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New Walking Dead Game From Payday Dev Delayed Yet Again

The new Walking Dead game from the makers of the Payday series is not coming out on time. Overkill Software has announced that its licensed game is now coming in the second half of 2018.

It’s been a long time coming for the game. Announced in 2014, the game was at one point scheduled to come out in 2016, before being delayed to 2017, and now again to 2018.

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In a news release announcing the latest delay, Overkill said it needed more time to allow the team to “expand on its original vision for the game and realize the title’s full potential,” according to IGN. This echoes the reasoning behind the delay to 2017, with Overkill at the time saying it wanted to add “more content” to the game and create an Asian version to launch simultaneously with the western edition.

Little is known about Overkill’s Walking Dead game, but the developer previously talked about how it will deliver a “completely new co-op experience” to the Walking Dead universe that will explore new characters and storylines. The game is being made with the blessing of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, who says he was certain from the first day he saw the project that it was the “co-op action game fans have been waiting for.” It is also the result of a new “long-term” partnership between Starbreeze and Kirkman’s Skybound Interactive company. This partnership will extend “into the next decade” and marks a new era for Starbreeze, the company said.

“It will be gameplay focused, ferocious, and bring chaos to the traditional industry model–from us developers straight to you,” Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint said about it back in 2014. He added that the game represents Starbreeze’s “biggest endeavor to date.”

505 Games, which is publishing Overkill’s new Walking Dead shooter, has high hopes for it as well. Raphael Galante, the CEO of 505’s parent company Digital Bros, previously said that it could duplicate or surpass the success of Payday 2. That game has sold more than 9 million copies, performing so well that it single-handedly pulled Starbreeze out of a 15-year loss in six months.

We’ll report back with more details on Overkill’s Walking Dead game as they’re made available.



Stephen King’s It Gets A Creepy New Clip

In addition to the new Spider-Man: Homecoming clip that premiered during the MTV Movie Awards tonight, a brand-new clip from Stephen King’s new It movie was shown during the event.

Like the eerie first trailer, this clip is creepy and unsettling, particularly the final sequence. The young cast, including Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things, come across a sewer tunnel. They explore and find the shoe of a missing girl, leading them to wonder if she’s still alive. A floating red balloon emerges, and that’s where things get scary, culminating with a full look at Pennywise the clown’s face.

Based on King’s novel of the same name, It takes place in Derry, Maine, and follows a group of kids who face off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), who plays on their fears.

It is expected to be the first of two films–in the novel, a group of kids overcome their fears to eventually defeat the creature known as It. Years later he returns, and as adults they must work together to finish the job. The first movie will be about the children’s story, while a second will chronicle the adults’ narrative.

In an interview with USA Today, director Andrés Muschietti (Mama) spoke about the terrifying clown Pennywise. “It’s established that Pennywise takes the shape of your worst fear,” he said. “He doesn’t have a steady behavior, he doesn’t expose how he thinks, and that’s what makes him really unpredictable.

“Pennywise’s character is motivated by survival. In order to be alive in the imagination of children, he has to keep killing.”

It comes to theaters on September 8.



Wonder Woman’s Latest Trailer Is Full Of Action, Watch It Here

A new trailer, apparently the final one, for the superhero movie Wonder Woman has arrived. It shows Gal Gadot as the mighty warrior who leaves her home on Themyscira to save the world.

This latest trailer has a lot of action, with Gadot as the Amazonian princess-turned-superhero crushing foes with her super-strength. There is also a silly scene with her and Chris Pine as they try to conceal her identity. We also get a closer look at the bad guy played by Harry Potter alum David Thewlis.

Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen. It is directed by Patty Jenkins and hits theaters on June 2, 2017.

In a recent interview with W Magazine, Gadot spoke about her stressful first audition for this iconic role. “When I auditioned for Batman v Superman, I didn’t know it was for Wonder Woman,” she said. “The director, Zack Snyder, asked me to do a camera test. That was torture. They were looking at six or seven girls, and we were all in separate trailers and were told to stay inside until they called us. Waiting is my enemy number one, and I was losing my mind.

“So, I decided to put on Beyoncé. Who runs the world? Girls! I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!”

For lots more on Wonder Woman, check out GameSpot’s roundup feature, “Everything We Know About The Wonder Woman Movie.”



Watch The New Spider-Man: Homecoming Clip

A new clip for July’s Spider-Man: Homecoming aired tonight during the MTV Movie Awards.

The clip shows an extended version of what was in the last trailer, with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) accidentally revealing his identity to his friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) who may not be able to keep his secret. There is also a moment at the end between Spider-Man and Zendaya’s character, who asks the hero, “What are you hiding, Peter?” before commenting that she doesn’t really care anyway.

Homecoming follows a 15-year-old Spider-Man who is in high school, leading up to his battle against the evil Vulture, who is played by veteran actor Michael Keaton.

The film premieres on July 7 and also stars Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, and Donald Glover. It’s directed by Cop Car‘s Jon Watts, who said recently that the film has a “unique, surprising” tone that will set it apart from the films that came before it.



More Details And Footage Of The Canceled Sonic Skateboard Game Emerge

Video games are often developed behind closed doors and largely in secret. So it’s fun when we get a peek behind the curtain to see the early part of a game’s career, especially those that never came out.

A new video from Unseen64 on the DidYouKnowGaming YouTube account shows off a Sonic the Hedgehog skateboard game, Sonic Extreme, that never materialized. The title was apparently in the works at developer Vision Scape, which made the original Xbox game SeaBlade, as well as the Tech Deck skateboarding game Bare Knuckle Grind, based on the toys that were popular in the late ’90s. Vision Scape was also making a skateboarding game based on the Nickelodeon TV show Rocket Power.

