple comic book issues to draw on — has to race through narration and character development in a hope that we will care an ounce about Eddie, about Anne, and about the evil machinations of Carlton Drake. And we just don’t.

Venom improves once the symbiote shows up, but by then, it’s too little, too late. Venom is an alien, a slithering blob of a creature who absorbs into its host and can communicate, almost Jekyll and Hyde style, with its carrier. But the symbiote also feeds off of and decimates its host, like a parasite, unless it makes a perfect match. In the comics, the symbiote bonded with Eddie because they both hated Spider-Man. In the movie, Venom bonds with Eddie because… well, because the seven credited screenwriters decided they needed it to. The symbiote also creates perfect bonds with Anne. Oh, and with Carlton Drake, forming the menacing Riot. How convenient that the three people at the heart of Venom also happen to be ideal surrogate hosts for the murderous alien symbiote brought to Earth!

Narratively, Venom is a mess. Eddie Brock has no concrete motivation to go after Carlton Drake, no credible reason to flush his relationship with Anne, and no discernable situation where bonding with the symbiote is the right choice. He can’t understand Venom. There’s no explanation given for their team up. It’s just understood and accepted, not convincingly explained. The screenplay’s also vulgar and stupid. Eddie talks about symbiosis with the alien as having the symbiote “up your ass.” At one point, the symbiote possesses a purse dog, and it’s played for laughs. There’s a lot of comedy in Venom, actually, though most of it generates uncomfortable and unintentional laughter.

The special-effects work is sporadically impressive, and the symbiote, in general, looks great. Time and money went into creating Venom’s look, and fans simply looking for an improvement over Topher Grace’s atrocity will be comforted by the fact that Fleischer’s CGI team brought Venom to life. But at the same time, the action is choppy, a motorcycle chase through downtown San Francisco uses a laughable amount of green screen (I’m convinced Tom Hardy wasn’t on set on the days those scene were filmed), and the final confrontation between Venom and Riot disappoints.

The whole movie disappoints, actually, including the mid-credits tease for a sequel that won’t ever happen. This was supposed to be a launch pad for stories in this Spider-Man universe that could essentially keep the lights on in parts of the wallcrawler’s world until Marvel and Sony figured out credible ways to bring Peter Parker back into this fold. If Venom worked, stories built around Morbius the Living Vampire, Silver Sable, Black Cat and Kraven the Hunter could advance, fleshing out this universe and showing that Spider-Man would be a welcome, but non-essential, inclusion.

Instead, Venom convinced me of what I initially feared. It doesn’t make sense to create stories around Spider-Man characters if you can’t use Spider-Man in them.

Rating:
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2.0/5

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The Witcher Author Wants Millions In Royalties From The Game Developers

The Witcher series of video games has been quite successful, something the source material’s author, Andrzej Sapkowski, has not overlooked. In fact, he’s currently suing developer CD Projekt Red, claiming they owe him at least $16 million in royalties. Whether or not that’s accurate will be up to the Polish authorities to determine, though CD Projekt has thus far outright denied any wrongdoing.

This report comes to us from Polygon, who picked up on a document recently released by Sapkowski claiming that CD Projekt owes him a heck of a lot of money. For starters, if you weren’t aware, the Witcher series of video games is based on a series of popular Polish books. The books started rolling out in 1986, proving inspirational to the team at CD Projekt. They went on to purchase the rights to the world within the novels, eventually turning their efforts into The Witcher, a video game first launched in 2007. Two sequels followed, including the insanely popular The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, as well as a number of DLC expansions.

According to the original deal and based on an interview from a couple years back, Sapkowski admits that CD Projekt offered him terms that, today, he regrets not taking. Sapkowski said that the developer originally offered him a cut of their profits from the video games based on his books, but he decided to ask for a lump-sum payment from the onset because he “didn’t believe in their success.” In other words, he wasn’t convinced The Witcher would go on to make money so, instead of taking six percent of the profits from the lifetime of the franchise, he asked for a single check at the very beginning.

