Warner Bros and Intel Sue Creators of 4K Copy Protection Stripper

Warner Bros. and Intel subsidiary Digital Content Protection have filed a lawsuit against LegendSky, the creator of the HDFury series of devices that can be used to bypass HDCP 2.2 copy protection on 4K video content.

4K video content flooded torrent sites at the end of November last year, indicating that the copy protection on these materials – in this case, primarily ripped from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video – had been cracked. The lawsuit filed by Warner Bros. and Digital Content Protection indicates that HDFury gear could have been responsible for obtaining this 4K content. The two plaintiffs accuse LegendSky of being in breach of DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions and enabling copyright infringement.

“The HDFury Devices harm copyright owners like Warner Bros. because they enable Digital Content to be displayed without the protections of HDCP, thereby enabling users to access copyrighted works, make and/or distribute copies of copyrighted works […] all without the permission of the copyright owner,” Warner Bros.’ complaint, courtesy of TorrentFreak, reads. “The HDFury Devices harm DCP because, among other things, they undermine the effectiveness of HDCP, lower the value of HDCP, and thereby jeopardize DCP’s ability to license HDCP to Digital Device manufacturers and Digital Content owners.”

Warner Bros. recently announced its new line of Ultra-HD Blu-Ray releases.

Warner Bros Announce Ultra HD Blu-rays Starting Releases

Standards change, we went from video tapes and floppy disks to Blu-rays and USB’s, all the while the video’s we watch became clearer and contained more features. The next standard to come out will be titled Ultra-HD Blu-ray, and is set to include 4K resolution, a term that many are saying is the next must-have piece of technology. Following on from the likes of Fox and Sony, Warner Bros have announced some of their first releases.

With the announcement that by the end of 2016 over 35 titles will be available on the new format, with even more titles available by “digital retailers”. The first available titles released by Warner Bros will be Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, The Lego Movie and Pan.

In their statement, they continue to list some of the technological advantages that will come with the new format. These include Dolby Atmosa new system which is set to surpass surround sound by offering the ability to ‘move’ sound around the room, placing its location anywhere in the room before watching as people turn their head to hear the jet fly overhead or the crash of a pan hitting the floor behind the middle row of seats in the cinema.

With the players for this new format expected to be announced at CES this week, are you looking to upgrade? Do you own a 4k screen already and if so would you recommend it to anyone?

Batman Arkham Knight Will Never Have Multi-GPU Support

It looks like fans and owners of Warner Bros Batman Arkham Knight will be dealing with more unwelcome news. According to a statement given out via Steam, the developers have given up on ever implementing multi-GPU support like Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire. This means for PC gamers with the highest end rigs, they will never be able to fully enjoy the game. This is especially true of those with multiple displays or 4K  which require multiple GPUs to run games at high fps.

According to the developer, even if there were gains from implementing SLI or Crossfire support, there would be a high chance that adding such support would cause more bugs. This really speaks to the buggy nature of the game that launched buggy, stayed buggy, and finally became decent. With WB offering full refunds to customers, it looks like the developers have given up on implementing new features and are just focusing on bugs. The biggest hope is that the gaming industry as a whole will have learned a lesson when not to ship games.

You can read the full statement below:

We’ve been working with our development and graphics driver partners over the last few months to investigate utilizing multi-GPU support within Batman: Arkham Knight. The result was that even the best case estimates for performance improvements turned out to be relatively small given the high risk of creating new issues for all players. As a result we’ve had to make the difficult decision to stop work on further multi-GPU support. We are disappointed that this was not practical and apologize to those who have been waiting for this feature.

Batman: Arkham Knight Re-Release Still Broken

Warner Bros. re-released Batman: Arkham Knight for PC yesterday (28th October), after an initial launch back in June saw the release of a broken, buggy game that angered many customers. Despite numerous delays to the game’s release at the insistence of developer Rocksteady, Warner Bros. still went ahead with the release of a game it knew was broken, and has had to do a lot of work to make the PC version playable, but reports from gamers suggests those efforts were for naught.

Hours after the game hit Steam again, Warner Bros. were forced to issue a statement via its Steam page warning that Windows 7 users may hit hard drive paging issues after playing for long periods – resolved by “simply re-launching the game” – and that Windows 10 users require 12GB of RAM for a playable experience.

The statement reads:

“Hi everyone! I’m going to jump in and help out Yorick as a second pair of eyes and ears for you all. 

With the game now available for sale, I wanted to provide a status update since the release of the September patch. 

As we confirmed earlier today, the PC version of the game now supports all add-on content that has been released thus far for console. The configurations for this content are being updated now and we expect everything to be available in the next few hours. We’ll confirm when this process is completed. 

We are still working with our GPU partners to add full support for SLI and Crossfire. In addition, we are working with these partners to address stability issues on certain cards related to the latest drivers. 

After extensive testing, a hard drive paging issue with some GPUs on Windows 7 may occur after extended gameplay sessions. If you encounter this, simply re-launching the game will resolve the issue. 

For Windows 10 users, we’ve found that having at least 12GB of system RAM on a PC allows the game to operate without paging and provides a smoother gameplay experience. 

UPDATE: We became aware of an issue with the Season Pass DLC content where it was not being downloaded automatically. We’ve recently resolved this issue with help from Valve, and everyone should be receiving their Season Pass content now.”

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WB Will Make More Batman Games without Rocksteady

Rocksteady, the developer responsible for the lauded Arkham trilogy (pale imitation Batman: Arkham Origin was made by Warner Bros. Games Montréal), might have called time on its Batman series after the recent release of Batman: Arkham Knight, but publisher Warner Bros. insists that it will continue to utilise the Dark Knight in future games, beyond the Traveller’s Tale’s LEGO Batman games and NetherRealm’s Injustice: Gods Among Us.

In an interview with the PlayStation blog, Warner Bros. Vice President of Product Development Ames Kirshen reaffirmed its commitment to delivering further games involving the Caped Crusader. “Batman is one of the cornerstone IPs for Warner Bros,” Kirshen said. “With the Arkham series, we were finally able to realise the full potential of the character. We don’t have anything to talk about at this time, but the possibilities are endless with a character as dynamic and beloved as Batman.”

Batman: Arkham Origins was likely a test-run for when Rocksteady hung up its proverbial cowl after Batman: Arkham Knight, with future Arkham games a distinct possibility, delivered by either Warner Bros. Games Montréal or even Avalanche Studios, fresh of its sojourn into another IP, Mad Max.

Kirshen also suggests that other DC Comics properties could be ripe for game adaptations. “When choosing what DC Entertainment IP we might focus on for any game, it boils down to honing in on the IPs that map the strongest, genre-wise, to what fans are interested in seeing and playing. From there, it’s about getting the development studios with the strongest passion for those IPs to make the games,” Kirshen added.

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Mad Max System Requirements Revealed

Warner Bros. really did a number with its recent titles. Mortal Kombat was a disaster due to its console porting to PC and let’s not get started on Batman: Arkham Knight. I mean, when you are forced to suspend all sales of a title after it gets launched, you know it’s bad.

Nevertheless, Mad Max is almost here, and we can just hope that this one will actually be optimized. However, Warner Bros. seems to have covered their backs a bit here, asking for a 6GB minimum RAM. I know games are becoming more demanding, but upping it to 6GB as a minimum is kind of scary. Though, looking at some pics and the trailer, the time may have come to up the requirements a notch; either way, if it runs good (this time), it’s fine by me!

Minimum:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows Vista, 7, or 8
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-650, 3.2 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660ti (2 GB Memory or higher) or AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2 GB Memory or higher)
  • DirectX: DX11
  • HDD: 32 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: 64 bit: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (3 GB Memory or higher) or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (3 GB Memory or higher)
  • DirectX: DX11
  • HDD: 32 GB available space

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NVIDIA Working With Warner Bros. To Fix Arkham Knight on PC

Warner Bros. had a very disappointing release of Batman: Arkham Knight, having the title not playable on PC due to performance issues. The game has reportedly been withdrawn from the market, with retailers stating that it will start putting it back on shelves again once it is properly fixed.

