Sunday, June 13, 2021

Ubisoft Brings Rocksmith As A Subscription Service Back, Today closed Beta Sign-ups Start

During Ubisoft's E3 presentation, the publisher announced it's getting back in the guitar tutorial business with Rocksmith+. This new version of the decade-old franchise was given ample spotlight during the live stream, as Ubisoft San Francisco explained how is transforming it from a standalone product into a robust subscription service.Arthur Von Nagel, a Ubisoft producer, discussed some of the enhancements and changes coming to Rocksmith+. He noted how aspiring musicians can learn to play guitar or bass by connecting their instrument of choice to a PC, console, or mobile device. Because Rocksmith+ is able to use your phone as a microphone, acoustic guitar players and those using electric guitars with amplifiers can play without additional equipment. The appropriate app is all that’s needed to be downloaded on a mobile device and synced to whichever platform the user chooses. The music library was described as having “a huge amount of songs at launch,” featuring master recording and will grow each week with “new, authentic arrangements.” Genres mentioned in the presentation include pop, hip-hop, country, R&B, Latin, and metal subgenres. “It’s the most diverse song library ever seen in music learning software,” claims Nagel. There’s even going to be a way for users to create and add their own arrangements using a new tool called Rocksmith Workshop. Nagel also announced a bunch of new ways for people to learn strum or shred from Rocksmith+. Chord charts will be included for those who prefer to stick to rhythm guitar as well as the more accurate note-for-note style of past versions of Rocksmith. New this time around is a tablature view to read the music as one would with traditional sheet music. An enhanced recommendation system and better progress tracking have been added to allow for a more personalized learning experience for beginner and intermediate musicians. In a press release after the show, Ubisoft announced pricing details: $14.99 for a 1-month subscription, $39.99 for a 3-month subscription, and $99.99 for a 12-month subscription. Sign-ups for the Rocksmith+ "closed beta" start today, and the full launch of the service is expected later this year. You can check out the rest of Ubisoft’s big announcements at our E3 hub, and watch the reveals from other publishers along with the Game Informer team live on Twitch!
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    The Mandalorian Season 3 Production Update, Boba Fett Crossover Details

    More details about Disney+’s upcoming The Mandalorian Season 3 are emerging, with a recent report from Collider noting that the third season of the show is currently not heading into production. RELATED: Disney+’s The Book of Boba Fett Wraps ProductionThe report notes that at the moment, stages in Los Angeles are being used for the upcoming Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series, so the plan is to wait until later this year to begin filming The Mandalorian’s third season. Collider’s report also mentions that the delay could be due to Pedro Pascal’s recent commitment to star in HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation, although that’s not been confirmed. With The Book of Boba Fett recently wrapping production, the outlet also reports that the series is slated to be more of a closely linked spinoff series than previously thought. Sources tell the site that the upcoming Disney+ series will be more of a “The Mandalorian Season 2.5,” with characters from The Mandalorian set to appear in the series. The Book of Boba Fett sees the return of Temuera Morrison as he reprises his fan-favorite space bounty hunter role as Boba Fett, who was last seen by Star Wars fans during the post-credits scene of the second season finale of The Mandalorian. The series will be executive produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, who are reportedly trying to adopt Marvel Studios’ successful MCU format.RELATED: Disney+ For Your Consideration Posters Released, Features Gina CaranoThere are currently two Star Wars prequel spinoffs in production including the Diego Luna-led Andor series and the Ewan McGregor-led Obi-Wan Kenobi, which film in the UK and Los Angeles, respectively. Lucasfilm is also developing two new series which will both be set within The Mandalorian timeline including The Acolyte and Ahsoka, which will be led by Rosario Dawson as fan-favorite Jedi Ahsoka Tano.

    Disney+’s The Book of Boba Fett Wraps Production

    The Mandalorian actress Ming-Na Wen took to Twitter to confirm that production on Disney+’s forthcoming The Mandalorian spinoff series The Book of Boba Fett has finally been completed after six months of filming in Los Angeles. The series is expected to make its debut later this in December.Wen is set to reprise her role as elite mercenary and assassin Fennec Shand, a Star Wars character who first appeared during the first season of The Mandalorian. She also recently voiced a young version of the character in Lucasfilm’s newest animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch, which is currently still airing on the Disney+.Latex gloves and @starwars shorts.I know sexy. #wrapgift #TheBookofBobaFett #fennecshand  pic.twitter.com/p71ctBJ7C6— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) June 8, 2021RELATED: New Indiana Jones 5 Set Photos Tease Harrison Ford’s ReturnThe Book of Boba Fett sees the return of Temuera Morrison as he reprises his fan-favorite space bounty hunter role as Boba Fett, who was last seen by Star Wars fans during the post-credits scene of the second season finale of The Mandalorian. The series will be executive produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, who are reportedly trying to adopt Marvel Studios’ successful MCU format.Lucasfilm had previously attempted to produce Boba Fett spinoffs before the character appeared in The Mandalorian. However, none of the planned spinoffs took off and made it to production. This includes a live-action TV series from George Lucas and a Boba-centric film from Fantastic Four director Josh Trank, which both didn’t move forward with their productions.RELATED: Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic No Longer In Active Development There are currently two Star Wars prequel spinoffs in production including the Diego Luna-led Andor series and the Ewan McGregor-led Obi-Wan Kenobi, which filming in the UK and Los Angeles, respectively. Lucasfilm is also developing two new series which will be both set within The Mandalorian timeline including The Acolyte and Ahsoka, which will be led by Rosario Dawson as fan-favorite Jedi Ahsoka Tano.

    New Indiana Jones 5 Set Photos Tease Harrison Ford’s Return

    As production continues on Indiana Jones 5 in the UK, another batch of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Lucasfilm’s long-in-development final installment has arrived online through Twitter (via IJ Adventure Outpost). The new set photos provide us our first glimpse of franchise star Harrison Ford’s return as the legendary adventurer. Ford, who was seen along with Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, was finally wearing his familiar Indiana Jones attire after over a decade since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Yesterday, the first Indiana Jones set photos have been revealed, which hinted at the upcoming film’s intention to de-age Ford for flashback scenes possibly dating back to Raiders of the Lost Ark.Exclusive Photo that we got right now!Harrison Ford sighted on Set of Indiana Jones 5 pic.twitter.com/jVzTB25XIw— IJ Adventure Outpost (@IndianaJones_ch) June 7, 2021Another photo of Harrison Ford on Set received right now pic.twitter.com/IDmNdbRczF— IJ Adventure Outpost (@IndianaJones_ch) June 7, 2021RELATED: Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic No Longer In Active Development Indiana Jones 5 sees the return of Harrison Ford as he reprises one of his most iconic roles as the titular explorer. The final installment will also be led by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who has signed for the female leading role opposite Ford. It will also feature the introduction of franchise newcomers Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, and Shaunette Renée Wilson, who have been cast in undisclosed roles.It is being directed by Oscar nominee James Mangold (Logan) from a new screenplay he is co-writing with Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, who collaborated on Ford v Ferrari. Mangold took over the director’s chair after Steven Spielberg had announced last year that he is exiting his directorial duties for the film. The Oscar-winning filmmaker was the one who directed all of the previous Indiana Jones films. Despite this, he will still remain part of the film’s production as a producer.RELATED: Bethesda & MachineGames Developing Indiana Jones Video GameIndiana Jones 5 will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, original franchise director Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel, with John Williams returning to score the film, continuing a musical journey that began 40 years ago with Raiders of the Lost Ark.The untitled project is currently scheduled to be released on July 29, 2022.

    Jon Favreau Says The Mandalorian Season 3 is on Schedule To Film This Year

    Jon Favreau Says The Mandalorian Season 3 is on Schedule To Film This Year While Disney+ hasn’t officially given a greenlight for The Mandalorian season 3, it’s basically a formality. Series creator and showrunner, Jon Favreau, began working on the season 3 scripts earlier this year (via SuperHeroHype). More recently, Favreau told Variety said that The Mandalorian season 3 is “on schedule…[to begin filming] before the end of the year.” RELATED: Din Djarin Shows the Way in The Mandalorian Season 2 Promo “We’re operating under the assumption that we’ll be able to go forward,” added Favreau. “We’re in very small situations and oftentimes we have a lot of characters in masks. And we also have a lot of digital work that augments things. So we’re a show that’s probably well-equipped to be flexible based on the protocols that are emerging surrounding work restarting.” Regarding rumors of a Mandalorian movie, Favreau noted that he’s not in a hurry to make one. “But we’re definitely open to it,” said Favreau. “And excited to see where the story leads us and have that flexibility — because there’s no rulebook now. Technology is always offering new opportunities to tell stories in a fresh way. It’s a very exciting time to be doing this and I feel very grateful that we’re able to be able to work remotely, because of the nature of the technology that we’re dealing with. So we’re continuing to try to move forward and keep the ball rolling, even though it’s been a challenging time for everyone.” However, The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal was more enthusiastic about a potential film. “I think that the work is so beautiful that I would love for that to be held by a big-screen experience,” said Pascal. “But it seems to work so well that also I’m not sure it’s something that I would want corrupted by any kind of change, you know? I mean, I certainly know that the challenge can be met. It’s not like these people don’t have the experience. If anybody can do it, they can!” RELATED: The Mandalorian Season 2 Character Art Brings Out Your Inner Child The Mandalorian season 2 will premiere on Disney+ on October 30. New episodes will drop every Friday at midnight. What do you think about Favreau and Pascal’s latest comments? Let us know in the comment section below! Recommended Reading: Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Code

