October is starting to thin out, as Warner Bros. has announced an earlier release date for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. This leaves October 7 now two titles lighter, after Dragon Age: Inquisition was delayed until November.
This is good news for everyone still releasing on October’s first Tuesday (Alien: Isolation from Sega, NBA 2K15 from 2K Sports, and NBA Live 15 from EA, Driveclub from Sony, and Project Spark from Microsoft). For more on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, check out our preview from E3.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will now be out on September 30 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Our TakeThis is good news, even if it’s just a one week shift. October 7 was too heavy, and it’s looking a bit more manageable now. I’m excited for Shadow of Mordor after playing it at E3, and getting it a week early pleases me greatly.
This morning, BioWare and EA sent out a video to let us know that we were chosen. Thinking that we had finally received our beta invitation for Dragon Age Keep, we excitedly opened the email. What we found was… different.
The email included a link to a live action trailer for something called You’ve Been Chosen. This wasn’t simply a cross-promoted piece of footage, as the BioWare and EA logos appear on the video at the end.
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A link at the end of the trailer leads to a placeholder page that suggests that more information is coming in the next few weeks.
The time is near. They are watching. Your power is rising. Cologne, Germany. You’ve Been Chosen. Watch the new “Nightmare” teaser from BioWare. Sign up for the latest updates.
We know that BioWare is hard at work on Dragon Age: Inquisition, the next Mass Effect, and Casey Hudson’s new project. This could be the latter, or it might be something entirely different. All we know is that we can’t wait to see what this is all about when we hit Gamescom next month.
Our TakeI am pretty darn excited to see what this is all about. I really enjoy BioWare’s work, and this feels off the studio’s beaten path. Bring on Gamescom!
There is plenty to see on Comic Con's show floor, and I pointed a camera at some of its most impressive spectacles.
I thought I was taking a picture of a weird Batmobile, but it turns out I was taking a picture of a totally normal Darth Vader car.
Don't know why there was this case of Payday 2 masks in the middle of a bunch of Batman stuff.
Batman's upset about the Payday 2 clown mask mix-up.
He sort of looks happy to see you.
I don't think this photo needs a caption.
Sunset Overdrive's Fizzie mascot showed up at Comic Con after hanging out in the ceilings of E3.
The Behemoth, the developer behind Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater, had its own Comic Con setup.
And it brought a giant cupcake.
Comic Con is a consistently impressive display of costumes across an incredible range of entertainment media. This is only a small sampling of some of the video game cosplay on display on the show.
Nathan Drake is clearly more excited about having his photograph taken than Lara Croft.
Mega Man and Evel Boba Fett Knievel like to get together and talk about the joy of wearing helmets.
Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has changed a lot since her debut. Also, Team Fortress 2!
Mariachi Mortal Kombat.
Mariachi-less Mortal Kombat.
Despite her thumbs up and joyful expression, she was beginning to grow tired of being stopped every few steps to have a photograph taken of her impressive Vanellope von Schweetz cosplay.
Following the teaser reveal of the upcoming live-action Halo series, Nightfall, we had a chance to sit down with executive producer on all things Halo, and owner of the world's most unforgettable name, Kiki Wolfkill, about how the series came about.
Nightfall, Wolfkill tells us, is the next step following the web series that accompanied Halo 4, Forward Unto Dawn. It serves to set up an important character in Halo 5, agent Jameson Locke. We know Locke will be important to Halo 5, and we know he will be playable in the game, but we don't know exactly what role he will play in the upcoming game.
Nightfall is an entirely separate project from the announced Steven Spielberg Halo project. That project will air on television, Wolfkill confirmed, while Nightfall will be included as part of the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The show will be available outside of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, though 343 Industries won't be revealing how until Gamescom.
Ridley Scott, known for directing science-fiction staples like Alien and Blade Runner, is executive producing the show and is apparently a fan of the Halo series. The partnership came about thanks to an assortment of friendships between Microsoft and Scott Free (Scott's production company) TV president David Zucker. When Microsoft brought in Scott to brief him on the Halo series, it didn't have to tell him much as he was already familiar with the adventures of Master Chief.
Scott wasn't on hand for the actual shooting on the show, but was involved in the high-level decision making directing the show. The actual shooting of the show is being handled by director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan. Mimica-Gezzan directed episodes of Battlestar Galactica and Heroes among others, and served as assistant director on Steven Spielberg films like Catch Me if You Can, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, and Schindler's List to name a few.
The show will feature digital effects prominently, but Scott's involvement in the project has pushed it to shoot as much of the series practically and without digital effects as possible.
Nightfall will be available starting November 11, the same day as the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
This year’s Skylanders army will be joined by new versions of Spyro’s Adventure characters. The original poses will be getting a high-end finish as part of the Eon’s Elite line.
Eight of these characters will be available in limited quantities, beginning with Spyro and Chop Chop (we suspect there will be one from each of the eight elements). The figures have a metallic sheen, gold base, and a display case with a lenticular backing.
The figures are usable in-game and are more powerful than other versions of those characters. Eon’s Elite figures will be limited in quantity and available at GameStop and EB Games (Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company) in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Europeans will be able to secure them at as yet unannounced retailers.
No price point has been announced for the Eon’s Elite figures yet. Skylanders: Trap Team will be out on October 5 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, and 3DS. For more, check out the recently announced Dark Edition and our preview from E3.
Google's reported acquisition of Twitch could give the company a huge portion of video game livestreaming market. How concerned are you about this move?
If you're an avid fan of watching Twitch livestreams, we'd love to hear your opinion. Are you concerned that this will bring changes to the service? Are you concerned that Twitch might simply be made another part of Google's YouTube empire? What does this mean for the future of livestreaming? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
2K Games' UK branch seems to be suggesting that there's something afoot in the BioShock universe.
Today, via its official Twitter, 2K United Kingdom tweeted a picture depicting the logo for Eve's Garden in Poseidon Plaza (see below).
It's hard to say what this little tease could mean, but it is encouraging to see at least some acknowledgment of the franchise from an official 2K channel. However, now that both Irrational Games and 2K Marin have effectively been shuttered, its hard to speculate who will take on any new BioShock project, if one indeed exists.
Our Take:Anything involving BioShock - one of the greatest franchises of all time, in my opinion - is big news. However, I wish that 2K would come straight out and talk about its blueprint for the franchise moving forward. The fans deserve that much.
If you weren't lucky enough to get a code for Bungie's Destiny beta, cry no more. The studio has now opened up the beta to all gamers.
The move was announced with this post on the Bungie site: "Today, at 4:00 PM PDT, we’re opening the Destiny Beta to anyone who wants to create a character and walk in their boots. There are, of course, some requirements. You’ll need to have a compatible console equipped with PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold."
Our Take:It will be interesting to see how the game performs under the flood of new users. Now, why are you still reading this? Go play Destiny!
A new report, citing sources with direct knowledge of the deal, claims that Google is set to purchase the game livestreaming service Twitch.
VentureBeat's veteran tech reporter Dean Takahashi broke the story, writing that his reported came from "confirmed sources familiar with the matter." An exact announcement date and price are not confirmed, but the figure will be around $1 billion. Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006.
Twitch has been phenomenally successful in letting gamers broadcast their own gameplay session over the Internet, and has recently expanded on to consoles with its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One apps. Twitch has 50 million monthly active users.
We will update this story as more developments come to light. This story does follow recent rumors that were published in the Wall Street Journal, lending more credence to this new report.
Our Take:Given this story's source, I'd lay money that it's true. It also makes a lot of sense for Google, a company that is not shy when it comes to buying up potential sources of income. Twitch also represents one of the only true competitors for its YouTube service in the video game space.
It will be interesting to see how the Twitch community reacts to the news (I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess "negatively"). It will also raise questions about whether Twitch will continue on with business as usual or be rolled into YouTube in some way.
To coincide with the release of the Crown of the Sunken King DLC, From Software has made live a new update for its ruthless action RPG. This patch brings forth more changes than you can shake a sword
or chime at.
First and foremost, the patch brings numerous corrections, squashes dozens
of bugs, and fixes many exploits. These include added sounds, fixed descriptions, and preventing people from skipping certain parts of the game.
The real meat of the patch, and the aspects that will affect the most
players, come to weapon, armor, and item adjustments. For instance, health recovery
items are no longer useable in PvP arena battles
In addition, a large amount of weapons now have increased attack power and
status values while others have decreased stats and attack power. In addition,
many spells now have either more or fewer uses, have better tracking, and use
This is but a taste of what the patch brings; the full list has enough
changes that are sure to impact virtually any player's build. Check out the
patch notes to see if your favorite items or abilities were affected.
