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Video games based on Skybound's long-running superhero series Invincible are now confirmed to be in the works. In recent years, Skybound has been expanding Invincible in a number of different ways. Not only is there an ongoing animated series on Prime Video that has been renewed for three seasons, but a live-action movie adaptation of the comic book has been in development since 2017. Now, the property seems poised to make its next major leap to the realm of video games.
Skybound Entertainment announced that it plans to kick off a number of new initiatives next year with Invincible to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. While most of these announced plans involved re-released versions of various comics, Skybound also flippantly added that it will unveil new "apparel, collectibles, tabletop games, video games, and more." This footnote related to video games is incredibly interesting and marks the first time that Invincible will be associated with the gaming medium.
After rumors and leaks, including an early morning flub that revealed their entire showcase lineup, Konami has finally officially shared its plans for the Silent Hill franchise.
During the showcase, which was presented as a livestream but ended up being a 48-minute-long video, we saw news of a remake, a new movie, an interactive live experience, some merch, and a brand new game, all within the Silent Hill universe.
The first announcement came as little surprise: Bloober Team, the studio that developed Layers of Fear and, more recently, The Medium, is working on a Silent Hill 2 remake. No word yet on a release date, but it is notable that the game will be available exclusively on PS5 and PC for the first 12 months post release. The Silent Hill 2 remake announcement was compounded by the news that Konami has once again teamed up with Christophe Gans — director of Silent Hill (2006) — to make a new movie based on Silent Hill 2.
After a lengthy conversation with Gans and his vision for Silent Hill 2, Konami shared all the neat merchandise it’s planning to release featuring, what else, a bunch of what will likely be ridiculously expensive but damn-cool statues of everyone’s favorite triangle helmet wearer — some kind of... pyramid head if you will.
The presentation also shared that Konami is working on two totally new Silent Hill experiences. Silent Hill: Ascension seems like an interactive, multiplayer, visual novel-like game in which fans get to decide what happens and who lives and dies with no “reset button.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds like Konami managed to make Until Dawn a multiplayer game. Much less was said about the second game, Silent Hill: Townfall, but it’s being developed in collaboration with No Code Studio and Annapurna Interactive.
To close out the presentation, we got a short glimpse at a completely new Silent Hill game that’s not a remake or a movie or an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure... thing. Silent Hill F seemingly takes place in Japan (and therefore far away from the titular foggy town), and the trailer’s end features a grossly unsettling moment when a girl’s flesh falls off her face. There are also disgusting moments in which spore-like tentacles grow out of circular holes in discarded bodies before blooming into red spider lilies. Trypophobes beware. Seriously.
New updates to the Silent Hill franchise have been long in coming. There hasn’t been a new game in the series since 2012, and in 2014, it looked like the franchise was going to get a serious revival with the release of the wildly popular P.T. — a demo for the Guillermo del Toro / Hideo Kojima project known at the time as Silent Hills. However, likely due to Kojima’s unceremonious exit from Konami, Silent Hills was canceled, and the P.T. demo was removed from the PlayStation store, a sin Silent Hill fans seemingly still haven’t forgiven. Since then, Silent Hill has lived in limbo, which, if you think about it, seems appropriate.
Capcom's Resident Evil Showcase revealed a new trailer for the upcoming Village DLC, Shadows of Rose.
The heartbreaking trailer shows Rose mourning her father, Ethan Winters, after he sacrificed himself to protect her. Rose then has to confront entities in the town, returning there 16 years after the end of Resident Evil Village, while attempting to control the terrifying powers she's developed. The Winter's Expansion DLC comes separately or along with the Resident Evil Village: Gold Edition. It launches Oct. 28.
Capcom released a new story trailer and gameplay trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil 4 Remake, coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox Series consoles, PC, and PSVR2 March 24 2023.
Earlier this week a role advertised on a job recruitment site stated that Sony was “building a new internal game development team in partnership with PSS Visual Arts”, the San Diego-based support studio which recently contributed to The Last of Us Part 1.
The job listing later stated that the unannounced project was being developed in collaboration with Uncharted and The Last of Us studio Naughty Dog.
These sections of the job listing were later removed and replaced with: “Sony PlayStation is building a new internal game development team. This is the same world-class team known for its contributions to the Last of Us franchise!”
Now, another job listing has been published, based in the same San Diego area as Visual Arts. Although it doesn’t make specific reference to the studio, it states that the role is for “a new PlayStation studio based in San Diego, CA.”
It goes on to state that, “currently we are co-developing an exciting new project with Naughty Dog in a beloved franchise.”
Happy birthday to the Fallout franchise—which I’m currently treating as a real person and not a corporate-owned IP—you’re 25 years old this year! Wow, how time flies. You are bigger than ever, with multiple games, DLC, mods, and now an in-development TV show from Amazon. Let’s see what Amazon got you and all your fans to celebrate this wonderful time! Oh…uh, a single screenshot from the show that doesn’t actually show anything. Huh.
