All Articles: Comic-Con 2012

Rhianna Pratchett announced as lead writer on Tomb Raider reboot

The gay tortoise-owning, tea-loving, goddess of game writing that is Rhianna Pratchett was revealed by Crystal Dynamics to be the lead writer of their Tomb Raider reboot. The game scribe has had a hand in crafting the stories for several well-regarded games in the past including Heavenly Sword and cult classic Mirror’s Edge.

“I grew up playing Tomb Raider, uncovering the world’s secrets and unearthing its treasures; I have lived and died as Lara Croft, but nothing comes close to the challenge of re-writing her,” Pratchett said. “Seldom do we get the opportunity to reimagine and reinvent a legend, so getting my narrative hands on Miss Croft was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. It was going back to the genesis of video game action heroines and exploring how to make such an iconic character meaningful and relatable for gamers today.”

The announcement was made during this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, where Pratchett appeared at the Tomb Raider panel alongside the new voice of Lara Croft, Camille Luddington, creative director Noah Hughes, global brand director Karl Stewart and narrative designer John Stafford.

Creativity certainly runs in the Pratchett family as Rhianna’s father is Discworld writer Sir Terry Pratchett.

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First trailer for Mass Effect anime makes its debut at Comic-Con

For those feeling withdrawal symptoms from piloting the Normandy throughout the galaxy, fear not! The first trailer for Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, the anime prequel produced by BioWare and Production I.G., debuted at the San Deigo Comic-Con over the weekend.

Production I.G., perhaps best known for the animation portion of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume One (depicting the turbulent childhood of Lucy Liu’s O-Ren Ishii), brings their highly energised and sweeping visuals to a script written by Henry Gilroy, who previously wrote a number of episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Paragon Lost focuses on the early career of Alliance soldier James Vega (Freddie Prinze Jr.) as he protects a remote civilian outpost from an attack by the mysterious alien race known as The Collectors.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo will be available to buy on November 13, 2012.

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Sonic Adventure 2 is getting a PSN/XBLA re-release this Fall

Sonic Adventure was released for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade almost two years ago. Since then, fans have idly wondered when the second game in the series would make its debut as a downloadable title.

Sega put an end to the wondering at Comic-Con this past weekend, where they announced that Sonic Adventure 2 will be released for the PSN and XBLA this Fall.

So let’s see… this means that PSN/XBLA remakes of Nights, Jet Set Radio, and now Sonic Adventure 2 will be available in the next few months. It’s a good time to be an old-time Sega fan.

[Source: Joystiq]

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Batman is prepared for this Injustice: Gods Among Us Comic-Con trailer

All you need to know about the Comic-Con trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us is that Batman uses a remote control Batmobile to take out Harley Quinn. Sure, some other stuff happens, but none of it matters because, again, this trailer features A REMOTE CONTROL BATMOBILE TAKING OUT HARLEY QUINN!

Injustice: Gods Among Us will be available for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U sometime next year.

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn premieres October 5; full-length trailer released

As promised, 343 Industries and Machinima Prime have unveiled the full-length trailer for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn at Comic-Con. The almost four-minute video has also revealed an October 5 premiere date for the episodic series. Five episodes will be produced, with a new episode appearing every week, culminating with the November 6 launch of Halo 4.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn tells an exciting story of heroism and sacrifice on a scale never before seen in the Halo universe, taking fans back to the beginning of the human and Covenant war and leading into the events of Halo 4. Set against the backdrop of a United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy, a group of highborn cadets are training to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about this war, and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero. Halo fans who experience Lasky’s thrilling origin story in Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn will be rewarded with special insights into the story of Halo 4 and the Halo Infinity multiplayer experience.

If you’d prefer to watch Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn in one big chunk, a 90-minute extended version will be included in the Halo 4 Limited Edition, which will also be available on November 6.

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Meet Bill the survivalist in the newest trailer for The Last of Us

Naughty Dog’s Comic-Con panel included another trailer for The Last of Us, this time introducing us to Bill, a survivalist and someone who owes Joel a favor:

The masked man turns out to be a new character named Bill, who knows Joel somehow and, as you can see in the cinematic, owes him a favor. What for? Well, we’re not talking about that yet but you’ll definitely be hearing more about Bill and what makes him tick in the months rolling up to launch. For starters, we also revealed that Bill is voiced by accomplished Hollywood actor, W. Earl Brown.

Bill and Ellie don’t get along at first, but the cinematic does set up a fetch quest for some car parts. And don’t worry, the infected appear to be right behind them.

The Last of Us will presumably be released sometime in 2013. Not that any of us want to wait that long.

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy returning for a second season

Writer/Director Kevin Tancharoen has revealed that a second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy is in the works courtesy of the (slightly dorky) video above. OK, “slightly dorky” might be an understatement, but I have to admit, I loved it.

According to Tancharoen, the scripts have been completed and season two will be “all about the tournament.” There will also be “more fighting, more action, and more visual effects.”

There’s no word on how many episodes will be produced or when they’ll debut, but Tancharoen did provide a complete list of kombatants that’ll be making an appearance in season two: Kano, Liu Kang, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Sonya, Kung Lao, Kitana, Mileena, Jax, Baraka, Stryker, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Ermac, and Kenshi. Flawless scripting!

It’s currently unknown if some of season one’s more high-profile participants, including Michael Jai White as Jax, Jeri Ryan as Sonya, and Tahmoh Penikett as Stryker, will return in season two.

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Cole McGrath and Jak join PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale

As promised, Sony has revealed two more fighters for PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale at Comic-Con this weekend. Say hello to Cole McGrath from the InFamous series and Jak from the Jak & Daxter series.

Daniel Maniago, the Community Manager from developer SuperBot Entertainment had plenty to say about the new additions to the roster:

Players familiar with Jak and Daxter’s arsenal will immediately recognize some of the weaponry utilized in PlayStation All-Stars including the Blaster, Needle Lazer, Gyro Burster, and Mass Inverter. When the going gets tough, Jak has the ability to unleash the powers of both Dark and Light Jak to even the playing field, as seen in Jak II and Jak 3 respectively. Daxter even lends a hand in Jak’s melee attacks.

Cole takes advantage of a wide array of abilities in InFamous, an experience we hoped to emulate when incorporating him into the game. He is a well-rounded fighter who is effective at both close and long range combat, and is highly mobile as well. Players can command both his electrokinesis and cryokinesis, using these powers to assault opponents from a safe distance or propel himself towards the action. With these abilities, Cole proves to be a formidable adversary for the rest of the PlayStation All-Stars cast!

Check out Jak and Cole in action in two new PlayStation All-Stars trailers after the break. (more…)

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