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Coffee Time News 13/05/15

Oscar Winner Redmayne in talks to lead Harry Potter Spin off, Assassins’ Creed Syndicate gets trailer and footage and The Muppets get a TV trailer.

Film

Eddie Redmayne (You know, he won an Oscar for The Theory of Everything?) is in talks with WB to star in the Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and is apparently top of the list for the lead character, and author of the fictional book, Newt Scamander.

A commemorative print for the Hunger Games franchise has appeared with some link to the Cannes film festival, it features the Everdeen sisters looking all surly and district 13-y.

Marvel is courting Selma director Ava DuVernay to helm a ‘diverse’ phase 3 movie. Now, our money is on Black Panther, however, Captain Marvel also doesn’t have a director, so it could be that stand alone. It’s one or the other really.

Television

The new Muppets television show, called, aptly, The Muppets, has a new trailer, and it seems to be going for a 30 Rock/The Office hybrid, with all that humour we’re used to seeing in The Muppets, with added satire. (Gonza hates gimmicks)

Morena Baccarin, who plays Leslie Thompkins in Gotham, will be a series regular in season 2, it’s been reported. This should allow Baccarin to sink her teeth into some more in depth characterisation with more of a focus next season.

Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter both got renewed for new seasons last week, and now we have synopsis for the latter courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. (Agent Carter) – Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.

Games

Batman has a sniper rifle in Arkham Knight! Okay, it’s actually a long range disruptor that you can use to disable enemy weapons before you engage them (so you don’t get shot in your Bat-butt) but still, if people see Batman on a rooftop with a gun… well people will talk…

Ubisoft have seemingly delayed Tom Clancy’s The Division until fourth Quarter 2015, which is actually Jan-March 2016. Which is a shame, though, delays are normally for the best.

The big news of the day is obviously the release of the trailer and gameplay (pre-Alpha) footage of Assassins’ Creed Syndicate; based in pre-industrial London, the game will focus on the struggles of Assassin Jacob Frye, who is trying to cause a revolution by working from the streets up to the highest of the highs, knocking templars off of the rungs as he climbs the ladder of family. (or something, family seems to be a running thing here.) Also, he’s got a grappling gun now, sort of. Also a Zip line maker, could be fun.

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Film

Fast and Furious 7, after a plethora of set backs, finally has a release date, and it’s a week earlier than everyone was expecting. April 3rd 2015.

A trailer for Bill Murray’s new film St Vincent is out, and it looks just lovely. Full of emotional soundtracks and Bill Murray being… Well, Bill Freakin’ Murray.

Dark skies, moody supes, rain. This new image from Dawn of Justice is over flowing with grit.

Television

Clark Gregg talks about the further evolution of his character of Agent Coulson in Agents of SHIELD season 2, spoilers ahead for season 1 so there’s that.

The Flash keeps getting more and more featurettes, and this one focusses on a potential arch enemy of the flash, which is a bold move so early in the season.

Finally, there’s this little show called Sherlock, which, you know, isn’t a big deal. Anyway it’s officially got a fourth season and a special one off episode, which will air at Christmas (Next year)

Games

Minecraft now has bunnies. That when you kill them give you leather and a er. rabbits foot. Nope. No bunny killing for me.

Mario Kart 8 is popular, and if you and all your friends are playing it, then here’s a little tip from Kotaku on getting the perfect boost start.

Tom Clancy’s The Division could be the industries first morally aware shooter.

E3: EA and Ubisoft Conferences

Hello,

I’m still recovering from the 4AM finish of Sony’s conference which was long and also news filled (expect details soon). For now here is a wrap up of EA’s and Ubisoft’s conferences, there will be some games where I don’t go into much detail as they either received plenty of coverage previously during Microsoft’s conference, or subsequently at Sony’s.

EA:

Star Wars Battlefront

Very little actual information still exists about this game, but what we do know from the video that started off EA’s conference is that the team at DICE are committed to Star Wars, so much so that they have gone to the locations where the film was shot to perfectly recreate the environments. The test footage they have so far is stunning, and DICE do know how to make great multiplayer shooters, so good things to come I expect.

