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Weekly Warp-Up: A Bad Week For The Legend of Zelda

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It wasn’t a great week for The Legend of Zelda franchise. First, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata came out and said that the Wall Street Journal on a Legend of Zelda Netflix series was incorrect. However, Iwata only said that the original rumor was wrong, not that a Legend of Zelda Netflix series wasn’t happening at all. So we can all hold on to that slim bit of hope as we slowly realize that a Legend of Zelda Netflix series isn’t actually in the works. Also this week, the next Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda Wii U, was postponed by Producer Eiji Aonuma. He and his team want to make “the ultimate Zelda game” and they will not be constrained by your pesky previously-announced release date. It should be released in 2016, but we don’t know for sure.

On the other hand, it was a good week for NetherRealm Studios. The developer once again flooded the newswire with new Mortal Kombat X information and we reported on all of it. A line of MKK action figures, bobbleheads, and plushes is planned, a “Shaolin” trailer gsave us our first look at Zombie Liu Kang, it’s television spot riffs on 1993’s “Mortal Monday” commercial, and a new Kombat Kast introduced gunslinger Erron Black as a playable character.

Also this week, the Warp Zoned staff filed a preview of PAX East-favorite 20XX, interviewed 20XX developer Chris King of Batterystaple Games, and asked a bunch of developers which games they’d like to see enshrined in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

More news from the week that was can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: The Great Kojima Caper Edition

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Hideo Kojima has long maintained that every Metal Gear Solid game he works on will be his last one. But he might really mean it this time as the rumor mill is saying Kojima may leave Konami after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is completed. It’s unknown whether Kojima is quitting or if he’s being pushed out, but neither side was very forthcoming in their Joint Statement on the matter.

Aside from Kojima’s employment status, the remainder of this week’s news cycle was dominated, once again, by NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat X. The game’s April 14 launch is almost upon us and NetherRealm used the growing excitement for it to flood the newswire with stories including a new Kombat Kast featuring Quitalities, the reveal of the full Kombat Pack, and the sideways confirmation of Liu Kang and Jax.

Oh, and I guess Nintendo’s move into Nintendo-branded mobile games thanks to their partnership with DeNA is a big deal. As is confirmation that the company is working on a new hardware platform, currently codenamed “NX.” But really, we don’t know enough about either initiative to begin speculating. Though Nintendo President Satoru Iwata did deliver a few more details on their mobile gaming plans.

The Warp Zoned staff has begun putting together our preview coverage of many of the titles that were on display at this year’s PAX East expo. Right now, that includes this year’s PAX East PAXpocalypse List of the best games at the show and a hands-on preview of The Behemoth’s Game 4. We also examined the recently-ended Kickstarter campaign for Mayfair’s Cones of Dunshire adaptation and looked into why it failed (Spoiler Alert: Mayfair might have been in over their head).

The rest of this week’s news can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Mortal Kombat X Is Koming Edition

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Mortal Kombat X is less than a month away, but it feels like its koming a lot sooner than that as NetherRealm revealed a ton of new details about the game during this past week. First, we got confirmation that Johnny Cage and Sonya will join the game as playable characters. Then came word that the first guest character will be Jason Voorhees. Jason’s machete also cut through the red tape to leak out a pair of additional character confirmations (Kenshi and Shinnok) and a delay in the PS3/Xbox 360 version of the game. Finally, a new episode of “Kombat Kast” gave us our first extended look at the game’s Story Mode.

Another famous fighting franchise got a boost in the minds of gamers as part of last weekend’s PAX East expo. Capcom teased that Street Fighter V will be released in Spring 2016, though that date is currently unofficial. Other PAX East revelations include a release date for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel‘s last expansion, a debut trailer for Killer Instinct‘s ghost girl, a Wii U release for Freedom Planet, a new trailer for Gigantic, and our first look at CliffyB’s Project BlueStreak.

Finally this week, UK Correspondent Andrew Rainnie has completed his dream casting of the proposed Legend of Zelda show on Netflix. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show as he lists off his choices for Ganondorf and Zelda.