As for NVIDIA, we know it had switched from selling their GeForce cards bundled with the latest Batman title to having the company now selling them bundled with Metal Gear Solid V. However, NVIDIA also plans to make up for it by helping Warner Bros. developers fix their game.

From what we know so far, Warner Bros. is working on a patch to address the performance issues that is due in August. In addition to that, Nvidia Gameworks engineer Tom Peterson said that their team is also focusing on helping the devs at Warner Bros. as a ‘goodwill gesture’.

“We have 200 to 300 engineers that are actually visual scientists,” Peterson stated. “They’re the very best out there. We’ve taken the strategy that says let’s record exactly what they’ve got in their minds, convert it to algorithms … test it and QA it, and then supply it as middleware effectively to game developers”

The question is, why didn’t they get on it before it was launched? If you are to bundle a game with graphics cards that promote gaming, don’t you have to first see how it runs before you actually launch or even think of bundling it? My thoughts are that NVIDIA is also partially guilty here and now they are trying to make up for their mistake. What do you think?

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EU Antitrust Probe Could Put an End to Geo-Blocking

The European Union (EU) has started an antitrust investigation into a number of Hollywood film studios and the UK satellite programming provider Sky. The European Commission (EC), which is investigating the companies on behalf of the EU, has the ultimate aim of abolishing geo-blocked film and television content, and has made its objections to geographical restrictions clear to six major studios, including Warner Bros., Disney, and Paramount.

TV and movie content is often region-locked and only available for a limited period due to complex and exploitative licensing agreements that favour the studios over the content provider, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video, a practice the EC intends to put an end to.

The EU has US studios Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros, plus SKY UK, in its crosshairs, sending a statement of objections to all seven before launching its antitrust probe.

Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy, says of the antitrust investigation, “European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU.”

“Our investigation shows that they cannot do this today, also because licensing agreements between the major film studios and Sky UK do not allow consumers in other EU countries to access Sky’s UK and Irish pay-TV services, via satellite or online,” she added.

The EC has outlined its intent “to end unjustified geo-blocking,” a practice it describes as “a discriminatory practice used for commercial reasons.”

The gist of the EU’s ire is, if content is available in one European member state, it should be available to all other member states equally. The EU is a community of countries and, as such, one member should not have any rights or privileges that another does not or cannot enjoy. We’re all equal, or something. Bloody hippies.

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Warner Bros Montreal Might Be Working on Open World Superman Game

It doesn’t take much to get the rumour mill running these days, but I have to say that this is one that I’m particularly excited about. A new screenshot published on Twitter hints that Warner Bros’ studio in Montreal might be working on a new game, and what a game it could be.

The screenshot that was published shows a character selection screen and there isn’t any doubt who we see there. The user interface buttons, however, resemble something close to a Xbox 360/One controller design.

The rumour suggests that an open-world Superman game could be in the works and that is backed by the news from last week where WB Games Montreal is hiring to fill 15 positions for an open world action game. The game name wasn’t specified and it was just referred to as “a new IP project for next generation game platforms”. Furthermore, the description hints even more in the Superman direction as it reads “a passionate dev team developing DC Comics focused AAA games that evolve and celebrate the legendary brands of Warner Bros.”

After the rumour broke, other sources told that Warner Bros Montreal isn’t working on a Superman game, but rather the rumoured Suicide Squad. Neither is confirmed or denied.

I for one really hope that there is an open-world Superman game in the works somewhere out there, even if it isn’t by Warner Bros. That is one game I’d absolutely have to have.

Warner Bros Knew Batman Arkham Knight PC Buggy But Shipped Anyways

According to inside sources, Warner Bros has known about the state of Batman Arkham Knight for a very long time. As we now know, the poor state of the game at launch has caused numerous issues and eventually led to Warner Bros halting sales until more fixes come out. Not surprisingly, Warner Bros actually thought the quality of the game was good enough for gamers and released it as such.

