On this week’s episode of Beyond, IGN’s weekly PlayStation show, Jonathon Dornbush, Brian Altano, Max Scoville, and Jon Ryan discuss the possibility of whether Insomniac Games is really teasing its next game within Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, as well as offer their recommendations for what to play after you’ve beaten and platinumed Spidey’s adventure.
They also dive into Shadow of the Tomb Raider, PS4’s mysterious 6.00 update, a literal minute of Kingdom Hearts discussion, Divinity: Original Sin II, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey’s season pass.
The legendary composer of most of the music from the Final Fantasy series, Nobou Uematsu, is stepping down from work due to health issues.
On his blog, Uematsu says that he is taking the rest of the year off to recover properly from an unnamed disease, and is hopeful he will make a full recovery.
Uematsu joined Square in 1985, where he composed the music to the majority of Final Fantasy titles, Chrono Trigger, Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon, alongside a wealth of others. He left Square in 2004 to form his own production studio – Smile Please – but continues to work for the company on a freelance basis. He is reportedly working on the music for the Final Fantasy VII remake.
And, hey! – technically it’s Evan Peters having sex with Evan Peters. As in, Rubber Man is Tate Langdon, who was played by Peters back in Murder House. Also, Tate is Michael Langdon’s ghost dad, making this all one gloriously goofy time warp.
Is Tate truly the one who’s underneath this Rubber Man though? The body type seems different. Regardless, there Rubber Man was, haunting Outpost Three like a Tooth Fairy who pops up whenever someone’s moderately horny. Why was he there? What would a Murder House phantom be doing at this particular bunker? Also, why is there Coven-style witchcraft happening in the form of random (re-assembling) snakes? All of this still remains a mystery. As does Michael Langdon himself, the antichrist child from Murder House now all grown up and acting rather serpentine.
Capcom has announced Devil May 5‘s Deluxe Edition. It comes with a number of extras, perhaps the most notable of which is Mega Man’s megabuster for Nero.
You can see the buster in action in the new gameplay video above. One thing to note is that the camera angles in the trailer have been altered for the purpose of showing it off. An impressive new trailer for Devil May Cry 5 was also released as part of Tokyo Game Show.
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The Devil May Cry 5 Deluxe Edition also includes three other Devilbreaker weapons (one of which is for eating pasta), as well as live-action cutscenes, 12 music tracks from Devil May Cry 1-4, the Cavaliere motorcycle weapon for Dante, and other digital content. It costs $70 USD. Devil May Cry 5 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 8, 2019.
Marvel has announced new Funko Pop figurines for seven of its superheroes will be available at New York Comic Con 2018
Comic Con attendees won’t be able to simply walk up to the booth and walk away with one of the new Funko figurines, though. Interested fans have to enter an online lottery by Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. PDT in order to gain access.
As seen in the gallery below, the seven new Marvel Funko figurines for Comic Con are:
One of the DC Extended Universe’s top writers is set to cross over to a Marvel Television project for ABC Studios.
Per Deadline, Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg has received a production commitment from ABC for an hourlong drama about female Marvel superheroes. The show is currently untitled, and the heroes the show will follow haven’t been revealed, but they’re reportedly lesser-known Marvel characters.
The project isn’t a total surprise, however, as Deadline reported in a separate story last month that ABC has been in the market for another Marvel series for some time. It would be the second show about female superheroes created by Marvel Television and ABC Studios after Netflix’s Jessica Jones.
Maroon 5 will be the Super Bowl halftime entertainment act for this season’s big game, according to a new report from Variety. No official announcement has come down as of yet, and the NFL said in a statement that rumour and speculation is par for the course.
“It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show,” reads a line from the NFL’s statement. “We are continuing to work with [longtime sponsor] Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”
Maroon 5 is the kind of safe, crowd-pleasing pick that you might expect. Their latest hit, “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B, is one of the most popular songs on planet Earth right now, while the band’s older cuts like “This Love” And “She Will Be Loved” are recognisable and palatable to the wide audience that the Super Bowl attracts.
Super Bowl LIII takes place on February 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. Maroon 5’s touring schedule is free for multiple weeks on both sides, so it appears availability is not an issue.
Some of the biggest names in music and entertainment have performed at Super Bowl halftime shows over the years, including Katy Perry, Beyonce, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen just to name a few.
DC’s new line of comics for mature readers, DC Black Label, made its debut with Batman: Damned #1 by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo. Social media conversation around the title has been squarely focused on how it shows Batman’s penis for the first time in the Caped Crusader’s publishing history. DC apparently anticipated this and decided to remove the imagery of his penis from the digital release, as evidenced by that version having altered artwork that covers Bruce Wayne’s privates with shadow.
A source close to the project told IGN that DC chose to alter the art because it wasn’t additive to the story. The first print run currently on sale in shops still features the unaltered art, but all future printings of Batman: Damned will reflect the altered artwork, the source also said.
With the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Insomniac Games has proven that it was the right studio for the job. And you can tell as you play it: Insomniac displays an intimate understanding of the character through the story, as well as the combat and web-slinging mechanics. It’s not often that a studio gets a superhero game right, but when it does, it’s fantasy wish-fulfilment of the highest order.
But all of this joy for Spider-Man has us eager for the next big game that’ll do justice to another iconic comic book superhero. Marvel Games has acknowledged several times in the past that it’s always looking for new studios to partner with to adapt its properties into games, and with the success of Spider-Man, it’s probably looking to do more. And we’re sure the owners of other big superhero properties are likely doing the same.
Naturally, this has us thinking about all the superhero games that we want and the studios we’d love to make them. After all, there are hundreds of comic book characters out there who deserve games, but have yet to get one that does them justice.
We’ve compiled our ideas, and we’ll admit that the folks in our office have a bit of a bias towards Marvel, but you’ll find a few surprise concepts based on obscure superheroes as you click ahead.
In the meantime, which game studio would you put in charge of your favorite superhero? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: Walmart, Amazon, GameStop and Best Buy all have preorders available.
Sony dropped a bombshell on an unsuspecting internet last night, announcing the PlayStation Classic mini console is coming to stores December 3. The PlayStation Classic costs $99, has 20 games, 2 controllers, and includes an HDMI cable and USB cable, as well as an instruction manual that’s almost a work of art in its industrial simplicity.