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After a three-month delay, Obsidian Entertainment's RPG The Outer Worlds is finally getting its Nintendo Switch port on June 5, 2020. Hailed as one of the best games of 2019, The Outer Worlds has been a long-awaited game for the Nintendo Switch, originally scheduled to launch in March. However, the port was pushed back when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affected Virtuous, the company developing the port. Before the virus, some Nintendo Switch players expressed concerns that the port would only be available as a digital download.
In a new press release, Obsidian has announced that The Outer Worlds' Nintendo Switch port will be available as both a digital download and a physical cartridge on June 5. The novel coronavirus delay allowed for the port's physical version to include an actual cartridge, rather than just a code for the download. Both digital and physical versions will be the standard $59.99 pricing in the U.S. Check out the official announcement from Nintendo Of America below:
The only thing players purchasing The Outer Worlds physical cartridge should keep in mind is that it will come with a sizable day one patch. Players will need to make sure they have room for the patch after inserting the cartridge, which may come as a disappointment to those hoping to avoid downloads altogether. Still, day one patches are becoming an everyday occurrence for game launches on many consoles. For this The Outer Worlds port, the patch will include hi-res textures and other fixes to help ensure Nintendo Switch players can enjoy all the quality action this highly-praised space RPG has to offer.
Captain Marvel played a big role in Avengers: Endgame, helping the rest of the heroes fight Thanos and his armies, but her absence during most of the film wasn’t explored – and Captain Marvel 2 can fill in all those blanks. The first wave of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, collectively known as the Infinity Saga, came to an end in 2019 with Spider-Man: Far From Home, which offered a glimpse at life post-Iron Man and final snap following the events of Avengers: Endgame.
Life at the MCU will continue with the introduction of new characters like the Eternals and Shang-Chi, as well as the return of well-known heroes, such as Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers made her big screen debut in 2019, in a story set in the 1990s which also served to answer some questions about the MCU (though it also created a couple of plot holes). Carol returned in Avengers: Endgame, where she rescued Tony Stark and Nebula and helped the surviving heroes confront Thanos, but after the five-year time jump, she left and came back until the third act of the film.
Carol arrived just in time to help all the superheroes and allies during the battle against Thanos, but Avengers: Endgame never explained what she was up to before she came back – luckily, this can be addressed in Captain Marvel 2.
Once Thanos was killed by Thor at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, the story jumped five years into the future, with the world still trying to adapt to life without half the population. By then, Carol was still part of the Avengers, though she wasn’t working on Earth with the rest. Instead, she was monitoring other planets that were still recovering from the snap. After that holo-conference, Carol wasn’t seen again in the film until the Battle of Earth, where she (conveniently) arrived just in time to avoid a major catastrophe that would have killed many of the MCU heroes, including fan-favorite Spider-Man. Carol crashed through the Sanctuary II and later helped get the Nano Gauntlet to safety. Once the battle was over, Carol appeared at Tony Stark’s funeral, and it’s unknown what she did next.
Captain Marvel 2 can not only show what Carol’s next mission in the post-Endgame universe will be but it can also take some time to explain where and what exactly she was doing before she came back to fight in the Battle of Earth. The film can show Carol on some of the planets she was helping, which would not only reveal how other planets and races were dealing with the snap but also how she established relationships with them, which can come in handy in this or future stories. How exactly she helped other planets is also a mystery, which can be answered in Carol’s upcoming solo adventure. While Avengers: Endgame was an exciting event and finally brought all the heroes in the MCU together, it also left a lot of questions unanswered, which will hopefully be addressed in some of the upcoming films.
Supernatural's most disliked episode was, strangely, the long-running fantasy series' first backdoor pilot for a spinoff. The main Supernatural series is currently in the process of wrapping up Sam and Dean Winchester's story after an epic 15 season run. With God as the final villain, the Winchesters have their backs against the wall, and fans are eagerly waiting to discover the fates of the brothers before Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki move on to pastures new.
Supernatural's legion of loyal followers across the world might not feel the show's ending so keenly if there was a spinoff series currently airing that could cushion the blow, but it's not for want of trying. The CW have shown tremendous faith in Supernatural over the years and have made several attempts to capitalize on the show's fandom with a spinoff series, failing on each occasion. The first effort came with season 9's "Bloodlines" and would've moved the action from rural America to the bright lights of Chicago, where families of vampires, werewolves and other assorted monsters were involved in a mafia-style turf war. The idea was never developed into a full series, but Supernatural valiantly tried again in 2018 with "Wayward Sisters," once again hitting a dead end.
