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Gaming Week In Review: The ‘Tetris’ movie is coming

Chinese And US Studios Join Forces In Adaptation Of Iconic Russian Pop Art Piece – Or In Other Words, A Tetris Movie Is Coming.

With The Angry Birds Movie hitting domestic cinemas this weekend, the bar for video game adaptations has been simultaneously raised and lowered. Despite lacking any sort of a framing narrative, meaningful characters, or memorable charm in any way, Angry Birds has inspired the first video game based film to earn a non-Rotten (above 60 percent critical approval) rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In other words, the first competent game film in history.

Clearly inspired by this minimalist trend, Threshold Global Studios (a collaboration of various Chinese and American production companies) has announced a film based on Tetris. You know, the classic puzzle game about falling blocks that must be placed in towers of increasing ineptitude, clearing lines and scoring points until the sum amount of your failures declares defeat. The film adaptation will boast a budget of more than $80 million (for reference, the upcoming Warcraft cost around $100 million). USA Today reports that the film will begin shooting in China next year. It will be the first in a trilogy of “sci-fi thrillers.”

A Very Specific Part of Halo 5 Is Coming To PC

In recent months, Microsoft’s commitment to the PC platform as a place for gaming has seen a rejuvenation. With major titles like Quantum Break and Killer Instinct seeing Windows 10 releases after prolonged XBox exclusivity, the possibilities seemed almost endless for PC gamers that loved console-focused games. That almost has largely centered around the Halo franchise, Microsoft’s crown jewel of the XBox experience. No mainline Halo game since Halo 2 has appeared off the XBox ecosystem, leaving fans desperate. Even with Microsoft’s newfound enthusiasm, Halo always seemed to be off the table.

That shifts this week with the announcement of Halo 5: Guardians‘s ‘Forge’ Mode for Windows 10. If you’re unfamiliar with “Forge” it’s essentially Halo‘s open creation sandbox. Players can build, destroy and manipulate all sorts of crazy maps in the Halo engine all in active multiplayer. The Windows 10 game (confusingly titled Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition) will let players build Halo 5 maps from the comfort of the PC with all the precision of a mouse and keyboard. Maps are even testable on PC, which means Halo 5 will be running natively on said PC systems.

However, if players would like to play traditional multiplayer or Halo 5‘s co-op campaign mode, these are still exclusive to the XBox ONE console.

Forge- Halo 5: Guardians Edition will be available “later this year” on Windows 10.

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