Casting Details on The Witcher Series

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In a interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner for the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, has revealed plenty of casting news for the upcoming series, as well as addressing the fan backlash regarding casting rumors from several months ago. First off, Freya Allan (Into The Badlands) and Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust) will join Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia, as Ciri and Yennefer of Vengerberg, respectively. Additionally, Jodhi May will play Queen Calanthe of Cintra, while Björn Hlynur Haraldsson will play her husband, Eist. Adam Levy will play Mousesack the Druid, and MyAnna Buring will be the head of a magical academy named Tissaia.

Hissrich had this to say regarding fan backlash:

It boils down to a couple things. One, this property has such a passionate fanbase. I think any leak at all was going to attract this type of attention, and with any attention comes backlash to that attention. I do think that whatever information is trickling out there, there will be people responding positively to it and people responding negatively to it. I think that’s just part of making a television show, and especially a show this big. In terms of why people responded so strongly, I think the fans really have pictures of these characters in their minds and I don’t blame them for that. I get it. When I read my favorite books I certainly imagine characters a certain way. There’s obviously a couple lines of description of Ciri in the books and people become very enamored with their own vision of it. I think coming in as a writer and saying my vision might look different than yours is scary for fans, but truthfully I don’t think it has to be. One of the things I feel most strongly about is people being afraid that we’re going to strip out the cultural context of The Witcher, to remove its Slovak roots, the very thing people in Poland are proud of. That couldn’t be further from the truth. What I’ve always wanted to do is take these Slovak stories and give them a global audience.

More details on The Witcher will hit when available as currently a release date is not set for the highly anticipated series.

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Mega Man Headed to the Big Screen

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Capcom has officially announced that Mega Man is headed to the big screen, with a live-action adaptation from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Nerve). Additionally, the duo is also writing the film, with the announcement following suit as the live-action Sonic The Hedgehog continues filming.

Twentieth Century Fox will distribute the film, while Chernin Entertainment will produce with Masi Oka (Heroes). No release date is currently set for the film, though Mega Man 11, the newest entry in the series was released on October 2nd.

A New Medabots Game in the Works?

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It’s been quite a while since Medabots has seen any kind of love, particularly a new game. But, if the latest issue of Famitsu is to be believed, the series may be making a comeback. The very first Medabots game released in 1997 for the Game Boy Color, and to mark the series’ anniversary, November 28th is now being dubbed Medabots Day.

“Medabots Classics was released as the series’ 20th anniversary title in December 2017, however, it’d be sad for us to let it end like this. So that doesn’t happen, we’re thinking about different things. We’re working on all kinds of arrangements to maybe announce something for the 20th anniversary on November 28 that is Medabots Day,” according to Famitsu.

MAX LVL Radio: Legends Never Die – Against The Current

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It’s been a while since our last official installment of MAX LVL Radio, so I figured I would share my latest addiction: the theme from League of Legends Worlds Championship 2017, Legends Never Die by Against The Current. It’s a fantastic, epic song that really drives home the gravity of that tournament, and gets you pumped for whatever you’re getting ready for.

MAX LVL is a curated selection of single songs currently available on the official Ph LEVEL Spotify playlist.

Castlevania Requiem Officially Announced

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Konami has revealed Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood for the PlayStation 4, releasing a month from today on October 26th. The games are not remasters, but rather emulations of the originals with a few additional features, including 4K/HD upscaling, trophy support, new rendering options such as smoothing, and even additional high-resolution backgrounds.

You can hit the jump to check out the official announcement trailer, before Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood hits PlayStation 4 next month.

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Sony Allowing Cross-Play

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After resisting for so long, Sony Computer Entertainment has finally decided to loosen the stranglehold on the PlayStation 4 and allow cross-play with other platforms. In a blog post, Sony revealed the massive policy change, as well as a beta for Fortnite with cross-play enabled today.

Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.

Telltale Games Shutting Down

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Beloved game studio, Telltale Games, creator of many of the best narrative-based video games such as Batman: The Enemy Within, The Walking Dead, and Guardians of the Galaxy, has announced that effectively immediately, its doors are now closed. The closure has forced over 250 workers out of employment with no severance packages of any kind, while a small crew has been retaining to finish Minecraft: Story Mode, for Netflix. All future projects have been cancelled, with The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 2 to hit tomorrow.