This patch coincides with the newly released Crown of the Sunken King DLC.
We had a lot of fun with it in our review. You can also watch Tim Turi and
Daniel Tack attempt to explore the new areas in our recent Chronicles episode.
Our TakeAfter I downloaded the patch the other day and loaded up my new cleric build, I was shocked to see that my lightning spear uses went down from 11 to 3 and my emit force uses went from 10 to 4 (I believe those are the correct numbers). I'm going to be forced to completely change up my playstyle with that build as it's now infinitely more difficult. They may even have forced my hand into using a soul vessel to reallocate some of my skill points to make the build less difficult to use. I am very much enjoying the Crown of the Sunken King DLC, however.
Many moons ago, Game Informer's Meagan Marie (who now works at Riot Games) listed five comic book series that she would like to see transformed into video games. Last year, Game Informer's Matt Miller selected two comic book properties in his "Five Franchises Telltale Games Should Do Next" article. With San Diego Comic Con in full swing, we'd like to hear from you next. Which comic book series is deserving of a video game? On top of that, what type of game should it be, and which developer should bring it to life?
Thanks to Telltale Games' latest efforts with The Walking Dead and Fables franchises, we're getting comic book experiences that don't just focus on action, action, action. The door is wide open for slow, narrative-based comic books to make a splash in the game space. I would love to see Telltale take on Garth Ennis' Preacher or Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween. I would also love to see Animal Man come to life in an open world game. Harnessing the abilities of different animals would make world traversal a blast. Let us know which of your favorite books should make the jump to digital.
Submit your ideas in the comments section below, and we'll round up what we feel are the best ideas in a story tomorrow.
Halo: Nightfall, the live action series that will launch alongside Halo: The Master Chief Collection has its first trailer. The video and details were revealed at San Diego Comic Con today.
Nightfall takes place in between Halo 4 and next year’s Halo 5: Guardians on the colony world of Sedra. There, a terrorist attack catches Agent Jameson Locke and his team off guard.
Nightfall is an origin story for Locke, who will play an important role in Halo 5: Guardians. For more on the character and actor Mike Colter, check out our previous coverage.
Halo: Nightfall is one of the few projects that will see completion following Microsoft's decision to close Xbox Entertainment Studios. For more on that story, click here.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
Our TakeI’ve always been captivated more by the Halo lore outside of the games than what’s been included in them. There’s a rich universe there, and hopefully Nightfall encourages people to explore more of it.
Today the LittleBigPlanet 3 fan community website LittleBigPlanet Central announced that a LittleBigPlanet 3 Private Beta is beginning next month. The website is also giving out a very small number of Beta access codes to its community members.
Codes will be distributed to LittleBigPlanet Central members via private messages sent to their lbpcentral accounts. The site is giving away only a few vouchers, as the space for the Beta is very limited.
LittleBigPlanet 3 was announced for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 at this year’s E3. The newest installment in the Sony exclusive platforming franchise will continue the tradition of emphasizing customization and content creation, but introduces new playable characters in addition to the series’ mascot, Sackboy.
LittleBigPlanet 3 is being developed by xDev and Sumo Studios and is scheduled to release this November. For more info on the platformer, check out the E3 trailer, or these screenshots.
Thanks to reader Shawn for the news tip!
[Source: lbp central via twitter]
Our TakeIt’s exciting to see that LittleBigPlanet 3 is getting a beta, as that might mean its development is on-track. The small number of codes being given out shouldn’t be seen as a bad sign; I imagine it’s quite a lot of work to let even a small number of people into a game that isn’t finished yet, especially in a game that revolves around content creation and customization. Hopefully we’ll hear more about this Beta, and LBP 3 in general, soon.
A new update for Stardock's strategy title has gone live today bringing a host
of updates and enhancements across the board. With the update come a handful of
One of the
most glaring issues noted in our review was the poor AI. Stardock promises that
the AI now are capable of building their empires much more effectively.
Other improvements include class-specific items and increased balancing for
unit and item stats. For a list of all of what the patch brings, see the full
Legendary Heroes is a turn-based strategy game that has you creating and
destroying empires. Check out the image gallery below to see the game in action. The Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes update is live right now and can be
downloaded by opening the game in Steam.
Publisher Ubisoft announced today that RedLynx's bike racer Trials Fusion has sold more than 1 million copies. The latest free update, which improves upon several existing game modes and adds the ability for players to create custom tracks for local multiplayer, is also available now.
In Trials Fusion, players race across a variety of tracks, taking motorbikes off jumps and avoiding a large number of different obstacles while they compete for the best time. The new update is available to download for free. It makes various improvements to the Tournament, Track Central, and Track Editor modes.
Track editing now allows for up to four fully customizable lanes to be built into tracks, for 4-player local multiplayer accessibility. The update also includes a selection of 15 of the best tracks created by Trials players, accessible on all platforms via the Uplay Recommended feed in the Track Central mode.
Trials Fusion originally launched on April 16 and is available to download or physically with the DLC season pass and unlockable items included on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC for $19.99. You can read our review of the bike racer here. For more on the Trials franchise, check out Trials Fusion Frontier, an iOS and Android game that released along with Trials Fusion.
Our TakeIt's always nice to see publishers and developers commit to their game, and get rewarded in turn. Releasing a free update of this size along with the 1 million copies sold announcement seems like it's Redlynx's way of rewarding their fans, especially with the cool 4-player multiplayer and "best of" created tracks additions. Redlynx has been good about updating their game since launch, and hopefully this means we can expect more improvements and new content in the future.
CI Games' Dark Souls-esque action RPG has a new trailer, screens, and
pre-order bonuses, straight from Comic-Con. Those who pre-order Lords of the
Fallen will get bumped up to the limited edition free of charge. This will land
you the Monk's Decipher DLC, the Demonic Weapons Pack DLC, and the game's
Not a lot of gameplay can be gleaned from this trailer apart from a few
seconds of combat and a look at a few of the enemy types. Still, the trailer certainly sets the tone for what's to come.
In addition to the trailer, new screens show Harkyn as he explores the
uninviting world he must survive in. These, as well as a concept art piece
showing the infiltrator enemy type, can be viewed in the image gallery below.
Lords of the Fallen can fall into your Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC come
October 28. For more, watch the previous trailer or read our hands-on E3
Sega aims to bring its mascot back in a big way with Sonic Boom, given there's an animated series, comic series, and a feature film in the works, but it hasn't forgotten about the blue blur's roots on video game consoles. Today, Sega announced its two Sonic Boom games will launch one week apart this November.
The 3DS entry in the Sonic Boom universe, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, hits November 11, and Wii U's Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric launches November 18. The former is developed by Sanzaru Games, and the latter by Big Red Button.
Sega has also released the official box art for both titles, which you can view below. For more on Sonic Boom, check out our previews of the titles on Wii U and 3DS.
Capcom developed its fair share of licensed Disney games on NES back in the day, but, back in the late '80s, Disney hadn't yet purchased Marvel Comics. Thankfully, Cinefix is here to right history's wrongs and reimagine The Avengers in the style of classic Mega Man games.
With Nick Fury doing his best Dr. Light impression and doling out mission assignments to Captain America trotting around in Protoman's likeness, we can't help but smile at the video's craftsmanship and wish this were a real game. From the initial skirmish between Iron Man and Thor to the massive battle against the Chitauri in Manhattan, this interpretation of The Avengers is full of button-mashing goodness.
For more on the intersection of Avengers and video games, check out the upcoming Marvel Super Heroes collector's edition set for Disney Infinity.
[Source: The Mary Sue via CineFix]
Legendary is at San Diego Comic Con and has brought some new goodies from the upcoming Warcraft movie. Not only do we get a look at the film's logo, but also some of it's huge props.
Blizzard community manager, Micah “Bashiok” Whipple, took some pictures of two of the props from the film. The shield is a replica of the one appearing in the Alliance Crest, and has a companion sword by its side.
Click to enlarge.
The Duncan Jones-helmed movie completed filming in May. It’s scheduled for release on March 11, 2016.
World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is currently in closed beta testing. Release is targeted for this year.
[Source: Legendary on Twitter, Micah Whipple on Twitter (1), (2)]
Our TakeI want to have faith in this game-to-movie adaptation, but history has been harsh to the genre. Maybe Duncan Jones can elevate the concept. If not, at least the props are impressive.
Nintendo dominated the theme of many blogs this week, with
a number of the community bloggers talking about Pokémon, Smash Bros., and Club
Nintendo. Don't worry though, there are plenty of other unique blogs, including
a few from bloggers being featured here for the first time. Enjoy.
Period Reviewed: July
14 – July 20, 2014Number of User
Blogs: 70Number of User
Bloggers: 46Number of User
Blogs Herded: 13
Game Informer – Extra Life 2014 Update #1Zachary Pligge provides the
first community update in preparation for this year's Extra Life 24-hour gaming
marathon to benefit charity. The event is currently scheduled for October 25,
I'd Like To See In Alpha Sapphire And Omega RubyThe Game Boy Advance titles
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire are getting a makeover this fall. Lotrgeek mentions
some changes he'd like to see when they are released as Alpha Sapphire and
Nintendo Platinum & Gold Rewards 2014: Disappointingly DigitalA very thorough assessment from
Apricot analyzing this year's Club Nintendo Platinum & Gold Rewards for
2014, including a personal perspective on why this year wasn't the greatest.
Will Get Cut From The Smash Bros Lineup?Parker Lemke evaluates the
previous rosters from other Smash Bros. games and comes up with his list of
characters that could get cut from the upcoming title, including the
probability they'll get canned.
The Current Super Smash Bros. NewcomersThe highly anticipated Super
Smash Bros. game has a lot of people excited about the upcoming launch, which is
still a few months away. That doesn't stop MightyMagikarp from ranking the
I Were In Charge Of PokémonWhat would you do if you were
in charge of the Pokémon franchise? That is exactly the question Saturday
Morning Replay considers in this piece about Nintendo's pocket monsters.
You Disappoint Me."An ardent fan of the Metal Gear
franchise, Marco Polo admits he is a little disappointed with the creative
direction being taken with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Game Worth Sharing: Space Station 13If you like quirkily little
indie titles, then pwnmaster109 might have just the game for you. Check out his
blog exploring Space Station 13 and see if it's something you're interested in.
Censoring Manhunt 2 Turned Out To Be A Good ThingThe launch of Manhunt 2 a few
years ago was a bit controversial due to its graphic violence and mature
content. Now that he's played it, xking595x thinks censoring it was the right
Freedom In Gone HomeInspired by Game Informer's
Fourth of July "Exploring Freedom" feature, OriginalClint selects Gone Home as
his game to examine because of its freedom to influence the game's narrative.
Good Or Bad?Nostalgia, or that longing for
something from the past, is a popular theme among gamers. Raging Searchers
weighs in on what it means to him, and whether it's a good thing or bad.
The Next Generation – A Bumpy StartThis blog about joining the
next generation of gaming after purchasing a Playstation 4 might say it was
posted by whovian223, but you all know and love him as Hist, one of Game
Informer's featured bloggers.
And Creatures: Magic For BeginnersThe highly regarded trading
card game known as Magic: The Gathering is also available on various game
platforms. Bluubeetle covers the basics you can use regardless of how
you're playing it.
Makes Someone A Good Game Critic?While there are a lot of
thoughts about what makes a person qualified to critique a video game, нawĸe5
(мr. мonday nιgнт) reveals a few traits he believes are important in this line
Last Of Us Case Study/ReviewSakaerion posts an exceptional
review of The Last of Us just in time for the upcoming release of the
re-mastered edition of arguably one of the greatest games of our time.
Hearts: The Great War ReviewJosh Kowbel published a couple
of great reviews this week, including this one for Valiant Hearts: The Great
War, a puzzle adventure game developed by Ubisoft Montpellier.
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Video Game Quote of the Week From Twitter:Twitter is 50/50. Either hating on ESPN2 for
showing a video game tournament or mind blown. Get over it world. This is now
& the future #TI4 @CaitlinV3NUS
Update: Sony has responded to our request for comment on the settlement for the 2011 PSN hacking and data breach class actions suit.
