In a capacity-PAX panel in Seattle today, legendary video game designer Keiji Inafune announced that beta access will be live for Comcept's upcoming game Mighty No. 9 "within 24 hours."
The access is open to those who supported at the $80 or more tier on the project's Kickstarter, as well as for those lucky enough to have been at today's panel. Access codes were given to those in attendance, much to the delight of everyone. Also, Mighty Gunvolt was announced as a free download for all backers of the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter.
The hand-out given to those in attendance had not only a code to access the Mighty No. 9 beta, but also included with a code to download Mighty Gunvolt for those who didn't support the Kickstarter. Mighty Gunvolt currently comes free with the purchase of Azure Striker: Gunvolt, and is a tiny, retro-inspired stand-alone game. However, the download of the 8-bit demake is only available for download with the purchase of Azure Striker: Gunvolt before November 28. Beck, the protagonist from Mighty No. 9, is one of the playable characters.
PAX Prime 2014 is slowly coming to a close. Cosplay, weird animal fights, and loud noises filled the convention center.
To bring the craziness of PAX to the many people who didn't have the opportunity to go, we asked people to send us requests of what they wanted to see via Twitter. Below are our responses and our on the ground look at PAX Prime 2014.
— IGN (@IGN) August 31, 2014
I don’t consider myself the squeamish type, yet I couldn’t help but wince as I saw fatalities in Mortal Kombat X. The version we play at PAX is setup to showcase deadly finishing moves easily. I admit Fatalities have been my favorite part of prior MK games. They always delivered a funny dose of shock value with a trail of silliness tacked on at the same time. But this time was different. This time was gross.
When IGN editor Daemon Hatfield let the first one rip, I expected to laugh. I didn’t. In fact, for the first time ever I wondered if the developers went too far. I watched one of the new characters named Kotal Khan carve a deep cut across the chest of a bloodied Cassidy Cage’s with a blade. He then rips out her heart and holds up his new trophy before popping the juicy, still-beating muscle. The blood flows into Khan’s grotesque open mouth and drips down his lips. The visual fidelity carefully renders every second of this vicious moment.
Back to school, back to streaming. Here's what's landing on Netflix this September.
As we enter the gateway to Fall, Netflix is taking a look back at at the late Robin Williams with Disney's remake of 1961's The Absent-Minded Professor, Flubber - along with the breakout role that nabbed the late comedian his first Oscar nomination - that of Adrian Cronauer in Barry Levinson's Good Morning, Vietnam.
Those looking to play catchup on some TV are in luck as well as Season 4 of The Walking Dead, Season 2 of Arrow, and Season 1 of The Blacklist all arrive. Comedies Parks and Recreation, New Girl, About a Boy, and Trailer Park Boys are also ready to abuse your funny bone.
Four add-on packs will be released for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, along with a season pass, 2K Australia announced at PAX today.
The DLC will release on unspecified dates following Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's release, each priced at $10 USD –– alternatively, players can purchase the season pass, which includes all four packs, for $30 USD. The add-on packs will showcase new characters and missions, 2K said in a press release.
Although no other information was given regarding the content of each pack, 2K did announce the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit bonus content, which comes with any pre-orders of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. This content will not be included with the season pass, but will be for sale at a later date.
As Guardians of the Galaxy topped the Labor Day weekend box office in its fifth week in release, the Marvel sci-fi action-comedy also became 2014's biggest hit domestically.
Guardians finished the three-day weekend with an estimated $16.3 million. It is now the No. 1 movie of the year domestically followed by Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Guardians' worldwide total of $547.7 million makes it the year's 8th highest-grossing film internationally; Transformers: Age Of Extinction remains No. 1 worldwide with $1 billion.
Of the holiday weekend's new releases, the found footage film As Above/So Below fared best with an estimated haul of $8.3 million for fourth place. The Pierce Brosnan espionage film The November Man bowed in sixth place with a meek $7.7 million.
If Joaquin Phoenix doesn't end up playing Doctor Strange then this could be one of the big reasons why. And it's reportedly not just about money or the multi-film contracts Marvel Studios demands their actors sign.
According to Badass Digest, Marvel Studios had hoped to sign Phoenix in time to announce him during their panel at July's Comic-Con, but they couldn't seal the deal. And they still can't.
Phoenix is said to have met with Marvel this week (Collider reported a few days ago that the Oscar nominee was still very much in talks for Doctor Strange), but that there's a roadblock preventing the studio from signing him to play their Sorcerer Supreme.
Mezco Toyz announced Friday that they have acquired the license to release merchandise based on the horror hit The Conjuring and its forthcoming spinoff-prequel Annabelle, which tells the tale of the demonic doll introduced in the 2013 blockbuster.
In a posting on their Facebook page, Mezco said its "award winning design team has already begun creating an Annabelle version of their world record holding Living Dead Dolls, and has many more scares tucked away for the future. Mezco's unholy collectibles of the damned will arrive in stores in late 2014."
Mezco will be at New York Comic Con from October 9-12 (booth 1855) so look for creepy Annabelle and Conjuring merchandise there.
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It's time for a party. Besides presenting a chance for cameos from executive producer Ron Moore and author of the Outlander books Diana Gabaldon, the gathering of the clan gave Claire an opportunity to escape the castle. We needed to see her attempting forward progress after her declaration at the end of last week's episode, and Claire didn't disappoint. She wasn't successful, but she tried and she did so with intelligence. She thought of most everything, and it was nice to see that she's retaining her composure despite her desperation to get out. However, we didn't need the step by step voice over to get the point.
Must is a tricky word. Claire said it last week in regards to leaving Leoch and ended with it again tonight saying she must not fail in getting back to Craigh na Dun. The use of the word seems like a sure sign that she won't be successful. I understand that Claire's feeling determined, but they should dial back use of that particularly charged word.
The Order: 1886 demo I played at PAX Prime was one of the stranger slices of a game I’ve played in quite some time. It managed to reel me in from the get-go and keep my attention until the very end, despite some deep gameplay flaws. Let’s start with the positives.
I don’t need to tell you that The Order is a gorgeous video game. The characters, setting, and lighting effects are all top-notch. The world is an interesting and unique setting that straddles a nice line between Victorian horror and alternate history. The idea of a game combining werewolves and Nikola Tesla is fantastic -- I love the looking at a historical setting and playing with the idea of what it would be like with a dash of technology here and a bit of magic there. The few major events I was privy to inside of the world were equally intriguing. The voice work and banter between my team was great, and it was genuinely one of the few times where a game transitioned from a cinematic into gameplay, and I just sat there not moving because I didn’t spot the hard-cut from one to the other.
Free-to-play "Sandpark" MMO ArcheAge will launch on September 16, Trion Worlds has announced.
This will be preceded by an open beta from September 4-8, before those who purchased Founder's Packs get to jump in on September 12.
For those not in the know about ArcheAge, it's highly-anticipated among Western MMO fans as it incorporates aspects of Sandbox gameplay. While games like World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV, Star Wars: The Old Republic and the like are branded "Themepark" titles as you get on the ride and have a carefully orchestrated journey of fun, ArcheAge is similar to Eve Online in the sense it also hands you the tools to make your own fun, only instead of spaceships there's the usual riffs on traditional fantasy tropes.
Harmonix announced the final tracks in the initial lineup for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved at Pax today.
The artists were announced during the "Music Evolved –– From 8-Bit Soundtrack to Gameplay" panel. Award-winning composer Inon Zur and recording producer Eddie Kramer were present for the panel, which went behind the scenes of music production on the upcoming game. The new tracks are listed below:
• The Flaming Lips - "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1"
• Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
• J.S. Bach - "Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor"
• Inon Zur - "Scout's Theme (ft. violinist Lindsay Stirling)"
• Jimi Hendrix - "Fire"
• Lady Gaga - "Applause"
The Royal Canadian Mint and Warner Bros. Consumer Products introduced four new collector coins this week featuring DC Comics' Superman. The Mint's seven-coin Superman series from 2013 proved a sold-out success.
