The currently untitled Smurfs reboot was originally planned for a summer of 2016 release, but Sony Pictures Animation announced Wednesday that the film has been pushed to March 31, 2017.
The reboot is a fully animated feature with no connection to the recent animated/live action hybrid films. It's said to be closer in tone to Peyo's original Smurfs. "With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo's original creation, we're embracing everything that has made the Smurfs so special for audiences worldwide," said Sony Pictures' President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer.
Director Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) updated fans on The Smurfs' production blog, saying, "So when my partners and I here at Sony Pictures Animation realized that rushing towards a summer 2016 release date meant having to launch production on a story that was not fully in the place we wanted it to be yet, we have decided to give ourselves a little more time to not compromise quality and deliver the truly smurftastic movie we all want to see on the big screen."
Fresh MMO Crowfall's Kickstarter campaign has ended after 30 days, with the fledgling title managing to pull in $1,766,204 from 16,936 backers.
F1 2015 will launch on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from June 12 2015.
Unlike previous releases, the latest instalment of the racing franchise will arrive much earlier in the F1 season, boasting an all-new handling system and game engine.
“F1 2015 marks an exciting new chapter for Codemasters and Formula One; it’s a shift in direction for the game series, on new formats and our brand new game engine, with the game set to be released earlier in the season, launching this June,” said game director for Codemasters, Paul Jeal.
So what's new for F1 2015? In addition to the "spectacular visual fidelity", Codemasters' believes this is the best game yet for physics-based handling.
After a few weeks of brand new retail releases from Nintendo, March is going out like a lamb, with the marquee titles being a neat little arcade-style game from WayForward's James Montagna on Wii U and a new Lego Ninjago game on 3DS. Virtual Console also continues its steady trickle with the GBA game Namco Museum on Wii U.
Dot Arcade ($4.99)
Dot Arcade is the result of WayForward's James Montagna messing around with an 8-by-8 light dot grid and coming up with a fun retro, high-score wrapper for it all. Dot Arcade includes three games: Mr. Snake (where you eat things), Dodge Club (where you dodge things), and Rally Driver (where you race things).
The Valve-approved fan-created mod, dubbed Half-Life 2: Update, will be releasing on Steam tomorrow, completely free of charge.
The 7GB add-on serves up a number of visual enhancements, including improved lighting effects and more detailed environmental textures. A number of bugs that plagued the original PC release have been fixed as well.
Earlier this month at GDC, Valve announced it was experimenting with Half-Life in virtual reality. Whether or not the beloved first-person shooter franchise will ever make its way to VR remains to be seen, but the prospect of such an experience sounds awfully promising.
Microsoft has revealed all the titles Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners will have access to as part of its Games with Gold program in April.
As promised last month, the company is celebrating more than 100 million games downloaded by offering twice as many free games as usual, so Xbox One owners get two and Xbox 360 owners get four. The games on offer are:
It looks like Spider-Man Miles Morales is joining the Avengers after this summer's Secret Wars comic book event. If things are indeed as they appear, that means Miles will make the jump from the Ultimate Marvel Universe to the main Marvel Universe, or at least whatever constitutes the "main Marvel Universe" after Secret Wars ends.
The full cover to Marvel's Free Comic Book Day offering -- leaked on 4chan late yesterday -- shows Miles as part of the All-New, All-Different Avengers that will form after Secret Wars. The team also features Iron Man (is that Tony Stark or someone "all-new"?), Captain America (Sam Wilson), Vision, Nova (Sam Alexander), Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and the female Thor. Details on how this team forms and why are unknown, but we expect to find out during Secret Wars -- an event that sees the Ultimate Marvel U and the main Marvel U smashing together.
Konami has released a statement seeking to address the ongoing confusion surrounding Hideo Kojima's position at the company.
Taking the to Japanese Metal Gear Twitter account (via Kotaku), the company avoided addressing the the exact status of Kojima's employment while asserting the removal of his name was part of an ongoing rebranding to put Konami's name front and center.
A new Mortal Kombat X trailer has been released, revealing Liu Kang is indeed back as a playable character.
The trailer, exclusive to a Russian outlet for the moment, can be seen below and shows that both Liu Kang and Kung Lao are working for Shinnok since their souls fell into the Netherrealm at the conclusion of the 2011 reboot of the franchise.
What's also interesting is the brief appearance by Bo' Rai Cho at the beginning. We haven't heard rumours that he'll be a playable character up until now, though this certainly seems to suggest that may be about to change.
A whole slew of new Mortal Kombat X information was revealed last week during a NetherRealm Studios live stream. The fighting game will feature a new Kustom Kombat mode, similar to Test Your Might, and players will not want to rage quit matches. Lastly, there might be another five rumored fighters on the Mortal Kombat X roster.
Former Lost writer and producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach has written a highly informative essay looking back on the conception of the show and what it was like to be in the writers' room for the first two seasons. He also has a lot to say about the question of whether the show’s creators were "making it up as they went along," noting the answer is a complicated one, as is often the case for TV. With Lost, many notable elements fans would come to know as the series progressed were conceived very early on, even as the nature of doing an ongoing TV show also led to new elements being added all the time.
“The idea that there is a simple truth about the creation of Lost also begs to additional questions,” Grillo-Marxuach says in the lengthy and very detailed post on his website. “Did we ever know what the island was? And was it purgatory?”
