All Articles: Comic-Con 2015

Trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies pre-order bonus map “The Giant” released

Are you a big fan of the twists and turns found in Treyarch’s Zombies Mode? If so, you’ll want to check out the trailer for “The Giant,” a bonus map available to all players who pre-order one of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III collector’s editions:

Zombies returns in all of its undead glory with “The Giant,” a Nazi research facility featuring the weapon upgrading Pack-A-Punch Machine. Re-live the chaos of Treyarch’s classic “Der Riese” Zombies map, picking up the Zombies story with Dempsey, Nikolai, Richtofen, and Takeo where Origins left off.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 6, though the collector’s editions are limited to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If history is any guide, “The Giant” will also be released as standalone DLC at some point in the future.

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Marvel is working on a batch of “developer-focused” and “quality-focused” console games


Marvel has arguably revolutionized the modern film industry with the introducion of their layered and multifilm-spanning Cinematic Universe. Their superhero movies have consistently performed at the top of the box office charts for years, but they’ve mostly put their video game projects on the back burner. At least, until now.

During this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, Producer Mike Jones confirmed that Marvel is working on several console games, which will be announced in the coming months.

“We are very much focused on what our console strategy will be for the future. Obviously console games take a lot longer to incubate, so that will be a slower process for us,” he said in response to a question from a fan. He went on to say, “We are very much taking a controlled, less-is-more, quality-focused, developer-focused strategy, but it is very top of mind, and we’ll have a lot more announcements probably next year.”

While this is great news, this announcement opens up a lot of questions. Which heroes (or villains) will be getting their own games? And will the games be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or will they stand on their own? Last year, Marvel executives revealed they were creating a “Marvel Gaming Universe,” so we know the games will sync up in some way.

You may also recall that Telltale Games announced an episodic series based on a Marvel property a few months ago. Could this be the start of Marvel’s big gaming push? Only time will tell.

[Source: Polygon]

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Microsoft will release a Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One Bundle this August

Microsoft is prepping another Xbox One System Bundle and its meant to honor the re-release of a classic coming out next month. Can you guess what it is? If you said Rare Replay, I like your style, but you’re wrong. Instead, Microsoft will bundle together a digital download of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and an Xbox One system on August 25.

In addition to the game, the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One Bundle will include a 500 GB Xbox One system, an Xbox One Wireless Controller (with a 3.5mm headset jack), “early access” to the Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Beta, the “Superstar Cole” multiplayer skin, and a 14-day Xbox Live trial.

As part of their 2015 Comic-Con presentation, Studio Head Rod Fergusson also unveiled a behind-the-scenes video documenting The Coalition’s work on remastering the game’s cinematics. The video is the first in a nine-part series detailing the game’s development, so expect to hear plenty more from Fergusson’s team before Gears of War: Ultimate Edition’s August 25 launch.

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Doctor Who travels through time and space to appear in this new Lego Dimensions trailer

And before all you Whovians get worked up about that headline, I’m aware that he refers to himself only as “The Doctor.”

Anyway, WB Games and TT Games released a new trailer for Lego Dimensions yesterday and it is ridiculously epic. Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), and Michelle Gomez (Missy) will all join the game’s stellar voice cast. Besides Daleks and Cybermen, The Doctor will also have adventures like this:

In a new trailer giving the first look at the Doctor Who gameplay, worlds collide in ways only possible in Lego Dimensions, such as the TARDIS popping up in Gotham City and Hill Valley, the Doctor battling alongside Homer Simpson in Aperture Science, riding a haunted mine car with Scooby and Shaggy, or fighting alongside Kai and Cragger in a Ninjago battle arena.

I’m sure that scenario went over like gangbusters with the Comic-Con crowd. TT Games is going all out for the Doctor Who portion of the game and actually plans to include all 12 incarnations of the character in the game:

When the 12th Doctor is defeated in the level, he returns as the 1st Doctor and then regenerates back up to the 12th Doctor again. The interior of the TARDIS will reflect the corresponding Doctor the player embodies or can be manually selected. There’s even a jukebox inside where players can choose among different versions of the Doctor Who theme music.

Lego Dimensions will be released on September 27 for the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Players will also be able to pick up a pair of additional Doctor Who sets on the same day including the “Doctor Who Level Pack,” which features an unlockable Doctor Who level in the game, a minifigure of the 12th Doctor, and Lego models of the TARDIS and K-9. A “Doctor Who Fun Pack” with a Cyberman minifigure and Dalek model will also be available.

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Touch this Transformers: Devastation gameplay trailer and relive the 80s

You can practically feel the 80s vibe oozing off the latest gameplay trailer for Transformers: Devastation, created for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con by Activision. Initially unveiled during this year’s E3 Expo, the brawler is in development at Platinum Games for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

This new trailer gives us a better look at four of the game’s five playable characters: Optimus Prime, Sideswipe, Bumbleebee, and Wheeljack. Grimlock, the mighty leader of the Dinobots, will also be playable when the game ships to stores this Fall.

When you’re done with the trailer, I’d suggest following it up with Stan Bush’s “The Touch.”

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Activision shines a light on the CoD: Black Ops III Zombies Mode… “Shadows of Evil”

As promised, Activision unveiled the first trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops III‘s Zombies Mode at the San Diego Comic-Con today.

The latest Zombies Mode from Treyarch will be known as “Shadows of Evil” and take place in the swingin’ 1940s. The jazz is hot, neon is bright, and the undead are hungry. Players will take control of The Magician (Jeff Goldblum), The Femme-Fatale (Heather Graham), The Cop (Neal McDonough), and The Boxer (Ron Perlman) as they grapple with “uncovering the secrets and challenges laid out for them by The Shadow Man (Robert Picardo), a mysterious figure that controls their fates.”

Experience all the film-noir fun in the trailer embedded above. And don’t miss the epic mustache on Goldblum’s Magician character.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 6.

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CoD: Black Ops III will get 3 special editions… including one with a working mini-fridge


Activision has announced that three special editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will launch alongside the standard package on November 6. The publisher will definitely raise the bar with Black Ops III’s biggest collector’s edition, but let’s start with the smallest first.

The Digital Deluxe Edition ($99.99) will be available exclusively as a digital download for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. In addition to the main game, prospective purchasers will receive the following bonus items:

  • Season Pass: The Call of Duty: Black Ops III Season Pass is your access to four exciting DLC packs.
  • “The Giant” Bonus Map: Zombies returns in all of its undead glory with “The Giant,” a Nazi research facility featuring the weapon-upgrading Pack-a-Punch Machine. Relive the chaos of Treyarch’s classic “Der Riese” Zombies map, picking up the Zombies story with Dempsey, Nikolai, Richtofen, and Takeo where Origins left off.
  • Weaponized 115 Personalization Pack: The Weaponized 115 Personalization Pack brings the popular Zombies theme to your favorite Multiplayer weapon. Customize your weapons with the fan favorite Origins-inspired camo, reticle, and animated calling card.
  • Cyborg Personalization Pack: The fan favorite Cyborg Personalization Pack returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, fully-loaded with an electrotech-themed weapon skin, uniquely-shaped reticle, and a calling card.
  • Bonus Black Ops III Personalization Pack: Join the battle with the official Black Ops III Personalization Pack. Pack includes a custom weapon camo, reticle, and calling card.

If you prefer a physical game disc, you can upgrade to the Hardened Edition ($79.99) on the PS4 and Xbox One. Available exclusively through GameStop, the Hardened Edition is lacking the Season Pass and the Bonus Black Ops III Personalization Pack, but it includes everything else from the Digital Deluxe Edition along with the following bonus items:

  • Limited Edition Specialist Concept Art Cards: Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer introduces the new Specialist character system, allowing players to choose from 9 elite black operations soldiers – each with their own look, personality, and voice. Each Specialist is featured on their own art card that includes exclusive concept art, biography, and a description of their unique weapon and ability.
  • Collectible Steelbook Case: Limited edition steel game case featuring an exclusive design.

Finally, the Juggerhog Edition ($199.99) for the PS4 and Xbox One will include everything in the Hardened Edition, the Season Pass, and a working mini-fridge modeled after the ones you find in the game. As I said, Activision is raising the bar. Here’s what else you’ll get in the Juggerhog Edition:

  • Juggernog Mini-Fridge: Modeled after the in-game Perk-A-Cola machine. It’s big enough to house up to a dozen 12-ounce cans and features light and audio effects pulled straight from the game.
  • Coaster Set and Custom Storage Tin: Emblazoned with the Juggernog Soda, Revive! Soda, Speed Cola Soda, and Double Tap Root Beer emblems used in Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies.
  • Official Call of Duty: Black Ops III Soundtrack: Upgrade your playlist with a digital copy of the in-game score.

You can take a gander at all three special editions after the break. And remember, everyone who pre-orders Call of Duty: Black Ops III will receive access to the closed beta, which begins August 19 for PS4 players. The PC and Xbox One closed betas will begin at a later date. (more…)

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Ken (and his new ponytail) joins Street Fighter V’s roster

Capcom has announced that Ken Masters has become be the seventh character to join Street Fighter V‘s roster of playable characters. He’ll join the previously-announced septet of Ryu, Chun-Li, Charlie Nash, M. Bison, Cammy, Birdie, and (unofficially) Blanka.

While Ken is still clad in his familiar red karategi, the character got a haircut (check out that ponytail) and a set of fiery new combos. According to Capcom, he’ll also perform plenty of “tricky mix-ups and flashy combos” on his opponents, which you can see in the trailer embedded above.

Ken, and the rest of the revealed Street Fighter V roster, will be playable all this weekend at Capcom’s booth (#215) at the San Diego Comic-Con. And don’t forget, every PS4 owners who pre-orders Street Fighter V will gain access to the closed beta, which is scheduled to begin on July 23 at 9:00 PM (Eastern Time).

Street Fighter V will be released in Spring 2016 for the PS4 and PC.

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