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First trailer for Halo: Nightfall released at Comic-Con 2014

Jameson Locke is an all-new character in the Halo universe, and Halo: Nightfall, which takes place between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, tells his origin story. Locke is an operative of the Office of Naval Intelligence, which is the toughest military branch the Earth has. He and his team must uncover the truth behind an artifact that can kill humans – and who is trying to use it against them.

Halo: Nightfall will launch this November.

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Daily Scoop: July 29th, 2014 – Grumpy Cat

As I may have mentioned here before, some friends and I get together on Mondays to watch the Bachelor series. Last night, on the season finale, the producers brought out Grumpy Cat to mock the main character’s hilarious frown face. I totally lost it! And I actually think Grumpy Cat should have a game made about her. Someone needs to get on that!

So what games are on sale today? I’m glad you asked. At the Humble Store, there’s plenty of great stuff on sale. You can get Kingdom Rush for $2.49, Murdered: Soul Suspect for $14.99, and Three Fourths Home for $2.99, among others. Over at Steam, the Midweek Madness deal is Age of Empires II HD for $4.99, and the Daily Deal is The Fall for $4.99. Scoop ‘em up!

Some great shirts today:


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Tetsuya Nomura-designed Batman figure was originally created for a canceled game

batmanplayartskaiSquare Enix launched their Play Arts Kai line of figures a few years ago, creating figures for famous franchises such as Final Fantasy, Mass Effect, and Halo. Recently, they’ve delved into creating DC Comics Variant figures such as this awesome Batman design that debuted at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic Con. This version of the Caped Crusader looks to be influenced by the futuristic stylings of Batman Beyond, but it also features a more heavily armored look as well as a cape that closely resembles bat wings.

It was also originally designed by Tetsuya Nomura (the Director behind the Kingdom Hearts series and the upcoming Final Fantasy XV) for use in a now-canceled Batman game.

Siliconera caught up with the prolific producer to ask him about the history of the figure and the game it was originally connected to. It turns out that the game was in development more than a decade ago, and never moved past the concept stage. It was actually canceled before development began on Kingdom Hearts, and Nomura revealed that this Batman design influenced the look of the armor in the first Square Enix/Disney crossover. Beyond that, he’s not allowed to say much about the project, though he did confirm that he’s working on a way to publish the “backstory” of this Batman variant.

So we’ve got a PS2-era Batman game with a funky art style that would have been overseen by Tetsuya Nomura. I am truly sorry I never got to see the finished product and I doubt I’m alone.

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Daily Scoop: July 28, 2014 – Another Monday

Hello there, faithful readers! It is Monday again, and while I usually dread Mondays, I was hard at work all weekend and didn’t leave the house at all, so it was nice to go outside, even if it was to come to work. It doesn’t hurt that it’s gorgeous outside!

Anyway, let’s talk about games! I hit a pretty big milestone this weekend – I finally got the Platinum Trophy in Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch! And Anthony Amato and I finally got all 14 Red Skulls in TowerFall: Ascension. So what games are we going to play next? Let’s see what’s on sale!

This week’s Humble Flash Bundle is Humongous Entertainment! Pay what you want for Putt-Putt Joins the Parade and Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds. Pay more than the average to unlock Putt Putt Goes to the Moon, Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside, Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse, and Spy Fox in “Dry Cereal”. Pay $20 or more to unlock the Humongous Entertainment Cmoplete Pack!

As always, there are some t-shirts waiting for you after the jump!


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First The Last of Us movie details explode out of Comic-Con 2014

thelastofus-cc14movieposterBack in March, we learned that Sony Pictures would be producing a Last of Us movie adaptation through their Screen Gems subsidiary. During this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, the studio revealed a bit more about their plans for the film, including this awesome teaser poster.

Sam Raimi, who will be producing the film, spoke to the gathered crowd alongside Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann. Druckmann is also writing the screenplay, which Raimi believes will be “very true” to the game. The pair revealed that they’re currently in the process of whittling down a 15-hour game into a feature-length movie. And one of the things that may be changed is the ending.

The producers haven’t signed anyone to the cast yet, however they did say they’ve talked to Maisie Williams (Ayra Stark from Game of Thrones) about playing Ellie. The crowd roared its approval and even started up a “Bruce Campbell For Joel” campaign, but Raimi said that was unlikely. However, everyone’s favorite Evil Dead star will have “a place” in the film.

Finally, Raimi announced that the movie is still “years away” and that he won’t be directing. Instead, Druckmann is the person who is in charge of choosing the director. I wonder if Fede Alvarez (the director of the 2013 Evil Dead reboor/sequel) is available?


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See the first trailer for the Atari: Game Over documentary

Spoiler Alert! When Microsoft went digging in the desert this past April, they found the fabled resting place of thousands of Atari 2600 cartridges (including hundreds of copies of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial). Over the years, many people tried to pass off the mass burial as some kind of hoax or urban legend. But the truth was never really in doubt. Atari had trouble selling their games during the Christmas season of 1983 and trucked their unsold stock to a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

So instead of focusing solely on the dig, Zak Penn’s documentary, Atari: Game Over, also looked into the culture of the company at the time and how the then biggest movie of all time could produce such a lousy tie-in game. This includes conversations with Atari executives, local politicians from the Alamogordo area, game historians, and the developer behind the infamous game, Howard Warshaw.

If you were in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, you had a chance to see the premiere screening of Atari: Game Over for yourself. The rest of us will have to wait until this Fall, when it debuts on Xbox Live as one of the first (and last) Xbox Entertainment Studios offerings. For now, we’ll have to content ourselves with the trailer embedded above.

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Daily Scoop: July 25, 2014 – Great t-shirt day

Last night’s game jam judging was amazing! We got to play so many terrific games, and lots of people loved our game, Party Pooper! We didn’t win anything, but I’m still pretty confident that our game rocks, and with more than two hours of work on it, I think it would go places. For right now, it’s going in the queue of “games we want to make.”

Let’s see, what game deals are out there today? At the Humble Store, you can pick up Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion on sale for just $9.99. You can also get Saturday Morning RPG for $2.99, Steal & Steam for $2.49, and Monster Loves You! for $4.99. Over at Steam, the Weekend Deal is Ace Combat Assault Horizon – Enhanced Edition for $4.99, and the Daily Deal is Broken Age for $12.49.

The best part of today is, by far, these t-shirts!


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Daily Scoop: July 24, 2014 – Game Jam judging tonight

Tonight is the Game Jam showcase and judging at Philly Dev Night! The theme is Extreme Mastication, which is pretty awesome. I made an analog game but only got to work on it for about three hours, so I’m not sure if it’s even playable. We’ll find out soon!

There are new games available over at the Humble Weekly Bundle: Plug in Digital! Pay what you want for Ethan: Meteor Hunter, Finding Teddy, and Mechanic Escape. Pay $6 or more to unlock Legends of Persia, Kill the Bad Guy, early access to Freaking Meatbags, and Project Temporality. Pay $10 or more to unlock WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship.

Over at Steam, their Weekend Deal is a free Dead Island weekend! Play the game for free from today until the 28th, and if you decide to purchase, it’s just $7.49 for Dead Island, Dead Island Ripper Mod, Dead Island Riptide, Dead Island: Riptide – Fashion Victim, Dead Island: Riptide – Survivor Pack, and Dead Island: Ryder White DLC. The Daily Deal is early access to the amazing Viscera Cleanup Detail. Get a single copy for $4.79 or a four pack for $14.39. Scoop ‘em up!

And now, t-shirt time!


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