God of War Concept Art Reveals Norse Mythology

The God of War franchise has to be one of Sony’s biggest exclusives, with the protagonist Kratos battling monsters and demons as he faces off against some of the biggest and badest creatures from Greek mythology. Some uncovered God Of War concept art may have revealed the next pantheon to face Kratos’s wrath, beware the Norse gods.

The concept art was uncovered by NerdLeaks who located the images on the personal website of an artist who is known to have worked at Santa Monica Studio, the development studio behind the God of War franchise, in 2015. Since the leak both NerdLeaks twitter and website have been inaccessible, but not before others had managed to grab the images for everyone to see.

With the concept art mentioning Kratos by name, it’s safe to say that it was for the game series. The image below shows sleek stone buildings, meant to represent the world of Alfheim, home of the faeries while the forests of Vanaheimr are lethal with the exception of the plants shown in the concept art, revealing several plants that could aid or assist the warrior in his journey.

Could this all be a hoax? Could it be a clever tease to gauge interest in the idea before the reveal of a new game? Who knows the answer, but with the internet seeking the answers it would seem that people want to see Kratos fight off against gods like Thor and Loki while battling giant beasts like the wolf Fenrir and even the dragon Jormugand.

You can find all the images here. What do you think? Would you like to see Kratos face off against the Norse gods or is there another pantheon that needs to face his wrath?

Daisy Ridley Confirms Talks About Tomb Raider Movie

Video games and movies have tricky relationships. Some movies based on video games have been successful, others have been less than well accepted by the public. One series that has recently been rebooted in the video game world is the Tomb Raider franchise, and it looks like a reboot of the movies may also be in the wind with confirmation coming from none other than Daisy Ridley herself.

Daisy Ridley is known for her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the leading lady of the new film. In recent talks with the Hollywood Reporter, Ridley confirmed that there “have been conversations” about the part of Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider film. Ridley also mentioned that there wasn’t a script for the film yet, leading us to believe that the film is still in very early concept with people debating if the film would be successful.

If it goes ahead the film has big shoes to fill, with the previous Tomb Raider films featuring Angelina Jolie earning $274.7 million and $156.5 million respectively for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

There are some movies based on video games that do well, some are known as being failures and some you need to forget the game and enjoy the movie as a movie (yes DOOM we are looking at you). Would you like to see a new set of Tomb Raider movies? Would you pay to go see it or would you wait till it’s on DVD before checking out the series?

Steam Offers Great Deals On Borderlands And Dead Rising Series

Normally it gets to a weekend you have to find which games you need to complete to “tick” them off your list of purchased but not played games? I’m sorry to do this but I might be adding to that list as Steam is offering great deals on both the borderlands and dead rising series of games.

When I say great deals I am talking about up to 80% off Borderlands games and 70% off all Dead Rising games and DLC’s.

Are you a fan of the Borderlands games? Only managed to play one so far? With the originally only costing £2.49 and the sequel setting you back £4.99, you really have no excuse to not enjoy the games. Feel like you need more? Then get the Game of the year editions containing all their explosive DLC’s and then you can grab the pre-sequel. If you own both 1 and 2 and was waiting for a good time to get the pre-sequel, then wait no longer as you can get the triple pack (all three games) with the price discounted based on how many you already own (it cost me £3.49 to get the pre-sequel as I own both 1 and 2).

Feel like a little more mayhem then why not try out the dead rising pack? Featuring both Dead Rising 2 (and its many DLC’s) and Dead Rising 3 (Apocalypse Edition), you can now enjoy that Friday night zombie feeling with a friend. Costing you only £4,49 for Dead Rising 2 and £11.99 for Dead Rising 3, you can grab both and all the DLC available for Dead Rising 2 for just £20.99.

Treat yourself and enjoy the weekend.

The Witcher Movie Release Date Released

Written by Andrzej Sapkowski, the Witcher series started as a collection of short stories and novels revolving around the world of Geralt of Rivia. Set in a fantasy world where monsters and magic are commonplace, Geralt is a Witcher, a monster hunter who gained magical abilities to help combat the creatures he hunts. After its success at a series of video games, creating several large open world RPG games following the character, it would now seem that his world will come to the big screen in the near future.