Dragon Age Inquisition

Another trailer for Inquisition, but different to the one shown during Microsoft’s, this one also included live music playing over it. They also went into more details about the different characters and the different styles of play available.

Mass Effect

After Inquisition Bioware started a video with music from Mass Effect, then some of the key members of the team began talking about the series, some concept footage was shown. But nothing of any significance. What do we know? Only that a new Mass Effect is in development, what that game will be like? It is still too soon for even the developers to know.

They also went on to talk about a new IP they are starting, but this was just as vague as the Mass Effect announcement. But the trees in the game will look excellent.

Sims 4

How do you follow up Dragon Age and Mass Effect? With the the Sims. Although actually it was a wise decision as there is a notable crossover among certain segments of the gaming audience. Essentially it is more of the same, but better. There is also more interactivity among the Sims in that they seem less confined to their immediate home. Also you can import Sims from other peoples games.

EA Sports

EA showed off the upcoming titles from their various sport franchises. Apparently they contain more emotion?

UFC will contain Bruce Lee because of reasons and there are new NHL and Madden games. However the new PGA golf game utilises the Frostbite engine, which is exactly how it sounds, there are explosions in a golf game! The trailer showed someone teeing off (that’s correct golf terminology right?) over a battleship that is on fire! EA, that is how you get someone interested in a golf game.

Then there was obviously a new Fifa, but they referred to it as football having just also referred to Madden as football, I assume many Americans were confused by this.

Criterion new IP

Criterion announced that they were working on a new IP, then showed off various extreme activities, mostly involving engine based vehicles, but not exclusively. Unfortunately there is very little to add, but it appears we won’t likely be seeing a Burnout game any time soon.

Mirror’s Edge 2

The game was teased last year, and from what was shown off this year the game still has some way to go before being anywhere near complete.

Battlefield Hardline

Having been leaked EA were wise not to go into detail explaining what the game is, although Battlefield Cops and Robbers pretty much sums it up. They showed off a video showing what gameplay is actually like and displaying the amount of destruction possible. Then Adam Boyes from Sony comes onto the stage to announce that the Beta will be coming exclusively to the PS4 and you can register now. At which point the servers crashed.

That was everything from EA, it wasn’t a bad conference, although they may have gone a little far with the teasers.

Ubisoft:

Far Cry 4

Announced a couple of weeks ago to investors, but for the first time we get a proper introduction to the games “villain” who came off well, it might not quite have the same ring as Vaas’ ‘do you know the definition of insanity’ but he did have a good discussion with a soldier about the difference between ‘stop’ and ‘shoot’.

Just Dance 2015

Things quickly took a turn for the worse with Just Dance coming on stage. This was followed by the announcement of a mobile app that allows more people to participate. It was embarrassing for everyone, including you.

The Division

Unlike the gameplay shown during Microsoft’s conference, this time there was a slow CG trailer giving more indication to the narrative tone of the game.

The Crew

They explained the games key feature of not having loading screens between locations, that it is one massive open world. They also announced that the game would contain missions that last 2 hours!

Assassin’s Creed Unity

More footage shown off, different to what was shown at Microsoft and at Sony. The difference here is more decapitations.

Shape Up

Just in case you wanted more fitness games. Although I have to give Ubisoft credit, as this fitness game does look mildly interesting. It actually looks like a fitness game.

Valiant Hearts

Not a new announcement, and no new details were provided. More of a case of reminding people that this WW1 game made using the same engine as Rayman Legends and Child of Light is coming soon. It does look excellent, it’s great to see a studio try to make a poignant game about The Great War.

Rainbow Six: Siege

The big final announcement of the night. Many people were wondering if we would hear more about Rainbow Six: Patriots, well that appears to have been cancelled and replaced by Siege. Only a multiplayer hostage mode was shown off. It also allowed for the house the hostage rescue was taking place in to receive plenty of damage in pursuit of saving the hostage. I’ll wait for more details first.

 

And that is it from the main Publishers conferences. Nothing particularly mind blowing, more of a confirmation of what we already knew, with a couple of small surprises thrown in.

E3: Microsoft Xbox Conference

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The first day of E3 is a tightly packed schedule for the conferences, offering very little time between each one. Starting off the day (or evening in my case) was Microsoft. Microsoft had a very tough time after last year, and today’s conference definitely had the feel of them desperately trying to make up for it. Phil Spencer began by praising the industry as a whole, including the gamers who were so passionate in their concerns over the Xbox One.

