Neill Blomkamp On His New Gaming Focus And The Film Industry's Fear Regarding The Future Of Games

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Neill Blomkamp On His New Gaming Focus And The Film Industry's Fear Regarding The Future Of Games

Back in July, District 9 movie director Neill Blomkamp revealed his newest venture: joining Gunzilla Games as its new Chief Visionary Officer. While the team works towards its "next evolution of multiplayer AAA shooters," we sat down with Blomkamp to dive a little deeper into the process of balancing film and games and why the two industries are at such an important precipice of change. 

For those that may not know, Blomkamp was behind some incredible cinematic adventures, including District 9, Chappie, Elysium, and even the live-action short film for BioWare's Anthem. He was also, at one point and time, attached to the upcoming Halo adaptation, showing his love for games and the science fiction genre in another new and creative way. With his new role at Gunzilla Games, Blomkamp revealed to Game Informer what the future holds as help straddles the line between film and games and his thoughts on both industries as they continue to evolve. 

Game Informer: With your background in gaming with Halo and Anthem outside of the games themselves, what is your vision going forward with your new position at Gunzilla? 

Batman '89 Is The Keaton Sequel I Didn't Think I Needed, But Now Love

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Batman '89 Is The Keaton Sequel I Didn't Think I Needed, But Now Love

DC Comics just released the first issue of Batman '89, a six-issue limited series that picks up right where Tim Burton's Batman Returns movie left off. If you didn't like Joel Schumacher's colorful sequels and want to see what would have happened to Michael Keaton's Caped Crusader, this first chapter is well worth a look. Many of the plot points established in those films are in play in this first issue, including exploring more of Billy Dee Williams' take on Harvey Dent. As this series moves on month-to-month, we'll see him transform into Two-Face.
A strong link of authenticity to those films comes from writer Sam Hamm, who penned the screenplay for 1989's Batman film and contributed to the story in Batman Returns. Hamm's continuation works well as a comic and is brought to life beautifully by artist Joe Quinones and colorist Leonardo Ito. This table-setter of an issue places the spotlight firmly on Dent as Batman races across the city. An iconic giant penny is also in play for a nicely designed fight sequence.

Beware! These Polka-Dot Cat Photos Are Dangerously Cute

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Beware! These Polka-Dot Cat Photos Are Dangerously Cute

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is a bold, violent, fun take on the criminal super-powered team, and an unsuspecting character from DC’s universe had a memorable role in the film. David Dastmalchian’s portrayal of The Polka-Dot Man is a sympathetic take on a killer with a mostly sweet demeanor who suffers childhood trauma and a deadly extraterrestrial virus.

Posted initially on Dastmalchian’s Instagram back in June, photos of the actor and the cat he adopted while filming The Suicide Squad were shared all over social media today. The original post can be seen below, with adorable pictures included. Here’s part of the message from David’s Instagram post: “With the help of my @thesuicidesquad family & some generous animal lovers in Panama, I was able to rescue Bubblegum (full name: Abner Bubblegum Polka Dot Cat). She has been a blessing to our family & was instrumental in helping us through the pandemic.”

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Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild Carves Out A Spot On Netflix

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Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild Carves Out A Spot On Netflix

Capcom’s Monster Hunter series is having a big year and, due to Capcom's partnership with Netflix, that trend continued this week. Unrelated to last year’s live-action movie from Paul W.S. Anderson, an hour-long CG movie titled Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild, which was announced back in 2018, is now available on Netflix. 

Legends of the Guild follows a character named Aiden and a group of fellow hunters as they protect Aiden's village from a fearsome Elder Dragon. Leading the cast in the role of Aiden is Dante Brasco who is best known as Rufio from Hook and Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Other actors include Brando Eaton (Awkward., Dexter), Erica Lindbeck (The Owl House, Pacific Rim: The Black), G.K. Bowes (Aggretsuko), and Brian Beacock (Beastars, Sword Art Online).

Follow young Aiden and his hunting party on an epic quest to protect his village from a fiery Elder Dragon!#MonsterHunter: Legends of the Guild is now streaming on Netflix.

Remedy Is Hard At Work On Next AAA Game As Control Surpasses 10 Million Players

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Remedy Is Hard At Work On Next AAA Game As Control Surpasses 10 Million Players

Despite fans (it's me, I'm fans) begging for a full, new Alan Wake game, Control scratched that itch expertly with its unique storyline and surprising connections to Remedy Entertainment's previous adventures. As Control surpasses over 10 million players, the studio is already heads-down on a new AAA journey with Epic Games. Even better? The success of the first Control and its DLC has paved the way for a new "bigger budget" Control story that is currently in its concept phase. 

Remedy provided insight into the current status of the company and what the future looks like for the road ahead in a recent investor's meeting. In the meeting, it was disclosed that the studio continues to grow to suit the evolutionary needs that the team needs. At this current time, the team at Remedy consists of over 300 developers working to make the next AAA game a ride that fans of the studio won't forget. At least, that's the hope, but Remedy has a pretty solid track record that they can pull it off.

Also in the call, it was revealed that Control has a "formidable audience" now that it has surpassed an impressive 10 million players, making the bid for a continuation an easy sell. Now that the studio has a bigger budget for the next step in Control's journey, the creative teams are working hard on what's next in the game's concept phase. 