    ILM Explores the Making of the Razor Crest in a fresh Mandalorian Featurette

    ILM Explores the Making of the Razor Crest in a New Mandalorian Featurette The Child (a.k.a. Baby Yoda) may have stolen the spotlight from the title character throughout The Mandalorian’s first season. However, if it weren’t for the series’ true unsung hero, the Razor Crest, they never would have crossed paths in the first place. Mando’s ship certainly saw a lot of action last year, and it’s mostly thanks to the talented crew at ILM. Not surprisingly, a lot of work went into designing the bounty hunter’s space ride. But in a new 17-minute featurette, the designers themselves reveal how its creation hearkens back to old-school Star Wars filmmaking (via SuperHeroHype). The featurette includes interviews with several ILM staffers, including design supervisor Doug Chiang. According to Chiang, showrunner Jon Favreau already had a good idea of what he wanted the ship to look like. He was particularly fascinated by the A-10 Warthog, an Air Force plane with two large engines on its rear. Chiang’s team used this as their starting point. They also combined it with “WWII aesthetics” to indicate an “early” spaceship whose design might even pre-date the X-Wings. RELATED: Giancarlo Esposito Teases Future Seasons of The Mandalorian Military aircrafts provided a lot of inspiration to the team as they designed the Razor Crest. Model supervisor Jay Machado explained that they also studied “airport graveyards” to give it a more run-down appearance. Regardless, he admitted that it was “very difficult to make something so shiny look good in all these different environments.” In the long run, concept design supervisor Ryan Church says their goal was to make the vessel look “very intimidating and very strong.” What’s really interesting, however, is how the designers created a model of the Razor Crest for filming. As CGI technology has advanced over the years, this method has been used less and less. But with Favreau’s support, the team 3D-printed a miniature version of the ship, which paved the way for the studio’s first motion-control shoot in 15 years. The Mandalorian (and the Razor Crest) will return to Disney+ for its second season on October 30. You can watch the new featurette below, then share your thoughts in the comment section! Recommended Reading: Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Code 

    John Powell Announces Expanded Score for Solo: A Star Wars Story!

    John Powell Announces Expanded Score for Solo: A Star Wars Story! Composer John Powell announced on his Instagram page the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story: The Deluxe Edition, which will feature over two hours of his original score for the Ron Howard film! Check out the full announcement below. Here’s what Powell wrote on his post: “Solo: A Star Wars Story (The Deluxe Edition)Coming soon in 2020 to digital exclusive streaming and digital purchase: over 2 hours of original/unedited music from Solo: A Star Wars Story [as written for the film] All cues + the original unedited version of the end credits suite!” This is indeed exciting news. The score for Solo: A Star Wars Story remains one of the better efforts to come out of the recent batch of Star Wars flicks thanks to its exuberant style, luscious themes, and rip-roaring action music. John Williams wrote the main theme for the Han Solo character, but Powell, an under-appreciated composer if there ever was one, is credited with the bulk of the music. Directed by Ron Howard, the fun-filled galactic heist movie stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Paul Bettany. Joonas Suotamo returns to play Chewbacca. RELATED: CS Unboxed: Diamond Select’s Chewbacca Statue From Solo Written by Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel. Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller are executive producers. To create the unique look of the film, some of the industry’s top talent was recruited, including Academy Award nominee Bradford Young, director of photography; two-time Academy Award-winning editor Pietro Scalia; Dominic Tuohy, special effects supervisor; Rob Bredow, visual effects supervisor; and John Powel, score composed and adapted by. They are joined by returning Star Wars veteran crew members: Neil Lamont, production designer; Neal Scanlan, special creature effects; David Crossman and Glyn Dillon, costume designers; Jamie Wilkinson, prop master; Lisa Tomblin-Fitzpatrick, hair designer; and Amanda Knight, makeup designer.

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