Jeff Kaplan, the Vice President of Blizzard Entertainment, took the stage at DICE 2017 this morning to discuss video game world building, and wound up talking about Project Titan - Blizzard's cancelled MMO that went on to become Overwatch. While the relationship between the two is by no means a secret, Kaplan went into greater detail about the stressful transition period than he has previously.
As has been widely reported, Project Titan was in development for nearly seven years, and was officially cancelled in May of 2013. Kaplan spoke briefly on the difficulty of walking away from a project after emotionally investing in it so heavily for so long. He then went on to outline what happened to the Titan dev team once the decision was made.
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If you've been dominating in Nioh, this week is your chance to prove to the IGN community just how impressive your skills are. What is the PS4 Gamer Challenge? What do you have to do? Glad you asked!
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FX's acclaimed series Fargo will return on April 19.
McGregor will actually play two roles: "Parking Lot King of Minnesota" Emmit and his younger brother Ray. Their rivalry in Fargo will lead to "murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge," according to FX.
The less you know about Get Out before you see it, the better -- but even once you start watching the film, director/writer Jordan Peele intentionally wants to subvert your expectations.
The movie, which Peele describes as a "social thriller," starts with a simple premise: a young interracial couple goes to meet her parents for the first time. While Rose (Allison Williams) initially dismisses her boyfriend Chris's (Daniel Kaluuya) concerns that she hasn't told her parents that he is black, a trip to their upstate New York home reveals there's something much more sinister at play than just racial tensions. But even that short synopsis probably will cause you to make some false assumptions about what this film will be, which was something the first time director and former Key & Peele star wanted to take advantage of.
The pairing of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with Blackbird Interactive, Inc. has given us a glimpse into humanity's future on Mars.
Project Eagle is an "interactive model of a Mars colony in Gale Crater" produced by the collaboration.
The simulation is set in the year 2117, "44 Martian years" after the first humans set foot on our nearest neighbor.
The interactive model was first presented live at DICE by members of both the JPL and Blackbird Interactive.
Earlier today, NASA held a press conference to announce the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same distant star.
Cards Against Humanity has teamed up with BioWare to create a limited-release, Mass Effect-themed expansion pack for the popular card game, including 14 new cards.
The expansion pack is currently available on MassEffectPack.com for $1 USD, including free shipping in the U.S.
This is Cards Against Humanity's second co-branded expansion, but their first collaboration with a videogame. The first co-branded expansion was for Netflix's House of Cards, and the limited edition pack sold out in less than 24 hours.
Cards Against Humanity events director, Trin Garritano, said, "We agreed to do this because Mass Effect is the only good AAA video game... we thought that if we made this pack of cards, they’d let us play Andromeda early. Unfortunately, that did not happen."
One of this TV season's success stories, Lethal Weapon has now been renewed for Season 2 by FOX.
Said FOX Entertainment president David Madden in a statement, "Lethal Weapon continues to fire on all cylinders. Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast.”
Overcoming skepticism about adapting the popular film series for TV, Lethal Weapon debuted to strong numbers and solid reviews this past fall. Season 1 was 18 episodes, though it's not clear how many Season 2 will be as yet.
The renewal comes on the heels of another new FOX show, the Kaitlin Olson comedy The Mick, getting a Season 2 order this week.
Dead Rising 4 will release on Steam on March 14.
It's supposedly exclusive to Xbox One for up to a year, possibly hinting at a PlayStation 4 release in the future. Though to be clear, nothing is official on that front.
For more on the action game, be sure to check out IGN's review of Dead Rising 4.
It's still depressing that Marvel's previous Elektra comic didn't find a wider audience, as it was about as gorgeous a comic as one could find on the stands in 2014. Even with a drastically different stylistic approach in this new series, the art remains the big selling point as Elektra returns to the forefront of the Marvel Universe.
Writer Matt Owens and artist Juan Cabal don't seek to reinvent the wheel with this new series. As is her wont, Elektra is hiding from the demons of her past and seeking some way of helping those who aren't fortunate enough to be deadly ninja assassins. That neverending quest now brings her to Las Vegas, where she catches wind of a mysterious villain allowing high-rollers to toy with human lives. Basically, a lot of bad people need stabbing, and Elektra is just the ninja for the job.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration held a press conference today announcing newly discovered Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star in the Trappist-1 system.
Three of the seven Earth-sized planets are found within the star's habitable zone, meaning liquid water, and even more amazingly, life, could exist on the planets' surfaces.
Having reached its initial crowd-funding goal in record time, it would be fair to say that lots of people are excited for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Its predecessor was both a critical and commercial success, and we got a chance to chat with its director, Josh Sawyer, about one of the biggest new features coming to the RPG sequel: a customizable boat stronghold that will serve as your mobile base throughout the game.
