Showing posts with label Warner Bros. Show all posts
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Injustice 2 Scrapped Character Concept Art Revealed

New unused character designs of John Constantine, Krypto the Superdog and Penguin for the game revealed by Injustice 2 concept artist.

Following their immense success with 2013's fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us, NetherRealm Studios came up with a sequel, Injustice 2 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017, that even surpassed its predecessor in many aspects.

The game has a roster full of iconic DC Comics characters as playable fighters as well as other heroes like Hellboy from Dark Horse Comics and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from IDW Publishing. Recently, a number of unused concept arts have revealed a few characters that didn't make it to the final roster.

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Injustice 2 Scrapped Character Concept Art Revealed

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Shared on ArtStation by senior concept artist Justin Murray, these min-blowing artworks of the characters from Injustice comic books has Batman's protege Bluebird, Detective ChimpEtrigan the DemonJohn Constantine, Krypto the Superdog and Penguin.

During the story arc in comics, they have either sided with The Regime and The Insurgency or chose their own way but there was no apparent reason for excluding them from the game. However, we didn't wait for any official statement and have our own theory on it.

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Injustice 2 Bluebird Concept Art

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Injustice 2 Detective Chimp Concept Art

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For one, neither Detective Chimp nor Penguin is a competitive fighter who can give other playable characters a tough time. Even occult detective John Constantine is no physical combatant despite him being a highly skilled sorcerer.

Young vigilante hero Bluebird on the other hand could've made it but considering other better-known costumed fighters like Batgirl and Zatanna didn't made it to the sequel, this electrical engineer from Batman comics introduced during the run of Scott Snyder (All-Star Batman – My Own Worst Enemy, Batman – Court of the Owls) had slim chances.

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Injustice 2 Etrigan the Demon Concept Art

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Injustice 2 John Constantine Concept Art

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Another plausible reason for these characters not to show up in Injustice 2 maybe because many of them ended up dying in the Injustice: Gods Among Us comic-book series, thus their presence in the game could have been tricky for the storyline to connect.

Etrigan The Demon lost his connection to mortal realm when Jason Blood, his human host was killed in a battle against The Regime. Although John Constantine didn't die after his rebellion of magic community took a stand opposing Superman, he simply left the conflict.

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Injustice 2 Krypto the Superdog Concept Art

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Injustice 2 Penguin Concept Art

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The original publisher for the Mortal Kombat series, NetherRealm Studios may strongly consider another sequel to the Injustice franchise and these characters can even show up in that game if they are somehow brought back to the tie-in comic-books.

According to some recent rumor flying around, the studio is already working on a new project and it can either be a new installment for Mortal Kombat or Injustice 3, which we can only tell for sure once we get some more evidence on hand.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Lego Harry Potter Collection Coming to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

Experience Hogwarts in LEGO-style in upcoming Lego Harry Potter Collection headed towards Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

In working with one of their big-name movie related IPs, Lego has attempted to adapt the Harry Potter series to come up with two action-adventure installments; Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7.

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive have just announced that these two titles are about to get a remastered version released soon into a package called Lego Harry Potter Collection, which will be released on October 30, 2018 for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

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Lego Harry Potter Collection Coming to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

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Take a moment to look back at the journey to Hogwarts with Harry and friends before the collection launches on Switch and Xbox One.




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Years 1–4 of the Lego-themed series covers events of the first four films; Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Years 5–7 is based on the plot of the latter four films; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 respectively.

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LEGO Harry Potter Returns

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Apparently, the remastered version is the same as the one they released on PlayStation 4 back in October 2016. That anthology however, came out with two downloadable content packs including 10 additional characters and five new spells to cast.

Considering the overall length of story and quality of gameplay, critics consider this collection as better adaptations than the books or the blockbuster movie series everyone loves so much.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Minecraft Movie Delayed as Director Exits

The Minecraft movie based on titular sandbox survival game is delayed as director Rob McElhenney drops out.