MotoGP 15, the next major instalment in Milestone Studios' motorcycle racing series, has been unveiled and will release for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC this spring.
As detailed on the EU PlayStation Blog, the game will feature "a whole new level of rider customisation, an enhanced career mode and the entire 2015 season of the motorcycle world championship."
MotoGP 15 will feature over 20 different bike models for players to choose from, as well as 40 liveries sporting an array of official color options. The appearance of the rider can be modified as well, allowing gamers to pick their own boots, gloves, and outfit.
Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise: size matters. Evolve’s fourth monster, Behemoth, is lumbering, rolling proof of it. I got a chance to take the new biggest kid-on-the-block for a spin, and he’s a lot more interesting than you’d imagine a hulking physical brute to be.
It would be natural to assume, from his nearly comical size, that Behemoth is all about simply overpowering your opponents. After all, his health and armor pools are roughly 30% larger than the already-beefy Goliath’s. But those are resources he needs to be careful with. Throwing away armor to get in the hunter’s face is actually the easiest way to get yourself killed as Behemoth. What you need to do instead is make the hunters come to you on your terms.
Evolve’s first major update is coming on March 31, and probably the most exciting new additions are the four new hunters entering the fray. I had a chance to go hands-on with all four of them, and I didn’t walk away disappointed. Let me run you through all four of them, along with full match footage for each.
First up is Torvald the assault. His auto shotgun is different from Parnell’s in that the full clip empties after one button press, making it an unwieldy, but devastatingly powerful weapon up close against the monster. He can even toss a shrapnel grenade on the way in, which creates a bunch of weak points in the monster’s armor to blast away at. His mortar cannon is what defines him though. With easy point-and-shoot targeting, he launches a salvo of 4 artillery shells that fly over cover, dealing heavy damage.
NASA revealed more progress on its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a step in the ongoing goal for humans to explore our solar system's Red Planet.
First, an uncrewed spacecraft will snare a boulder from the surface of a near-Earth asteroid using its robotic arms and move it into orbit around the moon for exploration by astronauts. NASA expects to take approximately six years for the robotic spacecraft to move the asteroid chunk into lunar orbit.
NASA's Orion spacecraft is then currently slated to launch the first manned mission consisting of a two-astronaut crew to explore the asteroid mass in the mid-2020s. The human missions will serve to test out new capabilities and technology for use in future human exploration to deep space, such as Mars.
Jupiter may have been the cause of the formation of our planet.
According to a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the inner Solar System once contained a number of "super-Earths". Jupiter migrated inward from its orbit and "cleared out" these planets by sweeping them into the Sun, before returning to its normal orbit.
Jupiter's journey apparently laid the foundations for the creation of Earth and the other planets closer to the Sun.
The work came off the back of an observation that our Solar System is unusual in that it "lacks planets that reside in close proximity to the Sun".
The Destiny of Spirits team has announced via the Japanese PlayStation website that Sony will be ending the service of its free to play RPG Destiny of Spirits on June 30.
According to the announcement, "after this date, you will not be able to play or access the game, and all unused Destiny Orbs will expire." The end dates for Destiny Orb sales are June 30 in the Americas, April 28 in Europe, and April 29 in Asia.
Since its release in March last year, it has achieved over one million downloads.
In its final months, a "Fan Appreciation Campaign" will be launching, which will bring back past raid boss events with the final version 1.12 update.
The first teaser trailer for the next James Bond film, SPECTRE, will be revealed tomorrow, March 27 at 4.45pm PT / 7.45pm ET/ 11.45pm GMT.
The teaser will be hosted on the official 007 site and will offer our first glimpse into the plot of the flick, which will see Bond following a cryptic message from his past that sets him off on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation, while M plays politics to keep the secret service alive.
SPECTRE, the 24th official Bond film, is helmed by Skyfall director Sam Mendes and features a returning Daniel Craig alongside Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Andrew Scott, and Dave Bautista.
Jeremy Clarkson may one day return to the BBC in the future, according to the organisation's creative director.
Alan Yentob told Newsnight, "Of course I wouldn't rule that out, but that's not for now." Clarkson has yet to issue a statement in relation to the news, so whether he agrees with this assessment is currently unknown.
When asked about yesterday's decision to dismiss Clarkson over an incident involving him hitting a producer, he said it was a sad but correct decision. He also said it would be a shame to lose fellow presenters Richard Hammond and James May over the incident.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection requires an 8.3GB day one patch on PS4, and an even larger 16GB patch on Xbox One.
The large patch sizes are mainly down to the Pre-Sequel's Claptastic Voyage DLC, which was only just completed and therefore couldn't be included on the disc. As you'd expect, there's also a host of bug fixes for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions too.
"For The Handsome Collection, a large day-one update will be available giving access to Claptastic Voyage and Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2. This update will also address various bugs," an update explains. "Although the update is large (as it's adding an entire and brand new add-on campaign), we strongly recommend that all players download it before playing The Handsome Collection."
DC delivered another round of finales and climaxes as Convergence approaches, Marvel featured a handful of highly impactful Avengers and X-Men issues, and the indie books hit in full force.
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Written by Jeff Parker | Drawn by Paul Pelletier