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Oh my god… somebody is making a Tetris movie
Harmonix shares first gameplay video of Amplitude HD
Pokemon Trading Card Game Online now available on iOS App Store
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And that somebody is Larry Kasanoff, the same producer behind 1995’s Mortal Kombat and 1997’s less-impressive Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Kasanoff told The Wall Street Journal that his production studio, Threshold Entertainment, has signed a deal with The Tetris Company to produce the film as a theatrical release.
There’s no word yet on who will star in the film or when it’ll open in theaters, but Kasanoff believes that Tetris: The Movie should take the form of a massive sci-fi blockbuster:
“It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy [a WSJ blog] exclusively. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”
Kasanoff’s sci-fi take on the game’s story isn’t the first time Tetris has looked to the stars for inspiration. The “plot” of 2002’s Tetris Worlds involved rescuing a race of intelligent machines from a dying planet through the power of “Tetrion Gates.” Each gate was unlocked once the player lined up a series of Minos (Tetris pieces) along the bottom of the well.
Personally, I hope it’s like the Captain N episode, “The Trouble With Tetris.”
Four months after the completion of their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Harmonix is ready to give gamers their first look at the upcoming Amplitude reboot.
The video was unveiled within the game’s latest Kickstarter update and it is definitely an early look. Things are so preliminary that the levels don’t even have backgrounds yet. But for Amplitude fans, it’s an exciting look into the future of the franchise on the PS3 and PS4.
If all goes well, the Amplitude reboot should be released in Spring 2015.
If you’ve ever wanted to play a Pokemon game on your iPad, now’s your chance. As of today, Pokemon Trading Card Game Online is now available through the iOS App Store as a free download.
Pokemon TCG Online includes everyone you’ll need to get started with the game. Players will be able to compete in player-versus-computer and player-versus-player battles as well as deal with deck building, card trading, avatar customization, and more. For those who are completely new to the card game, Pokemon TCG Online also features an extensive tutorial. New cards can be earned after winning battles and they can also be unlocked with the purchase of “physical theme decks, booster packs, and other Pokemon TCG products.”
“The iPad version of Pokemon TCG Online makes it even easier for fans to pick up the game and begin playing immediately,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokemon Company International. “We want to provide players with various access points to play and enjoy the Pokemon TCG, whether it’s the traditional tabletop game, PC and Mac version, or the iPad and iPad mini app.”
Monday is back with a vengeance, and we’re all mourning the wonderful weekends we had. In our case, we went to Ratha Yatra, created characters for a 5e D&D game, and played tons of board games. Oh, and we did a lot of work on RESISTOR_, which is unsurprising. Heck, I even got a chance to play a little First Light!
Speaking of all the games, there’s a brand new Flash Bundle happening at Humble Bundle right now. Pay what you want for Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Anomaly: Warzone Earth Mobile Campaign, Sleepwalker’s Journey, and Funky Smugglers. Pay $6 or more to unlock Anomaly Korea, Anomaly 2, and the bonus content for Anomaly 2. Finally, pay $10 or more to unlock SPACECOM.
Steam has a new Daily Deal as well. It’s everyone’s favorite Surgeon Simulator 2013, which is on sale for $2.49. You should scoop it up!
Just a few t-shirts today…
Aeria Games and WB Games have announced that F.E.A.R. Online will be available to download through Steam on October 17. Interested players can also sign up for an open beta, which begins October 8, on the game’s official website.
F.E.A.R. Online is a free-to-play shooter set within the F.E.A.R. universe where players will cooperatively do battle with the “unsettling experiments” created by Armacham Technology Corporation:
In F.E.A.R. Online, tensions reach a boiling point as the F.E.A.R. task force investigates Armacham Technology Corporation’s unsettling experiments. With several team combat modes spanning more than ten ominous maps, the game is packed with chilling details. The storyline continues in cooperative scenarios that detail the terrifying occurrences surrounding the F.E.A.R. team, in parallel to the events of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. Up to four players can team up and fight for their lives against both hostile Armacham personnel and hideous monsters lurking around every corner.
F.E.A.R. 3, released in 2011, was the last game in the F.E.A.R. franchise.
Joe “Joe Mad” Madureira is a pretty big name in the comics industry, having worked on multiple titles in the Marvel universe such as Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, Avenging Spider-Man, The Ultimates, and Savage Wolverine. He was also one of the founders of Vigil Games, which developed Darksiders and Darksiders II for THQ before the publisher closed its doors in 2013. Since then, many of Vigil’s developers have found homes at Gunfire Games and the now defunct Crytek USA. Madureira himself (along with Ryan Stefanelli, Steve Madureira, and other ex-Vigil employees) has also set sail for new pastures… specifically that of Airship Syndicate.
Airship Syndicate is located in Austin, Texas and is currently gearing up to begin work on their first project. Details are pretty sparse right now, but the developer did say on their official website: “RPG? Metroidvania? Battle Chasers Open World Kart Racer? You never know. Any way you shake it, adventure is the name of the game.”
Howwever, Stefanelli told Game Informer that the team will be small, and that they plan to create, “classic experiences with a modern edge.” That’s a common refrain for indie teams these days. Stefanelli added that Airship’s first game is currently in development for the PC and consoles with Madureira chiming in to say, “the game we’re working on now isn’t [Darksiders III].”
No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…
The biggest news from this week is that Blizzard finally dropped the axe on Project Titan and StarCraft: Ghost. The former would have been Blizzard’s MMO followup to World of Warcraft and the latter would have been a stealth/action game set within the StarCraft universe. Both games had their problems over the years as Blizzard originally delayed Titan’s release more or less indefinitely last year and Ghost was put “on hold” in 2006. But now they’ve both gone to that big GameStop in the sky, giving Blizzard more time to work on Hearthstone and their other projects.
Also this week, Mike Ryan turned in a review of The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins, the fourth episode of Telltale’s retelling of the popular comic book series.
More news from the week that was can be found after the break. (more…)
Phase Two of Nintendo’s plan to dominate the Fall gaming season kicks off this week as Super Smash Bros. For 3DS, the first Smash Bros. game for a handheld system, will be available on Friday, October 3. New friends (Little Mac! The Duck Hunt Dog! Miis! Mega Man! Pac-Man!) and old favorites (Mario! Link! Samus!) give it one of the deepest rosters the franchise has ever seen, making Super Smash Bros. For 3DS even more of a must have.
Also available this week is WB Games’ latest foray into the Lords of the Rings universe, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC, PS4, Xbox One). Set between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, Shadow of Mordor will tell a brand new tale within the franchise with assistance from Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien Enterprises, and the writer of Red Dead Redemption. Less epic (but still pretty epic) is Microsoft’s newest racing game, Forza Horizon 2, which will be released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Finally this week, Atlus is going back to the arena to bring PS3 and Xbox 360 owners Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Fight!
More new releases (including the return of one of the greatest PC games ever) can be found after the break. (more…)