The two co-presidents of developer Naughty Dog have released a statement clarifying that other key employees were not factors in the departure of Uncharted series writer Amy Hennig.
"We feel it necessary to clear up a very important point that was unprofessionally misreported when the story broke," Evan Walls and Christophe Balestra said in a joint statement on Naughty Dog's site. "Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann were NOT involved in what transpired."
The statement does not offer further clarification on Hennig's departure, with the co-presidents signing off with: "There is nothing left to be said on this subject. Now we’re going back to what we should be focused on – making games."
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(Hey, guys. It's Fowler. I'm filling in for Roth this episode as she's out of town at a press junket. Rothiness shall resume next week.)
FOUR YEARS LATER?
I know time-jumps and skip-overs have been a part of this show since the very beginning, and are altogether unavoidable when it pertains to long sea travel, but this was the biggest leap to date. "Invasion" indeed picked things up years later, revealing that Ragnar and Aslaug had not only remained together, but produced multiple sons (with another on the way).
The fate of Lagertha and Bjorn are unknown as they weren't featured on the episode at all, and with the time jump I'm assuming that we'll see a new actor playing Bjorn if and when we do catch up with the two of them. Making young Nathan O'Toole's tearful goodbye in last week's premiere even more meaningful.
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One of the recurring elements of Big Bang Theory's seventh season I've enjoyed is the increased emphasis on slightly less character pairings. When a series lasts this long, you really have to shake up the dynamics and make sure not every episode revolves around Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny. And while "The Friendship Turbulence" did have one subplot focused on Leonard and Penny, it balanced that out with others that paired Sheldon with Wolowitz and Amy with Raj. The end result was a nice mix of the familiar and the new. Unfortunately, the decision to focus equal attention on all three plotlines ensured that none really received the attention it deserved.
When the Fantastic Four casting was announced it sparked plenty of discussion and dissatisfaction from fans due its different approach to the comic book characters. Michael B. Jordan (who will play the Human Torch) has spoken up about fan criticism and shared his take on, and familiarity with, the character.
Cinefilos.it posted a video from an event in Rome, where Jordan addressed the concerns, calling them “expected.” Jordan likened the outcry to fans not being happy with a change in continuity, and accepts that he “can’t make everybody happy.”
A day of non-stop incoming news! The biggest of which hit this afternoon when Jack Tretton suddenly announced his leave from Sony. And can someone say, "Watch Dogs has a release date!"? Because Watch Dogs has a release date.
Here's the news we covered:
Sony confirms Jack Tretton's leave as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America and announces his successor.
You can begin hacking things in Watch Dogs on May 27th. Check out the newly release story trailer and get pumped!
Guerrilla Games explains the reason Killzone: Shadow Fall's multiplayer portion may have appeared to be running at a lower resolution. They explain a technique called 'temporal reprojection'.
Note: We're not going to be doing weekly review of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland any longer, but we're checking in on the show as it returns from a long midseason break.
Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Wonderland is back, and it comes with action, drama, and surprises. Not a bad return at all! The series has stumbled along the way, but they've told some interesting stories. And now that Cyrus is out of the bottle and the Knave is in it, there's potential for much more.
At first, the Knave and Lizard's back and forth was annoying. Her crush on him, him being unaware of her feelings – that's all been done to death. Boring. I was saddened to see the Lizard wanting to change who she is for love, that was disappointing. But, her accidentally wishing herself to her death? Did not see that extreme coming. Big twists might be Wonderland's specialty, and they pulled this one off with perfection. We'd gotten to know her just enough for it to hurt.
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Before I get caught up writing about the steadily tiring PawnEagleton strife, which basically breaks down into there are now two towns that hate Leslie and try to thwart her every move, I wanted to say that I really liked the final third of "The Wall," where Leslie found out that she was actually greatly appreciated by people in the federal government because of her thorough (and now legendary) grant proposal for cleaning up the Pawnee river.
