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MapleStory is a wildly popular free-to-play MMORPG in which players travel a 2D fantasy world, defeating monsters and developing their characters’ skills. Attack on Titan, meanwhile, is a wildly popular manga and anime in which the last remnants of humanity in a (dystopian) fantasy world attempt to defeat giant humanoid monsters.
How long do you think it will be before these two juggernauts collide? Not long at all, it turns out.
Over the 25-year history of The Simpsons, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have been featured in a lot of video games, from 1991’s The Simpsons Arcade Game to 2012’s Tapped Out. And come next month, they’ll make the leap into the world of Minecraft.
Xbox has partnered with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products to debut The Simpsons content packs for Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions, featuring not only the Simpsons clan but also 19 characters from Springfield Elementary.
Given the sheer amount of Guardians of the Galaxy apparel, toys and collectibles on the market, you’d think Disney and Marvel Studios covered all the merchandising opportunities for the 2014 blockbuster. However, CineFix’s 8-Bit Cinema spotlights one they overlooked — and that we desperately need: an old-school side-scrolling video game.
In the video below, CineFex effectively retells director James Gunn’s space adventure using 16-bit technology, complete with snippets of dialogue and — best of all — a new, and totally appropriate, rendition of the film’s hit soundtrack.
Dark Horse will explore the history and mythology of Azeroth, the setting of Blizzard Entertainment’s blockbuster video game franchise, in World of Warcraft: Chronicle.
Debuting in November, the multi-volume series is described as a “definitive tome of Warcraft history” that “reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.
Given the commercial and critical success of Saga, the space opera from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, it seems likely the Image Comics series has been eyed by more than a few film and television producers. However, the writer says he would be more interested in a video-game adaptation.
“That’s actually something that has come up,” he told The Verge. “A Saga video game, particularly if it’s sort of about characters other than the main characters in our story, is really exciting to me — even more exciting than a film or TV show. So, uh, never say never.”
Doug TenNapel is a bit of a renaissance man when it comes to commercial art, from video games and animation to comics and even music. The creator who brought us Earthworm Jim and numerous graphic novels and webcomics is now showing off Armikrog, a stop-motion game he produced with developer Pencil Test Studios.
This is a first look at the fruits of TenNapel and Pencil Test’s 2013 Kickstarter campaign, which raised nearly a million dollars for Armikrog – even financing a Wii U release. The game follows intrepid space explorer Tommynaut, who has crashed with a blind alien talking dog named Beak-Beak on a weird world, where they become trapped in a structure called an Armikrog. That’s when the game begins.
Pencil Test is aiming to release the game next year for Wii U, PC, Mac and Linux.
Paying tribute to classic video-game icons, Ireland’s state-run postal service today released four stamps featuring Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man and Space Invaders.
Taito Corp.’s Space Invaders and Namco’s Pac-Man — debuting in 1978 and 1980, respectively, making them the oldest of the quartet — are represented by screenshots, while Nintendo’s Mario and Sega’s Sonic themselves are showcased on their stamps.
The stamps are issued by An Post and designed Dublin’s Zinc Design Consultants.
Telltale Games has announced The Wolf Among Us, the critically acclaimed adventure game based on Bill Willingham’s Vertigo series Fables, will arrive in stores Nov. 4 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One. All five episodes are already available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox One.
Set 30 years before the events of Fables #1, the game allows players to control Bigby Wolf as he investigates the gruesome murder of a Fable, which leads to an even bigger mystery.
With its ambitious sandbox video game Disney Infinity, Disney has hit upon a way to generate sales — to the tune of $500 million worldwide — and to further promote a range of movie properties, ranging from The Pirates of the Caribbean to Frozen to The Incredibles (version 2.0 arrives next week, bringing the Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy into play). But could it also be quietly marketing comic books? Well, at least Marvel comic books?
Introduced in August 2013, Disney Infinity allows players to bring an assortment of characters into the game by purchasing $13 figurines and placing them on a special scanner, and to create their own world within the Disney universe using “Toy Box Mode.”
Clearly hoping to catch lightning in a bottle following confirmation from Dwayne Johnson that he’ll play Black Adam in the Shazam movie, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have revealed the classic supervillain/antihero will be a playable character in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
“Can you smell what Black Adam is cooking?” reads the message accompanying the above image from the game’s official Twitter account.
Arriving Nov. 3o, LEGO Batman 3 takes the Dark Knight, well, beyond Gotham, as he joins with other DC Comics heroes and villains in outer space to top Brainiac from destroying Earth. The game will feature more than 150 playable characters, including Black Adam and his nemesis Shazam.
In the first major update to its Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past mobile game, Glitchsoft has added Storm and Polaris as playable characters.They can be unlocked with the completion of the third level.
What’s more, the game is available for 99 cents from the App Store for the duration of Comic-Con International.
After a little social-media teasing, GameStop has announced the Red Hood Story Pack DLC will be available exclusively to customers who preorder Batman: Arkham Knight from the retailer.
Developed by Rocksteady for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, Batman: Arkham Knight is billed as the explosive finale to the hit action-adventure video game series that launched in 2009 with Batman: Arkham Asylum. (For a complete rundown, read CBR’s coverage of the closed-door demo at E3 2014.)
Telltale Games has released the trailer for the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two, which will be available beginning July 22.
Based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman,Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, the episodic role-playing adventure game takes place in the same fictional setting as The Walking Dead. In Episode 3, “Amid the Ruins,” the group — now free of its brutal captor — continues its journey north: “But hunger, violence and death have taken their toll. Simmering conflicts and inevitable changes within the group remind Clementine that danger can come from within, as well as without; she must choose her allies carefully.”
Developer Glu Mobile has debuted Hercules: The Official Game, a tie-in to the upcoming MGM adaptation of the Radical Publishing series Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya.
Available now on for tablets and smartphones on App Store and Google Play, the free-to-play hack-and-slash game allows users to become the Greek hero Hercules as he fights his way through ancient battles, undertakes the Twelve Labors, spites the goddess Hera and seeks redemption.
Although the publisher didn’t specify release date — its tweet said only “Coming Soon!” — the previous installment, Episode 4, was available a week after its teaser image debuted (so look for it on July 15). Set 30 years before the events of Fables #1, the game allows players to control Bigby Wolf as he investigates the gruesome murder of a Fable, which leads to an even bigger mystery.
A second season of The Wolf Among Us in the works. The Fables comic series will come to a close early next year with its 150th issue.