has officially removed all microtransactions from the game. This change comes with a new update for the game that will effectively delete the market from gameplay.Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is an open world action-adventure RPG that released in 2017. Set between the timeline of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Shadow of War is a sequel to Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. In the franchise, players take on the role of a ranger who seeks revenge against Sauron after the evil wizard's army kills his family. One of the most interesting features of the game is Nemesis, an artificial intelligence system that allows NPCs to remember every time the protagonist dies, allowing it to react to each death accordingly.Related: Creative Vice President of Monolith Productions Michael de Plater announced a new free improvement update for the game on the that includes the removal of all microtransactions. This means that real-world money no longer has any effect on the game. Instead of the market, the game will introduce the Garrison that will allow the player to store recruited Orcs. Players can spend in-game currency, Mirian, for their Orc army training and upgrades.Other updates include a streamlined version of the post-campaign epilogue with new narration, an increased level cap that now goes to 80 with an enemy level captain cap that goes to 85, new player skins and an improvement to the Nemesis system. Other updates include new ways to customize and update characters, more opportunities to level up faster and more XP rewards for Nemesis missions. The full list of updates is available .Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is currently available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Reviews for the game are generally favorable and it has been nominated for a variety of awards, which included a win for Best Console Game for the Xbox One at Gamescom 2017.It's no surprise then that the original game will also remove microtransactions. Players will have no problem getting behind this change since many view microtransactions with disdain. There has been a lot of pushback recently on loot boxes, with several countries outright . Perhaps this is a sign that microtransactions are a thing of the past. However, if developers can keep making money off of games long after they release, they're going to keep trying to do so.More: Source:
July 17, 2018
just added Numan Acar (12 Strong) to the cast - and we think he may be playing the classic Spider-Man villain Chameleon. With Marvel Studios helping Sony reboot the Spider-Man franchise (again), the focus has been on incorporating new characters and stories instead of repeating what came before. This mantra was evident in and looks to be true again with its sequel - especially when it comes to Spider-Man's enemies.In Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Marvel Cinematic Universe received several new villains from Spider-Man's rogues gallery. The main one was Michael Keaton playing Adrian Toomes a.k.a. Vultur, but he also brought his crew with him. The film featured Logan Marshall-Green and Bokeem Woodbine as different versions of Shocker, introduced Donald Glover as Aaron Davis a.k.a. Prowler, and even brought Michael Chernus in as The Tinkerer. There was also Michael Mando as Scorpion, who was . For Far From Home, Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly - and he may be joined by Chameleon.Related: Details surrounding are sparse, but the key detail is that his name is "Dimitri." The spelling doesn't immediately register with any Spidey foes, but a small change to Dmitri aligns perfectly with famous Spider-Man villain. In the comics, Chameleon's real name is Dmitri Smerdyakov, an incredible spy and master of disguise thanks to his uniquely smooth and featureless face. If this is in fact who Acar is playing in Far From Home, it once again looks like Tom Holland's Spider-Man will be facing several villains. But this time, he'll be .Chameleon is as strongly linked to Spider-Man as any of his villains, and actually appeared in the wall-crawler's very first solo issue, Amazing Spider-Man #1 in 1963. He gets his name from his ability to constantly and effortlessly change his appearance, oftentimes taking the place of other major characters. He's gone on to be a recurring villain of Spidey and even a member of the Sinister Six. However, Chameleon's links don't stop there. He is the younger half-brother to Sergei Kravinoff, better known as Kraven the Hunter. The two have regularly teamed up to try and best Spider-Man - something that could be in play in the MCU's future, especially if that goes ahead.If Far From Home does bring Chameleon into the fold, his introduction could be part of a bigger plan. His immediate future could be big, as he'd be an ideal partner for Mysterio, thanks to the duo's shared masterful ability to escape any situation. Even if it is just a small role now, Acar then finds himself in a position where he could return in future sequels. If there is a future for him, then one for Kraven is also likely. There's been talk of Kraven as the villain in the third film, which could possibly then result in a potential fourth film tackling Sinister Six. That is still a distant possibility though, but Acar looks to be a great candidate to bring Chameleon to life in Spider-Man: Far From Home.MORE:
July 17, 2018
Tales From the Loop series ordered by Amazon brings word that Amazon has given a straight-to-series order for a Tales From the Loop television series. The drama is based on art (as shown above) from Simon Stalenhag and will be co-produced by Fox 21 TV Studios and Amazon. Albert Cheng, co-head of television at Amazon Studios, said: “Simon Stalenhag’s paintings are renowned for their vision of a not-too-distant, futuristic landscape. We are looking forward to bringing them to life and sharing it with our Prime Video audience.” Nathaniel Halpern (Legion) is set to showrun and executive produce alongside Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) who will also be directing the pilot that will debut exclusively on Amazon. “Nathaniel is a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for creating soulful, human stories that push the boundaries of genre programming and we’re thrilled to be working with him on this series,” commented Sharon Tal Yguado, the head of genre programming for Amazon. Jane Francis, executive VP at Fox 21 Television Studios added: “I was immediately intrigued by the idea of bringing Stalenhag’s incredible paintings to life, but it’s Nathaniel’s deeply inspired vision for this world, and the stories he has created from an incredibly passionate and emotional place, that will drive this series and its storytelling. Together with Mark’s brilliant visual sensibility and unique point of view, it makes this a truly exceptional project and the perfect one to partner with Amazon in our studio’s first direct-to-series order at the streamer.” Also on Amazon’s slate includes , Robert Kirkman’s animated comic book adaptation; Jordan Peele’s Nazi-hunting drama series; Gillian Flynn’s Utopia remake; from Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan (Westworld); a Hanna reboot, Consider Phlebas, and more. (Photo credit: Amazon Studios) The post appeared first on .