The Witcher movie has been picked up by none other than the Sean Daniel Company (SOC), a company well known for their work on “The Mummy” franchise. As if that wasn’t enough to excite you about the movie, the film is planned to just introduce us to the world which will soon become a series and is being written by Thania St John, known for working on shows such as “Grimm” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”.

With an international release planned for 2017 it could soon be gracing both our PC and big screens.

Are you a fan of the Witcher series? Do you like the idea of a fantasy series with such a deep background of knowledge and lore created ready for use within the movie or would you prefer if the show introduced you to some new lore?

Move Over Goosebumps 1 Because 2 Is Already Being Planned

From a personal perspective, I was indeed a fan of the original Goosebumps TV series when it aired on children’s TV on the BBC in the 90s and just into the 2000s with repeats thereafter. In my day, yes here we go, children’s TV was very much superior to today’s drivel and Goosebumps was part of that superiority. Below is the opening sequence to the show, yes could not resist it. See, this is great, today is rubbish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXiYpfR-cRE

Anyway, do you remember the adaptation which hit the silver screen? Of course you don’t as it’s not out yet but rather hitting cinemas as of October 16th, presumably to coincide with Halloween. That seemingly has not stopped Sony Pictures, again, as the corporation is looking for a “Screenwriter” for Goosebumps 2. Sony believes the first film will kick off a franchise and are aiming to produce a second instalment, the first film has Monsters vs. Aliens filmmaker Rob Letterman directing but it’s unknown if he will return, if indeed there will be a second film, which does look more likely considering speculation centres around key stars being contacted for further films in the soon to be franchise.

The trailer for the first Goosebumps film is below, first impressions for the film have been positive and the buzz with which it is generating can only be seen as an improvement for Sony. As yet I am not so sure considering Sony have produced a few terrible films recently.

Sony believes it will be a success, but this is a company which produced Pixels so anything is possible at the moment. Only time will tell. Now excuse me while I check out the “screenwriter” position… Turns out I won’t be leaving eTeknix anytime soon, (screams from editor).

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Stargate Producers Working on New ‘Dark Matter’ Sci-Fi Series

There hasn’t been a new Stargate TV show for a long time now, but that hasn’t stopped Paul Mullie and Joseph Mallozzi, former writers and directors of the popular Stargate series, from trying their luck on another sci-fi franchise.

Their latest creation is named “Dark Matter” and is said to air on SyFy this June. The trailer below shows some resemblance to the Stargate: Universe series, but it is said that the new series is sourced from a graphic novel called Dark Horse.

The cast for the series also seems to be a bit low-key, having recruited some less familiar names, such as Marc Bendavid, Zoie Palmer and Anthony Lemke. Roger Cross and Jolle Ferland are some familiar faces that viewers will see in the series compared to the aforementioned actors.

Also, there is word of a couple of the old Stargate cast members joining to captivate Stargate fans, having Amanda Tapping and Torri Higginson in the series as well.

Source: Blastr

Batman: Arkham Knight Will Not Have a Physical Release for Windows in the UK

Rocksteady Studio’s latest Batman: Arkham franchise title has been announced not to have a physical release for the Windows platform outside of North America. This means that Windows users in the UK will not have an option to buy the game as a physical copy.

After being delayed twice now, the game is scheduled to be released on the 23rd of June in the UK. Warner Bros. confirmed that a physical release is in the books for North America, but the UK will only see Xbox One and PlayStation 4 physical copies on shelves; Windows fans will have to stick to purchasing a digital download with no option for a physical disk.

Warner Bros. and Rocksteady have yet to comment on why the UK market is being restricted to digital download, but one guess is that it would serve as a test market for the future withdrawal from physical distribution. Previous Warner Bros. titles, including those in the Batman: Arkham franchise, have come with in-box redemption codes designed to restrict second-hand sales, pointing to a shift from resellable physical copies to account-locked downloads is a logical next step.

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Activision Might Be Looking to Bring Back the Sierra Brand

Activision might be looking to go into the adventure games market and is apparently trying to attract a much ‘older’ audience with a well-known brand. This is why Activision has hinted that it might be bringing back Sierra.