Developers were hard pressed to fix bugs as the priority was to release the game on time with the console version. This wasn’t helped by the fact that the PC port was mostly handled by Iron Galaxy Studios, a third-party PC porting house. Not doing a port in-house can potentially cause issues as third-party developers tend to underbid in order to get the contract.

On the bug side of things though, Warner Bros kept everything in-house. WB did not contract out to testing firms and did not have a beta period, meaning tested was limited to PC configurations Rocksteady and Iron Galaxy have. Warner Bros seemed to be more worried about potential leaks than making sure the game was working properly. Testing also focused on 720p which WB felt was the standard, rather than the 1080p or higher favoured by most PC gamers.

Warner Bros it seems, completely misunderstood their target demographic of PC gamers. It’s important that developers take the time to properly make their games, even if it means delays and not launch alongside their console counterpart. Hopefully, the game will be rereleased with most of the bugs fixed in the near future.

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Warner Bros Halts Batman Arkham Knight Sales

Warner Bros has shaken the gaming landscape with their latest monumental move. In a bid to get ahead of troubles caused by the Batman Arkham Knight launch, Warner Bros is taking the radical step of suspending all sales until most issues have been fixed. While urging patience on the hand of fans, for those seriously unhappy with the game, WB has pointed out that they can refund either through Steam or their retail locations.

Community Admin Yorrick released a statement on both the Steam community and Batman Arkham Knight site. The key parts are as follows:

We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards… [and]… do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall….We [will] work to deliver an updated version of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC so you can all enjoy the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham series as it was meant to be played.

Suspending sales while fixes are being implemented is a radical step for the publisher to take. Such a move is beyond rare and even other titles that suffered at heavily launch like Watch Dogs did not have their sales suspended. However, given the poor state of reviews, it’s unlikely many gamers will pick up the title and many hardcore fans would have already bought the game, making the loss a sales a moot point. In ensuring the game is actually polished when it is re-released, more gamers are less likely to have  a negative image of the Batman series and Warner Bros. Steam’s new refund policy also likely played a huge role as there would be no point in selling a game many might later refund.

From a more negative viewpoint, by removing the title from sale, it means that WB knows that the game was released prematurely and requires a considerable amount of time to fix, so much so that taking the game out of sale is required. While a laudable move, WB should have just delayed the PC launch as GTA:V did and released a finished game later than the console versions. Hopefully, other developers will take note of this and make sure their releases are suitable for release on launch day. Even massive day one patches, can’t solve everything if the patches don’t fix everything.

Rocksteady Studios Rolls out 3.5 GB Day One Patch for Arkham Knight

Like all games being released nowadays, Batman: Arkham Knight needs a huge day one patch to get it working. This comes after players inevitably get frustrated by waiting for a game and not being able to play it even if they have it already installed and ready to go. I really don’t get developers and their strategy today, but we may have to get used to it.

Rocksteady just launched a 3.5 GB day one patch for the title, promising to deliver more performance improvements, stability fixes and other goodies. Hopefully, along with AMD’s and NVIDIA’s newly released drivers, we might see the game running to an extent where it is ‘playable’, though we might need to wait for a couple of patch releases to actually see it working properly.

The full patch notes are as follows:

  • Improved Performance
  • Stability Fixes
  • New feature: Rival Points
  • New feature: Original Batsuit skin available to select
  • Support for “A Matter Of Family” additional content
  • General gameplay, graphical, audio, UI, and localization fixes

The real question here is whether it’s worth pre-ordering. I mean, we see more and more that titles don’t work properly once released, huge day one patches that hope to fix these problems and constant updates to actually see the game working as expected… months before it gets released. Shouldn’t we like wait until they get fixed properly before we buy them? What do you think?

