This Week in News – Comic-Con Special Edition
Hey guys, this week your news is gonna come at you a bit more content heavy than usual. In case you didn’t know, this last weekend has seen the biggest annual comic convention seen in the world play out: San Diego Comic-Con International(or SDCC for short). On top of the news that had already been reported prior to this event, a whole lot more was debuted at Comic-Con. So, this week were are doing a Comic-Con Special Edition of This Week in News, featuring double the amount of stories that are usually featured. Believe me, I would have included more if I wanted to, but that would just mean an even bigger wall of text for you to wade through than is already on offer. In saying that, enjoy this week’s eyeball bonanza!
Having being hinted at here, and leaked there, the infamous Uncharted movie, which has gone through multiple scripts, directors and actors since first being revealed a couple years ago has a release date. Sony has revealed the movie will finally be hitting cinemas on June 10, 2016 and will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), with the latest draft of the screenplay being written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man 1&2), Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), and Alex Gartner (28 Days Later) will be producers on the film. The interesting part? It doesn’t have its Nathan Drake yet. Sony is still reportedly looking at Mark Wahlberg to play the titular character, but nothing has happened as of yet.
Another pre-order bonus for Batman: Arkham Knight has been announced thanks to an ad from Gamestop. The image (see above) shows that the vigilante Red Hood will be a playable character, exclusive to customers who purchase through the retailer. The content hasn’t been confirmed for Australia as of yet, but it’s safe to assume that if it does it will be available to people who pre-order through EB Games, seeing as Gamestop is the parent company of EB.
EA has delayed two of its biggest releases of this year, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Battlefield Hardline. Dragon Age has been pushed back a month to November 18, with the developer stating that the extra few weeks will give them the final bit of time to polish and increase stability in the game. Battlefield Hardline on the other hand has been delayed till early 2015, coming as a direct result of feedback received from the beta. Visceral stated “The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.” To read more on what they plan to do with the extra time, click here.
Naughty Dog has talked about the possibility going back to its old franchises, Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, as well as the possibility of remastering the Uncharted trilogy for PS4 ahead of the release of Uncharted 4. Speaking to IGN, ND Community Strategist Arne Meyer revealed that whilst there are no immediate plans to revisit their old franchises, they definitely aren’t ruling them out. This adds fire to rumours that Sony has bought the rights to Crash back from Activision, with numerous hints and teases being spotted in PS4 videos and comments made by Sony executives in recent times. To read Arne’s conversation with IGN on the topics, click on the following link:
Ubisoft has announced that Trials Fusion has sold more than 1 million copies since its launch in April earlier this year. In celebration of going platinum, developer RedLynx released an update to the game which saw improvements for Tournaments, Track Editor and Track Central. They are also highlighting 15 of the best user-created tracks through the Uplay recommendation feed in game.
Obsidian Entertainment has discussed with IGN the possibility of doing another entry in the Fallout franchise, offering potential settings they would like to explore. Fallout: New Vegas director Josh Sawyer talked about really wanting to go to the east coast of the US, particularly LA, as well as going to the swamplands of New Orleans. Sawyer went on to say that they have ideas for where they want to take Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic III (if it happens), as well as dropping hints that another entry in the Neverwinter franchise might appear before too long. Read on in the following link to see his actual comments:
Late last week, the twitter account for 2K UK sent out a mysterious Bioshock related image, as you can see above. For those unfamiliar with the Bioshock games, the image is an in-game advertisement for Eve’s Garden, an “exotic dancing venue” from Fort Frolic in the original Bioshock. It was tweeted out twice, with the caption above as well as “Discuss”. Interestingly, it was not tweeted by 2K’s general twitter account, leading a lot of people to speculate that we will hear something at Gamescom in a few weeks.
Epic Games recently held a live stream to showcase a real-time look at concept art for the upcoming Unreal Tournament. The focus was add a sense of visual realism, straying bit from previous Unreal Tournaments. This includes “clean” environments, noting that, in regards to the use of bright lighting and colour “a little more polish, [with] a little more realism, but without going over the top and doing kind of like what we did with Gears [of War], UT3 [Unreal Tournament 3], and making everything dark and grimy and grungy [sic]. I think you can still have detailed environments that look amazing and add colour and add visual clarity. Have your cake and eat it too, basically”. They went on to discuss design and gameplay choices under consideration.
Three PS3 games have been confirmed for release on PS4, via a leak of a list of playable PS4 games available at Gamescom on Sony’s Gamescom website. Until Dawn, The Unfinished Sawn and Journey were all spotted on the list, confirming rumours in the past few months that said titles were headed to the new console.
Since the publication of rumours of financial trouble going down at Crytek, a representative from the publisher/developer has released a statement addressing these apparent concerns. Part of the statement reads “Like the games industry as a whole, Crytek has been in a transitional phase. Our evolution from a development studio to an Online-Publisher has required us to refocus our strategies. These challenges go along with an increased demand for capital which we have secured.” The representative noted the company is confident it will have more positive news to share on Crytek’s progress soon.
BioWare has released a teaser for a brand new project, promising more info at Gamescom in a few weeks, with the tagline “You’ve Been Chosen”. The trailer, which you can see here, suggests that the developer is working on a game with strong horror themes, a bit of a departure for the developer. The trailer ends with the question, “What really happens when we sleep?” which suggests that the game might explore what happens to us in our darker dreams. A teaser site was revealed for the game, which includes a missing report file for a Henna Caplin, as well as a report on a fake college called Woods-Watson Institute of Higher Learning.
Naughty Dog has apparently been in talks with Maisie Williams (Arya Stark in Game of Thrones) to play Ellie in movie adaption of The Last of Us. The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (director of the original Spider-Man trilogy), with the script being written by Neil Druckman (co-director of The Last of Us game). The pair took to the stage in the Screen Gems panel at SDCC to announce that they had been in talks with Williams, noting that nothing had been set in stone yet and urging fans to ask Williams about it at the GoT panel. Raimi has stated that he wants the film to remain faithful to the game, saying, “What’s unique is that Neil’s writing the script. I have a great deal of confidence we’re going to end up with a script that’s true to the strengths of the game.”
For those of you fighting game fans out there desperate for Tekken X Street Fighter, and are worried it may never come out, hold onto those rays of hope. Producer Katsuhiro Harada has responded to a fan request for an update on the project at SDCC, stating that it’s “still in development and it’s still moving forward.” He claimed that numerous other fighting games in development at Bandai Namco has made it tricky to find a release window for Tekken X Street Fighter, but assured fans that the game “is proceeding. It hasn’t been cancelled, so please relax.”
Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Entertainment have released a new trailer for the upcoming Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The trailer addresses the games story, which has had a lot of people sceptical about the game (because of its lack of a story thus far). In the trailer, which you can see here, we learn that the wraith inhabiting Talion, the player character, is none other than Celebrimbor, the elf who created the Rings of Power. We learn that after creating the Rings, Celebrimbor was betrayed by Sauron, with Sauron using the hammer which forged the Rings to murder Celebrimbor’s family, as well as Celebrimbor himself. Celebrimbor has returned and begun to work through Talion, as Talion’s family was also murdered by Sauron’s minions. We also learned that Gollum will appear in the game, acting as a mission giver and sidekick of sorts. Gollum can see Celebrimbor because of his experience with “the Precious”, and worships Celebrimbor as its creator.
The game has also been moved up a week from its original release date, now being released on September 30th.
Insomniac Games has shown off a wide range of customisation options available in new game Sunset Overdrive when it releases in October. Numerous styles will be available, with full outfits and individual items available to dress up your avatar however you want. Art director Jacinda Chew broke the fashions down into three separate categories: mainstream, street (emo and goth), and costume. “Diversity was very important to me, because it is all about player choice and being who you want to be. And I think it definitely makes our game stand apart from other games.” She noted that most of the concept artists were from outside of the US, which brought more diversity to the game and the customisation.
During the Mass Effect panel at SDCC, BioWare revealed that the Mako vehicle from the original Mass Effect would be returning for the next instalment. A picture (see above) was displayed during the panel, with the developer stating that it would be more agile and no longer have a cannon attached to it. They also assured fans that vehicles infamous physics wouldn’t be a problem when it makes its return, stating that “We’re playing around with a bunch of different physics for the Mako. The thing that we have to do is make sure it is as responsive as possible. We’ve learned a thing or two over the years.”
Telltale Games has announced that The Walking Dead will be coming back for a third season. Kevin Bruner, co-founder of Telltale Games, confirmed the project during the Skybound Entertainment panel at SDCC. Telltale remained vague on a release window and story, and didn’t comment on whether or not Clementine will be back or not. Seeing as their next two games, Tales From the Borderlands and Game of Thrones, are due out this year, we probably won’t see Walking Dead S3 till sometime in 2015 (especially since Season 2 hasn’t finished yet).
Finally, in a bit of WTF news (but this time in the awesome sense), Tetsuya Nomura, the man responsible for creating Kingdom Hearts as well as designing some of Final Fantasy’s most iconic characters, has unveiled a new interpretation of Batman. The image (see above) was on display at SDCC to celebrate an upcoming line of Square Enix and DC Comics-produced collectible figurines, which will be sold under the title Variant Play Arts Kai series. Another picture is below. Revel in its glory: