Warning: this article contains spoilers for Forever Evil #7.
DC has announced another new series for July today, one which answers two of the more burning questions surrounding the New 52 lately A) what's going to happen to Dick Grayson at the end of Forever Evil, and B) What book is former Justice League Dark artist Mikel Janin working on next?
It turns out that Dick will survive his ordeal at the hands of the Crime Syndicate, but not without heavy cost. The world at large will believe Dick to have died while strapped to the Murder Machine, with only Batman knowing the truth. It's a little tough staying in the superhero business with your identity outed. Instead, Dick will be joining the secretive counterintelligence organization Spyral (first introduced during Grant Morrison's Batman run).
The UK boxed launch of Dark Souls 2 on PC has been delayed until May 2nd, Bandai Namco has confirmed. The game was originally due for release on April 25th, but has slipped by a week due to "a manufacturing issue with packaging", a statement reads. The digital release is unaffected, as is the PC release in other countries.
News first broke earlier today when Amazon UK pre-order customers received an email explaining the delay, with retailer ShopTo also amending its product page to show the revised release date.
The PC release of Dark Souls 2 was already trailing six weeks after the console versions, which launched in March.
The full statement from Bandai Namco reads as follows: "This is only affecting the UK on the boxed release of the game. It will be delayed unfortunately and we apologise to UK customers. This is due to a manufacturing issue with packaging. To confirm this will only affect the UK boxed launch".
Last September, IGN flew out to Sofia, Bulgaria to witness filming on the latest chapter of action all-star blockbuster series, The Expendables 3.
The returning team of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger are all back. But if you thought Expendables 1 and 2 were star-studded, 3 doesn’t just raise the bar; it uses it to beat the previous two instalments into the ground. Check out these newly added heavy hitters:
Last week's episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD was a huge one, which showed what happened to the team in the wake of the game-changing events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
With Hydra now revealed and traitors everywhere, Tuesday night's new episode, "Providence", picks up with Coulson's team seeking refuge while beginning to uncover more of SHIELD's secrets. "Providence" will feature the debut of two new characters from Marvel Comics: Comedian Patton Oswalt as SHIELD agent Eric Koening and Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as Glenn Talbot, a member of the Air Force who Marvel fans will recognize as a longtime nemesis of the Incredible Hulk in classic Hulk stories.
The next big update for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is on the way, and it includes a secret subterranean cactus army.
Here's the setup: Dr. Zomboss, the, well, boss of the zombies, receives a communication from his minions that a hidden cactus army is growing beneath the desert. Threatened by this discovery, Zomboss decides to fly his blimp to the desert to investigate. When it's shot down the battle begins, and a new multiplayer arena is born.
Cactus Canyon, the new map, ends with a great Gardens and Graveyards finale (more on that later!), but the most noteworthy addition comes in the form of new character variants: one for each class in both the plant and zombie factions. I went hands-on with all of them, and I'm happy to say that most of them offer new ways to play the now-familiar classes.
While there's little doubt that the Die Hard franchise is running on fumes after 2013's listless A Good Day to Die Hard, a rumor dropped yesterday about FOX wanting Samuel L. Jackson back in the game for the sixth installment, reprising his character from Die Hard with a Vengeance, Zeus Carver.
Latino Review's "El Mayimbe" tweeted that meetings were currently being held at FOX to discuss the next movie, with the express ruling that it had to include Jackson's Zeus.
TWITTER SCOOP: FOX is meeting writers for takes on next DIE HARD. It has to involve John McClane AND Samuel Jackson's Zeus Carver character!
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) April 14, 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 definitely sets the stage for the forthcoming Sinister Six movie, which we now know will be directed by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods). But what’s not clear is the exact line-up of the super-villain team.
Speaking to IGN, the film's producer Matt Tolmach revealed that, “Nothing is sacred. I mean it’s going to be the best Six that you can imagine, but it’s going to make sense in the world that we’re building.”
Meanwhile his co-producer Avi Arad spoke about the need to draw on different eras of the comic's history. So while the trailer hints at the involvement of Doc Ock and Vulture, don't expect to see the 'classic' line-up.
“When you translate comic to film the word 'classic' means the first fifty issues," says Arad. "Because after that we all made changes; changes that had to do with science-fiction turning into science. I think just the need to move this world forward.
The developer behind the highly-anticipated massively-multiplayer shooter The Division has revealed that Ubisoft’s decision to delay Watch Dogs was “tremendously important” and proved the publisher is more interested in quality than timeliness.
"It’s tremendously important for us as a developer studio, to know that the owner and the publisher are ready to take that hit", explained David Polfeldt, managing director of Massive Entertainment, in an interview with Examiner. “I think their shares fell 25% on the day it was announced it was being delayed. It takes so much courage to live through that day and still think that was a good decision. So for us in the development
Here's something fun you can do with your next ten minutes of procrastination time (preferably after the ten you've allocated to reading articles on IGN): go onto YouTube and type in any combination of the following keywords: 'Oculus Rift', 'scary', 'horror', 'funny', 'lol'. Alternatively, if you're some sort of high-flying exec with only five minutes to spare, just watch this video. It's my favourite.
If you did neither of those things, thanks for getting involved. But if you did, you'll have seen that searches like this throw up dozens and dozens of videos - mostly uploaded as comedy Let's Plays - showcasing the sort of horror pet projects that mostly amateur developers have been building for virtual reality, using the Oculus Rift developer kit. For the most part, they're not games in the way that we'd normally recognise them - there's no overarching plot driving the player forward nor any of the challenge-reward dynamic that traditionally characterises a game.
Good news everyone! On Thursday April 17 at 5pm (AEST) IGN Australia will be starting the Easter long weekend in style with a 12 hour session of The Elder Scrolls Online. The idea is that we're going to hang out playing the game and hopefully you guys will be able to do the same.
How's it going to work? We have four Alienware rigs set up here in the AU office which will be shared between eight players over the course of the night. If you're keen to join us, check out the UserIDs below and friend us in the game ahead of time. There's no guarantee we'll be able to actually play together, but it should be fun anyway. And if you discover something cool, let us know!
Independent developer Trendy Entertainment, known best for its action-RPG tower defence hybrid Dungeon Defenders, has hired former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez as its new CEO.
Rodriguez will be helping to expand Trendy's games portfolio, while also growing its cross-platform backend technology Playverse in the hopes that other developers will utilise the technology in their own games.
"When I first visited here I saw tremendous potential--both in Dungeon Defenders II and their cross platform backend and technology, Playverse, and needed to be a part of it," says Rodriguez, speaking to GamesIndustry.biz.
I love the game of chess more than nearly any video game ever released. It's strategic, timeless, and fun, and while chess owns a renowned status as a thinking man’s game, video game iterations have often had a hard time being as epic as the real thing. As someone who grew up fiendishly playing chess (and still does), I readily admit that no digital version will ever be as good as sitting at a table, weighted pieces placed and timer set. But some attempts are more successful than others.
When it comes to Pure Chess, you’ll find something that hits the mark in some ways and misses it completely in others. Its single-player offerings challenge gamers with a variety of options that will please chess nuts, especially for its relatively low price. However, Pure Chess has completely unacceptable online functionality that doesn't allow people to play against each other in real time. Thus, in your pursuit of purchasing Pure Chess, you have to think about one thing and one thing only: do you want to play by yourself or online?
MechRunner, a new mech-themed, Hollywood-influenced action game, has been announced for a summer release on PC, PS4, and PlayStation Vita.
MechRunner casts gamers as a mech that can switch between robot and tank modes, enabling them to blast their way through urban landscapes while defeating waves of enemies and rescuing civilians.
It is being developed by Spark Plug Games, a studio that's previously worked on a number of PC and mobile games, including the iOS port of Puzzle Quest 2. For MechRunner, Spark Plug got film industry concept artist Josh Nizzi on board to help conceptualise and bring the mechs to life. Nizzi has a lot of experience in the area, having worked on hits like The Avengers, Iron Man, and Transformers.
The latest system update for Xbox One has begun rolling out tonight, bringing with it several requested features.