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AMD Improves Batman: Arkham Knight Performance With Catalyst 15.6 Beta

We’ve seen a lot of angry fans after Rocksteady Studios released Batman: Arkham Knight. The 30FPS lock really did a number on the title’s performance and the game’s overall optimization takes us way back to the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity. We all know what happened with the latter title and how Ubisoft now promises to make up for it with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

The real surprise here is that even NVIDIA owners suffered performance drops while playing the title. We’ve seen a lot of problems with AMD’s drivers, but NVIDIA? This means Rocksteady really did it this time. Nevertheless, AMD finally released the updated 15.6 catalyst beta driver, promising to make the Batman title playable for AMD users.

Also, AMD seems to be in talks with the developers to resolve all Crossfire issues, so don’t expect to get a lot out of dual-gpu configurations at this point. A more detailed view of what the driver brings can be seen below:

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 15.6 Beta Windows Driver

  • Performance and Stability improvements for Batman: Arkham Knight

Important Note:

AMD Crossfire support is currently disabled for Batman: Arkham Knight while AMD works closely with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to resolve the issue. An update for this issue will be released as soon as it is available

Known Issues:

  • [422129] Batman: Arkham Knight – The application may crash during in game benchmarking or while exiting the game
  • [422130] Batman: Arkham Knight – The screen may turn black or pink while changing resolution to 1680×1050.

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Batman Arkham Knight PC Ported by Third Party Developer

Things aren’t looking that great for Warner Bros’ Batman Arkham Knight. According to a statement given by Arkham Community Manager CODA, Rocksteady had help from an unnamed external PC development partner. The main body of the statement given is as follows:

We’re aware that some users are reporting performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. This is something that Rocksteady takes very seriously. We are working closely with our external PC development partner to make sure these issues get resolved as quickly as possible.

According to some sources, the external PC development partner is Iron Galaxy. The firm is noted in the credits for providing PC support and Iron Galaxy has done ports in the past as well as helping on the PC version of Bioshock Infinite. While out-sourcing development for ports isn’t anything new, quality PC ports have become a rare thing. Without knowing the details of the arrangement, it is hard to determine if Rocksteady, Iron Galaxy or Warner Bros is at fault though all likely share some blame.

Batman Arkham Knight so far has been plagued by a host of issues for the PC port. Standard PC settings are missing, the fps is capped at 30 and both Nvidia and AMD users are complaining about stutters and poor performance. Things are pretty serious when there is a day one 3.5GB patch set to fix a host of already known issues. The increasing reliance of day one patching and releasing buggy games is troubling to say the least. While delays might be hated, releasing games prematurely is worse. Taking the time to do something right should be the standard and not the exception, something large portions of the gaming industry seems to have forgotten.

Arkham Knight Batmobile Collector’s Edition Cancelled

There is some sad news for the people who pre-ordered the Batmobile Collector’s Edition of the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight game just got cancelled – and that with less than a week until release. There is no doubt that this will cause some sad faces here and there as it really was a cool edition.

GAME has been sending out emails to affected customers and Warner Brothers Games also posted a note on their official forums about the incident.

“We regret to inform you that we are not able to release the Batmobile Collector’s Edition of Batman: Arkham Knight due to unforeseen circumstances that greatly compromised the quality of this extremely limited run of product.”

It looks like the quality of the morphing figurines just didn’t live up to the standard that has to be and that WB probably just feared a lot of angry customers with faulty or broken collector items – and that wouldn’t be good for anyone. And while this cancellation is a sad thing for many, I think it was the right decision.

If you have pre-ordered the Batmobile edition you can get a refund, switch to another collection, or even use the credit for another game, so you don’t need to worry about lost money. As a little band-aid, WB will be giving out the new 52 skin pack free of charge to everyone who purchases Batman Arkham Knight.

Gremlins Reboot Adds Disturbia and Goosebumps Scribe

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The writer of upcoming the meta comedy horror Goosebumps movie has been hired by Warner Bros as writer of the in-production Gremlins reboot. Carl Ellsworth, whose credits also include Disturbia and the remake of Last House on the Left, will take on writing duties for the film, but for now the director’s chair remains empty.

The original, a low-budget black comedy directed by Joe Dante and written by Christopher Columbus, has become a cult classic since its 1984 release. Columbus is producing the remake, alongside Steven Spielberg.