Obviously, The Witcher proved to be very successful, and now Sapkowski feels he has been denied compensation he deserves. According to his claim, he says that CD Projekt’s contract was only for a single game, not an entire series or DLC. All told, he claims he is owed around $16.11 million for Wild Hunt alone. Sapkowski’s letter further explains that the original contract does not comply with a Polish law concerning compensation for the purchase of rights.

CD Project has issued its own statement in response to the claims, saying that, in the company’s opinion, the demands are “groundless with regard to their merit as well as the stipulated amount.”

These kinds of disputes aren’t super uncommon, as folks occasionally sell the rights to their properties only to have said properties go on to become more successful than they could have imagined. The question is whether or not the original contract has been properly carried out and whether the specific law referenced by Sapkowski applies.

In other news, The Witcher is moving along well as a developing Netflix series, though I imagine Sapkowski was a bit more careful with his rights contract this time around.

Crackdown 3 Still Isn’t Ready, According To Xbox Chief

One of the games that was supposed to be a staple exclusive for the Xbox One years ago was Crackdown 3. The game was supposed to usher in the platform of cloud-based gaming to showcase to the world the “power of the cloud.” For most people who understood how the tech worked, it seemed like a pipe dream, and eventually Microsoft abandoned the cloud-based marketing angle for Crackdown 3 and began to revamp it as an over-the-top third-person shooter. After multiple delays, various appearances at E3, and the addition of Terry Crews, Xbox head honcho, Phil Spencer, has confirmed that while the game is still coming along in development, it’s not yet ready for release.

Phil Spencer posted the tweet in response to a user asking about Crackdown 3 as a response to Spencer talking about how good Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey looks running at upscaled 4K on the Xbox One X. Spencer also praised the game developers for really pushing the graphics boundaries with all the upcoming open-world titles coming to the Xbox One X, such as Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2, and Playground Games’ Forza Horizon 4.

Some Xbox One owners really wanted to see what Crackdown 3 looked like on the Xbox One, which prompted Spencer to explain how he had played a full build recently and that Cloudgine, Reagent Games and Sumo Digital are making good progress but that more work still needs to be done.

The current release window is set for February, 2019. This was established this past year during E3, when Microsoft moved the release out of the fall of 2018 into the early first quarter of 2019.

The 2019 release came after the game was delayed multiple times, with Microsoft pushing the game back year after year. The company explained that it was still learning and working on understanding and striking the right balance between announcing games and releasing games.

Crackdown 3 was originally announced four years ago at E3. The game was introduced with a cinematic trailer just a year after the Xbox One launched on the market.

Initially, the marketing for the game centered around the inclusion of cloud-based streaming, and Microsoft showcased how the cloud tech would work, with the physics calculations taking place remotely and the information packets being sent to the end-user to update the frames. It seemed like an ambitious way to tie gaming and cloud technology together, but it never really came to full fruition the way Microsoft had marketed it.

Over the years the direction for Crackdown 3 seemed to veer away from relying solely on the cloud-based element and more of the traditional third-person action oriented gameplay began to emerge. We finally got to see a lot more gameplay back in 2017, but it wasn’t really enough to wow gamers. Terry Crews eventually joined the cast and the game seemed to gain a more concrete direction.

Judging by Spencer’s tweet, it appears as if the team is moving ahead with the current direction and will continue to target the February 2019 release.

The Internet Has Already Dumped Bowsette For Indie-Rocker Rosalina

Internet love affairs are a fickle thing and oftentimes a cruel mistress of fate; they come and go like howls on the wind during a chilly winter’s day. They don’t usually last very long and whatever comes to replace what the internet was previously fascinated with is usually just as likely to fall victim to the same sort of juvenile abandonment for which the previous tryst became a victim. That little aphorism seems to ring true for the latest web-based infatuation that is Bowsette. The buxom species-swap from Bowser to a blonde-haired princess — sporting a turtle shell on her back and a black dress — took the gaming fandom by storm, for a spell. It wasn’t too long after the fascination and fan-drawings of Bowsette began to wane did another character swoop in to unassumingly steal the spotlight, and it’s none other than the indie-rocker rendition of Princess Rosalina.