Phil made a promise that this year would be all about the games, and he wasn’t far off.

Here is a summary of all the announcements made during the 90 minute presentation.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

First time we saw live gameplay footage, as well as more of what a standard mission might consist of. This is definitely a new take on the franchise, although it seemed a lot more like its competitors such as Titanfall and Halo. It will launch November 4th. Also there was a distinct lack of Kevin Spacey.

Forza 5

Turn 10 studios are still supporting this launch game, announcing the inclusion of the full Nurburgring launching today, and for free.

Forza Horizon 2

More Forza news, but this time about the sequel to the spin off from British studio Playground Games. Will be launching 30th September this year. The game will also include clubs that you drive in. Like a drive club?

Evolve

No real additional news for Turtle Rocks upcoming shooter, aside from the Xbox One receiving DLC and a beta first. *Sigh*

Assassin’s Creed Unity

This was the first time gameplay footage was shown off, but it also revealed that the game features a cooperative campaign. Although what the difference between the four different assassin’s is still unknown.

Dragons Age: Inquisition

The only EA game to be shown off at the Microsoft event. Only a standard trailer before quickly moving on.

Sunset Overdrive

Best start to a trailer so far. Started off looking like any dull grey cover based shooter, before the playable character bursts in bringing colour to the world and mocking the dull features that have unfortunately become the norm. Otherwise the game looks perfectly fine.

Dead Rising 3 DLC: Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha

Capcom is known for being a little bit weird, but the trailer confirmed that to still be the case. I recommend you watch the trailer rather than me trying to explain it.

Fable Legends

Not really any new information about the game, but it did show it in action, both from the cooperative actions of the 4 different players and the villain who appears to control like an RTS style game. How solo play works I’m not sure?

Project Spark

The game creation software is already out, and the trailer didn’t actually announce anything new, aside from tricking people into thinking there was going to be a new Conker game. Turns out you can just use his assets. Because a very rude and inappropriate squirrel was needed for something which allows people of all ages to make their own game is appropriate.

Halo Master Chief Collection

The rumours were true. Microsoft announced that the first four Master Chief games have received HD remakes and are coming to the Xbox One on disc. This also gives the opportunity to create any playlist you want, as all of the content is unlocked from the start.

It also includes Halo Nightfall which is the digital series being produced by Ridley Scott that was announced last year. Then there was more news about Halo 5 which was that it will be receiving a beta later this year, which can be accessed through the Collection.

ID@Xbox

The best part of show, even though it is a culmination of many different indie games that also coming to the Xbox One that only lasts a few minutes.

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Someone has obviously been watching Rise of the Planet of the Apes too much. Aside from the groan worthy title, little is known about the sequel to the Tomb Raider reboot. Only a CG trailer was shown, which switched between Lara in the wilderness and speaking to a therapist.

Witcher 3

A gameplay demo took place, the game looks very nice, although aside from that the game looks very much like any other fantasy RPG. I do realise there are many who can not wait for the game to finally be released.

Phantom Dust

Turns out this is not a new IP but rather an old Japanese title that was on the original Xbox. Well like Killer Instinct last year it too is receiving the reboot treatment. Don’t worry, I hadn’t heard of it before either.

The Division

A gameplay demo, that didn’t show off all that much. After Watch Dogs many people are hesitant about getting excited until even more is revealed.

Scalebound

The only brand new and exclusive title to be announced, this is coming from Japanese studio Platinum Games and is published by Microsoft. Although still need to wait for more information. Although the game does contain dragon-like monsters.

Crackdown

The final announcement of the night. Not content with the existing titles that are being rebooted Microsoft announced one more. This time Crackdown. And the trailer showed an exaggerated version of what a standard mission can look like.

 

All in all, not a bad presentation from Microsoft. Vastly improved over last years. But I did feel that Microsoft may have played it too safe. There was very little experimentation to any of the main titles shown, and an over reliance on sequels and reboots. However it seemed to go down with most people. Anyway it was good to see Microsoft pick themselves back up after last year.