MORE ‘THE LAST OF US PART 2’ DETAILS AND GAMEPLAY EMERGE

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Naughty Dog’s Playstation-exclusive ‘The Last of Us Part II’ is out in just two weeks from now.

The game has been in development since 2014 and was officially announced during the Playstation Experince in December 2016 and confirmed to be a sequel to the original 2013 release. That trailer revealed the return of both Ellie and Joel.

Five years have passed since the first game and Ellie is now 19 years old, also the main character, who already in the first game was playable for some sections, though Joel (who should by now be in his mid-fifties) was the primary playable character.

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ has been delayed twice, first for further development and then due to logistical problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial targeted date was February, 21st (2020) but pushed back and aimed for May 29th (2020).

No further delays will occur, so mark your calendars for June, 19th.

NETFLIX’S ‘THE WITCHER’, ‘THE BATMAN’ AND ‘FANTASTIC BEASTS 3’ GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO RESUME FILMING

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While the whole world has stopped because of the Co-vid19, so have a lot of expensive projects.

The Guardian reports that some among the biggest such “have been given the go-ahead to restart filming after the UK government and health bodies signed off on new coronavirus safety rules“.

UK’s film and high-end television industry is worth £3.6bn and could rise now that Hollywood monsters as Matt Reeves-directed ‘The Batman’ – starring Robert Pattinson, the third ‘Fantastic Beasts’- film, set in the Harry Potter- universe, and Netflix’s second season of epic-fantasy series ‘The Witcher’ with Henry Cavill’s in the main role – “is understood to be keen to resume production as soon as is safely possible“.

Two of the most popular shows on British television are ‘Line of Duty’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’. Back in mid-March those were the first UK productions to suspend filming.

There’s even a very likely time-frame till the production may resume as the article states that: “This is a green light that signals that the UK is open for business again for film and high-end TV production,” said an industry source. “Many productions have to get up and running again in the next two months or they won’t get made this year as they rely on summer weather and conditions.

I’m sure we’ll see some release dates pushed back but it’s good to see things are beginning to recover and soon to return to normal.

‘KINGDOMS OF AMALUR: RECKONING’ WILL GET A REMASTER

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‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning’ is described as a “brilliant RPG’ and with author R. A. Salvatore, ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’-lead designer Ken Rolston and comic book icon Todd McFarlane as the creative minds behind it just seems natural.

It was released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in 2012 and it flew under my radar as I first saw it in a game store last year. It’s said that the title hasn’t met the financial expectations of EA, which is sad, because it could’ve become a great franchise.

The news here is that Microsoft Store has a listing for ‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning’, a remaster “with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customizable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world.

Two of the main selling points are:

  • Extend your experience in Amalur with all DLC from the original release, from Teeth of Naros to Legend of Dead Kel and more!
  • Explore deep levels of lore in a universe steeped in 10,000 years of fiction created by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore.

Available on Xbox One in August. The franchise is now owned by THQ Nordic so it’s very likely will see a PC and PS4 release aswell.

Till then, check out the launch trailer for the original game:

And some screens from the Microsoft Store:

‘A TOTAL WAR SAGA: TROY’ GAMEPLAY REVEAL

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‘A Total War Saga: TROY’ is the 14th entry in the ‘Total War’- saga, a hugely popular and successful strategy-franchise that defines elements with mechanics from both TBS with RTS.

Depending on your setup, the battles can become EPIC with tens of thousands (!!!) simultaneous fighting troops on the field. AWESOME, right?

It arrives on August 13th, and as reported yesterday you’ll be able to grab it FOR FREE within the first 24 hours on Epic Games Store.

Experince the legendary 20-year Trojan conflict from both the Greek and Trojan perspectives with mythological heroes such as Achilles and Hector.

Check out the reveal, it IS the first official gameplay footage.

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20 MINUTES OF NEW GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE FROM ‘DIABLO IV’

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New gameplay footage from ‘Diablo IV’ showing off the Barbarian- class completing the quest ‘A Light in the Dark’ has emerged.

The title was announced back in November and we’ve seen some brief gameplay back then.

However, the following footage is 20- minutes long, so there’s plenty of time to get familiar with some of the elements within the game.

‘Diablo IV’ takes place many years after the events of Diablo III, after millions have been slaughtered by the actions of the High Heavens and Burning Hells alike. In the vacuum of power, a legendary name resurfaces.

No release date set.

J.J ABRAMS BAD ROBOT PRODUCTIONS DONATES $10 MILLION TO COMBAT RACISM

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If you’re a film or tv series fan chances are that you’ve heard about either JJ Abrams or Bad Robot Productions.

Bad Robot Productions is Abrams’ production company and a main force in the industry. High profile projects as ‘Mission Impossible III’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Cloverfield’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skylwaker’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Lost’ are all produced by him and his company.

Bad Robot announces in an Instagram post that togheter with The Katie McGrath and JJ Abrams Family Foundation, they’ll pledge “$10 million over the next five years to organizations and efforts committed to anti-racist agendas that close the gaps, lift the poor and build a just America for all“. They start with donations of $200k each to the following organizations: Black Futures Lab, Black Lives Matter LA, Community Coalition, Equal Justice Initiative, and Know Your Rights Camp.

