Month: February 2020

UPDATE: GDC organizers postpone event after majority of partners withdraw from coronavirus concerns 1

UPDATE: GDC organizers postpone event after majority of partners withdraw from coronavirus concerns

An update from the Game Developers Conference website confirms the annual event is postponed due to risks around coronavirus (COVID-19).

“After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March,” the letter wrote.

The page also thanked guests and partners for their interest while more information is expected “in the coming weeks.”

GDC’s news follows a string of cancellations from Microsoft, Sony, Facebook and other leading developers who planned to return with game reveals and other panels in San Francisco.

Since last week, each company also posted their own statements in not attending as the coronavirus posed a risk for development teams and partners from around the world.

The event’s schedule eventually shrunk even as organizers stated GDC 2020 would continue on as planned.

Boston’s own annual PAX East also saw less visitors, leading to more studios pulling out of the lineup including Capcom and Kojima Productions.

The next scheduled GDC 2020 dates are unknown and guests won’t be able to attend the event, originally slated for the week of March 16-20.

COVID-19 has a total of over 83,000 cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Its latest situation report tallied 1358 new cases around the globe while 54 new deaths were confirmed.

First Look: Baldur’s Gate 3 announced by Larian Studios, Brings Turn-Based  D&D RPG into a Next-Generation Setting 11

First Look: Baldur’s Gate 3 announced by Larian Studios, Brings Turn-Based D&D RPG into a Next-Generation Setting

Larian Studios, creators of the Divinity RPG series, announced Baldur’s Gate 3; A long-awaited sequel based on the Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms universe.

Revealed at PAX East 2020, the Balsur’s Gate 3 goes into a “next-generation turn-based RPG” with an open-world setting players can explore with “unprecedented freedom.”

The sequel was actually teased last month, in a short trailer showing off the logo and actors providing motion-capture performances.

Its first official trailer showed a five-minute opening cinematic which throws players back into the Dungeons and Dragons world with a literal roar.

In true Dungeons & Dragons fashion, the studio’s press release states players can also assemble a team to navigate through the Forgotten Realms together and use their abilities to fight “devils, deities and sinister otherworldly forces.”

Across the game, players are faced with story choices and a dialogue tree, as their character becomes possessed by a Mind Flayer bug and goes in search of a cure. 

At the start, players can customize their adventurer in “15 D&D races & subraces and 8 classes with more to be announced.”

Baldur’s Gate 3 will have four-player online co-op for an optional experience from the single player mode. Players can even bring a buddy with two player split-screen co-op.

Having extra players along also helps in exploring “hundreds of locations” with over 100 hours of story and extra quests.

First Look: Baldur’s Gate 3 announced by Larian Studios, brings turn-based  Dungeons & Dragons RPG into a next generation setting 1
Baldur’s Gate 3 – Larian Studios

It’s also a rare major installment for the Baldur’s Gate series since the first PC game was released in 1998 by Bioware. The original game saw an expansion release a year later before Baldur’s Gate II came out. 

After its Dark Alliance spin-offs were produced until 2004, the series took a long break until 2012.

This is when the first two Baldur’s Gate games were remastered for current-generation systems in 2012 and 2013 by Overhaul Games. 

Siege of Dragonspear was later made in 2016 as an expansion for the first remastered game.

Baldur’s Gate 3 has no set release date yet and is coming on PC and Google Stadia (until further announcement).

You can check out early gameplay shared by IGN below and see some in-game screenshots.

Award-winning Korean film Parasite to be adapted into a 300-page long graphic novel by director Bong Joon Ho 3

Award-winning Korean film Parasite to be adapted into a 300-page long graphic novel by director Bong Joon Ho

Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite is getting the graphic novel treatment through hundreds of storyboard drawings made by director Bong Joon Ho during production.

The product page over Grand Central Publishing details over 304 pages will be polished with dialogue to create a readable experience.

Parasite : A Graphic Novel in Storyboards will also retell the grim tale of an impoverished family who slowly infiltrate a wealthy family’s lives. 

Joon Ho’s black-and-white panels were drawn by hand to show the movie “in its entirety” and will include a foreword. Readers also glimpse a collection of concept art and behind-the-scenes set photos.

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Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards – Grand Central Publishing

The Korean black comedy thriller became critically acclaimed since it screened at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and holds a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes.

It also made history at the 92nd Academy Awards, winning four awards for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay. Parasite is the first foreign-language film to win the category for Best Picture.

Joon-Ho is known for his previous direction and writing for The Host, Snowpiercer and Okja while Parasite lead Song Kang-Ho has appeared in the former two.

Parasite : A Graphic Novel in Storyboards can be pre-ordered online through Grand Central other online retailers including Amazon, Google Play and Apple Books. 

It will be released on May 19, 2020.

First Monster Hunter movie posters show live-action versions of The Hunter and Artemis

First Monster Hunter movie posters show live-action versions of The Hunter and Artemis

Two new movie posters for Monster Hunter are available to guests at PAX East, showing off the film’s star characters and an official release date for September 4.

Each poster also features actors Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa, both wielding weapons fans of Capcom’s action-RPG series can instantly recognize.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s story won’t drop audiences into the fantasy world right away. Jovovich plays Captain Artemis, the head of a “UN military team” teleported into the monster-infested realm. 

There, Artemis’ team finds the Hunter (played by Jaa) and follows the game’s formula of tracking big monsters to protect Earth.

Artemis’ poster shows her wielding the Giant Jawblade, which has been a series’ staple weapon and is a great sword made from the bones of dead monsters.

The series’ signature Hunter’s Bow is also making an appearance as Jaa is seen wielding it. Surprisingly, it also sports an identical look to the ones players can find upgradeable in Monster Hunter World.

Despite the movie adding some realism, W.S. Anderson told IGN in 2018 the character’s equipment and weapons are taken straight out of the games (down to Artemis’ Odogaron armor from World).

@millajovovich: “Captain Natalie Artemis. Ranger. Monster Hunter.
Just a little peek for all the @monsterhunterworld fans out there who were worried the other day.? Here is Captain Artemis wearing a “slinger” on her arm. I will also post a pic at some point of some of the incredible MH weapons we’ve recreated for the film.?? #monsterhuntermovie #monsterhunterworld #tankwadiary

Past set photos from Jovovich’s Instagram also revealed earlier parts of the movie would show Artemis with Alpha Team.

@millajovovich: “Happy Halloween from Alpha Team, not in costume this year but in UNIFORM! We didn’t get to go trick or treating but it’s a real treat to work with these incredible people on #monsterhuntermovie @meagangood @diego @iammcjin”

It could also possibly nod to a fun secret Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker game mode once they encounter their first monster.

You can check out the full posters for Monster Hunter below and see the movie in theaters on September 4, 2020.×3008/920×0/filters:focal(0x0:2027×3008):format(webp):no_upscale()/
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Image courtesy of IGN & Sony Pictures

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