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Weekly Warp-Up: We’re At PAX East 2015 Edition

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Most of Warp Zoned’s staff is currently wandering up and down the aisles of the 2015 PAX East expo. We’ll have plenty to report after the show is over, but for now, you can keep tabs on all our coverage at the PAX East 2015 Hub.

So what else was going on in the game industry this week? Well, Valve opened GDC (yes, GDC also happened this week) by revealing their virtual reality headset, the Vive. Sony countered with a new look at their updated and improved Project Morpheus headset. In other GDC news, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor took home Game of the Year at the GDC Awards and Outer Wilds won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at this year’s Independent Games Festival.

Outside of GDC, the biggest news has to be that Avalanche’s Mad Max and Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will share September 1 as a release date. It’s rare to see two huge games launching on the same day like this and its even rarer for the announcements to share the same day.

Finally, before leaving on a jet plane for Boston, the Warp Zoned staff sat down and discussed What We Played in February and The Games of March. Also, Andrew Rainnie has filed his Kickstart This! report from across the Atlantic.

You can find the rest of this week’s news after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Everything is Mature Edition

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The big “M For Mature” floated over the video game industry in a big way this week, especially after it was revealed that Batman: Arkham Knight had been given a Mature rating by the ESRB. Aside from the underrated “Uncaged Edition” of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Askham Knight will become one of the few M-rated games based on a mainstream comics character.

In other news, we got major updates on the two franchises that folks think of first when they think of the Mature rating. Rockstar informed the world that Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed on the PC once more, but that Heists Mode will be available on March 10. And over in Mortal Kombat land, NetherRealm Studios pulled back the curtain on an epic Mortal Kombat X Story Trailer, revealing a ton of new (and returning) characters in the process.

In a de-maturing, 8-Bit Cinema published a new short this week of one of the world’s greatest R-rated movies. If you ever wanted to see Al Pacino’s Tony Montana as a pixelated brawler, I highly recommend giving 8-Bit Scarface a watch.

And finally, it’s very possible that if Netflix and Nintendo move forward with their Legend of Zelda television show, it’ll take place in a “grim and gritty” world. So our own Andrew Rainnie cataloged 10 Actors We Think Could Play Link in The Legend of Zelda TV Series if the show were to go in that direction.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Hall of Fame Nomination Edition

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Every January, baseball fans slap their foreheads in amazement at the absolutely terrible job that the Baseball Writers Association of America does in selecting the annual crop of Hall of Fame inductees. This June, video game fans will get to experience this same frustration firsthand when the first inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame are announced.

But June is a long time away, instead we should sit back and read Nicole Kline’s account of her IndieCade East 2015 trip in Nicole’s IndieCade East 2015 Diary. And if you’re a fan of indie games, Andrew Rainnie has published his Kickstart This! column.

You can find more news from this week after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: PAX East 2015 is Three Weeks Away Edition

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PAX East 2015 has begun to take shape as a handful of announcements this week gave us our first glimpse at who’s coming to the largest game convention on the east coast. As of right now, the two biggest PAX East-related news stories have to be Cliff Bleszinski panel’s on his free-to-shooter BlueStreak and Avalanche’s Just Cause 3 presentation. If you like your action games big and bombastic, then both titles should be your upcoming releases radar.

In other expo news, Bethesda will hold an E3 Press Conference for the first time ever. That should be interesting.

Even more interesting news (though very little of it is connected to E3 or PAX East) from the past week can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Liam Neeson Will Have His Revenge Edition

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The National Football League closed out the month of January by hosting Super Bowl XLIX to big ratings and even bigger profits. The game itself ended just as Madden NFL 15 predicted it would and a pair of video game-related commercials occupied fans in between the action. Sony’s spot for The Order: 1886 was a pretty-straightforward cinematic trailer but Liam Neeson’s seething hatred for a Clash of Clans player who bested him in the mobile game is the stuff of advertising genius. Beware BigBuffetBoy85, Liam Neeson will have his revenge.

The Warp Zoned staff similarly turned the page on the first month of the year with a look at What We Played in January 2015 and The Games of February 2015. And our UK Correspondent, Andrew Rainnie, published a double dose of Kickstarter analysis including the latest edition of his Kickstart This! column and an opinion piece that asks Kickstarters Need To Kick It Up A Gear.

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