The update packs a host of tweaks and changes, including adjustments to the friend system that will notify you when favourites and friends sign into Xbox Live. This was reportedly one of the most-requested features. In addition, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
The update also adds a game save progress bar to show you the status of your saves, and you’ll also now be able to see what games and/or apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
Improved GameDVR video quality, further tuning to Kinect voice and motion detection, 50 Hz video output for Blu-ray content recorded at 50 Hz, and controller and headset adaptor firmware updates are among the other amendments.
The first trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl has arrived and it paints an intriguing picture. Ben Affleck's character, Nick Dunne, takes center stage as he pleads for help finding his missing wife, Amy. A cover of "She" by Richard Butler plays over the footage and gives it a more dramatic air – much different from the vibe of the Elvis Costello version heard in Notting Hill.
Gone Girl tells the story of Amy's mysterious disappearance on the couple's fifth anniversary. Some shots hint at a rocky marriage and it's already clear from the trailer that suspicion for the disappearance and death of Amy falls onto Nick, despite his insistence he's not a murderer. He wouldn't lie, right?
Syfy announced that the star of The Terminator and T2, Linda Hamilton, will be joining the Season 2 cast of their high-rated drama series, Defiance, in the recurring guest role of Pilar, the mysterious and long-separated wife of Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene).
Hamilton, last seen on NBC's Chuck and Syfy's own (Canadian acquisition) Lost Girl, will play the key recurring role of Pilar McCawley, the wife of Rafe and mother to their three children. Separated from her family for a number of years, Pilar has now returned home. Pilar suffered from serious mental illness and in the aftermath of the Votan arrival and subsequent war, did not have access to her medication. With her mental state unchecked, Pilar snapped and tried to murder her children. Fearing for the family’s safety, Rafe sent her to an institution and told their children she had died. Now Pilar is back with both a steely resolve and a warm, maternal love for her family. But the motives for her return are unclear, and soon Rafe and others in town begin to question where she’s actually been these past years.
Capcom has begun constructing its second new research and development building in Osaka, Japan in preparation for the company’s new emphasis on development and digital distribution.
Along with their two new buildings, Capcom announced today that part of the $78 million plan includes a focus on designing more games internally, so it plans to hire 100 developers every year, “mostly new graduates,” and hopes to have a workforces of 2,500 developers by March 2022.
Capcom said that the two new buildings will have a "variety of the latest facilities" including a motion capture room and a studio for producing sound effects to give its developers a "competitive advantage" in the "rapidly growing mobile content and PC online games markets."
Adapting a beloved film into a television series is a tricky, if tempting proposition. The Coen Brothers’ darkly comedic tale of murder in the midst of Minnesota’s frozen landscapes and interpersonal niceties earned the pair a Best Original Screenplay Oscar and landed lead Frances McDormand the Best Actress prize. It’s a tough act to follow, or otherwise emulate.
18-years after Fargo's debut in cinemas, Noah Hawley, creator of the FX limited event series of the same name, has taken the essence of that tale and transformed it into a fresh and entirely engaging experience. The first episode, "The Crocodile's Dilemma", introduces the audience to a world that is at once familiar and distinct. The tone of the piece and nature of the characters echo the original, but there is a slightly different, in some ways warmer, feel here.
Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available through the Nintendo eShop and at retail outlets throughout North America at $30 USD apiece, Nintendo has announced. The new prices take effect starting April 22nd.
Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and Super Mario Bros. 2 currently serve as the three best-selling titles for the platform in the United States, in that order, with each one having sold more than 2.15 million physical and digital units in the region.
Even the less successful titles to date have inspired a lot of activity, particularly thanks to the community elements and customization that are possible in the likes of Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
The last remaining pieces of news trickle in from PAX East with six new games coming for the PS Vita and the announcement of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. And prepare for Titanfall....in a swamp?
Here are the top stories we covered:
The first DLC for Titanfall, Expedition, is way cool with trees you can wall-run on. Find out when it releases!
Ubisoft's Uplay Store might have just revealed the Wii U release window for Watch Dogs as Fall 2014.
This is not a sequel to Sid Meier’s Civilization 5 "it's its own idea" says David McDonough, Beyond Earth’s co-lead designer. More on this new revelation.