Will This Video Game Be Bigger Than World of Warcraft?
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VIDEO GAME NEWS FOR NOVEMBER 14TH
This week marked one of the biggest video game meetups ever: BlizzCon. It’s basically Comic-Con but just for fans of Blizzard games. As part of the festivities, some major announcements were revealed, including the next big game from the makers of World of Warcraft: Overwatch. Check out the cinematic and gameplay trailers below.
World of Warcraft is Blizzard’s biggest game of all time, and they hope Overwatch will be just as successful. Their strategy? Make it more accessible and appealing to everyone, including women.
Here’s the official synopsis for the game:
“In a time of global crisis, an international task force of heroes banded together to restore peace to a war-torn world. This organization, known as Overwatch, ended the crisis and helped maintain peace for a generation, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery. After many years, Overwatch’s influence waned and it was eventually disbanded. Now in the wake of its dismantling, conflict is rising once again. Overwatch may be gone…but the world still needs heroes.”
While you can sign up for the Beta version right HERE, no release date has been announced, though it’s projected for early 2015.
The other big announcement from BlizzCon 2014 was the reveal of the cast, characters, props and plot details to be featured in the upcoming live-action Warcraft movie. At first glance, we were like, “How the hell is anyone gonna turn this crazy huge computer game into a single movie?” Well, here’s what we know:
Warcraft, which is directed by Duncan Jones and opens in theaters on March 11, 2016, will depict an epic war between the Alliance of men and the Horde of orcs.
Playing for the Alliance:
- Travis Fimmel plays warrior Anduin Lothar, “a hero who has sacrificed everything.”
- Ben Foster plays Medivh the “Guardian,” “a mysterious, reclusive protector with formidable power.”
- Ruth Negga plays Lady Taria, “Queen of Stormwind at King Llane’s side. His great love and most trusted counsel.”
- Ben Schnetzer plays Khadgar, “a gifted young mage on a daring search for the truth.”
- Paula Patton plays Garona, “a strong-willed survivor who must decide where true loyalty lies.”
- Dominic Cooper plays King Llane Wrynn, “beacon of hope to the city of Stormwind during a time of darkness.”
Fighting for the Horde:
- Toby Kebbell plays Durotan, “Chieftain and defender of the Frostwolf Clan.”
- Daniel Wu plays Gul’dan, “supreme Orc ruler fueled by a dark magic that even he cannot control.”
- Clancy Brown plays Blackhand “The Destroyer,” “one of the most feared and titanic warchiefs among the Orcs.”
- Robert Kazinsky plays Orgrim, “destined to wield the Doomhammer, heroic Orc weapon, as the right hand of Durotan.
In addition, Legendary Pictures revealed a couple new posters, and you can download them yourself after registering with FightfortheAlliance.com and FightfortheHorde.com.
Grand Theft Auto 5
It’s here, folks — the launch trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5, and mere days before the game hits PS4 and Xbox One on November 18. The new footage takes us through San Andreas and Los Santos as we meet a bunch of characters, including Devin Weston, one of the game’s main antagonists. It’s only about a minute long, but it’ll hold you over until its out on shelves.
Tales From the Borderlands
The first footage of Telltale’s new Borderlands game, Tales From the Borderlands, hit the web this week and previews what’s happening in the world of Pandora after Borderlands 2. In the trailer we meet Rhys, voiced by Troy Baker, “a Hyperion ‘suit’ with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack.” He’s thrown together with con artist Fiona, voiced by Laura Bailey, and both are partnering up to go after a score of cash they both believe is theirs. There’s also this guy Vaughn, who’s voiced by king of the geeks/personality/comedian/Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.
The game will be available to download through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Game Store shortly. Watch the Tales From the Borderlands trailer below in the meantime and stay tuned for a specific release date.
Game of Thrones
In other Telltale news, we actually have some details on the highly anticipated Game of Thrones video game! Taking place between the finale of Game of Thrones season 3 and the beginning of season 5, Telltale’s Game of Thrones will feature five characters all related to House Forrester, a house not featured in the TV series but one that plays a part in George R.R. Martin’s book A Dance With Dragons. Each character, whether it be family member or servant of the house, will be scattered across Westeros and Essos with the mission of saving House Forrester from destruction.
Here’s more info on the house:
“House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North – the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of Ironwood. The Forrester house words are ‘Iron from Ice’, which echoes their belief that – like the ironwood itself – the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.”
There will be six episodes in total and the first, Iron From Ice, will premiere before the year’s end.
Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
If you weren’t aware, you can now go ahead and pick up Assassin’s Creed: Rogue for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Yup, the game dropped on the 11th, though PC gamers will have to wait until early 2015. Taking place in 18th century North America, the new Assassin’s Creed sees Brotherhood member Shay Patrick Cormac as he turns his back on the Assassins after a mission goes horribly wrong. Now he’s out to kill all those who stood against him. Sounds cool, right? The trailer is cooler. Watch it below.
Far Cry 4
Man, there’ve been a lot of game trailers dropping this week, so why not watch just one more?
This one is for Far Cry 4 and it’s a much heftier look than the others we’ve shown you here today. At eight minutes long, the trailer takes us to Kyrat where you’ll play as Ajay Ghale, who’s trying to fulfill his mother’s dying wish as he gets swept up in a civil war. The world is crazy wide with bloodthirsty wild animals, cool sacred realms and some dangerous terrain, including an icy landscape prone to avalanche attacks. But there’s plenty of gunplay to be had.
Let’s end this week off with a bang, shall we?
The Uncharted movie is actually happening! Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal will help bring the game to life, which The Hollywood Reporter says will be “a swashbuckling adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones.” The video game centers on treasure hunter Nate Drake, who’s a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake setting out to find El Dorado. Of course, he has to face a rival treasure hunter, creatures, and mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis along the way.
The main challenge now is finding the film’s leading man. Mark Wahlberg was attached to the role at one time, but he dropped out. Sony’s latest offer went out to Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, but he too passed on the gig.