Considering the immense popularity of the sandbox video game Minecraft, developer Mojang has teamed up with Warner Bros. to make a movie and the news was leaked on Twitter in 2014. Then the title received a premiere date for May 2019 when they announced Rob McElhenney (How to Be a Gentleman, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as director and co-writer in 2015. However, now the previously scheduled date is being pushed back because of McElhenny leaving the project.

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Minecraft Movie Delayed as Director Exits

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Aside from losing director, the film has gotten two new writers, Aaron and Adam Nee to pitch a new script now. It means, McElhenny’s script will no longer be adapted, which he previously worked out with renowned actor and screenwriter, Jason Fuchs (La La Land, Wonder Woman). As they scrapped the former draft and assigned the newly recruited writers to bring a new one, it clearly pushes back development in long run and therefore, the movie is sure to be delayed from intended schedule.

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Initially, the involved parties decided to go for a live-action film instead of an animated one and were talking to Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) before finally settling on McElhenny. Producer Roy Lee (How to Train Your Dragon, The Lego Movie) is still attached to Minecraft movie, which obviously a good news for Warner Bros., because if this movie somehow achieves success anywhere near the LEGO movies series, there are possibilities for a franchise in work then.

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Rob McElhenney Leaves Minecraft Movie

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The movie is based on the sandbox survival game Minecraft, where players roam around with their cube shaped characters and engage in world-building. They also gather resources for crafting new objects. Rumors of actor/comedian Steve Carell (Evan Almighty, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) to voice the lead role named Steve were heard but never eventually confirmed though. Since the beginning of the project’s inception, announcements about the film have come out quite rarely.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Batman: Arkham Origins Best Ever Price on Fanatical

An underrated title from Batman: Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Origins is $3.99 on Fanatical for a limited time.

Although, chronologically set earlier before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, action-adventure title Batman: Arkham Origins from WB Games and Warner Bros. Interactive came out third in the line of release. Often remained underrated, the game is actually one of the finest from entire Batman: Arkham series and now this game is available for a heavily discounted price on online video game retailer store Fanatical at 92% off, for $3.99 only.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Best Ever Price on Fanatical

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To freshen up your memory a little bit on the game, here goes the official trailer for The Dark Knight in his early year of crime-fighting.




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The story of Arkham Origins sets around during a midwinter Gotham City when vigilante Batman is operating in his second year of crime-fighting, five years prior to Arkham City. On Christmas Eve, he found out sadistic crime lord Black Mask has placed a $50-million bounty over his head following a jailbreak at Blackgate Penitentiary and now, eight of the world's deadliest assassins are going crazy to collect the prize for their own, which raised a crime wave in Gotham.

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As one of the Star Deals on Fanatical, the offer gets you Complete Pack of Arkham Origins, which includes Steam keys for the main game, Season Pass, Supply Drop 1 DLC, Supply Drop 2 DLC and finally, the Black Mask Challenge Pack. So, you are about to gain access to play as Batman in a Freeflow combat system and apply stealth techniques for a true experience of becoming The Dark Knight. A wide-array of dangerous super-villains from DC Universe is for you to take on now.

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Revisit Gotham as The Dark Knight

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Even though not everyone's favorite, Batman: Arkham Origins is one of the best superhero games ever made and has a ton of replaying value, which modern-day games are lacking a lot these days. Since this is a limited time offer for 24 hours and many have already claimed it, we suggest you better add this in your Steam library as soon as possible if you are looking forward to play this one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Overhaul Update

Shadow of War sees a colossal wave of great changes through an update from Monolith Productions.

One of the most controversial issues in gaming industry last year was in-game loot boxes or better known as micro-transaction. This greed-play has made EA Dice pay a dire price when they tried to slide it in a fully priced game and following a huge backlash, were forced to halt back. Another such example of a good game that suffered by this plague is action role-playing game Middle-Earth: Shadow of War from developer Monolith Productions and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Overhaul Update

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Other than belonging to massive fan-following movie franchises based on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the game had great potential to stand out in crowd of other AAA titles but trying to force the players use real-money for in-game purchases was what caused it to be a shipwreck. As a successor to Shadow of Mordor, expectation were naturally high from Shadow of War until it turned out to be a sort of scam in disguise of a critically praised title.