Source: Deadline

Five Nights at Freddy’s Becoming a Hollywood Movie

It seems Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza is set for the big screen, with the Hollywood Reporter revealing the news that point-and-click survival horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s is to be adapted as a major feature film by Warner Bros.

The film will be produced by Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment, plus Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions, with writers currently being considered. Five Night’s at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon is said to be involved in some capacity.

The producers are quoted as saying:

“We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie,” said Grahame-Smith.

“The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to,” said Cawthon.

The little Indie game that could went from Steam Greenlight to international phenomenon within the space a few months, so it’s of little surprise Hollywood has pounced on Five Nights at Freddy’s, especially since horror fare is relatively cheap to produce. Those involved will hope that it doesn’t languish in development Hell, like fellow game-to-movie adaptations Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, and Deus Ex.

Source: Kotaku

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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Samsung, Disney, and Netflix Join Alliance For 4K Standardisation

A medium-spanning coalition of businesses has united to form the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance with the aim of setting the standard for 4K and UHD content, terminology, and delivery. Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp represent the TV industry, while Disney, Fox, Warner Bros., Netflix, and DirecTV cover content delivery, and Dolby and Technicolor as ambassadors of content creation.

H.S. Kim, executive for Samsung displays, said of the alliance, “This is a game changer. Most importantly, for consumers,” asserting that their goal is to establish a “healthy UHD ecosystem.”

For starters, the alliance wants to differentiate between the terms ‘4K’ and ‘UHD’, which, though used synonymously, refer to differing resolutions.

“Nothing but good can come from it,” said Lee. “It’s just a great opportunity for the industry to rally around UHD.”

Source: The Verge

First Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road Released at Comic-Con

I completely forgot that this movie was being made, it seems every year there are a bunch of crazy announcements for sequels to old movies and generally only a handful see the light of day. Fortunately, it looks like the people behind the new Mad Max stuck to their word and this weekend the new trailer for their upcoming movie was played to the crowd at Comic-Con.

I loved the original Mad Max movies when I was younger, they we’re pretty low-budget films, but they’ve earned a solid cult status regardless and now that they’re back with a bigger budget, the series is looking better than ever. Titled Mad Max: Fury Road, the trailer shows the usual excessively violence as drivers try rip each other to pieces in the never-ending scavenger hunt of a post apocalyptic world.

The creator of the original trilogy is on board for the new movie too, so even with a bigger budget and modern special effects it doesn’t look like the movie has lost any of its original charm. Now we just have to wait until next year to find out if its really any good!

There’s plenty of violence and gore in the trailer, so may not be safe for work, unless your boss is a fan of the original movies of course.

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Batman: Arkham Origins – “Hunter, Hunted” Mode Available Today

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the all-new “Hunter, Hunted” multiplayer mode available for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, which players can access by jumping into the Batman: Arkham Origins online multiplayer mode.

The “Hunter, Hunted” multiplayer mode brings the excitement of “Last Man Standing” to Batman: Arkham Origins. The new 3v3v1 mode pits three Bane thugs, three Joker thugs, and Batman against each other to be the last team standing. With no respawns, the new “Hunter, Hunted” mode takes Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer to a whole new level of intensity with heightened tension, risk, and rewards. Whether you’ve been playing multiplayer since release or are just starting out now, this is a great time to have a go and unlock a few extra items.

It’s certainly an interesting take on the usual death match scenario and it will be interesting to see how well balanced the game type will feel. Any game mode that gives us all another excuse to go play this game is good in my book, so what are you waiting for, go kick some butt!

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Batman Arkham Collection Edition Revealed

Batman: Arkham Collection Edition unites Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins in one seriously awesome trilogy boxset of gaming goodness. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the Batman: Arkham Collection Edition this week and The blockbuster Batman: Arkham videogame franchise has been united into one staggering package. The new bundle will be made available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and of course PC.