"A proposed settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuits arising from the April 2011 criminal cyber-attacks on the PlayStation Network, Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment services," a representative told Game Informer via email. "Information regarding the proposed settlement, which is subject to final approval by the Court, is available in the settlement agreement and other documents filed with the Court. While we continue to deny the allegations in the class action lawsuits, most of which had been previously dismissed by the trial court, we decided to move forward with a settlement to avoid the costs associated with lengthy litigation. To date, the Sony entities have received no confirmed reports of identity theft linked to the attacks, and there is no evidence that anyone’s credit card information was accessed. We are glad that the parties are working toward a resolution of this matter and that our gamers will continue to enjoy our entertainment services."
As we mentioned last night, a judge has given preliminary approval to the settlement, which would carve out approximately $15 million in compensation to affected users, including free games, unused fund reimbursements, and awards if identity theft can be proved. Another $2.75 million will be paid in attorney fees per the terms.
The US District Court for the Southern District of California has preliminarily approved a settlement over the 2011 PlayStation Network data breach, which took the service down for weeks. The cash value of the settlement could be as much as $17.75 million.
The settlement includes an offer of a PS3 or PSP game, PS3 themes, or three months of PlayStation Plus membership. Sony’s settlement offer includes a number of tiers depending on whether users took advantage of the “Welcome Back” game offer that was made available in 2011.
Users that did take advantage can choose one of these groups. Those that did not can choose two. Eight PlayStation 3 games, including Dead Nation, Infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Rain will be offered. Six PlayStation Portable titles, including LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Patapon 3, and Killzone Liberation are included. The remaining, yet to be named titles, will be at least six months old from the time the formal settlement notification is posted.
There are caps on the different groups. Once $6 million of claims in the non-Welcome Back group and $4 million in the Welcome Back group are reached, claimants will be awarded a one month PlayStation Plus membership.
Additionally, those Sony Online Entertainment users that were affected can get $4.50 in Station Cash. The cap on this category is $4 million, and if claims exceed that amount, all users will have deposits reduced proportionally to accommodate the group.
The settlement also has a provision for identity theft protection reimbursements of up to $1 million for the group. If you can evidence that your identity was compromised due to the breach, you can submit a claim for up to $2,500.
There are also stipulations for those that had unused wallet currency and did not use it because of the intrusion (due to account lapse or deactivation). Additionally, there are mechanisms to reimburse Qriocity music service users that were paying at the time.
Attorney fees are covered in the settlement, and the many firms involved will be paid $2.75 million. We’ve reached out to Sony for comment and will update should we receive a response.
[Source: United States District Court (1), (2) via Polygon]
Our TakeThe court order means that in the coming months, you should be receiving something in the mail that will allow you to claim your benefits under the settlement. You'll want to move quickly so as to get your filing in before the groups reach the cap.This is an interesting turn of events, ending the tale of one of the most memorable cautionary tales in recent video game history.
A crafty Guild Wars II player is now questing for nothing but honey. I've seen plenty of great custom costumes in MMOs, but this giant version of Winnie the Pooh is easily one of the best. He was last spotted about a month ago in the Heart of the Mists (a PvP staging area), indicating he may not be as friendly as he is in the cartoons.
[Source: Tumblr via Dorkly]
San Diego Comic Con is starting to heat up, and Square Enix has announced one of its big surprises. Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts character designer Tetsuya Nomura has unveiled his take on DC Comics’ most iconic creation.
The prototype for the as yet unnamed version of The Dark Knight will be part of the DC Comics Variant Play Arts -Kai- line. This Batman, who is reminiscent of Keyblade warriors in armor (seen in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep) is the first of a new series of figures.
If you’re at San Diego Comic Con, you can see the prototype for yourself at the Square Enix Booth. For more from the Play Arts -Kai- line, you can visit the official website.
Sony has moved around some dates in its movie schedule, making room for Nathan Drake’s big screen debut. Sony announced today that it will be releasing the film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s action series on June 10, 2016.
That date originally belonged to The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which Sony has now bumped back by two years. Spider-Man fans won’t be left out in the cold though, as Sony is planning a Sinister Six film for November 11, 2016.
Uncharted director Seth Gordon plans to start shooting in early 2015, though there’s no lead attached to the film yet. The screenplay is currently being written by David Guggenheim.
Uncharted will next appear on PlayStation 4 in 2015, and there are hints that it might be the last entry in the series. For more check out the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End trailer from E3.
[Source: Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Reporter]