Here’s the post:

‘A TOTAL WAR SAGA: TROY’ WILL BE FREE (FIRST 24 HOURS ONLY)

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Epic Games Store has had a strong line-up of free games for us since its launch. Grand Theft Auto V (The Premium Edition – all DLCs and online mode included), Civilization 6 and you can grab Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for free right now. Yet, they will continue with a FREE game every Thursday during MEGA Sale 2020 and if your wallet allows you to, there are some other sweet deals aswell.

Most strategy gamers are familiar with the ‘Total War’- franchise, that first started with ‘Shogun: Total War’ 20-years ago (released June, 13th 2000) and has seen 13 different titles, the latest: ‘Total War: Three Kingdoms’, arrived May, 23rd 2019. At least 30(!) expansions have been added to the core experiences during these years.

The next title is ‘A Total War Saga: TROY’, where players will build a bronze age empire and experience the legendary Trojan war from both the Greek and Trojan perspective, figthing alongside mythic units such as the Minotaur, cyclops and others.

The REALLY FUN THING is that title will be released on the Epic Games Store on August, 13th (2020) – and will be free to keep if claimed within the first 24 hours of release: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/a-total-war-saga-troy/home.

This is a good chance to give the series a try if you already haven’t.

Make sure you visit the game’s official site.

IS HENRY CAVILL’S FUTURE IN THE DCEU FINALLY DECIDED?

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Almost two weeks ago, news that the Snyder cut will see daylight stunned the Internet.

It’s ‘Justice League’s original director Zack Snyder’s vision of the fifth film in DC Comics’ based movie universe, also known as DCEU (DC Extended Universe). It gathers Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash. The theatrical cut was around 2 hours long and severe edited due to Snyder’s withdrawal from the project. It will however premiere on HBO Max next year and it’s said to double up the fun – it’s a 4 hours long footage that has yet to be decided upon if it will be released as a movie or splitted into a 6- parts series.

To top this great announcement, Comicbook.com has learned that Henry Cavill, the actor playing the role of Superman in ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Justice League’ will make a return into the DCEU franchise. It is however, according to the same source, likely that he will be used in supporting roles or cameos, BUT they also state that “Warner Bros. and DC Comics are still figuring out where the character best fits in upcoming films“.

This announcement comes after a long period of negative reports and speculations about the future of Cavill’s Superman.

I can’t wait for the Snyder Cut to finally arrive and see where the DCEU will be heading. ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ (‘Wonder Woman 2’) should hit theaters in August and there are more DCEU- tied projects planned, among these a solo ‘Batman’ feature. The first ‘Wonder Woman’- installment, ‘Aquaman’, Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ (Oscar winner) and ‘Shazam!’ were very well received by critiques and audiences.

PS5 REVEAL EVENT POSTPONED

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After months of speculations, nevertheless most intense in the past weeks, a PS5 reveal event was officially announced by Sony. It was scheduled for Thursday and a first look at the next generation Playstation games was confirmed.

However, due to the circumstances, it is now being postponed, as announced by Sony on Twitter:

NEW ‘BALDUR’S GATE 3’ GAMEPLAY TEASED

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More gameplay sequences from ‘Baldur’s Gate 3’ have emerged and we’re in for more “starting June 6“, according to developer Larian Studios.

The title was announced last year (on June 6th). At the end of February this year, gameplay footage premiered.

THE PLAYSTATION 5 REVEAL EVENT OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED BY SONY

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During the past weeks, reports and rumors about a PlayStation 5 reveal event have been growing.

Sony has invited all of us to a PlayStation 5-dedicated ‘State of Play’- stream that will start at 10 PM CEST/ 9 PM BST on June 4.

This particular State of Play will focus on games:
That’s why I’m excited to share that we will soon give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday. The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe. Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware.

The digital showcase will run a bit over one hour, so that’s exciting news! We will finally see some of the GAMES they’ve prepared for us.

We’re very likely TO NOT see the hardware yet, an exact release date (well, IT IS confirmed to launch this holiday, as quoted above) or price at this point. BUT, one must not despair. There’ll be more State of Play- events in the upcoming weeks and months, as Sony states that:
This is part of our series of PS5 updates and, rest assured, after next week’s showcase, we will still have much to share with you.

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‘PERCY JACKSON’ SERIES ADAPTATION IN WORKS BY DISNEY+

‘Percy Jackson’ is a serie of fantasy- novels written by Rick Riordan, telling the story of a young boy, son to the Greek god of the seas Poseidon. It is also being referred to as ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians’.

Five books have been released, beginning with ‘The Lightning Thief’ (2005) and ending with ‘The Last Olympian’ (2009). The first two books have been adapted into movies, released 2010 respectively 2013.

The movies have totally grossed over $420 million at the box office with a combined budget of below $200 million.

The news that a series adaptation is in works was revealed by the author himself with a short video on Twitter, addressed to thedemigods (the fans)