Sonic Extreme would have been a hoverboard-based game, featuring two playable characters: Sonic and Shadow Sonic. The skatepark was inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog’s iconic Green Hill Zone, but of course, it was outfitted with ramps and rails to grind on, among other things. There going to be a single-player mode and a two-player combat mode involving weapons like rockets and grenades. A race mode was also playable in the prototype.

According to the video, Sonic Extreme’s prototype was paid for entirely by Vision Scape, without the knowledge of rights-owner Sega. Building off the relationship the studio had with Sega for its work on some Sonic Heroes cutscenes, it eventually pitched it to Sega, and Sonic Team boss Yuji Kaka was reportedly very interested in the concept, asking Vision Scape to produce a design document and an estimate of a budget to determine how much it would cost to make. Vision Scape sent over those documents, but Sega reportedly “went silent” and the communication broke down.

Sega eventually put out the game Sonic Riders, who Vision Scape’s boss is quoted in the video as saying was clearly inspired by his own company’s pitch for Sonic Extreme. Vision Scape reportedly contacted a legal team for advice, but was informed that the non-disclosure agreement the studio signed for its work on the cutscenes for Sonic Heroes contained a clause that said any pitch containing Sega’s IP would belong to Sega.

The full video contains many more interesting details on Sonic Extreme.

Two new Sonic games are coming this year: Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania.



Metroid Prime 4 rumors continue to mount with Deus Ex composer at Retro
Alexander Brandons revelation that he is working with Retro Studios has once again cranked the Metroid Prime rumors into overdrive. Brandon has been a huge Metroid fan for a long time now, so it wouldnt be a surprise if he were to jump at the chance to work on the latest installment. Is this proof of Metroid Prime 4? No, but it is the latest addition to a pool of circumstantial evidence that indicates a new Metroid is coming.



Artist Reimagines Overwatch Characters As Bowls Of Warm Water

Here’s something unexpected and impressive. An artist has reimagined all 24 Overwatch characters as bowls of lukewarm water. It is definitely very strange, but it just…works.

I think Torbjorn’s might be my favorite, with its braided beard on the front.

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You have Deviantart user Lukidjano to thank for these wonderful creations. You can see all 24 of the drawings here (via Game Informer). This person actually posted some of their heroes-as-bowls illustrations last year, but now we have the full set to admire.

Lukidjano made a special note to clarify that these are bowls of lukewarm water, not cold or hot.

The full set is part of what Lukidjano’s calls “Bowlerwatch,” which is a pretty great name. We can only imagine what the passionate Overwatch community will come up with next.

Overwatch has 30 million registered players and recently became Activision Blizzard’s eighth billion-dollar series, joining the likes of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. In other news, someone data-mined the game’s latest PTR update and found references to a new event, perhaps to celebrate the game’s upcoming first anniversary later this month.



Two More PS2-On-PS4 Games Revealed, Coming This Week

The PS2-on-PS4 game library expands with two more games this week, Sony has announced.

In a blog post, Sony confirmed that Resident Evil Code: Veronica X and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland will arrive on the PlayStation Store when it refreshes on May in North America.

Pricing was not announced, though if they are in-line with the other PS2-on-PS4 games, you can likely expect them to cost between $10 and $20.

There are more than 40 games in the PS2-on-PS4 game library. Some of the others include Red Dead Revolver, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Red Faction, and Psychonauts, among others. You can all the titles in the catalog here.

For more on the two new additions to the PS2-on-PS4 catalog, check out GameSpot’s reviews below.



A New Xbox One System Update Is Out Now For Preview Testers

If you’re in the Xbox One preview program, there is a new update waiting for you. Microsoft has announced that preview alpha version 1705.170505-1900 is out now for testers.

This update fixes a number of problems, including one where the console would sort titles alphabetically when you selected “Sort by last used” or “Sort by last update.” Additionally, the update fixes a problem where, sometimes, uninstalled games would show up as installed.

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The full list of fixes follows below (via DualShockers). Bear in mind that this update is only for preview testers, and there is no word yet when these changes will roll out for everyone.

One big new feature coming to Xbox One soon is the Game Pass. This Netflix-style offering costs $10/month and provides access to a catalog of 100 games (Xbox One and backwards-compatible Xbox 360 titles) for Xbox One.

Xbox One Preview Alpha Build 1705.170505-1900 Patch Notes:


Games and Apps

  • Fixed an issue which could cause games and apps to sort alphabetically when using “Sort by last used” or “Sort by last update”.
  • Certain games should no longer appear in the Apps section while they are installing.
  • Resolved an issue which could sometimes cause uninstalled games to display as installed in the Games category.


  • Miscellaneous localization fixes and improvements.


  • Fixed an issue which could sometimes prevent users from participating in Tournaments.



Netflix Renews Controversial Show 13 Reason Why

13 Reasons Why, the controversial Netflix show about a teenager’s suicide, has been renewed for a second season. This was announced on Twitter and through producer Selena Gomez’s Instagram.

The show is based on the Jay Asher novel and follows the story of a high school student, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who takes her own life. She leaves behind 13 tapes that explain the “reasons why” she did it.

Netflix does not release viewership numbers, so we don’t know how many viewers its reached and how that compares to other shows. But it’s been one of the most-discussed new shows of late, so it’s not a surprise that Netflix wants more of it.

13 Reasons Why has not been without controversy. People have mentioned that the show might not do enough to cover the mental illness element of suicide. Schools have sent letters to families to warn them about the content of the show, while Netflix itself has done more in that area as well.

The show’s first season, containing 13 episodes, premiered at the end of March. No start date for Season 2 has been announced. While story details for Season 2 are under wraps, star Dylan Minnette told Entertainment Weekly, “I think that there’s potential to know more about these characters and I think that there are good stories to be told.”