Headlines: House of the Dragon Filming, Secret Invasion Posters, and Gaming Showcases

Spoiler Alert: HotD Filming Leaks Reveal Two Major Moments from the Book

House of the Dragon Season 2 leak is teasing the aftermath of two pivotal moments from George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood novel. Shared by Redanian Intelligence, behind-the-scenes footage unveils a funeral procession in King’s Landing, hinting at the consequences of Prince Daemon’s revenge known as the “Blood and Cheese” scene. Another video showcases a dragon head being paraded through the streets, suggesting the coverage of the epic “Battle at Rook’s Rest.”

China Approves Microsoft’s $69 Billion Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

China’s State Administration has approved Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. This approval adds to the clearances already obtained from other regulators, including the European Union and Japan, bringing the total number of countries to 37. The acquisition, set to close in 2023, will make Microsoft the owner of significant gaming franchises such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch. The deal has important implications for the gaming industry and positions Microsoft as the third-largest gaming business by revenue after Tencent and Sony.

Microsoft and Sony Announce Upcoming Gaming Showcases: Xbox Games Showcase 2023 and PlayStation Showcase

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox Games Showcase 2023 will take place on June 11, followed by the Starfield Direct, which will provide updates on Bethesda Softworks’ highly anticipated RPG, Starfield. Meanwhile, Sony has revealed plans for a PlayStation Showcase event on May 24, featuring over an hour of content showcasing games for both the PS5 and PS VR2. Sony promises glimpses of upcoming titles from PlayStation Studios, including Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine, and hints at the possibility of surprises with the mention of “new IP.” Fans can tune in to the showcases on YouTube and Twitch for exciting announcements and gameplay reveals.

Marvel Unveils Striking Character Posters and Teaser for Secret Invasion Series

Marvel has released a set of character posters and a new teaser for the upcoming MCU series, Secret Invasion. The posters feature major players in the series, showcasing a black-and-white image of a character overlapped with a colored image of a Skrull, hinting at the shape-shifting nature of the storyline. The series revolves around a secret invasion by Skrulls, led by characters like Nick Fury and Talos. Additionally, the teaser offers glimpses of Olivia Colman’s Sonya questioning the absence of the Avengers and features an intriguing dialogue between Nick Fury and Rhodey. Secret Invasion is set to premiere on Disney+ on June 21.

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