July 17, 2018
A creative fan combined the posters for and . Aquaman is the latest film in the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe. It follows up last year’s Justice League and focuses on the character of Aquaman aka Arthur Curry played by Jason Momoa. Aquaman was initially introduced in a quick scene in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The bulk of his action and so far came in Justice League, but his part of the superhero universe will be further explored in Aquaman. The film stars Amber Heard as Mera, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as villain, .The Meg is an upcoming action horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written by Dean Georgaris. It’s about a massive prehistoric shark called a megalodon that makes a reappearance in modern day to terrorize an underwater facility. The movie stars Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Bingbing Li and Masi Oka. It's set to hit theaters this summer, four months before Aquaman in December.Related: The was released yesterday. It features a perched on a rock surrounded by a variety of sharks, whales, turtles and other underwater creatures. The poster quickly drew comparisons to The Meg, with many fans asking for a crossover. In their fan-made poster, Twitter user removed the underwater creatures and placed Aquaman on the back of the megalodon from The Meg.Screen Rant editor also tweeted out his version of a crossover poster. It features the gaping mouth of a massive shark getting ready to engulf Aquaman.The tagline of the real Aquaman poster is “Home is calling.” It hints at a plot that sees Aquaman returning back to his home of Atlantis where he will be challenged by his (Patrick Wilson) for the throne of the kingdom. More information about Aquaman should be revealed at the at the Warner Bros. on Saturday. Director should drop during the panel. Over the weekend Wan tweeted a picture of an editing suite that featured an image from the soon to be released trailer, saying he is "working overtime to put the finishing touches for this coming week.” A work-in-progress trailer was shown as CinemaCon. Exhibitors received a view of the undersea kingdom of Atlantis along with its inhabitants and futuristic submarines.In addition to being able to survive underwater, Aquaman also has the ability to communicate with sea creatures. The combination of the king of the seas and one of the ocean’s oldest inhabitants is one that makes sense and makes an entertaining visual. Of course, Aquaman would want the megalodon on his side to combat whatever difficulties he encounters during his return to Atlantis. BossLogic created a striking image that combines these two underwater movies filled with interesting creatures. Though the megalodon won’t be featured in Aquaman, the DC movie will have its own share of large sea creatures to obey Aquaman’s will.More: Source: ,
July 17, 2018
Netflix unveils slate of Mark Millar projects for film and TV has announced its first slate of films and series that will be based on the stories of comic writer Mark Millar. Netflix acquired Millar’s company, Millarworld, last year and since then has been developing projects with Mark and Lucy Millar, including The Magic Order, which has been published as Netflix’s first comic book and was the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years. Said Millar, “My wife Lucy and I are eleven months into our jobs at Netflix and it’s everything we hoped for to the power of ten. To see a movie based on your work every couple of years is incredibly exciting, but to see them all happening at once like this and with talent this high-end is just off the scale. These are writers and directors I’ve privately been sending fan-mail to over the last eighteen months so to be working with them all is just enormously exciting. This really is the greatest creative environment I’ve ever worked in. I can’t wait to switch on my computer every morning.” Original series to be produced include: A multi-generational American superhero epic, Jupiter’s Legacy follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930’s. In present day they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents. Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil, Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who recently signed an overall deal with Netflix, will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott also serving as executive producers for the series. DeKnight will also direct the first episode. Multilingual (Spanish/English) series American Jesus follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and, perhaps, even raise the dead! How will he deal with the destiny to lead the world in a conflict thousands of years in the making? Everardo Gout (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Sacred Lies, Mars, Banshee, Aqui En La Tierra) and Leopoldo Gout (Molly’s Game, Instinct) will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers on the series. Everardo Gout will also direct. Film projects include: Queen Emporia is married to (literally) the worst dictator in the galaxy, King Morax. After escaping his palace with her children, Emporia and her family, must hide from Morax and his army at all costs — even if it takes teleporting from planet to planet to avoid them. Writer Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle and the upcoming Sierra Burgess is a Loser for Netflix and Wizards of Once for DreamWorks Animation) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum (The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Maleficent) set to produce. In a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbors return the favors by keeping his abilities a secret. But when a newcomer alerts the media, a firestorm erupts, sending Huck on an adventure that will change everything. Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures, St. Vincent) is adapting the comic book into a feature film, with Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe set to produce. Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career. Sharkey the Bounty Hunter will be adapted and published as a Millarworld/Netflix comic next year and writer Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) is writing the screenplay for the feature film. The post appeared first on .
July 17, 2018