Telltale Games was also working on a new Stranger Things game for Netflix as well, but it seems that project will no longer come to fruition. In a statement with Variety, Netflix has revealed that they are looking for other ways to bring the Stranger Things universe to life in the world of video games.

We are saddened by the news about Telltale Games – they developed many great games in the past and left an indelible mark in the industry. Minecraft: Story Mode is still moving forward as planned. We are in the process of evaluating other options for bringing the Stranger Things universe to life in an interactive medium.

Dragon Quest XI Gets Name Change on Nintendo Switch

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Square Enix has announced that the Nintendo Switch will officially play host to Dragon Quest XI S, according to series producer, Yoji Horii. The additional S in the name stands for Switch, Special, and Speaking referencing the new character voice acting being added to the game, similar to how it was handled for Dragon Quest XI’s Western release.

Currently, no release date is set for Dragon Quest XI S, as developers are taking their time to ensure a quality release. Dragon Quest XI is available now on PlayStation 4.

Diablo Animated Series in the Works From Netflix

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According to Variety, Netflix is working on an animated series based on the Blizzard hit action RPG, Diablo, with Hellboy screenwriter, Andrew Cosby, on board to helm the show. This falls in line with the success of their recent Castlevania adaptation, as well as rumors of Netflix’ interest in the franchise.

While the announcement hasn’t been officially confirmed as of yet, we should expect to hear more when BlizzCon hails from the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2nd.

The PS Vita is Officially Dead

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According to Mantan Web, shipments of Sony’s long-standing portable console will cease early next year in Japan, citing dwindling hardware releases for the system. Sony Interactive Entertainment executive Hiroyuki Oda added, “Right now, I’d like you to consider that there is no PS Vita successor hardware. As for a portable game machine, there is no plans for anything after the PS Vita.”

The PS Vita debuted in Japan in 2011, as the official successor to the PlayStation Portable, and has went on to moderate success, particularly acting alongside the PlayStation 4 at home.

Analog EP64: Just Enough Pouches To Be Useful

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for the biggest week of news in what seems like ages! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Captain Marvel, and Mary Poppins Returns, news on The Joker, and an awesome Nintendo Direct on this week’s episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Super Bomberman R Update Revealed

Konami has revealed the latest update for Super Bomberman R, with new characters, stages, game rules, accessories, and more. On top of a new Castlevania stage, and “Civilians” Grand Prix mode, every version of the game will receive Alucard Bomber from Castlevania, Caesar Bomber from Star Soldier, Mimi Bomber and Nyami Bomber from Pop’n Music, and Upa Bomber from Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa. 

Additionally, all of the new platforms have access to exclusive characters with PlayStation 4 featuring Pipo Monkey Bomber from Ape Escape and Toro Bomber from Doko Demo Issyo, the Xbox One has Arbiter Bomber and Grunt Bomber from Halo, and the PC has Atlas Bomber from Portal.

Super Bomberman R is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

PlayStation Classic Announced

Sony Computer Entertainment has, out of left field, announced the new PlayStation Classic, jumping on the trend of mini retro consoles. The system will release on December 3rd, and include 2 replica controllers, HDMI output, and cleverly designed usage of its main top-mounted buttons. Currently only 5 games have been announced, but they already make the system one to watch:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Tekken 3
  • Wild Arms
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Jumping Flash

The system is set to feature 20 pre-loaded games.

Lineup of Final Fantasy Games Announced for Nintendo Switch

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During today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo and Square Enix revealed a massive bombshell that the Nintendo Switch, throughout 2018 and 2019 will be receiving a bevy of Final Fantasy titles.

  • Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD (Available Now!)
  • World of Final Fantasy: Maxima (Available November 6th)
  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Everybuddy! (Available This Winter)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles HD Remaster (Available 2019)
  • Final Fantasy VII, IX, X/X-2, XII: The Zodiac Age (Available 2019)

Animal Crossing Announced for Switch; Isabelle Joins Smash

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Nintendo closed out their massive Direct today with the reveal that a new Animal Crossing game will finally be blessing the Nintendo Switch next year. No other information has been revealed, but we also were given the surprise that fan-favorite, Isabelle, is taking a break from her assistant duties to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster.

While Animal Crossing may not have a date, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will drop exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on November 2nd.