Sierra was first founded under the name of On-Line Systems before it was split into Sierra On-Line and Sierra Entertainment, ran by Ken and Roberta Williams. The company had some well-known adventure games released back in the 80’s and 90’s, having its first creations be basic graphical adventure games for Apple systems using simple-color line-art graphics.

The company is said to have been widely known for its point-and-click King’s Quest franchise, followed by Space Quest, Police Quest, Quest of Glory and, of course, the Leisure Suit Larry series. The highly successful Gabriel Knight franchise was launched in 1990, along with the not-so-popular Freddy Pharkas title.

In 1996, Sierra was bought for $1.5 billion by CUC International, having split the company into three and then six units. It then became the publisher of Valve’s Half-Life, back when Valve was not publishing its own titles, but financial trouble at CUC (Cedant at present) back in 1998 emerged a scandal from which Sierra had to struggle.

After shutting down the majority of its studios and cutting down 250 jobs in 1999, the company released the last title from the Gabriel Knight series, Gabriel Knight 3. Poor sales of the latter title meant another 135 jobs cut with more following the team-up with Vivendi Universal. The brand was relaunched in 2005 with an online games focus, but was closed down again in 2008 when Vivendi Games joined Activision.

Everyone though that Activision would try to sell the Sierra brand, but recent news and a new website indicate that the Sierra brand is going to be revived. Judging by the video and message, Sierra will still remain a trademark belonging to Activision, but it indicates that the revived brand will have its own titles published under the Sierra name.

The video also seems to indicate that more will be revealed at Gamescom next week. Information is scarce at the moment, but most gamers who have experienced Sierra-themed titles in the past would be eagerly awaiting more information.

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Battlestar Galactica Movie Moving Forward

A Battlestar Galactica movie!? So say we all!

According to Variety, Universal is aiming to create a complete “re-imagining story” to bring new life to the franchise that primarily consists of multiple TV series.  A writer has already been chosen and none other than Jack Paglen, writer of “Transcendence”, is the right person to bring everyone this re-imaging of this amazing series. Jack Paglen was also recently announced as assisting Ridley Scott with the sequel to the 2012 sci-fi file Prometheus which will be starting production this fall. Apparently in late 2009 Bryan Singer was speculated to be helming the movie, which to be completely honest, I’m glad never happened.

As most fans are well aware of, Battlestar Galactica has seen three different TV variations since the late 1970’s. While the story has been primarily based on humans vs a cybernetic race called Cylons, the latest TV franchise that ended in 2009, starring Edward James Olmos, bounced around many different story lines that included Cylons and humans working together towards a coexistence that left fans with an ending almost on par with that of the hit series “Lost”.

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Electronic Arts Source Admits Nintendo Was “Dead” To Them After Wii U Launch

Nintendo’s Wii U never had a big impact as a gaming console, most people knew that from the start and other saw it later on. It seems that even Nintendo started to admit its failure this Friday, according to CVG. The company revealed an unsatisfactory sales figures of the Wii U console and currently things do not look so bright for the future of the company.

Nintendo has entered a downward spiral, regardless of its financial reserves that are stated to exceed the investments in Xbox One and PS4 combined. The latest Wii U console dragged them down big time. The figures show that Nintendo sold more Wii U consoles in the first seven weeks of its launch than it did in the financial year that followed. Even retails stores from the US and UK have limited the amount of Wii U consoles to a handful of stock in the back storage room, or even discontinued the product completely.

Furthermore, Electronic Arts have stated to drop the Wii U platform along with all Nintendo devices shortly after the Wii U console was released. An anonymous source from inside the company told CVG that they felt Wii U was heading towards a platform dedicated for kids IP and they were not interested in making games. Therefore, Nintendo was taken off the list as a potential platform for their games.

“Nintendo was dead to us very quickly,” the EA source told CVH when asked about why the publisher fell out with Nintendo so soon after committing to the system. “It became a kids IP platform and we don’t really make games for kids. That was pretty true across the other labels too. Even the Mass Effect title on Wii U, which was a solid effort, could never do big business, and EA like Activision is only focused on games that can be big franchises” he added.

The future of Nintendo does not look so bright, nor its future developments in the upcoming years. But who knows, maybe they will pull it off in the end and get back on track. But it is still too early to make any kind of presumptions at this stage.

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