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However, after deciding to entirely remove micro-transactions from the game, Warner Bros. have finally announced it back in April 2018 and Monolith has released an update today, which officially removes real-money marketplace. They have also added a few gears, skins, significant change in gameplay and a few more stuff to improve in overall. Hopefully, the Shadow of War community will be appreciative of their effort to try and make things right.

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Shadow of War Micro-Transactions Removed

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Since the market is completely removed and the shadow of micro-transactions is no longer there, it's a free reign for all and no more War Chests to enlist high-level Orc followers to empower your army, thus giving you unfair advantages. Players used to recruit Orcs from Online Vendettas or Ranked Conquests previously, which are all stored in Garrison now. They can still be trained via in-game currency Mirian for the sake of customizing and upgrading them as you see fit.

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The end-campaign is renamed as "Epilogue" and it received heavy polish for smooth-running, including newly added narration from Dark Talion and Shelob, the Witch-king. Epilogue victories come along with the masks of the Nazgûl as a reward, which has the power to resurrect the dead and other abilities like cursing enemies or summoning powerful monsters. Also, even after the final credits roll, you can still continue defending your own fortresses or keep upgrading in an endless mode.

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New Celebrimbor Skin

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New available skins allow you to play as Baranor, Celebrimbor or Dark Eltariel. Greater XP rewards helps you reach to a level cap of 80 in no time. Acclaimed "Nemesis System" has gone through some improvements as you are most likely to encounter more Legendary Orcs and some of them may present you with occasional gifts. In case you are feeling bothered by their overly keen approach towards you or they try to steal your kills, just turn off the savior feature from the menu.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is released on October 2017 from Monolith Productions for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was about time that the creators of this fine game eventually saw through their mistake and even though late, took actions to correct it. It was very fortunate for them that they did not missed sales target by a vast number or lose market share over this like Dice did over their misstep with Star Wars Battlefront II last year. Although loot boxes are not going away soon, we are happy that at least some are moving to right directions.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Bethesda Sues Westworld Game as Fallout Shelter Ripoff

Bethesda files lawsuit against Warner Bros. over the release of Westworld mobile game, for ripping-off Fallout Shelter.

Last week, a mobile game is released which is based on the popular science fiction western TV series on HBO, Westworld. As soon as it hit Smartphone platform, it is hit by a lawsuit from popular video game publisher Bethesda Softworks for shamelessly ripping off their free-to-play simulation game Fallout Shelter from 2015. They have sued Warner Bros. and developer Behaviour Interactive over this matter, because the latter were involved when both of these titles were being developed.

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Bethesda Sues Westworld game as Fallout Shelter Ripoff

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As a part of post-apocalyptic role-playing Fallout game series, Fallout Shelter puts player into the role of a Vault Overseer, who supervises activities and building for the accommodation of remaining survivors in an irradiated wasteland. Despite being a free-to-play entry in the series, it has micro-transactions and random loot box features that made it a commercial hit, leading its way to other major platforms like Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One afterwards.

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Canadian studio Behaviour Interactive previously teamed up with Bethesda during the development of Fallout Shelter and they were no stranger to working with licensed video game properties either. When Warner Bros. Entertainment hired them for the new Westworld mobile game, it came out as a copy of Bethesda's game in terms of designs and gameplay. So, wasting no further time, one publisher took it to the court against the company in charge of distribution for Westworld.

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Accusing the developer for multiple misconducts as breach of contract, copyright violation and stealing trade secrets to others, Bethesda filed a legal suit on June 21. Warner Bros. was also alleged to have influenced the studio for taking this unethical step that lead the publisher some considerable amount of damage. Instead of being coy about it, Bethesda simply calls out the Westworld mobile game a "rip-off” because of the uncanny similarities of art, animations and gameplay.

