In this week’s Red Bull Gaming Blog, Glen Ferris rounds up the biggest news from the annual geek-fest that is the San Diego Comic Con…
Comic Con 2012 Gaming News Round-Up
Injustice: Gods Among Us
If you’ve ever wondered who would win in a fight between Batman and The Flash, or Solomon Grundy and Superman, or Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, then Injustice: Gods Among Us could well provide the answers. Featuring an impressive roster of DC characters, the new beat ‘em up from Mortal Kombat creators NetherRealm depicts a world where ‘the lines between good and evil are blurred and players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale’. Not sure what that means in terms of storyline but we can fully expect some wicked one-on-one ass-kickery from a studio that really knows how to deliver this sort of thing.
With LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes still riding high in the game sales charts, Traveller’s Tales are hard at work on their latest brick-based escapade, a reduced epic based on Tolkien’s trilogy. A lovely little teaser trailer was launched earlier this month and Comic Con added to the interest by hosting some tasty new screenshots.
It was at the world’s largest pop culture convention that 343 Industries and Microsoft Corp decided to unveil the official trailer for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, the live-action digital series based on the Xbox franchise. Set to be distributed by Machinima Prime and the Halo Waypoint from October 5, the five-episode series will lead up to the worldwide launch of Halo 4 on November 6. Take a look at the trailer below for an idea of what to expect.
While we’re on the subject of live-action tie-ins, news reaches us from San Diego that a non-animated series based on the Street Fighter series is in the works. Capcom is hard at work on producing Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist, a series that will take the audience back to the formative years of Ryu and Ken, as they discover they are the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as ‘Ansatsuken’ (Assassin’s Fist) and learn about the mysterious past of their Master, Gouken. The idea comes from the brain of Joey Ansah, the man behind the hugely popular fan film 'Street Fighter: Legacy'.
"Legacy was a taster; a glimpse of what a live-action Street Fighter should be," said Ansah. “This takes the story right back to the start - the origins and motivations of Ryu, Ken, Gouken and Akuma. This will become the definitive back-story from which further epic adventures will follow.”
Fans still reeling from the dodgy treatment of Deadpool in the lamentable X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be happy to hear that The Merc With A Mouth is getting his very own videogame. Transformers developer High Moon Studios unveiled a teaser trailer for the fan favourite’s debut game and, as you can see from the trailer below, it stays very true to the character’s trademark gun-totin’, fast-talkin’, fourth wall-breakin’ style. Factor in a high level of violence, quippy dialogue and lead vocal duties from Nolan North (aka the voice of Nathan Drake) and all the elements are there for a cracking comic-book caper.
Arkham City Prequel
According to Variety and numerous Comic Con-based rumours, Batman: Arkham City makers Rocksteady will be delving into the Dark Knight’s past for their next project. According to the Hollywood trade paper, the new game will be set during the Silver Age of comic books and will serve as a prequel to the Arkham games as it tells of how Batman and the Joker first came to blows. We’re told that the game will also include Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash and the 'highly stylised’ graphics will feature artwork reminiscent of style employed from 1956 to the early 1970s. The game, which doesn’t even have a title yet, is not expected to be released until at least 2014, giving Injustice: Gods Among Us plenty of time to dig its heels in.
With every new clip from Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us, we’re getting more and more excited. Comic Con played host to the latest footage from the apocalyptic tale – introducing a new character named Bill who gets off to a bad start with our heroes Joel and Ellie - and, while it’s short on action, the animation and character interaction is nothing short of astonishing.
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