At E3 2015, Firaxis brought a gameplay demo of the highly anticipated XCOM 2. The ten minute clip showcases the new setting of the franchise which happens 20 years after the humanity surrendered to the superior alien force.
The mission takes place in an urban area where we can see a troop of heavily armed force called the Advent guarding a press conference. The event said to commemorate the Unification Day, the day where Earth governments capitulated 20 years ago. The XCOM unit, now functioning as a guerrilla force, seeks out and destroys the symbol of the Unification Day – a statue.
While the Advent is delivering a message of peace and hope, enhancing humans via alien technology through their “generosity”. The crowd looks happy with the event, cheering on but there is a sense of unease on the air. Then things go haywire.
Few new combat features are shown in the demo. Namely melee weapons, flying combat drone and new stealth system that allows XCOM operatives to sneak in without rousing any aggro or suspicion from the enemy. The lighting and animations, especially the death animation looks awesome and vastly improved over the original. Death and brutality ramped up considerably here too.
The video ends with an XCOM operator assisting a comrade and popping a flare to call for extraction. A Sky Ranger coming to the rescue and the XCOM operators escaped with it while the enemy closing in fast.
We can barely wait for the game to be launched in November.
Longtime fans of the Fallout series rejoiced when Bethesda announced the release date for Fallout 4 is only months away. Launching on 1o November this year, Bethesda has kept the games under wraps and forgone the usual lengthy pre-launch campaign that precedes most AAA projects.
When inquired by Gamesradar in an interview with Pete Hines, Bethesda’s vice president of PR and Marketing on the status of Fallout 4 following the announcement, Pete said the game was “pretty much done.” One of the reasons for announcing the game so close to release was that they felt that they could due to the large expectations and popularly of the Fallout series. But Pete does admit that doing things this way is “way more fun.”
Despite the close release date, Fallout 4 has actually been in development for the past four years as admitted by Game Director Todd Howard, keeping such a tight lid on things allowed them to “work really hard on something special.”
Bethesda’s approach to announcing the game was quite unique and was a gamble at best, but the payoff was one of their biggest and best reactions to their games yet.
With tons of new features, an extremely detailed crafting system, a massive open world and an emphasis to player freedom, gamers will be dropped into post-apocalyptic Boston where they will be able to interact with the world as they see fit.
Fallout 4 will be out for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Marvel Studios has announced that Tom Holland will be the one doing the web swinging in the upcoming Spider-Man cameo in the Captain America: Civil War and the solo Spider-Man movie in 2017. Tom Holland is a 19 year old British actor who acted beside Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and King Kong’s lover (Naomi Watts) in the Indian Ocean 2004 tsunami disaster movie based on real events, The Impossible.
However, what makes the development more interesting for the solo Spider-Man movie is the director that Marvel Studios picked up. He is Jon Watts, the director of 2015 Sundance Film Festival selection Cop Car.
This is the media announcement from Marvel’s official site:
“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director. The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in “The Impossible,” “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming “In the Heart of the Sea,” and by a series of complex screen tests. Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job.
Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”
Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger.
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.”
The solo Spider-Man movie is set to swing into cinemas on 28 July 2017.
Capcom has added two more fighters to the roster of Street Fighter V at E3 2015 – the fast, nimble Cammy and mohawked brute with chains, Birdie. While Cammy is always the agile and nimble British female fighter who doesn’t rely on silly projectiles to smash her opponents, Birdie loves to headbutt his opponents into submission after wrapping them up in chains. Now we have Ryu, Chun Li, Charlie Nash, M.Bison, Cammy and Birdie confirmed so far in the roster.
In the reveal trailer, we can see Cammy is using her successive combos on close quarters and her signature Axel Spin Knuckle looks rather nasty. Birdie, in a sharp contrast, just goes for the gut and pound it with his flames and headbutts via Break Time and Enjoy Time moves.
In order to clear confusion about the Beta that is set to start on 23 July 2015, Capcom laid out a detailed discussion on it recently at their blog:
Supported Countries: United States, Canada
Users can get guaranteed Beta access by pre-ordering the product from the following retailers: GameStop / Amazon / Best Buy / PSN
Beta redemption keys will be e-mailed from the retailer you pre-ordered from, starting from 7/20. Once you get your Beta key, you can immediately input it into PSN to download the Street Fighter V Beta client.
