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GDC 2019 – Procedurally Crafting Manhattan for Marvel’s Spider-Man April 15, 2019

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The Game Developers Conference was held just a few weeks ago and the official GDC YouTube Channel was nice enough to upload several of the event’s panels. The guys over at Insomniac, best known for Resistance, Ratchet and Clank, Sunset Overdrive and most recently Marvel’s Spider-Man held multiple lectures during the event and one of those lectures has been posted online for everyone to watch. If you’re interested in what it takes to make an open world game fit for a superhero to play around in, give this a watch!

Spider-Man is out now exclusively for the PS4.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Celebration 2019 Panel April 14, 2019

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Yesterday, the highly anticipated game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was revealed for the first time ever at Celebration 2019 during an exclusive panel that was broadcasted online. The panel was attended by the game’s director, several developers from Respawn Entertainment and the actor who is playing the game’s lead. It was a great panel that revealed a lot of details about the game including the fact it would be a single-player story and feature no microtransactions (a complete reversal on EA’s previous internal policies).

The guys over on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel were good enough to post the entire panel online this evening and you are welcome to watch it below.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is coming November 15th, 2019 to the Xbox One, PC and PS4.

Bendy and the Dark Revival Announced April 14, 2019

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For several weeks, the original creators of Bendy and the Ink Machine have teased a new Bendy game was in development. Today, we now know that game’s title. Take a look and see below.

Bendy and the Dark Revival Chapter 1 is coming in 2019.

A Look Back at Halo 3’s BELIEVE Ad Campign April 14, 2019

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Its Sunday and I know we typically have a Gaming History You Should Know featured article for Sundays but given the recent Halo news and the impending start of Halo: Outpost Discovery, I felt it was time for me to write my own look at a piece of gaming history, Halo 3‘s BELIEVE campaign.

In the lead up to the release of Halo 3 on the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s considerable marketing division created a series of television advertisements and trailers for the game as part of the BELIEVE ad campaign. In 2007, Microsoft purchased several commercials taking place in the Museum of Humanity, a fictional set-piece filled with artifacts from the game and the greater Halo universe. The commercials appeared to be canon to Halo, taking place many years after the end of the Covenant War. A large diorama was also constructed depicting the Master Chief frozen in the middle of a Covenant battle.

While these videos were offered for download on the Xbox 360 Marketplace, some people have been nice enough to repost them on YouTube. Take a look below to watch.

This many years later I still get chills from watching these videos. I admit regret we neglected to mention any commercial from this campaign for our Top-Ten Video Game Commercials video, but at the time we felt Halo 3‘s “Starry Night” commercial was more groundbreaking due to the fact it kicked off the important Halo 3 Closed Beta signup period. In hindsight, these commercials may have endured the test of time better than “Starry Night” did. I have absolutely no idea if they casted real war veterans but the actors’ performances made it sure feel like they had. Their sincere performance made these brief commercials feel like part of the Halo universe, and watching them again this many years after first playing Halo 3 gives me intense flashbacks to that game. The production quality on these commercials are also incredible with on screen-props worthy of Hollywood’s films. While I can’t confirm it, I believe it is highly likely BELIEVE’s props were constructed by WETA Studios for the Neil Blomkamp Halo film. After that project was cancelled, the team behind it made the Halo 3: Landfall short film instead and the props from that short could have also been used in the BELIEVE commercials. WETA makes hands down the best props for Hollywood films, and you’ve seen their work in films like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

What is the enduring legacy of the BELIEVE campaign? Well, we are still talking about it over ten years after it originally aired so I would say it was very successful from an advertising perspective. Halo 3 also sold exceptionally well despite the fact it was an Xbox 360 exclusive game with people still playing it online to this day. Also, the upcoming Halo: Outpost Discovery event promises to feature its own real-life Museum of Humanity they’re calling the Hall of History, and while the event hasn’t started yet (so we can’t comment on what it will look like) its concept art looks heavily inspired by the BELIEVE campaign! That alone got us extremely excited to attend the Outpost Discovery event!

Halo 3 is (of course) out now for the Xbox 360. It is part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is out now for the Xbox One and coming soon to PC, so there are currently many ways to play the game and many more ways that will be coming including Steam and Windows Store.

The last thing I would like to bring up for this article is my curiosity about what happened to the BELIEVE diorama. We know it was constructed as part of the ad campaign and existed as a real prop. I’ve heard the diorama did a tour of the US during Halo 3‘s release period and a website was set up so people could check it out in person. It is unknown what happened to the diorama after that tour. If it appears at the Halo: Outpost Discovery, you can be sure we will tell you about it because we plan to be in attendance!

Jedi: Fallen Order Release Date April 13, 2019

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Yesterday, the trailer for Star Wars Episode IX was revealed. Today, the guys at Respawn Entertainment were good enough to make the big reveal of Jedi: Fallen Order, the most anticipated upcoming Star Wars game, at Celebration 2019. Take a look at this first ever game trailer and see the Star Wars fan in yourself return!

The game is being directed by the director of God of War III and will feature a full canonical single-player campaign that takes place between the events of Star Wars Episode III and Star Wars Episode IV. There will be no multiplayer and best of all no micro-transactions!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 November 15, 2019!

Detective Pikachu Attendees Could Receive a Limited Detective Pikachu TCG Promo Card April 11, 2019

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The newest television commercial for the theatrical release of Pokémon Detective Pikachu confirms that The Pokémon Company will be offering an exclusive Detective Pikachu TCG promo card to people who attend the film. Take a look at the commercial and see for yourself.

At this point I’m certain that even if your local theater is offering these promo cards, you’ll need to speak up to your ticket taker about it because my local theater NEVER trains their ticket takers to give out promotional goodies for special films. In short, if you don’t get one, don’t be afraid to ask about it.

Detective Pikachu is coming to theaters on May 10th, 2019.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Launch Trailer April 9, 2019

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Today, Capcom has officially rereleased three of the most beloved games ever made on modern console systems. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy combines the first three Phoenix Wright games (originally released on the Nintendo DS) in a single digital purchase. The game has all of the original gameplay intact and updated art assets for HD screens. Here’s the official launch trailer.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is out now (as a digital download) for Xbox One, PS4,

Days Gone – One Bullet Commercial April 8, 2019

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Days Gone is just days away from release on the PS4 and Sony has started to offer these all-new television commercials to promote the game’s launch. Enjoy.

Days Gone is coming April 26th, 2019 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Kiki Wolfkill Talks Halo Outpost Discovery Details April 8, 2019

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343 Industries Studio Head Kiki Wolfkill sat down for an interview with Inside Xbox to talk about all the current details of Halo: Outpost Discovery.

This event looks like it’ll be something truly special for all the Halo fans currently out there. They’ve already announced they will have real in-universe props on display, VR experiences, an escape room and a real-life Team Deathmatch arena…that is thankfully simulated with lasers. We’re going to be talking a lot more about Halo: Outpost Discovery over the course of the next few months so stay glued to this website to keep up with all the details we learn as they are announced.

The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan Dev Diary 2 April 4, 2019

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Supermassive has teamed up with Bandai Namco to release the second developer diary for The Dark Pictures. The first ever game in this series is Man of Medan, which follows a salvage team investigating an abandoned ghost ship. If you ever wondered how developers can create true fear and danger in a game, give this a watch.

The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is coming Summer 2019 to the Xbox One, PC and PS4.