This week in gaming

Sony’s thieving raccoon swings onto the silver screen

A “Sly Cooper” movie was announced this week, and has been confirmed to be reaching theaters in 2016.

A post on the PlayStation Blog describes the film as a comedic heist film in which Sly and his friends go on an international adventure to discover his family secrets while fending off a metallic owl named Clockwerk,

Fans of the series will notice that the characters look a bit different than they have in the games. The new looks are attributed to artistic license on the part of the films creators Rainmaker Studios and director Kevin Munroe.

“Gears of War” acquired by Microsoft

Microsoft announced Monday that it has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from it’s creators, Epic Games.

Development of future titles in the series has been allocated to a newly-formed development studio, Black Tusk Studios. Rod Fergusson, who was Director of Production at Epic Games for the “Gears of War” franchise, has joined the team at Black Tusk Studios, and will play a key role in the development of the franchise, according to a post on Xbox Wire.

More news about what kinds of content this acquisition will produce is expected later this year.

“The Elder Scrolls Online” will be available on PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One.

Explore Tamriel in Imperial style

“The Elder Scrolls Online” Imperial Edition was revealed this week, along with a cinematic trailer for the game titled, “The Arrival.”

The digital version of the Imperial Edition of the game will include the ability to play as an Imperial, an Imperial White Horse, a Mudcrab vanity pet and the Rings of Mara, which will grant an experience bonus when used with a friend. This version of the game can be pre-purchased on the game’s official website for $79. The standard version of the game can also be pre-purchased for $59.

Those who purchase a physical copy of the Imperial Edition will receive all the bonuses included in the digital version as well as a 12 inch statue of Daedric Prince of Domination and Enslavement, Mogal Bal, a map of Tamriel and a 224-page illustrated guide called “The Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel.” The physical version of the Imperial Edition of the game will cost $99, and the standard version will cost $59.

“The Elder Scrolls Online” will be available on PC and Mac on Feb. 4, and will release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June.