Users who pre-order digitally through PSN will not need to redeem a Beta key, but will need to manually download the Street Fighter V Beta client from the PSN store starting on 7/20.
Supported Countries: Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay
Sign-ups will close on 7/15. Users who are selected to participate in the Beta will receive an email on 7/23 with instructions on how to access their Beta redemption key.
Supported Countries: Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong
PlayStation Plus members can apply for Beta access by downloading the “Street Fighter V Closed Beta Test Ticket” at the PlayStation Store from 7/9-7/14 (Asia time zones). Notifications will be sent out to selected users starting on 7/21.
PlayStation Plus members can apply for Beta access by downloading the “Street Fighter V Closed Beta Test Ticket” at the PlayStation Store from 7/8-7/13 (Asia time zones). Notifications will be sent out to selected users starting on 7/21.”
Gust, the game developer of Atelier series, has announced the release of the new Atelier chapter in Japan – Atelier Sophie. The full title of the game is Atelier Sophie: Fushigi na Hon no Renkin Jutsushi/ソフィーのアトリエ 不思議な本の錬金術士. The last iteration of Atelier title is Atelier Rorona that was relaunched for the 3DS in Japan recently.
The game is not a reboot but a totally new title. It is a known fact that two artists are working on the game.
According to the official synopsis of the game, the game’s main character name is Sophie Noienmuller, designed by artist Noco and voiced by voice actress Yuka Iguchi. She is described as a girl who loves alchemy and runs an atelier studio located at the edge of the town, which is a recurring theme in the Atelier series.
Another character is Prafta, designed by Yuugen and voiced by the same VA as Sophie. She suffers amnesia, has silver coloured hair and player(s) can customize her appearance with cute costumes via a “material synthesizer.”
The game is set to be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 25 September 2015. It will cost 6800 Yen/US$55 for the standard edition, 6000 Yen/ US$48 for digital copy and 9800 Yen/ US$79 for premium version on PS3 and PS4 platforms. Whereas on the PS Vita, it will cost 5800/US$47 Yen for standard edition, 5143 Yen/US$41 for digital copy and 8800 Yen/US$71 for Premium Pack.
The Premium Pack consists of a visual book, soundtrack archives CD, special B3 sized poster, a character clear marker set and five downloadable content sets.
The crowd pleasing series Working!!! shows up for a third season in the summer 2015 lineup. Now we get to see new visual keys, promo videos, new director and the introduction of a new character in the series started by Takatsu Karino. The new series will debut on 4 July.
Most of the voice actors are back for the third time, such as Jun Fukuyama (Code Geass), Kana Asumi (Hidamari Sketch), Saki Fujita (Yozakura Quartet) and Kumiko Watanabe (Keroro Gunso). However, there is a change of director, this time it is assumed by Yumi Kamakura (Inazuma Eleven). Other than that, rest of the crew is the same – series composition by Takao Yoshioka (Watamote, High School DVD), character designer and animator supervisor Shingo Adachi (Sword Art Online) and music scoring is by MONACA (Hanayamata the Animation ). The famous animation studio A-1 Pictures will be handling the series.
The manga which concluded last year has a total of 13 tankubon volumes. It is proven to be very popular since its birth in 2005 as a four panel manga in Young Gangan seinen compilation by Square Enix.
If you’re crazy about Sailor Senshi and totally mad about tea, this might just be up your alley. Themed merch isn’t anything new in Japan (an entire industry is built on it) and this time its more practical than cute. You see, with the hot weather its quite common for people to carry about a water bottle in their bag and often the bottle tends to sweat because we just love to have us some cold water. So we wrap it in a towel to make sure the rest of our stuff doesn’t get soaked by the condensation.
But a more efficient way to fix the problem is to just slip on a specially made cover and this is exactly what these Sailor Senshi bottle covers do. Produced by MiniStop (a convenience store in Japan, similar to Lawsons and 7-Eleven) you can snag yourself a free Sailor Senshi themed cover when you buy a bottle of Japanese tea from the Oi Ocha brand. The covers come in six designs ranging from Sailor Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Luna, they are designed to fit on any 500ml plastic bottle. Unfortunately there won’t be any variants for Chibi Moon or Tuxedo mask but hey we aren’t complaining. The covers will be in a small box attached directly to the bottles themselves so you pretty much pick one up immediately with your tea.
That’s not all though, the first 32 customers at each branch to buy two or more packages from a selection of candies will receive one of four Sailor Moon Crystal plastic files. If you happen to buy one of the selected candies AND a participating drink brand while spending more than 500 yen you can mail in the receipt or register here to potentially win one of 50 Luna cushions measuring about 19.7 inches in diameter. Entry is ongoing till July 13 but the special Sailor Senshi bottles with the covers are of a limited run.
Mini Stop isn’t planning to make more so if you miss out, tough luck so if you have any buddies in Japan, get them to snag one for you while they still last.
After a storm of angry reviews and feedback as well as numerous reports of subpar technical performance for the PC version of Batman:Arkham Knight, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment pulled the plug on game on Steam and issued a general statement on its community forums. At this point, only 31 percent of gamers who purchased this highly anticipated game gave a “positive” with over 4,500 negative reviews out of 6,700 reviews on Steam so far. This isn’t the first time a port has performed poorly, as PC gamers tend to find that the rush to get a game out on multiple platforms simultaneously doesn’t always work out as expected.
Here is the statement in verbatim:
“We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards. We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.
Thank you to those players who have already given valuable feedback. We are continuously monitoring all threads posted in the Official Batman: Arkham Knight Community and Steam forums, as well as any issues logged with our Customer Support (support.wbgames.com). If you purchased your copy of the game and are not satisfied with your experience, then we ask for your patience while these issues are resolved. If desired, you can request a refund at help.steampowered.com (Steam refund policies can be found here: http://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds) or the retail location where you purchased the game.
The Batman: Arkham fans have continually supported the franchise to its current height of success, and we want to thank you for your patience as we work to deliver an updated version of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC so you can all enjoy the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham series as it was meant to be played.”
Now prospective players are forced to wait as the purchase option has been removed from Steam despite the release date of the game still shows the original 23 June 2015. At the same time, the release date for Linux, Mac OS and SteamOS are still stated as “fall 2015”. Speculations are mounting that a third-party did a poor job in porting the Rocksteady Studio title over to PC but neither the studio or WB Interactive have commented on this.
What a bad, costly beginning for the ending chapter of the already expensive Dark Knight game. Perhaps they need a real Bat-Signal for help.
In Japan, there is a manga based on the real life exploits of tech titans. Not Japanese, but a pair of Americans – Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, founders of Apple. The manga is titled Steves by mangaka Hatsuichi Matsunaga, serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Superior anthology with 2 tankubon volumes already out. The manga series is featured twice a month since last year.
The manga is produced by Ume, a two-person team consisting of writer Takahiro Ozawa and artist Asako Seo. The early chapters are typical shonen in the storytelling approach, the duo have a humble start in a garage workshop and are often dismissed by big players in the industry as an upstart. Not only that, the heroic and charismatic duo starts to gather like-minded friends and allies with the support of a spunky little sister while climbing to the top of Silicon Valley. During their journey, their conviction and determination wins over non-believers and enemies before they can attain their own destiny.
Famous Apple personalities like Mike Markkula, Randy Wigginton, Chris Espinosa, Dan Kottke, Jerry Manock, Rod Holt, and Jobs’ younger sister Patty are featured in the manga too (yes, she keep calling him “baka onichan” in the manga). And of course, in every shonen manga, the hero will have an equally skilled awesome nemesis and in Steves, who else can it be?
Ariane Labed, the Greek-born French actress who captivated the audience at Cannes with the sci-fi movie The Lobster is confirmed to be in movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed. The movie is to be directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth, The Turning) under New Regency and stars Micheal Fassbender (300, X-Men) and Marion Cotillard (Big Fish, Inception). So we have a German (Fassbender), a Frenchman (Cotillard) and now a Greek (Labed). It certainly reflects the game’s origin with an all out European cast – two titles set in Italy, one set in Constantinople, one in France and the latest title is set in Victorian London.
Frank Marshall, Arnon Milchan, Jean-Julien Baronnet, Conor McCaughan, Fassbender and Pat Crowley are producing. Bill Collage (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods and Kings) and Michael Lesslie (Macbeth) are co-writers for the movie.
She won the Best Actress award in Venice for her role in Attenberg (2010) and Locarno Best Actress award last year in Alice’s Odyssey. So suffice to say, she is considered one of the best and capable actress up and coming from Europe now.
New Regency and Ubisoft invested a lot of money and hope in this adaptation, afterall, the game franchise sold over 91 million units worldwide. Production is set in later this year for a 21 December 2016 release through Fox.
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