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They points out that there were some bugs in their early game, which they removed later but those same glitches are is still present on the game in question and that is a clear example of the codes being reused. While they are all worked up with newest entry from Fallout series, Fallout 76, Bethesda was just introduced their three-year-old Fallout Shelter on bigger platforms to explore possible financial potential and so they took it pretty seriously after learning of this plagiarism.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Mortal Kombat 11 May Be Announced at E3 2018

Before working on fighting game series like Injustice: Gods Among Us and WWE Immortals, NetherRealm Studios came to be known as the house of the legendary Mortal Kombat series. From the '90s era this franchise has been known to all for dreadful violence and a tense gameplay. It has changed and then evolved over time but still remains popular after two decades. Recently, a Tweet from game's director Ed Boon may have teased for Mortal Kombat 11, which probably is on its way.

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Mortal Kombat 11 May Be Announced at E3 2018

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Series creator Ed Boon has found immense success though the first Injustice game and its sequel, Injustice 2 but yet wants people to remember how important it is. Boon occasionally jokes around with his fans over social media every now and then, which also supplies a lot of potential clues for upcoming games and additional contents. Most of the tie his Tweets are not just trolling and besides, since there is a hint of a tease, he probably isn't kidding and might really drop something.

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Lately, when a random Twitter user was pointing out that it would really be cool if their studio introduces a fourth DLC pack of fighting characters for their critically acclaimed game Injustice 2. Though he didn't shut him down on the possibility of that ever happening but decided to counter asking him "You know what ELSE would be kool....?" If you know that his history of fondness for using the letter "K" instead of "C", then you will notice that it surely is a tease for Mortal Kombat!



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Also, it all makes sense because from 2013, NetherRealm Studios has been releasing Mortal Kombat titles and Injustice series one after another. Since DC Universe fighting game Injustice 2 came out almost a year ago, an E3 2018 reveal won't really be that surprising at all. Maybe will all these recent leaks from Walmart for upcoming games are what inspired Boon to be a bit playful about their upcoming project. The good news is, we will not have to wait much longer to find out the truth as E3 is almost upon us.

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The last game from the franchise was 2015's Mortal Kombat X, which was released on Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So, it is safe to assume that the alleged new installment will also be compatible with these platforms as well. For years, the studio has been developing all these incredible fighting games, which keeps us well entertained and always wanting some more. Let's just wait and see what Ed Boon and his teams are working so hard on these days!

F.E.A.R. Live-Action Movie in Development

2005's first-person horror shooter F.E.A.R. from developer Monolith Productions and publisher Warner Bros. was both a critical and commercial success. The game succeeds in blending a tense mood of horror with the vibe of an action shooter on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It would later spawn two sequels, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin in 2009 and F.E.A.R. 3 in 2011. Recently, Machinima Studios has come up with an announcement of a live-action film adaptation of F.E.A.R.

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F.E.A.R. Live-Action Movie in Development

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The series follows with encounter of the titular organization in a supernatural affair and the protagonist is known as Point Man. Aside from fighting cloned super soldiers, he has to deal with induced hallucination while a larger mystery is about to unveil. Turns out, he actually shares a connection to a supernaturally powered little girl named Alma, whose rage and destruction has to stop at any cost. After a while with the series, now they have decided to make a movie on it.

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Screenwriter Greg Russo has been roped in by Machinima to write a script for live-action F.E.A.R. movie, where Warner Bros. will be involved as well. Russo already has his hands quite full with upcoming adaptation of new Mortal Kombat movie and a rebooted Resident Evil series for Screen Gems. That means, he is a suitable candidate for the job as he is getting more and more familiar with video game adaptations. Russell Arons of Machinima also believes bringing Greg on board was a right choice for them.

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Mystery of Alma Wade

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After putting the franchise on ice for so long, the attempt of bringing the series back may seem a bit out of the blue at first but since Machinima is a division of Warner Bros., it is quite natural that they would be interested in doing so. Another reason could be that after remaining so long in hiatus, they are making a movie on the plot before rebooting or developing new installments of the horror shooter. This way, they will spike interest in people who never played F.E.A.R. before and bring former fans back too.