Unless Supernatural drops the ball massively within the handful of remaining episodes, the show's official lowest-rated episode, according to IMDB (via Reddit), will go down as "Bloodlines." Due to its episodic structure, Supernatural's episode ratings do have a tendency to vary wildly, but "Bloodlines" is the only episode to drop below a 6/10 score in Sam and Dean's history, coming in at a slightly-above-average 5.8. Many fans cite the distinct shift in tone for the failure of "Bloodlines," with very few elements from the main series crossing over. However, it might also be fair to say that the monster mafia concept came off a little corny, lacking the lighter edge that Sam and Dean's adventures usually employ to counterbalance the paranormal madness.
This unenviable honor is perhaps a sign of how badly misjudged "Bloodlines" was in hindsight. Not only did the episode fail to inspire calls for an entire spinoff series, but it didn't even work as a single, standalone story. The lack of focus on the central trio of Sam, Dean and Castiel can bear some responsibility, but since other Winchester-lite offerings have fared much better, the lion's share of the blame must surely rest upon the core idea of a Bloodlines spinoff. The low rating also highlights the range of more attractive options Supernatural had as potential spinoffs (such as the Ghost Facers or Garth's werewolf family) that would've incorporated more familiar characters.
Indeed, The CW used one such idea with its second backdoor pilot, "Wayward Sisters." Based around Jodie and her band of female orphans and strays, Wayward Sisters was billed as a static spinoff that would combine the usual hunting action with the drama of a surrogate family. The "Wayward Sisters" episode enjoyed a far brighter reception than "Bloodlines," and currently holds a sold 8.4 rating on IMBD, but the option to green-light a whole series wasn't taken and, unlike before, this caused disappointment among fans. If The CW ever decide to revisit producing a spinoff when Supernatural finally comes to a close, they'd surely find a willing audience... just not with Bloodlines.
Supernatural season 5 is currently on hiatus due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker concept art depicts Rey Force choking Kylo Ren during a lightsaber duel. A few months after its theatrical premiere, the film is making another wave of headlines thanks to tie-in materials connecting to its home media release. Fans have already parsed through the movie's official novelization, which (rather infamously) contained lots of additional information that cleared up some of the movie's more polarizing plot points - such as Emperor Palpatine being a clone. Another book that's sure to be of interest for viewers is The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which contains concept art from the film's development and behind-the-scenes tidbits.
The expectation is the Rise of Skywalker art book won't feature anything as revelatory as Rey's father being a failed Palpatine clone, but it should still make for a fun read. If nothing else, die-hard fans will find it fascinating looking at the various illustrations, some of which paint a very different picture than what was in the final film. Today saw images like a Resistance tank modeled after BB-8 and an alternate Last Jedi costume for Luke. Another highly intriguing "what-if" spotlights Rey and Kylo Ren in the midst of another conflict.
One of the drawings in The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker features Rey Force choking Kylo Ren as she clutches a green lightsaber. The scene takes place in Kylo Ren's throne room, as the art team was working on possible designs for the room and what kind of interaction he might have with Rey there. Check out the concept art in the space below:
Per the book, this drawing was made "prior to any sort of art department overview" of the film's main story. This means at that stage in the developmental process, the artists didn't know what director J.J. Abrams and his co-writer Chris Terrio had in mind for The Rise of Skywalker. They were just bouncing ideas around and coming up with a wide range of concepts - knowing Kylo would likely have a personal throne room since he was the First Order's new Supreme Leader. So, the illustration shouldn't be taken as evidence this was under serious consideration for a plot beat in the movie. Nevertheless, it's certainly an attention-grabbing work that would have been very interesting to see onscreen. It symbolizes how strong Rey's grown since The Force Awakens and the dangerous line she's walking as she continues her journey.
Though this particular piece of concept art was completed before the art department had a greater understanding of The Rise of Skywalker, but it did prove to be somewhat prophetic. Rey and Kylo Ren had a lightsaber duel that - partially - took place in the latter's throne room via their Force connection (alternating between Kylo's chambers and Kijimi). Additionally, Force choking is an ability most associated with the dark side, and The Rise of Skywalker did reveal Rey was Emperor Palpatine's granddaughter - meaning the dark side is in her blood. That's one possible explanation for why Rey was able to use Force lightning in the film, so it wouldn't have been a leap if she Force choked someone.
Source: The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker