‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels Latest News: HBO CEO Expresses Excitement for Upcoming Spinoffs

Facebok/GameOfThronesA scene from “Game of Thrones” season 7 featuring John Bradley as Samwell Tarly and Hannah Murray as Gilly.

While filming has just begun for the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones,” there are now new updates about the planned prequels, which will start airing after the current storyline wraps up in 2019.

According to Variety, when HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler received a Variety Vanguard Award at the Mipcom event in Cannes, he teased what fans can expect to see in the highly anticipated spinoffs.

Although he did not delve into deeper details when asked regarding the plots, he did confirm that there are currently five different teams working on the prequels.

“Other than to say it’s a fantastic group of writers and talent, most of whom have lived inside the Thrones eco-system so are very, very familiar with its intricacies,” Plepler revealed.

“I think we will find with this embarrassment of [writing] riches an exciting property for us to moves forward with,” he added. “We are looking some things, I have read a couple of early bibles and I’m excited about what I’ve seen,” Plepler continued.

In other news, British film and television actor Roy Dotrice, who had a short, but memorable, stint as Wisdom Hallyne on “Game of Thrones,” has passed away at the age of 94.

Before entering the world of performing arts, he served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and spent three years as a German prisoner of war. He lent his voice to different characters in British radio shows like “The Men From The Ministry” and “Know Your Place.”

Later on, he got into theater. Dotrice starred in Patrick Garland’s “Brief Lives,” where he was recognized in the Guinness World Records for having the greatest number of solo performances, due to the play’s extensive touring. He was also nominated for a Tony Award twice and won back in 2000 for the revival of “A Moon For The Misbegotten” by Eugene O’Neil.

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‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ Gameplay News: Anti-Cheat System Helped Ban 322,000 Players

Bluehole via SteamPromo image for “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” now available via Steam Early Access.

“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” has developed an anti-cheat system which bans players trying to trick their way into the game. So far, it has reportedly sanctioned 322,000 of them. 

“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” which is also referred to as “PUBG,” is an upcoming multiplayer online battle royale video game. It is slated to be released later this year but is currently accessible via Steam’s Early Access program.

The game’s developer, PUBG Corp. of Bluehole, has yet to confirm the news. However, the numbers were provided by the anti-cheat tool and platform known as the BattlEye, which watches over the game servers and keep cheaters at bay.

According to BattlEye’s recent Twitter updates: “Over 322,000 cheaters have been banned from PUBG so far, more than twice as many as posted by @PLAYERUNKNOWN just a month ago.”

In another social media post, BattlEye added: “We are currently banning at a rate of 6K-13K per day, nearly 20K within the last 24 hours alone. The vast majority is from China.”

Meanwhile, back in September, the developers previously confirmed that “over 150,000 cheaters” have already been banned by BattlEye at the time. This means that the number of unfair gamers was maintained within a month despite BattlEye’s active work to remove them from the game.

In other news, “PUBG” is continuously breaking records, especially in the number of concurrent players on Steam. It has solidified its top 1 spot at Steam’s all-time highest number of concurrents when it peaked at 2,279,084 players last week.

“PUBG’s” new record established a commanding lead against all-time favorite Steam games such as “DOTA 2″ and “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” in terms of having the most number of concurrent players in Steam’s history.

Meanwhile, on Steam alone, “PUBG” has been purchased (for $29.99) by over 16 million users. The numbers are expected to rise once the game launches during the holidays for Xbox One players.

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Sony Set to Publish Switch and PC Games, Launches New Publishing Label

Facebook/tinymetalgameArea35′s “Tiny Metal” will be the first game to be published by Sony’s Unties.

It seems Sony has opened its doors to working with its competitors, at least on the publishing side of things.

According to a report from IGN, the company has formed a new label aimed at publishing games within and outside the Sony gaming platforms. The publishing label called Unties will run under Sony Music Entertainment and will feature the video game “Tiny Metal” as its very first title. The game, which is developed by Area35, will now appear on the PlayStation 4, as well as on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

According to Sony’s official statement posted by PlayStationLifestyle.net, Unties was created to tap “the ever-expanding video game market with indie games, which are continuing to draw attention even within Japan.” Sony lauded the progress of game development that has enabled “small-scale production teams to create high-quality games.”

Likewise, they also noted the evolution of digital publishing that has allowed creators “to deliver their own titles to consumers all around the world, which spawned an indie game movement centered around North America.”

“Conversely, this has created an unfortunate side effect where certain creative, unique titles end up getting buried in the market without getting the proper exposure they deserve,” Sony added. Through Unties, Sony is looking to “unearth high-quality titles” and “utilize SME’s vast entertainment business wisdom” to give the games the public exposure that they badly need. In addition, Unties will also handle the sales and PR for the gaming titles across different platforms.

Meanwhile, a new game has opened cross-play features between some of the leading gaming platforms. In a tweet, game developer Black Riddles announced that “Crazy Justice” will offer cross-play for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC. Xbox head Phil Spencer also expressed his support for the move by re-posting the announcement on his Twitter account.

Spencer had been vocal on his support for cross-play, and the idea of seeing Xbox One owners playing with other gamers using the PlayStation 4. Sony, however, is not too keen on the idea, at least for now.

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Natalie Grant Post Surgery Update: Singer Reveals Cancer on Right Thyroid (Video)

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(Photo: Facebook/NatalieGrant)Natalie Grant sits in hospital bed after undergoing thyroid surgery, Oct 10, 2017.

Gospel singer Natalie Grant, who is now home recovering from surgery, said her doctors confirmed that her thyroid nodules were cancerous.

“I wanted to let you know that we received the pathology report from the surgery that I had this past Tuesday … The pathology results have revealed that it was, in fact, papillary thyroid cancer,” Grant said in a Facebook Live video on Monday.

“I had two cancerous nodules inside that right lobe, but pathology has also revealed that the cancer was completely contained within those nodules, so in other words, they got it all. The doctor’s office actually said, ‘Congratulations you have no more cancer inside of your body.’”

The “Clean” singer said the news immediately brought her to tears at the thought that she actually had cancer in her body.

“It’s literally like the cancer was stopped dead in its tracks, fully encapsulated inside of those nodules, not a branch out, no growth. They tested the surrounding tissue and neighboring lymph-node, all of which showed no sign of cancer or cancerous cells,” Grant explained. “All of the tissue was completely clean. So when they took out that right lobe they took out the cancer, Hallelujah! This is absolutely the best possible outcome.”

The award-winning singer also thanked her supporters. “Your faith has strengthened my faith, and I am eternally grateful.”

Grant first announced her surgery last month on Facebook, stating that she would have a thyroid operation on Oct. 10. She noted that because of the procedure, she’ll be canceling her shows and special appearances from mid-October through the end of November to focus on her recovery.

Although she was afraid that the procedure might affect her singing voice she also happily reported that nothing in her vocal chords was affected.

“After several weeks of therapy and vocal rest I should make a full recovery and be back at it,” she concluded in the new video update.

Grant first found out she had tumors on her thyroid three years ago, but up until recently, the doctors told her it was nothing to be concerned about.

Her “Celebrate Christmas” tour with Danny Gokey is still planned to launch on Nov. 30 and the Nashville native said she’s looking forward to performing on the 12-city tour.

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