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This being the week of the Electronic & Entertainment Expo (E3), expect to hear a lot from the gaming world. The buzz this year is on new consoles and 4K compatability. It’s been 2 1/2 years since Sony released their PS4 (Nov. 15, 2013), Nintendo’s Wii U has been one year longer than that (November 2012), and Microsoft jumped in on Sony’s action as they debuted the Xbox One exactly one week after the PS4 (Nov. 22, 2013). Well, a day before Microsoft holds their press conference, details have emerged regarding their upcoming reveal of the new Xbox One Slim. They also took this opportunity to reveal ‘Project Scorpio,’ their new 4K gaming console. (more…)

‘Titanfall 2’ Single Player Trailer Released

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Earlier today, Electronic Arts hosted the first ever EA Play event prior to E3 at simultaneous conferences in London and Los Angeles. The conference had the usual offerings of gameplay changes and new trailers we have come to expect, with the added bonus of being able to play the games at the show. Among huge announcements for Fifa 17 and Mass Effect Andromeda, EA also released a brand new trailer for the long awaited Titanfall 2. Although the first game in the franchise received amazing reviews one of the biggest downfalls was the lack of single player mode. It was leaked this morning that Titanfall 2 will definitely have a single player campaign prior to EA releasing a trailer for it this evening. Take a look at the trailer below!

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have just released a brand-new announce trailer for the ‘Injustice 2‘ video game, the highly-anticipated sequel to ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us.’  Injustice 2, developed by publisher NetherRealm Studios (Mortal Kombat franchise), will feature a massive roster of DC Superheroes and Villains that players can “build and power up.” (more…)

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Telltale Games have risen in power over the last decade and it is easy to see why they are so popular. After the success of quirky point and click series Sam and MaxTelltale have acquired the rights to many sought-after franchises to add their own brand of comic book style, decision making gameplay to. Although the acquisition of the rights to Jurassic Park and Back To The Future thrust this unique style of game into the mainstream, it is the development of games around series like Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead that has seen the biggest response from fans. The Walking Dead game alone sold one million copies in its first twenty days! Following these successes news broke that Telltale Games was producing a Batman game to add to its ever growing roster. There were very few details announced about the game as Telltale teased with a very short video (that you can see below.) Despite Telltale staying tight lipped over Batman – The Telltale Series, the window for its release has been narrowed!

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The future of gaming is LIVE! E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, returns for its 21st year on Tuesday, June 14th and runs through Thursday, June 16th. The event will feature press conferences and reveals from some of the biggest names in the video game business: Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, Bethesda, EA and more third-party developers! The expo, known for its history of being the event where major developers unveil new and upcoming projects, is already gathering a fair amount of buzz. With talks of new consoles from Microsoft , Nintendo (Nintendo NX) and Sony (PS 4.5) possibly being introduced or discussed, virtual reality (VR) devices for gaming systems, and a slew of games coming in the second half of 2016, you can be certain that video games will be the major focus of E3 this year. (more…)

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So not only is Tetris the Movie going to come to a theater near you in 2018, it’s going to launch the Tetris trilogy, which will likely be part of the Block-Toy Cinematic Universe along with LEGO and Jenga. Okay, that last part is a joke (for now), but that first part is not. Last fall, there was discussion about turning Tetris into an “epic sci-fi” project, but now there’s money behind it. A U.S.-China co-production between Threshold Entertainment’s Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat) and Chinese media mogul Bruno Wu will see the pair sink a combined $80 million into the movie. (more…)

It’s Official: Nintendo is Planning Movies

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Despite a lengthy history of epic failures, Hollywood is hoping to resurrect the concept of movies based on video games. In the past, projects like these have been cursed with insufficient budgets, studio meddling and inexperienced filmmakers that don’t understand how to translate one popular art form to another. Even recent videogame-related projects like Hitman: Agent 47, Pixels and Ratchet and Clank have failed to resonate with critics or the general public, and all faced dismal runs at the box office. However, with anticipated projects like The Angry Birds Movie, Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed hitting theaters this year, gamers may finally get a chance to see watchable movies based on their favorite franchises. What’s even more exciting is that one of the biggest video game companies of all time may be getting in on Hollywood’s latest ambition.

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Movie adaptations of video games aren’t always met with the most positive criticism. Like a reboot of a beloved franchise, fans feel as if they are owed something when a game they have committed a massive amount of time to is turned into a blockbuster movie. If you can remember back to October of 2011, Sony Pictures finalised talks with Ubisoft Motion Pictures to begin development of the Assassin’s Creed movie and people became a little bit excited. A year later, fans received the news that Michael Fassbender would be the film’s protagonist and people went wild. That seemed like an age ago but today we were given our first look into the world of Callum Lynch (Fassbender) and his silent killer ancestor Aguilar. The Assassin’s Creed game series has a rich tapestry of stories, characters and action to follow up on and the trailer looks like it won’t disappoint.

For those viewers who aren’t familiar with the story of Assassin’s Creed, the trailer explains within the first thirty seconds exactly what the premise of the film is. This is essential for any adaptation, not to just expect previous knowledge. So if you’ve ever played the games… You can enjoy this too! The action across a beautifully set 15th century Spain looks incredibly slick and has the classic Assassin’s Creed feel to it. That classic feel being hidden blades, plenty of flips and kicks and more parkour than you’ll know what to do with. The trailer also introduces parts for Marion Cotillard (who played Lady Macbeth alongside Fassbender in Macbeth) and the ominous Jeremy Irons.

One of the most interesting points about the film isn’t even indicated in the film and that is the question of where this film lies in the Assassin’s Creed lineage and if it is even set in the same universe already created by the games. The good news is, is that it does fall into the same universe. The even better news is that Sony and Ubisoft aren’t trying to create a sequel or a remake of an existing title. The story of Callum and his 15th century Spanish ancestor Aguilar will run alongside the games, in a place and period not yet tackled by it’s interactive counterpart.

Assassin’s Creed will be released on December 21st, directed by Justin Kurzel.

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When the newest iteration of the Star Wars: Battlefront  video game came in 2015, it was a certified hit. Of course, everyone remembers the commercials with everyone “force-ghosting” into the video game, but it took the industry on by storm this past year. The video game sold more than 14 million copies and went on to be the 4th best-selling video game in 2015. Thanks to downloadable content and expansion packs for the game it continues to be a top seller. With such a massive success on their hands, it’s almost a no-brainer that Electronic Arts (EA) would make a sequel to this game.

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Fire birds, grass goats, water snails, dolphins, owls, crococdiles – fan theories about what fans can expect from the new Pokémon Sun and Moon games have been raging practically since February, when it would first announce that there would be more games in the series. Some of them seemed pretty convincing. A few had some sneaky back stories about journalists taking surreptitious photographs of sketches from inside the Game Freak building. There were some fine pieces of fan art that a lot of people really wanted to be real, some Pokémon that looked like they would be a lot of fun to play with. (more…)