In fact, she got a serious job offer out of it. And here I was figuring that in order for her to catch people's attention up above, she'd have to settle her affairs below. But, as it turns out, she gained recognition from one of those normal, everyday Leslie Knope "above and beyond" activities that no one in her hometown ever appreciated. And could, if she wanted to, leave all the madness behind her. But she's staying put for now in order to finish what she started, relying in the job still being available whenever it is that Pawnee and Eagleton come to their senses. Which also (once again) sets up a nice season (or, if need be, series) ender.
FX has signed off on a sixth and seventh season of the incredibly sharp animated sitcom Archer, keeping the show on the air until at least 2016, reports The Wrap.
Each season will consist of 13 episodes.
"Archer is one of the best comedies on television and has played a significant role in the growth of the FX comedy brand,” said Eric Schrier, FX Networks and FX Productions president of original programming. “We're grateful to Adam Reed, Matt Thompson and their team at Floyd County, and also our incredible voice cast, and are looking forward to supporting their work for at least two more seasons.”
Crystal Dynamics boss Darrell Gallagher has announced the studio’s 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider will surpass six million copies sold by the end of this month.
Gallagher revealed the news in a post on the official Tomb Raider blog.
Noting it was, in fact, one year ago this week that Tomb Raider was released Gallagher said “the team at Crystal has been overwhelmed with the way it was so warmly received by both critics and gamers.”
Tomb Raider, which became profitable late in 2013 after making news shortly after its release for failing to meet Square-Enix’s extremely aggressive sales expectations, was recently released on two additional platforms (Xbox One and PS4) and is expected to exceed six million copies sold by the end of March.
A few days ago, we revealed that storied game writer Amy Hennig was “pushed out” of Naughty Dog. Hennig has had a long career in the gaming industry before joining Naughty Dog back in 2004.
Hennig is best-known for creating and writing Sony’s ultra-popular, hugely successful Uncharted trilogy, and her exit from the studio – on bad terms, according to our sources – left a lot of people scratching their heads.
In a conversation with IGN, Sony’s Scott Rohde, the man in charge of software development for PlayStation’s roster of first party studios, said that Hennig’s exit wasn’t quite as dramatic as it seems.
With another IGN Trivia Night having come and gone, you know what that means. Another IGN Trivia quiz!
Before we get to the quiz, we wanted to thank everyone involved with our second IGN Trivia Night once again at Pedro's Cantina in San Francisco, CA. Eriq Martin and Naomi Kyle left 300+ IGNers collectively scratching their heads.
But many of you couldn't make it. And that sucks. So let's see how good you are at trivia. Do you know which Pokemon is #11 in the Pokedex? See if you can answer that and more in our Trivia Night quiz below!
With Cataclysm: Ultimates Last Stand coming to an end this week, the future of Marvel's Ultimate Universe has never been on shakier ground -- and they've been through quite a bit! As part of a new wave of Ultimate books, All-New Ultimates #1 will feature a younger generation of the Ultimates superhero team.
Spider-Man Miles Morales, Black Widow (a female clone of Peter Parker, formerly known as Spider-Woman), Kitty Pryde, Bombsell, Cloak and Dagger will make up the new team, which has a distinct "teenage rebel" quality about it. With S.H.I.E.L.D. apparently out of commission and most of the world's greatest heroes dead (or lost in the Negative Zone with Galactus), this new group of hoodie-wearing, gum-chewing teens will take the fight to the world's criminals and also homework.
EA has today released a stack of fresh shots from EA Sports UFC, featuring current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and 10 other fighters, including Benson Henderson, Gilbert Melendez, Mark Hunt, and Robbie Lawler among several others.
Rousey, described as arguably one of the biggest stars fighting in the UFC today and regarded by many as the top pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, holds the distinction of being both the first Women’s Bantamweight UFC champion and the first American woman to nab an Olympic medal in Judo.
See Rousey and the rest of the fighters showcased today in the slideshow below.
EA Sports UFC is coming to PS4 and Xbox One later this year. You'll also be able to catch Rousey in The Expendables 3 later this year, and Fast & Furious 7 in 2015.
Mobile developer Next Games has announced it's making a mobile game based on AMC's popular The Walking Dead series.