The Batman: Arkham Collection Edition will be available in the UK from 22nd November 2013. Developed by WB Games Montréal and Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Collection Edition brings together the full collection of Arkham Games:

  •  Batman: Arkham Asylum
  •  Batman: Arkham City
  •  Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be available as digital downloads, while the latest game, Batman: Arkham Origins is obtainable as a physical disc. So I guess it would be fair to call this a special release of Arkham Origins rather than a true trilogy boxset as you only get one physical copy, but it still marks a great value for money collection none the less and it is perfect for those who have yet to dive into the series.

The Windows PC versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be Game of the Year editions. Included in the PS3 version of Batman: Arkham Origins will be the Knightfall DLC pack.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reveal Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have announced the next entry in the Lord of the Rings gaming series with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The new game will be an epic third-person action game set in Middle-earth that explores an original story of vengeance and redemption. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is in development for PlayStation 4. PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, gamers take on the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor, moments before his own life is taken. Resurrected by a Spirit of vengeance and empowered with Wraith abilities, Talion ventures into Mordor and vows to destroy those who have wronged him. Through the course of his personal vendetta, Talion uncovers the truth of the Spirit that compels him, learns the origins of the Rings of Power and ultimately confronts his true nemesis.

“In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players will explore the dark and very personal theme of vengeance in a world where decisions have a consequence, and those consequences persist even after death,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The game introduces new gameplay mechanics to the action genre, creating opportunities for emergent and customized gameplay that will be rewarding for players.”

Every enemy that players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Through the Nemesis System, enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by player actions and decisions to create personal archenemies that remember and adapt to the player and are distinct to every gameplay session. Gamers are able to craft their own battles, enemies and rewards within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their choices, delivering a unique experience to every player.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is under development by Monolith Productions. The team has collaborated with Middle-earth Enterprises, Peter Jackson and the artists at Weta Workshop to ensure that the settings, characters and story align authentically within canon.

Lord of the Rings games have been hit and miss thus far, but for the most part have still been great fun for fans of the series and are still also leaps and bounds ahead of most series tie ins that we see plaguing the games market. We look forward to checking this one out upon release.

Thank you ShadowofMordor for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of ShadowofMordor.

 

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Humble WB Games Pay What You Want Bundle Goes Live

Once again we have an awesome Humble Bundle, this time featuring games Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. In support of We Can Be Heroes, a project of DC Entertainment to support Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps.

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Above the average BONUS

  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition

This is an awesome bundle giving us six great games that give us a variety of game genres from shooters to role playing.

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This is a Humble Bundle “Pay what you want” event. This means, that you get to determine how much you feel that these games, and the charity that they support is worth to you! If you were to pick these games up at retail you would pay over $120, but today, you can pick them up for what you are willing to pay for them.

Unfortunately, these games are not DRM free and are only available for download from Steam. Only Batman:Arkham City is available on both Mac and Windows platforms, all of the other games are available for Windows only.

If you decide to support this Humble Bundle, you get to choose how much and how you will pay. So many options to pay, bank account, credit card, paypal, amazon payments, or even pay with bitcoins. Don’t forget you say where your money goes, donate it all to charity, WB Interactive, or Humble Bundle, or divide it among the three organisations.

We will likely see a couple more games added to this bundle next week, and with so many more WB games I can’t even guess at which games they will offer us, but I am sure that they will be just as awesome! What games do you think they will bring us?

Thank you Humble Bundle for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Humble Bundle.

Nvidia Teams Up With Warner Brothers For Batman Arkham Origins

Nvidia has announced that it is teaming up with Warner Brothers Interactive and WB Games Montréal to bring the next instalment of the Batman video game series to Nvidia users. Customers who purchase a quality GTX series graphics card from a participating retailer will be entitled to a complimentary copy of Batman Arkham Origins when it is released worldwide on PC on October 25th 2013.

“Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young Batman as he faces a defining moment of his early career and sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight.

Batman has immense power, strength and speed – the same attributes that make a GeForce GTX GPU the ultimate weapon to take on Gotham’s dark underworld. The NVIDIA Developer Technology Team has been working closely with WB Games Montréal to incorporate an array of cutting-edge NVIDIA gaming technologies including DirectX tessellation, NVIDIA TXAA antialiasing, soft shadows and various NVIDIA PhysX engine environmental effects, such as cloth, steam and snow. Combined, these technologies bring the intricately detailed worlds of Gotham to life.”