Remedy Is Hard At Work On Next AAA Game As Studio Growth Continues And Control Surpasses 10 Million Players

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Remedy Is Hard At Work On Next AAA Game As Studio Growth Continues And Control Surpasses 10 Million Players

Despite fans (it's me, I'm fans) begging for a full, new Alan Wake game, Control scratched that itch expertly with its unique storyline and surprising connections to Remedy Entertainment's previous adventures. As Control surpasses over 10 million players, the studio is already heads-down on a new AAA journey with Epic Games. Even better? The success of the first Control and its DLC has paved the way for a new "bigger budget" Control story that is currently in its concept phase. 

Remedy provided insight into the current status of the company and what the future looks like for the road ahead in a recent investor's meeting. In the meeting, it was disclosed that the studio continues to grow to suit the evolutionary needs that the team needs. At this current time, the team at Remedy consists of over 300 developers working to make the next AAA game a ride that fans of the studio won't forget. At least, that's the hope, but Remedy has a pretty solid track record that they can pull it off.

Also in the call, it was revealed that Control has a "formidable audience" now that it has surpassed an impressive 10 million players, making the bid for a continuation an easy sell. Now that the studio has a bigger budget for the next step in Control's journey, the creative teams are working hard on what's next in the game's concept phase. 

Castlevania: Grimoire Of Souls Coming To Apple Arcade

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Castlevania: Grimoire Of Souls Coming To Apple Arcade

Originally announced way back in 2018, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls originally saw a soft launch on mobile in Canada in 2019, before being discontinued in that region in late 2020. At the time, for those who could access it, it garnered enthusiasm for its loyalty to the visual and musical palette of the established series. Still, it was criticized for some of its in-game microtransaction elements. Today brought word that the game is coming back on Apple Arcade, this time minus those disliked in-game purchase options.

Apple’s announcement doesn’t detail other changes coming to the game, but Castlevania fans have reason to be optimistic. The side-scrolling action game features character designs from Ayami Kojima and music from Michiru Yamane, who were intimately involved in early and iconic projects within the franchise. Playable characters include a cavalcade of familiar faces from franchise history, including Alucard, Simon Belmont, Charlotte, Shanoa, and Maria.

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New Pokémon Presents On The Way With New Look At Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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New Pokémon Presents On The Way With New Look At Pokémon Legends: Arceus

We've got a new look at Pokémon Legends: Arceus coming soon, as confirmed by the Pokémon Company. The upcoming showcase will be centered around a few different pocket monster adventures, including Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and the open-world Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The upcoming Pokémon Direct will be going down later this month on August 18 at 9 a.m. ET. 

The Pokémon confirmed the news on Twitter, giving hopeful trainers a heads up on what they can expect. The video presentation will focus on the aforementioned three titles, which is perfect since we haven't heard anything about what's next from the company since last February. 

‼️ Attention, Trainers!

Tune in to our YouTube channel on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 6:00 a.m. PDT for a #PokemonPresents video presentation featuring #PokemonBrilliantDiamond, #PokemonShiningPearl, and #PokemonLegendsArceus! pic.twitter.com/quBEdaCce2

Hideo Kojima's Post On P.T's Anniversary Kicks Up PS5 Game 'Abandoned' Rumors Once More

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Hideo Kojima's Post On P.T's Anniversary Kicks Up PS5 Game 'Abandoned' Rumors Once More

BlueBox Game Studios' mysterious PlayStation 5 title Abandoned continues to be at the epicenter of conspiracy theories. Many believe, and not without merit, that Abandoned is secretly a Hideo Kojima game while others are sure it's something related to Silent Hill. Though studio head Hasan Kahraman has plainly stated in the past that Abandoned is its own game, in no way related to Kojima, Konami, or Silent Hill, that hasn't been enough to assuage fan theories. Following an additional Konami link was previously discovered, kicking the proverbial hornet nest once more, surrounding a Konami-sponsored podcast, it's now a Hideo Kojima post itself making waves in this particular whirlpool. 

Today is the anniversary of P.T., the now-canceled interactive teaser for Silent Hills. The cancelation of this project upset many in the gaming community, as well as those working on it. The hope has always been that some day it would make a comeback, and some are convinced that Kojima's latest tweet may be another piece of this very confusing puzzle. 

Frostpunk 2 Is Coming And It Takes Place Decades After The Original

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Frostpunk 2 Is Coming And It Takes Place Decades After The Original

Frostpunk, the bleak yet well-received survival game, is getting a sequel. 11 Bit Studios has announced that Frostpunk 2 is on the way and task players with once again braving a frigid hellscape. The catch is that this time it’s set 30 years in the future.

The age of coal has ended and now oil has become the frozen society’s most sought-after resource. Not everyone is on board with this direction, and those who are have become embroiled in faction wars and other conflicts. Like the first game, Frostpunk 2 blends city-building, survival, and choice-driven gameplay by putting you in the shoes of the leader of a struggling city. You’ve got hungry mouths to feed and not enough warmth to go around so it’s your job to make tough decisions in the type of politics that will net the best results. Ruling with an iron fist may have resources pouring in but will your people resent you? Does a more benevolent approach paint a picture of political weakness in the eyes of rival settlements?