Developed specifically and exclusively for smartphones and tablet devices, the forthcoming title is expected to launch alongside The Walking Dead's season 5.
“We’re thrilled to be part of this next wave of games innovation and participating in a project that – like the show itself – is in service of the fans,” said president of AMC, Charlie Collier.
The Helsinki, Finland-based Next Games was founded in 2013 and consists of industry veterans from Rovio, SuperCell and Disney. The studio's self-stated mission is the development of narrative-driven, free-to-play games. Next Games CEO, Teemu Huuhtanen, added the game will match the "moment-to-moment tension of the TV series."
This will be a day long remembered, as Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season 6 makes its debut on Netflix on Friday.
It was a year ago that Lucasfilm announced the series was over and there would be no further seasons airing on Cartoon Network, yet they also simultaneously noted there were more episodes we'd still see. There were many questions about just how many completed episodes there were, but ultimately it was revealed that a 13-episode Season 6 would be coming to Netflix, along with the entire series (121 episodes in total) and the motion picture that began it all.
Director Stephen Chow's martial arts filmmaking rattles across the screen like jazz, personality pouring directly from brain to hand to canvas. The incredible Kung Fu Hustle is the fight cinema equivalent of Dave Brubeck's “Take Five” — precisely composed, loose enough to swing. His latest, Journey to the West, is like the high school band's on the same standard.
True to his previous work, Chow strives to meld slapstick, wire work, and cultural profundity, but his take on the 16th century Chinese fantasy classic is unrefined and chaotic. Rich mythology drowns in garbage CGI as jokes pile up on screen with all the grace of a riot shotgun. But Journey to the West's core is still a jazz standard, with a bounce that's satisfying and familiar, even when it's incoherent.
Ask any Star Trek fan for a list of their favorite Original Series episodes, and "The City on the Edge of Forever" is bound to be high up on the list. The episode, based on a teleplay by sci-fi luminary Harlan Ellison, featured an emotionally charged love story and many of the sci-fi elements that Star Trek is well known for. However, the final product differed a fair bit from how Ellison originally conceived it. His original teleplay was considered too long, too expensive, and too controversial to successfully pull off as a one-hour TV episode.
In case you missed the news, Nickelodeon gave Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "The Manhattan Project" an early online release! The hour-long episode is now available to watch at Nick.com. The network will also air "The Manhattan Project" on Friday, March 14 at 7pm ET/PT.
Warning: Full spoilers from the episode to follow.
TMNT's epic two-parter was a biggie for Season 2, both in terms of scale and character development. "The Manhattan Project" didn't waste any time in jumping right into the action, as the episode began with a rooftop fight between the Turtles, Karai, Rahzar and a pile of Foot-bots. But the skirmish didn't last long in light of a citywide earthquake. However, thanks to Leonardo, the fight did lead to Master Splinter revealing the truth to the other guys about Karai's true identity -- that is, she is in fact Splinter's long-lost daughter Miwa.
Humble Bundle has partnered with PopCap this week, offering a sale on several casual games with proceeds going to cancer research charities.
The sale offers Peggle, Bejeweled 3, Bookworm, Escape Rosecliff Island, and Feeding Frenzy 2 Deluxe for $1 or more. Paying $6 or more also includes Plants vs Zombies GOTY Edition, Peggle Nights, and Zuma's Revenge. Each of them is provided through Origin with the option to redeem on Steam, and all but Zuma's Revenge and Feeding Frenzy are available on Mac. The sale runs through next Thursday, March 13.
Proceeds will go toward the V Foundation and the Melanoma Research Alliance, and purchasers can choose how to divide their contribution towards the charities.
In celebration of the film's 40th anniversary, the restored version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be getting a release in theaters this summer, with a brand new 4K transfer (about four times the size of today's more commonly used 2K resolution).
According to the release, this is the only transfer of the 1973 horror classic to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls -- the actual film that rolled through the cameras! Commissioned by MPI/Dark Sky Films, the project was handled at NOLO Digital Film in Chicago and took five months of 40-hour workweeks to complete the color grading and restoration.