A list of the participating retailers can be found on the Nvidia website right here. The offer is valid until January 31st 2014 so check your preferred participating retailer before buying to ensure eligibility.

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Win 1 of 50 Infinite Crisis Beta Keys With eTeknix

Here at eTeknix we’ve had some epic competitions where you can win gaming rigs, components and more, but while we love to bring you huge and expensive prizes, sometimes its just as much fun to give away some smaller prizes such as the Beta keys we have for you today.

Infinite Crisis is the latest MOBA from Warner Bros and features reimagined editions of many famous DC characters. We have 50 keys to give away and all you have to do is follow the simple steps below.

Thank you Warner Bros and Infinite Crisis for providing us with these codes.

  • Step 1 – Like eTeknix on Facebook
  • Step 2 – Visit the forums and post a link to your Facebook profile to finalise your entry and tell us you’ve entered so that we can contact you if you win.

Rules and regulations:

  • The competition is open worldwide
  • The competition ends at midnight GMT on the 26th of August 2013 and winners will be notified throughout the course of the competition
  • In the event of a dispute, eTeknix staff hold the final say and no discussions will be entered into
  • Multiple entries that are invalid will result in disqualification
  • Due to the nature of the prize being a Beta code, we cannot guarantee access to the game as this is in the hands of the developers
  • Winner(s) will be announced on our competition winners page
  • By entering this competition, you adhere to the above rules and regulations

(Please do not post Facebook links in the comments below, these entries will not count, enter over on the Forum!)

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Infinite Crisis Founders Program

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced the launch of the Founders Program for Infinite Crisis, a new game in development by Turbine, this new free-to-play MOBA is scheduled for release later in 2013 for the PC.

The Infinite Crisis Founders Program lets players choose from three limited-edition packages which include access to their favorite Champions and other benefits, including early access to the all-new Coast City map, exclusive Costumes and Crisis Coins, the in-game currency that allows players to customize their gameplay experience. All Founders Program purchasers will receive immediate access to the Closed Beta that can be shared.

“Infinite Crisis brings the DC Multiverse to life like never before through explosively destructive arena combat featuring an ever-expanding roster of DC heroes and villains,” said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer. “Continuing a long-standing tradition at Turbine, we’re offering unique pricing and benefits to early adopters for a limited time.”

Basic £14.99

  • Immediate access to the Closed Beta including both Gotham Heights and Coast City Maps
  • One buddy key for a friend, granting access to both Closed Beta Maps
  • Three Champions (Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern)
  • Exclusive Founders Protector Icon (Founders only)
  • 800 Crisis Coins ($10 value)

Standard £37.49

  • Immediate access to the Closed Beta including both Gotham Heights and Coast City Maps
  • Two buddy keys for a friend, granting access to both Closed Beta Maps
  • Six Champions (Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Gaslight Batman, Poison Ivy)
  • Exclusive “Renaissance” Gaslight Batman Costume (Founders only)
  • Exclusive Founders Protector Icon (Founders only)
  • 3200 Crisis Coins ($35 value)

Elite £74.99

  • Guaranteed Early Access to the Next Map Release, Gotham Divided
  • Immediate access to the Closed Beta including both Gotham Heights and Coast City Maps
  • Four buddy keys for a friend, granting access to both Closed Beta Maps
  • (enough to form your own team of five)
  • 12 Champions (Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Gaslight Batman, Poison Ivy, Gaslight Catwoman, Gaslight Joker, Cyborg, Nightmare Batman, Shazam, Zatanna)
  • Exclusive “Renaissance” Gaslight Batman Costume (Founders only)
  • Exclusive “Arkham City” Batman Costume (Founders only)
  • Exclusive Founders Protector Icon (Founders only)
  • 8600 Crisis Coins ($80 value)

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Thank you Infinite Crisis for providing us with this information.