EXCLUSIVE: Battleworld Gets Dangerous in Marvel's July 2015 Solicitations
TT Games and WB Games have unveiled the first full trailer for LEGO Jurassic World, which will allow players to relive all four franchise films — and to fully explore Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.
In the game, players will be able to collect amber, which contains dinosaur DNA needed to create and customize species. For the first time, they’ll also be able to play as LEGO dinosaurs, including creatures from the upcoming film Jurassic World.
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.
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.)
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.”
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.
DC Entertainment will release a motion comic the explores the backstory of the upcoming Mad Max video game from Avalanche Studios and WB Games.
Written by Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2) and illustrated by Jason Shawn Alexander (Legends of the Dark Knight), the story introduces Max’s trusted mechanic Chumbucket, who plays a central role in the game, which will be released next year in conjunction with director George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
“I love the Mad Max movies,” Alexander tells USA Today, adding that the motion comic “was a great bit of nostalgia for me and also an opening to lend my own touches to this iconic character.”
In the game, set in the post-apocalyptic world of the movie series, Max must cross a desert wasteland after his Interceptor his stolen by a gang of marauders.
Last night E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games Montreal debuted the first gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins, the prequel to the blockbuster video-game series.
In addition to the villains we’ve already seen — Black Mask, Deadshot, Deathstroke — the trailer provides us with the first look at Bane and the Joker. It also showcases the new crime scene-scanning feature and “Remote Claw.”
Batman: Arkham Origins arrives Oct. 25 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360.
With the release this afternoon of DC Comics’ January solicitations arrives the official announcement of Injustice: Gods Among Us, the prequel to the upcoming fighting game from WB Games and NetherRealm Studios.
Studio Co-Founder Ed Boon beat DC to the punch a week ago when he revealed at EB Games Expo in Sydney, Australia, that a comic was in the works. He expressed a desire to see the Injustice version of the DC Universe expand into other media.
Debuting in April for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii U, Injustice: Gods Among Us features such DC characters as Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, Cyborg and The Flash fighting on multiple levels in such locations as the Batcave and the Fortress of Solitude. NetherRealm, a division of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, developed the 2011 remake of Mortal Kombat.
The 40-page Injustice: Gods Among Us #1 is written by Tom Taylor (DC Universe Online: Legends, Star Wars: Invasion) and illustrated by Jheremy Raapack (Resident Evil, Batman: Arkham Unhinged). Curiously, the solicitation states, “The first time in print for these digital-first stories.” However, there’s no indication they’ve appeared online — at least not yet.
Injustice: Gods Among Us, the heavily hyped fighting game that pits DC Comics heroes and villains against each other in epic battles, will give rise to its own comic-book spinoff.
According to The Verge, the announcement was made over the weekend at EB Games Expo in Sydney, Australia, where NetherRealm Studios Co-Founder Ed Boon explained he’d like to see the Injustice version of the DC Universe expand into other media.
“We’re working on an Injustice comic book to carry the story and tell the events that came before the game,” he said. “With a game like Mortal Kombat, so many things spawned from there, like the movie. Obviously the extreme version is it would spawn a lot more things, but I know for sure we are making an Injustice comic.”
Digital comics | Following more than two years of complaints, Apple has given developers the guidelines it uses to determine which programs can be sold through its App Store, and relaxed some restrictions on content and tools. The company recently was criticized for forcing the creators of a comic adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses to remove nonsexual nudity from some panels — Apple later changed its stance — and for initially rejecting an app from Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore because his animated political satire contained “content that ridicules public figures.” Alan Gardner notes that the revised guidelines specifically exempt “professional political satirists and humorists” from a clause prohibiting defamatory or offensive material. [The Associated Press]
Comic strips | After 60 years with United Feature Syndicate, Peanuts will move in February to Universal Uclick. The news isn’t totally unexpected, as Iconix Brand Group partnered with the heirs of Charles M. Schulz in April to buy the rights to the comic strip from United’s parent company E.W. Scripps. The $175 million deal was for the entire United Media Licensing division, which includes Dilbert. [Comic Riffs]
WB Games has released a fairly amusing animated commercial for its Batman: The Brave and the Bold video game. As Rob Bricken points out, it’s essentially “a free, three-minute-long cartoon,” with Bat-Mite, Batman and Green Arrow trying to sell viewers on how awesome the tie-in merchandise is. So, basically, it’s like 95 percent of the Saturday morning cartoons in the 1980s, before the FCC ruined everything.
But anyway, Batman: The Brave and the Bold — The Videogame, developed by WayForward Technologies, is a side-scroller beat ‘em up/platformer with levels designed as episodes. In each, Batman teams up with another superhero — among them, Aquaman, Blue Beetle, Black Canary and Guy Gardner — to stop one of several villains. The game will be released on Tuesday for the Wii and Nintendo DS.
WB Games, DC Entertainment and Sony Entertainment Online have released another trailer for their much-anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game DC Universe Online. Debuting this week at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, the new teaser focuses on custom storylines that allow players to fight with, or against, DC superheroes — “I can choose to save the world … or destroy it” — and shows off plenty of new game footage.
Watch the trailer after the break. DC Universe Online will be released in November.