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The Week in Fandom for April 8

The teaser arrives for the first Star Wars standalone, Walking Dead fans are still seething about the season finale, Arrow‘s big death is finally revealed, a stylish shooter comes to Xbox One, and PS4 gets a system update.

Here’s “The Week in Fandom” for April 8:

Rogue One Teaser Debuts

With The Force Awakens hitting Blu-ray earlier week, the attention of fans has turned to the next Star Wars movie, Rogue One, which hits theaters in December. The first teaser for the standalone film dropped Thursday and subsequently broke the internet.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, from director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) tells the story of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a young woman who is sent on a mission by the Rebel Alliance to steal the plans for the first Death Star — the movie takes place just before the events of A New Hope.

The Walking Dead Season Finale

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Sunday night’s season finale of The Walking Dead, with it’s much-hyped and yet totally unsatisfying cliffhanger, still has fans seething. For weeks leading up to the episode, we knew Negan was coming, and that a major character from the show would be killed off. But it turns out the show’s going to make us wait until next season to find out who bites it. And, naturally, there’s already a petition demanding the showrunners reveal which character died.

In spite of the unsatisfying cliffhanger ending, this season overall introduced some fascinating new characters to the mix and some new directions for our old characters. Check out our look back at how our favorite characters fared this season.

Quantum Break Hits the Streets

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Quantum Break, from Remedy Entertainment, the folks that brought us Max Payne and Alan Wake, arrived this week for Xbox One.

Quantum Break is a stylish third-person shooter that allows you to manipulate time in a variety of ways, a natural evolution of the bullet time mechanic from the Max Payne series. The game takes its storytelling cues from Alan Wake, using that game’s episodic format, with a series of digital shorts that act as transitions between action sequences. These shorts feature a cast that includes X-Men‘s Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) as main protagonist Jack Joyce, Lord of the Rings and Lost alum Dominic Moghnahan, and everyone’s favorite Game of Thrones schemer, Littlefinger himself, Aiden Gillan.

Arrow’s Big Death Revealed

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Spoiler alert! After a suspenseful tease-filled arc, and months of fan speculation, we finally learned who’s in the grave on Arrow this week… Laurel Lance, the Black Canary, was killed by Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). Darhk had promised Quentin Lance, Laurel’s father, that he’d kill her if he failed to comply, and he’s apparently a man of his word.

Killing a major hero from the comics is a bold move for the show, which had finally made Laurel a satisfying character after seasons of struggling. How will Team Arrow go on without her, and how will her death impact her sister, Sara, on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? We’ll find out next week.

PS4 Update Extends Capabilities

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Sony released the 3.50 system update for the PS4 earlier this week. The update notably adds Remote Play capability for Mac and PC, and also adds an “Appear Offline” option for players wishing to remain stealth.

Redditors have throughly examined the update and are reportedly finding other features that weren’t officially announced. You can, apparently, now utilize USB music playback — removed in the last update — and MAY be able to use a 4TB hard drive.

Additionally, you may now set a party member limit, search the Live PlayStation menu more easily, and disable the console’s screenshot notification (allowing you to capture multiple screens without the pop-up interfering).


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