Borderlands Film Brings On Section 6 Writer Aaron Berg

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Aaron Berg, the writer behind Section 6, has been hired to write the script for the announced Borderlands movie. The film adaptation, which was announced by Lionsgate last August, is said to be an "edgy, R-rated take on the material."

The film is being produced by father-son duo Avi and Ari Arad, who have worked on such comic book film adaptations as Iron Man, Spider-Man, and X-Men, experience that could help them with adapting a stylized property such as Borderlands.

Berg was most recently hired to write the script for G.I. Joe 3 after his work on Section 6. To learn about the most recent (and most story-driven) Borderlands release, head over to our review of the final episode of Tales from the Borderlands.

Tri-Ace RPG Exist Archive: The Other Side Of The Sky Coming Stateside This October

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Tri-Ace RPG Exist Archive: The Other Side Of The Sky Coming Stateside This October

Tri-Ace's gorgeous RPG adventure, Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky, is coming to the U.S. this October. The side-scroller hit Japan via publisher Spike Chunsoft this past December, but there was no U.S. release date at the time. Aksys Games, the publisher for the Western version, and tri-Ace have announced that it release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on October 18.

As the developer of series like Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile, tri-Ace has the pedigree to craft great role-playing games. With Exist Archive, the developer is putting players in a unique position as far as the story is concerned. The main characters are immediately killed in a huge explosion caused by the destructive god Yamatoga. With life as it was known gone, players control a group of dead characters that inherit the power of Yamatoga and then get mixed up in a conflict between warring gods. 

According to Aksys, the game features a deep story and several side-quests to entertain players. The combat system maps characters' attacks to each individual face-button on the PS4 controller or Vita. Focusing on your party configuration and chaining your attacks together are important keys to victory.

Valve Expands Steam Video Streaming With Lionsgate Deal

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The biggest video game portal on the internet is looking to expand beyond games. Today Valve announced a new partnership with Lionsgate to bring more than 100 of the studio's films to the distribution platform for streaming.

Valve has dabbled in movie downloads for some time, featuring films like the Mad Max series. This new streaming deal that brings big franchises like Saw, The Hunger Games, and Twilight takes this effort to a new level. "We're delighted to partner with Steam, a leader in the digital entertainment and gaming space, as part of our commitment to remain at the cutting edge of innovation in delivering content to online audiences around the world," said Lionsgate president of worldwide television & digital distribution Jim Packer in a press release. "With over 125 million users, Steam represents a unique, exciting and disruptive opportunity to expand our global distribution business."

The streaming films are coming to all of Steam's various platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Steam VR. You can find the first batch of available films here.

Ask Us Your Final Fantasy XV Questions

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Ask Us Your Final Fantasy XV Questions

We've been talking about Final Fantasy XV a lot recently here at Game Informer, but now it's time for you to have some direct input. In this week's podcast, we're going to answer your biggest questions to the best of our ability based on our experience at the studio and time playing the game. However, before we can do that, you need to ask us some questions!

What do you want to know about? Story? Combat? Characters? Controls? Technical performance? You can either leave your questions in the comments below, or email them to podcast@gameinformer.com, and we'll select some to answer when we record the podcast later this week. 

To learn more about Final Fantasy XV, check out our month of exclusive content by clicking on the banner below.

Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition Grants Early Access To Game

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Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition Grants Early Access To Game

Hardcore Gears fans may want to look into the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition. This $99.99 package includes Gears 4, the season pass, a limited edition Steelbook case, and early access to the game.

The season pass (which will cost you $49.99 if you wait to buy it later) features a Vintage VIP pack with some weapon skins, permanent access to the 24 maps (which The Coalition plans to roll out two per month for a year after launch), private dedicated servers, access to a Developer Playlist that lets you try out new maps and modes before they become available to the wider public, and six Gears packs. These unlock new weapon skins, equipment, boosts, and character skins.

The early access period begins October 7, for days before the standard edition's release. You can pre-order the game now at retailers or online, and doing so grants you a Vintage Del Gear Pack that includes a new Del model, emblem, two vintage weapon skins, and a spell Del bounty. 

Ubisoft, Patrice Désilets End 1666 Amsterdam Dispute, Rights Return To Creator

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Ubisoft, Patrice Désilets End 1666 Amsterdam Dispute, Rights Return To Creator

The lawsuit between Patrice Désilets and Ubisoft over. The long, drawn-out battle for the rights to the 1666 Amsterdam project Désilets originally started with THQ ends with Ubisoft returning the rights to the project and all its assets to Désilets. In return, the Assassin's Creed creator has dropped his lawsuit.

Ubisoft acquired Désilets and the game in an auction of THQ's assets following the company's bankruptcy. Shortly after the acquisition, the deal turned sour. When they couldn't reach an agreement over the oversight of the project, Ubisoft terminated Désilets and shelved the project, which led to the lawsuit. 

"I’m glad Ubisoft and I were able to come to an agreement that will allow me to obtain the rights to project 1666 Amsterdam,” Désilets said in an official statement. “I will now devote myself entirely to the development of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, my next game with Panache Digital Games. This is what matters most to me today: making the best games and showing the world the creative talent of Quebecers. I also wish every success to the Ubisoft teams.”

Celebrate Alien Day With Radio Drama That Takes Place Between First Two Films

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Celebrate Alien Day With Radio Drama That Takes Place Between First Two Films

Audible has announced that Tim Lebbon’s novel Alien: Out of the Shadows will be adapted into a multicast dramatization complete with extensive sound design. The unabridged audiobook will release on April 26, also known as Alien Day, named in honor of planet LV-426 where Ripley clashed with a colony of xenomorphs.

Alien: Out of the Shadows bridges the story between Ridley Scott’s Alien and Aliens, and is the first in a trilogy of canonical books. The audiobook adaptation will feature performances by Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Batman Begins), Corey Johnson (The Bourne Ultimatum, Kingsman), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter series), and a full supporting cast. The actors will be accompanied by rich sound design cues, including hoarse conversations over radio static and xenomorphs skittering in overhead vents.  

The story follows a group of miners on the arid planet LV178, which houses a resource called trimonite in seemingly uninhabitable caves. After a shuttle collides with their ship leaving them stranded, the miners quickly discover that the caverns host a nest of vicious Xenomorphs. The only hope for salvation lies in the sole surviving member of the salvage ship Nostromo, Ellen Ripley.

Epic Games Announces Paragon Essentials Edition For PS4

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Epic Games Announces Paragon Essentials Edition For PS4

Today Epic Games revealed plans to release a retail version of its shooter/MOBA hybrid Paragon with the backing of Sony.

The game will be free-to-play once it comes out of early access, but Epic is nevertheless trying to entice customers to buy a $60 version that it claims delivers more than $160 in value. Picking up the Essentials Edition gives you 6,000 Paragon coins, five hero master challenges that unlock challenger skins and XP boosts upon completion, five skins, and five rep boosts. Should you pre-order this edition, you get an additional 1,000 Paragon coins. 

Look for the Sony published Paragon Essentials Edition come to PlayStation 4 on June 7.

The X-Men Strike Back In New Apocalypse Trailer

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The final trailer for 20th Century Fox's X-Men Apocalypse film gives us a good look at the X-Men combating Apocalypse and his four horsemen. The trailer, which almost runs for three minutes, is loaded with world ending action, and shots of almost everyone in the film. Make sure you watch beyond the logo at the end of the trailer for one additional shot that gives us an exciting tease.

X-Men Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, rounding out a super month in theaters which begins with Marvel's Captain America: Civil War on May 6.

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New Releases This Week: April 25 Through April 29

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New Releases This Week: April 25 Through April 29

This is what we in the biz call a "slow week." Not a lot of big name titles are hitting consoles this week, but there are a few notable releases.

Those invested in the Hitman season can pick up the second episode, while Hearthstone fans get a sizable new expansion. Civ fans may want to check out former lead designer Soren Johnson's new game, Offworld Trading Company, which heads out of early access on Thursday. 

Here is the full list: