Telltale Games has a hard time building up to its endings. Ending something isn’t easy, but this is a storytelling team that’s proved it knows how to stick the landing. Yet -- like The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead’s first season -- Episode 4 is an odd lull in a story that’s built phenomenal momentum until now.
Amid the Ruins, like many of The Walking Dead’s point-and-click adventure game episodes, focuses on the calmer, quieter side of surviving the zombie apocalypse. Its bursts of unexpected violence force main character Clementine to make difficult decisions that leave her, a young orphan, responsible for the safety of the people she cares about. In Amid the Ruins, that ever-growing number of characters starts to dwindle.
Microsoft's console revenue increased during the fourth quarter of the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2014, according to the company's earnings report today.
At the same time last year, Microsoft reported it had shipped 1 million console units, as opposed to 1.1 million at the end of the 2014 fiscal year. This 10 percent increase takes into account both Xbox 360 and Xbox One sales. Microsoft began selling the Xbox One without Kinect several weeks before the fiscal year ended –– the price cut may have contributed to a last minute boost in sales.
The total revenue generated by Microsoft consoles was $104 million, which is a 14 percent increase since last year's fourth quarter. Although some of this revenue came from other hardware, the bulk of it was from increased console sales, Microsoft said in the report.
Nintendo has announced a program to bring Smash Bros. 3DS demos to San Diego Comic-Con attendees called #BringMeSmash.
Bring Me Smash is effectively described as an on demand service that will be operating for Comic-Con attendees. Once a notice goes out through Nintendo’s Twitter account, fans will be able to tweet their location for a chance to have a roaming group of employees show up with a demo of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The winner will enjoy a brief hands-on session as a prize.
Follow the instructions on the card below for a chance to have Nintendo bring you a demo Smash Bros. 3DS at SDCC.
Andrew Kreisberg is keeping busy. The executive producer of Arrow is now launching, along with Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns, the highly-anticipated spinoff series, The Flash, while Arrow is going strong into Season 3 this fall.
As we head into Comic-Con, where both Arrow and The Flash will be appearing, I spoke to Kreisberg about what’s to come on both shows, including the introduction of Roy Palmer/The Atom (played by Superman Return's Brandon Routh) and Katana (played by Sin City's Devon Aoki) on Arrow and the introduction of Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm (played by The Tomorrow People's Robbie Amell, who also happens to be Stephen Amell's cousin) on The Flash. With all these DC heroes populating both shows, could we eventually see a TV version of the Justice League?
While there isn't much to go on, we do know that it will be square or rectangular in shape and have a touchscreen, accelerometer, GPS receiver, Bluetooth, and haptic vibration for alerts. Just like Samsung's Galaxy Gear and the Pebble line of smartwatches, the iWatch can connect to your phone to allow for notifications and calls to show up on the display.
Gamasutra released the results for its annual Game Developer Salary Survey, revealing a two percent decrease in salary for U.S. based game developers from 2012 to 2013.
The average game developer in the U.S. earned just over $83,000 USD in 2013, while Canadian and European based developers averaged a salary of $71,000 USD (up 9 percent from 2012) and $46,000 USD (no change), respectively.
Those who hold business and management positions earned an average salary of over $101,000 USD in 2013 - the most of any discipline. Audio professionals and programmers followed closely behind, each earning average salaries of over $90,000 USD.
Solo indie developers experienced a 49 percent drop in salary, while the average salary for developers belonging to indie teams shot up a staggering 161 percent.
A new Peggle game is in development, and may be close to release, according to Electronic Arts' CEO.
"A much-anticipated new Peggle game from PopCap is moving through a test period in preparation for launch," Andrew Wilson said during an investor earnings call today.
No other information was given during the call. PopCap Games released Peggle 2 last year for Xbox One, and earlier this year for Xbox 360, both of which were very well received. IGN said Peggle 2 not only met the high bar its predecessor set, but surpassed it, with a refined formula and a cheerful presentation.
For more information about the upcoming Peggle game, stay tuned to IGN.
Will Ferrell and frequent collaborator Adam McKay will bring the short-lived '80s TV series Manimal to the big screen.
The pair’s Gary Sanchez label will produce with Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic for Sony. Jay Martel and Ian Roberts (Key & Peele) will write the script. No director has been announced yet.
The original Manimal told the story of Dr. Jonathan Chase (played by the late Simon MacCorkindale), a square-jawed millionaire who grew up in Africa, where he obtained the ability to shapeshift into any animal. Chase used his unique gift to fight crime alongside a beautiful police detective played by Melody Anderson, best known as Dale from 1980’s Flash Gordon.
While the original played the concept straight (to delightfully campy effect), according to Deadline, “Sony Pictures Animation’s live-action/animation hybrid will reinvent that concept as an action-comedy with heavy visual effects and animated elements.”
Atlus announced today that Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will release on November 25, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Starring the casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4, Persona Q is a dungeon-crawling RPG set in the first-person perspective and features an all-new story. It's the first new RPG in the franchise since 2008, and marks the first time a Persona game has been released on a Nintendo platform.
The development team behind Persona Q has been working alongside the designers of Etrian Odyssey and will incorporate several elements of the popular RPG franchise into the upcoming Persona adventure, including map-making and first-person exploration.