These four new gold and silver collector coins (seen below) feature variations on Superman comic book covers throughout the decades, from his first appearance to the New 52. They were introduced Friday at FAN EXPO Canada.
These four new Superman coins ($10, $15, $20 and $100 CDN) can be ordered from the Mint by calling 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at the Mint's site. The coins will also be available as of September 2nd at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mint's global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.
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This may sound like sacrilege, but it's getting increasingly difficult to make the Daleks scary or, more importantly, interesting anymore.
Sure, if you grew up with them and have sense-memories of cowering behind the sofa in abject self-soiling childhood terror, then they'll always elicit a Pavlovian 'eep' or two. But while they're undeniably one of the Doctor's most iconic nemeses, they're also one of his most reliably beatable and singularly, predictably motivated.
Which is why 'Into the Dalek' was such a surprising success, offering the double whammy of both a new physical and surreally spiritual look into an enemy Whovians have gotten to know all too well in the 50 years since their debut.
Immediately following its reveal back in March, Firewatch commanded our attention. The first game from Campo Santo, a studio founded by former Telltale, Double Fine, Klei, and 2K Marin developers, Firewatch looked to be a gorgeous first-person adventure game with an emphasis on storytelling, evocative animations, and distinct art design by the fantastic Olly Moss.
We chronicled the evolution of the game, its influences, and what the team was really trying to accomplish with the project. But while that all sounded great on paper, it ultimately amounted to a lot of incredible-sounding promises. When the time came for the game to actually come together, would they be able to pull it off?
Okay, that was a Tick quote from the '90s FOX Kids animated series and this story's about FOX's live-action adaptation of The Tick. But it still felt appropriate.
Rumors started up yesterday, with People claiming to have a source, that Amazon is looking to revive the 2001 live-action Tick series (which was axed after only nine episodes), starring Patrick Warburton (Family Guy, Seinfeld) - who People's source claims has signed a new deal with Amazon and Sony to reprise the role of the blue-suited lunkheaded hero.
While there’s a clear attempt to emulate the subtitle to the original Star Wars film, A New Hope, with the new book, Star Wars: A New Dawn, there’s a lot of reasons that title fits. Not just storywise – though it does tie into the themes of the book – but also because A New Dawn marks the start of a big new direction for Star Wars.
With Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, and work underway on multiple new Star Wars movies, the decision was made to officially decree that the previous novels and other stories that fell under the “expanded universe” heading were not part of canon. However, moving forward, when it comes to new stories set in this universe, most everything, including books and comics – unless otherwise noted -- is canon, and outside of a few short stories, A New Dawn is the first major representation of the future of Star Wars.
Team Meat has announced Super Meat Boy: Forever will coming to your phones, tablets, and Steam "sometime next year."
The team said their goal was to release a Super Meat Boy game designed from the ground-up with touch interface in mind, rather than try to shoehorn touch controls onto an existing game. They hoped to bring out a game with the feel of the original Super Meat Boy "without the use of multiple buttons" or analog sticks.
Super Meat Boy: Forever won't be an endless runner, according to Team Meat, but it will feature an endless mode, along with daily run challenges and online high scores. It will also have a full story, 6 chapters, and twice as many bosses as were in the original game.
Chrono Trigger designer Hironobu Sakaguchi wanted Chrono Trigger to blossom into a series.
At the PAX Prime panel "Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs," the designer explained through a translator that he hoped it could "evolve into something like a Final Fantasy."
"We wanted to continue it as a series," Sakaguchi said (via Polygon). "... But—and I think the statue of limitations has passed and expired so I think I'm okay saying this—but we just didn't see eye-to-eye with management, and so I went and fought for it, and I officially lost the battle."
He also said that "it would be nice" to continue some of his other series, like Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, or The Last Story. However, he was careful to note that nothing is confirmed. "Just between some of us that worked on it, we would hope or we talk about it once in awhile that we'd like to," he said.