The image originally comes from the book The Art of Mario Odyssey. It was snapped and posted on the Nintendo sub-reddit, where the users fell in love with the image.

It depicts Rosalina as an indie-rocker with a black t-shirt, blue jeans, and a black belt with a rocker bracelet on. She’s handling an acoustic guitar with a long black, cross-shaped earring.

There were a few fan-art drawings popping up on social media after the concept art popped up on Reddit.

There hasn’t quite been a deluge of fan art taking over every timeline or trending in the same way that Bowsette did after the fan-made comic initially appeared following the latest Nintendo Direct, but there are some out there who liked what the concept art depicted and began giving their own interpretation of the character.

Twitter user and digital artist, Benbeau, shared a quick black and white drawing of indie-rocker Rosalina, sitting in her room on a bed with a guitar case in the background.

Of course, most people in the original Reddit thread were asking how and where did this indie-rocker Rosalina fit into Super Mario Odyssey?

It’s a good question, because all throughout the adventure it didn’t seem like there was any place for her. The Switch exclusive only had one place where she might have been a perfect fit, Metro Kingdom. However, Mayor Pauline readily took the spotlight as the singing, dancing, crooning centerpiece of the stage that both highlighted the game’s unique blend of 2D and 3D platforming as well as gave Mario an extra bit of motivation thanks to the theme song playing in the background.

Maybe if Nintendo decides to make a Super Mario Odyssey 2, they can have a Goth Kingdom where Mario can visit Rosalina and her indie rock band, who play a variation of the game’s theme song.

A New Harry Potter Game May Be On The Way

Even though the movie universe for the mainline Harry Potter adventures may have come to an end, there are still spin-offs being made in the Wizarding World to keep the fires lit in the ever-so-popular brand. In recent times we’ve seen a number of new games emerge based on the Harry Potter universe, and for some reason, there seem to be more and more being made. Or, at least according to one leak, it seems like there may be a new game in the works based on the Harry Potter series that one publishing company doesn’t want you to know about.

According to Eurogamer, BBC News reporter Lizo Mzimba scooped a story that there is apparently a new role-playing game in the works that has not been announced yet. It will supposedly be titled Harry Potter: Magic Awakened or Harry Potter: Magic Forever. Mzimba also commented that there could be other games within the Wizarding World on the way themed around Harry Potter.

The scoop from Mzimba followed a post from Eurogamer that broke earlier in the day about footage that leaked online that appeared to confirm that a new Harry Potter game was in the works. The footage was quickly taken down by Warner Bros. shortly after it was posted. It was originally leaked by a Reddit user who claimed to be part of a marketing research test group which was shown the footage as part of a focus group test. Quite naturally, some people called out the user for creating an elaborate hoax, but he claimed that he did not create the test footage.

The video is a minute and 19 seconds long, and the user copied over the description of the game and posted it in the comment thread on Reddit, where it explains that the game is set in the 19th century within J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. It’s a third-person, open-world, action-RPG that allows you to upgrade your character, and unlock new magic abilities along the way.

Like most games set within Rowling’s universe, you will start the adventure as a new student arriving at Hogwarts, where you’ll attempt to track down and discover the remnants of an ancient power.

The game will supposedly see players journeying through familiar places and brand new locations alike, as well as having the ability to adapt and evolve your wizard into eight different class-types. You’ll be able to create your own character, and choose how they develop throughout the game.

While some accused the user of making all of this up, Eurogamer points out that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment was quick to block the video on copyright grounds. If it wasn’t real, though, why would Warner Bros. care about it?

Also, there are mirrors of the video floating around that showcase some really high-fidelity animation and physics properties at play, far above what the Xbox One and PS4 are capable of. According to Eurogamer this mystery game is supposedly a year off from release, and if that is the case — and if the CG-quality graphics are anything to go by — it could easily mean that this Harry Potter project could end up being for the PlayStation 5 and whatever the next-gen Xbox will be. This is all assuming that the project is actually in development, of course.