First announced back in July 2020, Bethesda and Amazon are working together on the upcoming live-action Fallout TV show set in the famous fictional universe of the games. And just like in the games, the series will feature underground vaults where small pockets of humanity survived a devastating nuclear war that destroyed the planet, turning most of it into desolate wastelands filled with mutants and other nasty things. For folks who have been waiting to get their first real look at the still-unnamed Fallout show, well, Amazon decided to share a very tiny teaser with you all. Very tiny. A single screenshot from the show. That’s it. Enjoy!
Sometimes the scariest thing isn’t a giant monster or an army of zombies. Instead, it can be something so believable and straightforward that it feels like it could happen to you one day. Take, for example, a new trailer for an upcoming bodycam horror game going viral online. It only features one strange woman and a guy looking for his dog, yet the game’s visuals and bodycam perspective make it feel like a real clip you might stumble upon on some dark part of the web.
As explained on the developer’s Patreon page, Paranormal Tales (aka P.T…get it…) is being developed by two friends who were inspired by games like Alien Isolation, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and P.T.
The game, which is built in Unreal Engine 5, will consist of different chapters, each presented as a piece of “lost footage” obtained by a group called the “Paranormal Tales Committee.” In each episode, players will step into the shoes of the person wearing the bodycam and “experience” the action from their perspectives, adding feelings of realism and voyeurism to the horror.
The devs say the game will definitely feature jump scares, anxiety, and maybe even spiders. According to the game’s official website, each chapter will be set in different locations and tell various spooky stories, like an anthology of terror.
There is no release date for Paranormal Tales, though you can find the game on Steam and add it to your wishlist. The devs say this is a “long-term” project, which sounds like it might be a while before this game is out and playable.
CD Projekt Red has announced that a remake of 2007’s original Witcher is in development. The project is being handled by Polish studio Fool’s Theory and is being built from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5 using the same tools CDPR is creating for its own future Witcher games.
15 years ago today, the original Witcher was released starring everyone’s favorite grumpy monster slayer, Geralt, as he tries to regain his memories with the help of his friends and fellow Witchers. The first game, like other games in the franchise, is based on a fantasy book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Since its release, CD Projekt Red has gone on to make more Witcher games, as well as spin-offs like Gwent and the dystopian sci-fi action RPG Cyberpunk 2077. But the third-person fantasy RPG was the studio’s very first game, and now CDPR wants to update this classic for “the next generation of gamers.” CDPR describes the remake as a “modern reimagining” of the original game.
Well, I guess we’re going back to Boston again, folks. Bethesda announced this week that its post-apocalyptic open-world RPG, Fallout 4, will be refreshed on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, and PC next year with a bunch of enhancements and improvements.
The news comes via the company’s blog, which has been posting about the Fallout series’ 25th anniversary all month long. Buried in the most recent post from today, Bethesda confirmed that a “free next-gen update” for Fallout 4 will drop in 2023. While there isn’t an exact date, you can expect the usual “next-gen” polish pass on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. You know, things like a performance mode for “high framerates” as well as 4K resolution support. The PC version already had both of those, while Xbox Series X players previously got a 60fps “FPS Boost” patch from Microsoft, but this update will also include some much-needed bug fixes and additional Creation Club content. In other words, players on every platform will get at least some benefit from this update when it launches.
Nintendo and Illumination premiered the first teaser for The Super Marios Bros. Movie, coming to cinemas April 7 2023.
The Callisto Protocol, the fleshy, goopy space horror game from former Dead Space devs, has been canceled in Japan following a thumbs-down from the country's Computer Entertainment Rating Organisation (CERO). In a statement posted to Twitter, the game's team says that it's going to cancel the game's Japanese release entirely rather than make the changes necessary to mollify the ratings board.
The statement is, understandably, in Japanese, but we can provide a basic translation. It reads, "The Callisto Protocol's Japanese version has been discontinued. At present, it cannot pass the CERO rating," before going on to say that the team decided that making CERO's required changes would "not provide the experience players expect," so the game won't release in Japan at all.
As you'd hope, Japanese players who pre-ordered the game will be getting refunds, but it's a shame the game has reached this impasse with Japan's ratings board.
Discord is doing its best to become an all-encompassing voice chat option no matter where you play, and it looks like we'll be able to chat with even more console pals soon.
As spotted by The Verge, dataminer Advaith has apparently discovered evidence that voice chat integration will come to PS5 in the near future. Sadly it looks like there's nothing in the works for PS4 users outside of the already-available option to display game activity. The leak quickly follows on from the platform's integration with Xbox, which was pushed out to everyone back in September.
It's admittedly been a finicky process hooking up to voice chat on console—the whole thing requires you to have your mobile phone at the ready and the Xbox app installed—but with the phone requirement dropped soon, hopefully that means the PlayStation version will also be a simple few taps to dive into Discord voice channels.
Netflix anime series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners showed up to give Cyberpunk 2077 quite a stim in the arm last month, but it was a one-time boost: CD Projekt has made it clear there's no second season of the show in the works; Edgerunners was conceived from the beginning as a one-off.