In the wake of a no-show at E3, Final Fantasy VII Remake director says production is 'going well'

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In the wake of a no-show at E3, Final Fantasy VII Remake director says production is 'going well'

Whenever I tell someone that I cover games for a living, they typically ask me if I know anything about the Final Fantasy VII Remake. Very few people do, as Square Enix is keeping a tight lid on the production -- but every once in a while they need to come up for air and let people know that yes, it still exists.

Speaking to Famitsu, the game's director Tetsuya Nomura explained that not only is the production "going well," but development is "moving along more than expected." Nomura also tells people to "wait for the next news release with peace of mind," whenever that might be.

According to him, "the direction was pretty much decided upon" before Square Enix ended up blowing up their third-party collaboration plan (it's since moved to internal development only), and "while preserving the atmosphere of the original, the scenario will dig deeper into the characters, including members of Avalanche."

AMC Theaters to battle MoviePass with $19.95 subscription plan

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AMC Theaters to battle MoviePass with $19.95 subscription plan

MoviePass has lead a fraught existence. At first a seemingly too-good-to-be-true subscription scheme where a moviegoer could see all the movies he or she wanted for just $10 a month, it soon proved to be, yeah, too good to be true. The only one who hasn't accepted that is the parent company itself. It's been hemorrhaging money, battling theaters, and losing value all while trying to hustle some sort of profit out of the business model. MoviePass doesn't seem like it'll be around for too much longer, so you'd better use it for all it's worth while you still have the chance.

That said, there might be a successor to the theater-as-subscription service in AMC Theater's Stubs A-List, which will launch on June 26. I have to say, it looks like a pretty good deal, provided you have AMC theaters in your area.

Warriors Orochi 4 on Switch is looking a bit rough

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Warriors Orochi 4 on Switch is looking a bit rough

Koei Tecmo Japan has released a new trailer for Warriors Orochi 4 running on Switch and just...ooof. This is looking a bit rough. While the texture quality would obviously need to take a hit, that framerate is just unfortunate. I know I shouldn't be surprised, but I figured that with Fire Emblem Warriors having a 720p/60 FPS option, we would at least be able to experience the latest Warriors title with a fluid framerate on the go.

Then again, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is a bit sloppy in that regard, so maybe I was hoping for too much. This is all still an in-development build, so there is hope for the final version to be a bit better. As easy as it would be to just ignore this and grab it on more powerful hardware, the Switch's hybrid design is absolutely perfect for Warriors games. I wouldn't want the console to get a sub-optimal port just so they can take it anywhere.

Metal Wolf Chaos is as absurd and amazing as everyone says it is

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Metal Wolf Chaos is as absurd and amazing as everyone says it is

Metal Wolf Chaos exists as a weird little anomaly of pop culture. It has become a video game cult classic of sorts, and the vast majority of its admirers have never had the chance to play it. How many other cult classics -- across all mediums of entertainment -- reach that status based on reputation alone?

Understanding why Metal Wolf Chaos getting a remaster courtesy of Devolver Digital is especially noteworthy requires an understanding of this game's complicated history. In the early 2000s, From Software teamed up with Microsoft to create a mecha shooter with a ridiculous over-the-top spin on American presidential politics. (This was well before From Software was more or less synonymous with Dark Souls for the majority of people. Back then, Armored Core, another mecha shooter, was the developer's most popular franchise.)

The reasoning for this partnership mostly behooved Microsoft. The original Xbox had struggled to catch on in Japan, and Microsoft wanted an Xbox-exclusive title from a big-name Japanese developer. It didn't work. Metal Wolf Chaos didn't gain much traction. When it came time to port the game for western audiences, Microsoft had lost interest. It was more focused on promoting the upcoming Xbox 360 than worrying about ports of games that underperformed. The two sides mutually dropped it.

The 300 Week 24: THIS IS EDNA, DAHLING!

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The 300 Week 24: THIS IS EDNA, DAHLING!

Greetings, dahling, and welcome back to The 300, a recurring feature on my cape-clad attempt to watch 300 movies in theaters in the year 2018. I’ll be watching new releases, classics, and hidden gems to experience the wide world of cinema in all its forms. With so much being watched, there ought to be something each week that you can enjoy.

As always, there are three rules for The 300:

A slightly lighter week than usual as I am closing in on 200 movies. Like I mentioned last week, I hope to catch a few movies at the 2018 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and the 2018 Japan Cuts Festival, which together comprise one of the country’s biggest showcases of Asian film. The sheer amount of summer film programming may get in the way, what with all the free outdoor screenings and retrospectives.