“When we looked the strongholds from Pillars, lots of people were disappointed by them,” said Sawyer during our phone interview.. “They didn’t really integrate with the story very well.” Due to the setting of Deadfire (which is a huge archipelago) it just didn’t make sense to him or the team to try and root players on a single land mass, when the game takes place across a bunch of different land masses separated by water.
Microsoft has announced March's Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One and Xbox 360 Gold subscribers.
The full list of games, their availability, and platform are:
Layers of Fear is described as a "first-person psychedelic horror game" where you play as "disturbed painter obsessed with finishing his masterpiece." In IGN's Layers of Fear review, we said that although the game made "a strong first impression" it "lacks the surprises and subtlety needed to keep things interesting all the way through."
Jamie Chung has been cast in Fox's untitled X-Men pilot from Bryan Singer.
Variety reports Chung will play the mutant Blink, who in the comics has the power of teleportation. Blink's real name is Clarice Fong (in the comics her name is Clarice Ferguson) in the pilot, and she's described as a lively and sarcastic tomboy who has to adjust to her new surroundings and home following a traumatic event. Chung has had prior TV roles in Gotham, Once Upon A Time, and Believe (and of course The Real World).
In celebration of Pokemon Day next week, Niantic Labs will hold a special event in Pokemon Go where players can capture a new festive Pikachu.
According to the official Pokemon website, the event begins on February 26 at 1pm PT/4pm ET/9pm UK (February 23 8am AET) and concludes on March 6 at the same time of day. Any Pikachu found in the wild during that time will be sporting a "festive party hat," which will remain attached to the creature forever.
Pokemon Day commemorates the series' debut in Japan, which is marked by the launch of Pokemon Red and Green on February 27, 1996.
Disney has announced that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been partially shot in IMAX.
Director Rian Johnson has captured specific sequences from the film using IMAX cameras, which will provide an exclusive aspect ratio and an increased image quality. J.J. Abrams also partially shot The Force Awakens in IMAX. At least part of the IMAX footage in The Last Jedi was shot on location in Ireland, presumably on the island of Skellig Michael for the First Jedi Temple scenes involving Luke (and glimpsed briefly at the end of The Force Awakens).
Along with The Last Jedi, several other Disney films will also be shot in IMAX as part of an extended multi-picture deal between Disney and IMAX that will run until 2019. The deal includes films such as Lucasfilm's untitled fifth Indiana Jones movie, Star Wars: Episode IX, Beauty and the Beast, A Wrinkle in Time, Mulan, The Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, Wreck-It Ralph 2, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, the untitled Han Solo Star Wars anthology film, and the untitled fourth Avengers movie.
Too many Marvel and DC events suffer from the decision to split the story between a core mini-series and several tie-in books. The core series generally has room to cover only the big story beats, while most of the character development is reserved for the tie-ins. If not handled elegantly, the reading experience becomes disjointed and unsatisfying. This is a problem that's plagued The Clone Conspiracy particularly at the end. The Clone Conspiracy #5 wrapped without giving the conflict adequate closure or definitively addressing the fates of many key characters. The Amazing Spider-Man #24 attempts to rectify those problems, but it's only partially successful.
Unfolding both during and after the events of The Clone Conspiracy #5, this issue sheds more light on the ultimate fate of both Ben Reilly and Otto Octavius. The issue is at its strongest early on as it continues exploring the sudden, bitter rivalry between Ben and Otto, the latter of whom clearly hasn't forgotten every lesson he learned as the Superior Spider-Man. Sadly, Otto drops out of the story after the first act, leaving the rest of the issue to focus on Ben's efforts to rebuild his shattered empire.
No More Heroes creator and Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi Suda (aka Suda51) recently discussed what it's like developing for Nintendo Switch, saying "it's extremely easy to work with Nintendo."
On the latest episode of IGN's weekly show Up At Noon, Suda noted that Switch is "especially good for the developers," thanks to an environment that makes it easy to bring content to the platform.
Regarding his plans for Nintendo's upcoming console, including the recently-announced return of No More Heroes' protagonist Travis Touchdown, Suda said he's hoping "a lot of characters will come back" to make an appearance on Switch.
Before he became known as the man behind Guardians of the Galaxy, filmmaker James Gunn pitched an R-rated Hitman movie that went nowhere.
Over on Twitter, Gunn answered a question about whether there's any particular video game that could successfully adapt to the silver screen. That's when he opened up about his failed Hitman proposal.
I tried to make a Hitman movie a few years ago. But the producers at the time didn’t want to make it R rated, so they passed. https://t.co/BAToI5lfaQ