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Ahead of the debut next week of Mortal Kombat X for consoles and PC, Warner Bros. Interactive and NetherRealm Studios have launched a free-to-play version of the fighting game for iOS devices. It’s available for download now from the App Store, with the Android version coming soon to Google Play.
As the launch trailer below demonstrates, the mobile version features all of the limb-tearing, skull-crushing action we’ve come to expect from the long-running franchise, but with a blend of fighting and card collection — presumably similar to NetherRealm’s Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released the Mortal Kombat X launch trailer, directed by System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian and set to the tune of the band’s signature hit “Chop Suey!”
Featuring glimpses of iconic moments, new and returning characters, and plenty of fight sequences, it’s not nearly as graphic as that Shaolin trailer, but there’s still plenty of spurting blood and crunching bones to be had. Enough that it’s probably not quite safe for work (but what are you doing watching a video-game trailer at work, anyway?).
Even as fans get a lengthy gameplay video, and a new release date, for Batman: Arkham Knight, more details have trickled out about the Harley Quinn DLC pack.
It was announced last summer that players who preordered the highly anticipated game would receive two free story packs, one featuring the Red Hood and the other Harley Quinn. Now, thanks to an update to the Amazon listing, we have an idea of what the Harley pack involves:
Developed for Warner Bros. Interactive by Turbine, the free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game features player vs. player battles set within the DC Multiverse, where users can control different incarnations of their favorite heroes and villains.
Although even developer Rocksteady Studios was surprised to learn Batman: Arkham Knight had been rated “Mature,” we now have a good idea of why it’s the first game in the franchise not to receive a “T for Teen.”
Fan sites Batman News and Arkhamverse note the the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has published its rating summary, which lays out the factors leading to the decision. While many of the elements are present in earlier games, scenes of torture would seem to be what pushed Arkham Knight into “M” territory. Note: The ratings summary may contain game spoilers.
WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have unleashed the story trailer for Mortal Kombat X that not only reveals the setting — 25 years after the events of 2011’s Mortal Kombat — but also a new generation of fighters.
In the footage, Cassie Cage is joined in the fight against power-hungry clone Mileena and her Outworld rebel army by: Jacqueline Briggs, daughter of Jax; Takashi Takeda, son of Kenshi; and Kung Jin, descendant of Kung Lao.
Batman: Arkham Knight will close out Rocksteady Studios’ hit game series with a bang and, it seems, an “M for Mature” rating.
IGN reports that while previous games — Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Origins — were rated “T for Teen,” the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) determined this chapter is suitable for ages 17 and up, to the surprise of the developers.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has debuted a teaser for the LEGO Jurassic World game that not only delivers a chuckle and some healthy nostalgia, but the news that it will allow players “to relive and experience all four Jurassic films.”
That’s right, it will bring together storylines from Universal Pictures’ Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and the upcoming Jurassic World. It’s developed by TT Games, the folks behind all of the LEGO games — from Harry Potter to Star Wars to Batman — so you pretty much know what you can expect.
Warner Bros. Entertainment could eliminate as many as 1,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its worldwide workforce — as part of studio-wide cutbacks confirmed earlier this month, Variety reports. However, the studio insists that although the cuts will be “substantial,” it hasn’t settled on the exact number of layoffs.
“The plans are still in process,” Dee Dee Myers, Warner Bros.’ new executive vice president of corporate communications, told TheWrap. “We’re reducing costs and it will result in reduced overhead, but the plans are not done.”
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.
Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed impending layoffs across the studio in a memo sent Thursday afternoon to employees. Although no date or numbers were given, Deadline suggests the cuts will likely take place in the fourth quarter.
“We are doing our best to minimize staff reductions,” wrote Tsujihara, who was named CEO in January 2013. “However, and it pains me to say this, positions will be eliminated — at every level — across the Studio.”
Warner Bros.’ subsidiaries include DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Home Video and New Line Cinema. It also co-owns The CW with CBS Corporation.
Although reports earlier this week indicated the studio would offer buyouts before it resorted to layoffs, there’s no mention of that approach in the memo. In fact, it would seem buyouts are off the table, as Tsujihara’s introduction makes it clear he wanted”to set the record straight” following “misinformation in the press.”
Fast on the yellow heels of Sinestro, Atrocitus will be set loose into the world of Infinite Crisis, the free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game from WB Games.
Available as a playable character beginning June 11, the Red Lantern Atrocitus is described as an Enforcer who “taunts his enemies and spews red-hot plasma across the face of entire teams.”
“Tonight, Gotham falls!” Scarecrow declares in the debut gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight. “A city of fear rises!”
Unveiled this morning by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, “Evening the Odds” showcases the Scarecrow’s return to Gotham as he schemes to unite the city’s villains — Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, among them — toward one goal: destroying Batman. As the citizens flee and criminal gangs overrun the city, the Dark Knight takes to the streets in the new Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise.
On May 21, WB Games will unleash classic Green Lantern foe Sinestro as a champion in Infinite Crisis, Turbine’s free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game.
Announced nearly a year ago, Infinite Crisis features player vs. player battles set within the DC Multiverse, where gamers can control different incarnations of their favorite heroes and villains. The open beta features three maps, including “Gotham Divided,” and nearly 30 champions — including Gaslight Batman, Mecha Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Blue Beetle and Nightmare Superman. PC open beta began in March; players can sign up on the game’s website.
In Infinite Crisis, Sinestro eliminates his enemies by spreading silence and fear to cull the weak, with a little help from Parallax. Check out the character profile trailer below.
WB Games has added yet another champion to the roster of Infinite Crisis, Turbine’s free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game: Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle.
Beginning April 30, Beta testers will be able to play as the fan-favorite character, who in the game world wandered into a dispute between warring superhuman gang and stumbled upon the object they were fighting over: a blue scarab. It, of course, bonded to Jaime, covering his body with battle armor, allowing him to flee to safety. After his escape he learned that while the armor wasn’t permanent, his bond with the scarab is. Check out the Blue Beetle trailer and screenshots below.