Author: Andrew Rainnie - UK Correspondent

In addition to being Warp Zoned's UK Correspondent, Andrew Rainnie is a screenwriter and filmmaker. You can email him at andrew AT warpzoned DOT com or you can, if you're inclined, visit his personal website.

Rumor: Resident Evil 7 set to unnerve PS4 players with E3 2014 unveiling

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While the always-in-trouble horror genre has undergone a resurgence in recent months thanks to titles such as Outlast and Daylight, as well as upcoming games like Sony’s free-to-play H1Z1 and The Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation, few horror titles carry such weight as Capcom’s Resident Evil series. Since its debut back in 1996, each sequel has followed the law of diminishing returns, with the exception of Resident Evil 4, which was nothing short of brilliant.

As the 2014 E3 Expo lingers near, rumours have started to swirl that Capcom is hoping to turn the crimson tide with the next iteration of the series. According to Push Square, it is believed that Resident Evil 7 will make an appearance for Sony’s PlayStation 4 during the big event.

The rumour’s source can be traced back to a report on Capcom in Japanese economic journal Sankei Shimbun, which alludes to the company preparing to unveil an “important game” in a scary series of games. While the report only refers to the PS4 version, this does not rule out the game being on other consoles.

This isn’t the first time Capcom has teased Resident Evil 7 in recent weeks. A recently completed contest on Capcom’s Facebook page subtly hinted at the unannounced horror sequel as well.

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Rumor: Side-scrolling Prince of Persia game in development

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While Ubisoft has been busy of late with its flagship Assassin’s Creed franchise, not to mention trying to launch several others with the likes of Watch Dogs, The Crew, and Tom Clancy’s The Division, one of the company’s oldest franchises may be returning. The last time the Prince was seen was in 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, the same year the forgettable film version, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time managed to remind us all of generally how awful game adaptations are.

Yet the video game series, which stretches back all the way to 1989, may be returning to its roots, if the latest rumours are to be believed. French gaming site Le Portail du Jeu Video (thanks VideoGamer) claims that development on a new Prince of Persia game is well under way at Ubisoft Montpellier. Unlike the most recent attempts, the game will be a 2.5D side-scroller using the same UbiArt Framework engine that powered Rayman Legends, as well as the upcoming JRPG-esque Child of Light. The engine allows for different body parts to be animated independently of one another, to lend the character more realistic movement animations. Other Prince of Persia (running, wall-jumping, swordfighting) will be also be included.

Ubisoft has yet to comment on the rumor.

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Hyper Light Drifter “probably” won’t be released until early 2015

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Those of you who were hoping to get you hands on Heart Machine’s much-anticipated action RPG Hyper Light Drifter may have to wait at least another few months. During this year’s PAX East, studio head Alex Preston revealed to Destructoid that, while the game was progressing, an early 2015 release date is “probably [...] more realistic” than the current late 2014 target.

Speaking about how the company had managed to raise $600,000 for the game on Kickstarter, Preston said, “We’ve seen a lot of backers come out [to PAX East], and it’s been fantastic to meet them, and the reception from everyone else has been pretty damn good.”

Hyper Light Drifter, an homage to 16-bit RPG classics but with modern mechanics, has been described as a fusion of the best bits of franchises like Zelda and Diablo. To find out more about the game, you should check out our own PAX East preview right here.

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Kickstart This! The Guinness Aftermath Edition

While most of Ireland went about their business as usual on March 17th, many parts of the world decided to paint themselves green and drink several pints of the black stuff to commemorate the man who drove the snakes from the Emerald Isle. It doesn’t matter that these people are not really Irish, that St. Patrick probably didn’t drive out the snakes (as there were no snakes to begin with), or that the saint’s real colour is blue. The true meaning of St. Paddy’s Day is less about the man and his legend, and more about the celebration and enjoyment of life.

So, with our Guinness hangovers having well and truly dissipated for another year, let us turn our attentions to the viper pit that is Kickstarter, plucking some worthy cobras and prize-winning pythons from the wriggling mess. Hot on the heels of Goat Simulator‘s launch comes a campaign for Bear Simulator. Next is pixel exploration adventure Spirit, followed by 2D point-and-click game Dead Synchronicity. Things get very serious in 2D interactive novel The Seed, before we enter the fantasy realm of Chaos Reborn. Last, but not least, is the beautiful and ambitious turn-based RPG Earthlock: Festival of Magic.

Remember, a snake is for life, not just for St. Paddy’s Day. (more…)

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10 Actresses We Think Could Play Elena Fisher in the Uncharted Movie

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Recently, we looked at who could play Nathan Drake and his fatherly cohort in crime, Victor “Sully” Sullivan, in the upcoming film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted franchise. However, their Indiana Jones-esque adventures would not be complete without American journalist Elena Fisher there to film their antics, get kidnapped, and break Nate’s heart. But which Hollywood darling could play the part and woo one of gaming’s most lovable rogues? We have picked ten actresses that we think best fits the part. (more…)

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It Came From 200X! The InFamous Series

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With the much-heralded arrival of InFamous: Second Son, we thought the franchise’s first two (and a half) entries deserved one more day in the spotlight. Sucker Punch Productions first introduced the world to Cole McGrath and the Ray Sphere in 2009. But how did the franchises’s beginnings prepare us for one of the most anticipated titles of the new console generation? (more…)

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10 Actors We Think Could Play Victor “Sully” Sullivan in the Uncharted Movie

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When production on the film adaptation of Uncharted first began to gain momentum under the direction of Seth Gordon, we listed our picks on which actors we thought could bring Nathan Drake to life. However, Nate would not be the man he is without adoptive father figure Victor “Sully” Sullivan by his side. Let’s take a look at ten actors who could slip into the role and don Sully’s thin, shermanic moustache. (more…)

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Kickstart This! The Fox Force Five Edition

With the January blues firmly behind us, and the world beginning to thaw (especially in England, where flooding has put a dampener on everything), many of you may be realizing that those Dryathalon challenges have left you with some serious Bitcoin. Wallets and purses worldwide are slowly being opened after the cataclysm of Christmas, and money is pouring out. But what to invest it in? Instead of, say, a gallon of maple syrup, or an ill-advised betting spree on this year’s World Cup, why not put your money into something you can nurture, grow, and play? We’ve scoured the crowdfunding coal mines of Kickstarter to highlight five extraordinary projects worthy of praise and attention.

And money. Don’t forget money.

To begin, we have the heart-warming 2D RPG adventure Super Chibi Knight, followed by bizarre meat-infused retro experiment Hot Dog Heartache. After that, we explore the streets filled with incandescent rage in side-scrolling brawler Treachery in Beatdown City, as well as the Metroid-Contra morphgasm that is Hive Jump. Finally, to finish us off, we visit the 3D horror-exploration genre with ReLive.

Let’s put your money where your mouse is. (more…)

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