Along with a regular edition of the game including the iconic Tarot Cards used as evokers in Persona 4, a Premium Edition of Persona Q will be available in North America and will include the same Tarot Card set, an art book, a soundtrack CD, and a deluxe hard case for the 3DS XL featuring designs from the game.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and star Norman Reedus will be on hand this Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con to promote their new feature film collaboration, the sci-fi thriller Air. But why wait until then to see the movie's new SDCC exclusive poster when we can debut it for you right here? Check it out below.
The only way to receive one these SDCC exclusive posters is while Norman Reedus is signing at the Skybound booth (main exhibitor hall 2729) on Saturday, July 26, from 4:30-5:30pm.
Reedus will also be at the Skybound Entertainment panel -- moderated by IGN's own Greg Miller -- alongside Kirkman and his producing partner David Alpert on Saturday, July 26, from 3:00-4:00pm to promote the film. The panel will feature an exclusive, never before seen teaser trailer for Air.
Maintenance on Destiny's Beta is done early, and Xbox One and Xbox 360 players can join as well, Bungie announced.
The Beta was taken down yesterday for a planned two days of maintenance while Bungie prepared for the Xbox launch. However, the team finished ahead of schedule, and anyone with a previously redeemed code can jump back in. Anyone unsure of how to redeem their Beta code can check here.
Furthermore, Bungie is promising a "surprise" for everyone, even players joining the Beta today. The developer said a permanent reward will be granted to anyone who plays on Saturday, July 26.
While speaking with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, IGN's Roth Cornet wrapped up her Guardians of the Galaxy interview by asking about a few looming Marvel villains -- namely the Mandarin (the real Mandarin) and Red Skull. Moving forward, could we see either of those big bads return?
In regards to the Mandarin, Feige noted, "There have been
Amazon Game Studios has announced two new games developed exclusively to take advantage of the Fire smartphone's motion-tracking "Dynamic Perspective" feature.
Saber's Edge is a match-three puzzle game that sees players matching tiles on a rotatable cube to power pirates in battle. With the phone's motion-tracking abilities, players will be able to "peek" around the corners of the cube to see opportunities to extend their matches, or tilt the phone to spin the cube left or right.
To-Fu Fury, meanwhile, is an action game starring a stretchy, combative cube of bean curd. Players can move their heads to "peek" around levels, see obstacles, and plot their strategies.
Saber's Edge is free, and To-Fu Fury costs $2 USD. Both games feature in-game transactions, and will be available through the Amazon's Appstore.
Motion comics aren't for everyone, but they've proven popular enough with comic book readers that various companies are exploring new and different ways to make use of the format. Visionbooks is one company that's built a business on adapting various comics into animated form. And today, they announced a partnership with Valiant Entertainment involving one of Valiant's biggest franchises.
The deal will allow Visionbooks to adapt the first four issues of the current X-O Manowar series, comprising the opening story arc. These four issues were written by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Cary Nord. Visionbooks' motion comic format preserves the original static panels and page layouts of the source material, but adds "dimensional action" in the form of animated explosions, smoke, weather, etc.
What's the worst PSN name ever? The Internet's No. 1 PlayStation podcast begins the search! Greg, Colin, and Marty answer your questions about The Last of Us, Vita, and what PS4 games have touched our hearts.
The latest John le Carré adaptation is like flipping through an 800-page novel for a quote you swear you remember. Like a literary inkblot of anxiety and paranoia, A Most Wanted Man's cloudy mystery lurks across the screen waiting for its characters to find the right perspective and jolt it back to reality. Philip Seymour Hoffman is at the center of the subdued, cat-and-mouse game as Bachmann, a German spy contending with the past, present, and future of espionage as he searches for possible threats. Director Anton Corbijn mimics Bachmann's struggles by setting the audience adrift in the agent's chaotic mission. A Most Wanted Man is hard work — and for that, the rewards are much sweeter.
FYI: When you turn your PlayStation 4 on next, you're going to be prompted to download a new mandatory firmware update.
Firmware update 1.74 is... well... boring, at least if you're looking for new and exciting things for your PlayStation 4 to do. "System software stability during use of some features has been improved" is literally the one and only patch note for the update.
There's not much else to say. Consider this a friendly reminder to download that firmware update now (or as soon as possible) so you're not interrupted when you actually want to play.
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Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation Vita can download these goodies, which include PSN games, movies, themes and more. While the Official PlayStation Blog outlines these updates in full each week, we thought we'd help truncate the good news into something more digestible.
Here's this week's lone new PS4 game. Note that you can begin pre-ordering Rogue Legacy, The Swapper, Hohokum, and CounterSpy beginning today, as well.
With Edgar Wright now having some distance between himself and Ant-Man, it appears the Cornetto Trilogy filmmaker may be lining up his next directorial project: Baby Driver.
According to Deadline, Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) is looking to helm Baby Driver for Working Title Films, where he directed Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and World's End.
The filmmaker penned the screenplay for the project, which is described as crazy take on action and crime genres. Set in the United States, Wright has been attached to the film for over six years.
Insidious Chapter 3 is now in production in Los Angeles, according to Focus Features.
Whannell also penned the script for Insidious Chapter 3 and is the co-creator of the scary movie series.