Phantom Doctrine lets you run a rogue intelligence agency

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Phantom Doctrine lets you run a rogue intelligence agency

"We weren't really satisfied with Hard West's depth; it always felt rushed. So this time around, we were constantly afraid of making a game that felt too shallow. Sometimes, I think we overdid it."

Kacper Szymczak finishes his statement with a rueful laugh. He's just spent the last thirty minutes showing me how deep Phantom Doctrine's conspiracy-laden systems go. They're anything but shallow, a tangled web of menus, mission objectives, and spy fiction that are so engrossing I'm struggling to keep up. Szymczak and the rest of CreativeForge Games are a few months away from releasing a game that's equal parts hardcore tactical turn-based strategy and conspiracy-driven thriller. It's a lot to take in, and whenever it seems like I've seen everything Phantom Doctrine has to offer, another mechanic gets thrown into the mix.

Conspiracy theories have that effect on you -- just when you think you've made the final connection, another element muddies it all up.

Creed II is preying on nostalgia even more!

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I don't think I'm alone in thinking that Creed was way better than I thought it was going to be. I thought it'd be a solid movie, but man did it exceed my expectations. Stallone was phenomenal, and Michael B. Jordan was so good that we forgave him for Fant4stic, which came out earlier that year, and that's not easy to do. We still haven't forgiven Miles Teller for that. 

So in not so surprising news, Creed was getting a sequel and the first trailer just dropped. Creed II looks to be more of the same, which is never a bad thing, but now we have an extra wrinkle with the return of Ivan Drago and his son. 

For those of you that never saw Rocky IV, Ivan Drago was the super Russian boxer powered by communism that killed Apollo Creed and was eventually beaten by Rocky. Now, decades later, Ivan returns with his son to fight Adonis Creed. It's a battle of the sons and a battle between old rivals/trainers. I'm stoked to see how Adonis handles all of this as well as how he handles life outside of the ring.

Fire Emblem Heroes gets set to sweat with Summer's Arrival event

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Fire Emblem Heroes gets set to sweat with Summer's Arrival event

Nintendo have released a new trailer showcasing the new heroes headed to mobile-battler Fire Emblem Heroes this week, with the newest additions taking on an apt Summer theme.A small handful of Special Heroes will be arriving tomorrow, taken from the vast roster of Fire Emblem characters. The lucky four selected for vacation are Cordelia, Innes, Tana and Noire (the latter, as her name suggests, being non-too-keen of being under the sun). All the characters receive fun new beach looks.

Also arriving is a new paralogue chapter, Summer's Arrival. This new story event, along with the four Summer heroes, will go live June 21 at 12:00 PT / 03:00 ET / 07:00 BST. Now get out there and catch some rays, fellow fighters.

Fire Emblem Heroes is available now on iOS and Android devices.

'Star Wars Story' spin-offs frozen in carbonite as Disney mulls series future

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'Star Wars Story' spin-offs frozen in carbonite as Disney mulls series future

Rejoice or weep Star Wars fans, Solo: A Star Wars Story's poor performance might have just thrown a wrench into Disney's plans to milk the Star Wars saga like an aging Bantha. Going off of a report from a Collider source, there is word that the anthology "Star Wars Stories" will be taking a pause so that Disney can properly plan out Episode IX while also thinking about what the next trilogy of Star Wars movies will be about. This means that the already in development Obi-Wan spin-off is being paused as well as the planned Boba Fett and Lando Calrissian ones as well.

No official word has been given about this so remember this is all going off of a report but one would think that after the fans decreed they didn't want to have Han Solo's backstory maybe a faceless corporation listened? Nah it was probably the fact that Solo has barely recouped their shooting budget, reshoot budget, and marketing budget after fans voted with their wallets as well.

Anodyne 2 nails the subtle creepiness of lo-fi 3D

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I'm always fascinated when sequels undergo a big shift in art direction. The creators of the uneasy 16-bit "Zelda-lite" game Anodyne are going for a lo-fi 3D aesthetic in their upcoming sequel Anodyne 2: Return to Dust, but curiously, it will retain some of the original's "2D vignette-style gameplay."

Developers Sean Han Tani and Joni Kittaka say you don't need to play Anodyne to understand the sequel's story, but there's plenty of time to do so. Anodyne 2 is coming to PC and Mac in early 2019.

Here's a cryptic summary: "Play as Nova, the Nano Cleaner, who is tasked with collecting dangerous Nano Dust growing throughout New Theland, which then must be returned for recycling to a mysterious entity, only known as the 'Center.' Walk or ride across a lush, moody world. Discover strange characters and places. Shrink into characters and collect Nano Dust through 2D vignette-style gameplay, reminiscent of Anodyne's gameplay and more."