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With the arrival of Blue Estate on PlayStation 4 this week, HeSaw has released a new trailer highlighting the dark humor and over-the-top violence of the rail shooter, as well as DualShock 4′s gyroscopic features.
Inspired by the 12-issue Image Comics series created by Viktor Kalvachev (now creative director of HeSaw), Blue Estate allows players to step into the shoes of Tony Luciano, the homicidal son of a Los Angeles mob boss, and Clarence, a broke former Navy SEAL who’s been hired to clean up his mess. As Tony wages a war with the Sik gang in an effort to get back his kidnapped “Helen of Troy,” Clarence struggles to end the fight.
Viktor Kalvachev has revealed more details about the upcoming rail shooter based on his crime comedy Blue Estate — with the help of a new comic strip he created with Ivan Brandon.
Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Kalvachev provides an overview of the Image Comics series before delving into the HeSaw game, whose PS4 version will utilize DualShock 4′s gyroscopic features (that’s were the new strip comes into play).
The “darkly funny” video game based on the crime comedy Blue Estate will also arrive for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Announced in September for PC, the rail shooter by French indie studio HeSaw and Focus Home Interactive is inspired by the 12-issue Image Comics series created by Viktor Kalvachev (now creative director of HeSaw), and featuring art by Kalvachev, Toby Cypress, Nathan Fox, Robert Valley and others.
The crime comedy Blue Estate is moving from comic books to video games with a “darkly funny” PC rail shooter developed by fledgling French indie studio HeSaw for Leap Motion. A teaser trailer for Blue Estate: The Game debuted this morning online.
Created by Viktor Kalvachev (now creative director of HeSaw), and featuring art by Kalvachev, Toby Cypress, Nathan Fox, Robert Valley and others, the 12-issue Blue Estate was published from 2011 to 2012 by Image Comics.
Players will step into the shoes of Tony Luciana, the bumbling, arrogant mob boss from the comics, “as they’re dragged greasy hair-first into a tangled web of mobster chaos and high-velocity violence. What Tony lacks in smarts he more than makes up for in gun-toting belligerence. The only thing that can keep up with his trigger finger is his penchant for sarcastic one-liners.”
“The Blue Estate comic series is a real labor of love for me, and it’s very cool to see some of the characters come to life off the page in such an amazing interactive way with Leap Motion,” Kalvachev said in a statement. “Tony Luciano is a good choice of character for the lead role with his sharp tongue and itchy trigger finger. It really is a lot of fun to play and I hope people are going to love it.”
Publishing | We noted in late April that Archie Comics appeared to be embracing cultural and political commentary with its upcoming Kevin Keller miniseries, which features Riverdale’s first openly gay character and his father, a retired three-star general. But now the publisher, or at least the character, is going a step further, marching into the middle of the debate over gays and lesbians openly serving in the armed forces by revealing that Kevin aspires to be a journalist, but only after attending the U.S. Military Academy and becoming an Army officer. “Even though we don’t tackle the specific issue of Don’t Ask Don’ Tell, the goal was to show that patriotism knows no specific gender, race or sexual orientation,” cartoonist Dan Parent says. “While it sounds like heavy subject matter, I tried to show it simply that Kevin, like his dad, loves his country. Being gay doesn’t effect that in any way.” [The Associated Press]
Publishing | DC Comics’ line-wide reboot has received extensive coverage by mainstream media outlets, based largely on the original USA Today article or The Associated Press report. But my favorite piece is this one by George Gene Gustines that turns back the clock to 1985 and attempts to explain to The New York Times audience the effects, and problems, of Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the publisher’s subsequent attempts to streamline continuity: “… If the goal was to make the DC universe easier to understand, the end result was the opposite: to this day, fans frequently mention ‘pre-Crisis‘ and ‘post-Crisis‘ as a way to distinguish stories. Twenty years later, in the Infinite Crisis limited series, DC tried to clean continuity up again: Superman’s career as Superboy was back; Batman knew who murdered the Waynes; and Wonder Woman was a founder of the Justice League again.” [The New York Times]