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New Thor: Love And Thunder Trailer Features Christian Bale’s Gorr The God Butcher And He Looks Metal

Marvel Studios has released a new Thor: Love and Thunder trailer that runs more than two minutes long and features a ton of new footage, especially compared to the teaser trailer released last month.  The new trailer features extended looks at scenes from the teaser, like when Thor realizes Jane Foster is back and now wielding Mjolnir. It also contains new footage of Korg, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the villain of Taika Waititi’s latest Thor film, Gorr the God Butcher. For comic fans, one look at Christian Bale’s Gorr, and it’s immediately apparent that this is a very different take. Gorr is typically more alien-looking but still humanoid. Bale’s Gorr looks very much like a human, and it’s not surprising because if you’re going to hire someone like Bale to play a villain, why not squeeze out as much as you can by reminding folks that this is Bale.  However, regardless of where you fall on “he’s too human” or “I like it,” it’s hard to disagree that Bale’s Gorr is appropriately metal. Right off the bat, Gorr the God Butcher is an incredible title to hold if you’re a villain. Couple that with his first announcement – that all gods need to die, including Thor – and his design, which features black-tipped fingers, a planet-shattering weapon, and a black liquid that runs out of his mouth, and Gorr might be the most metal MCU villain yet.    For more, watch the first Thor: Love and Thunder teaser trailer and then listen to this episode of From Panel To Podcast, which is Game Informer’s comic book podcast, to hear us talk about Thor: Love and Thunder.  What did you think of this trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Marvel MMO From DC Universe Online Dev Canceled

    End Global 7, a co-op company composed of prominent development studios like DC Universe Online dev Daybreak Game Company, revealed last November that it had a new Marvel MMORPG in early development. Now, End Global 7 has revealed that it’s been canceled.  This news comes by way of Eurogamer, which first reported on End Global 7’s statement released today. In that statement, the company says it is re-evaluating things such as risk profiles, investments, and portfolio strategies and that development of Daybreak Games Marvel MMO has ceased as a result.  “EG7 today announced it will be discontinuing the development of the Marvel project at Daybreak Games,” the statement reads. “Based on the re-evaluation of the development risk profile, size of investment, and the long-term product portfolio strategy for the group, the board has decided to change the development priorities and reallocate resources within the group to focus on alternative long-term projects.” EG7 had planned to invest more than SEK 500 million ($50.5 million) in the Marvel project over the next three years. The company will now instead “diversify” this investment across multiple smaller projects within the studio group. This includes previously announced upgrades to The Lord of the Rings Online and DC Universe Online, as well as “new game opportunities with our first party, original IPs.”  It sounds like EG7 has washed its hands of Marvel, or vice versa, to some extent as it does not seem a Marvel game is in the publisher’s future. For more, read about the graphics upgrade and massive expansion coming to DC Universe Online in 2023.  [Source: Eurogamer]

    First details on No Man’s Sky’s Leviathan Expedition update, live today

    Hello! It’s been an absolute joy for us to see our No Man’s Sky PlayStation community embrace their inner space pirate and prove their worthiness in space-combat as they took on The Blight as part of last month’s Outlaws update and expedition. Today we’re pleased to unveil our 7th expedition – Leviathan. And this one’s […]

    No Man’s Sky: Leviathan Expedition Out Today, Includes Space Whales And Roguelike Time Loop

    Developer Hello Games just released the Outlaws update for No Man’s Sky back in April alongside news that its next project won’t be a sequel to the sci-fi title, and now, the studio has revealed that it’s launching another expedition…today! Dubbed “Leviathan,” this expedition is the result of a community in-joke that No Man’s Sky is missing space whales because space whales is exactly what Leviathan brings to the game. However, beyond that, Leviathan also introduces a roguelike experience to play through.  “[Leviathan] is very different to anything we’ve done before,” a press release reads. “It is more roguellike, with players caught in a time-loop. Players start together on an expedition, and each time they die, they lose their progress, but help the community try to break free from this loop together. “Difficulty has been turned up in a vairety of ways, but every death means a reset of the loop and a new proc-gen loadout. To make it easier to complete the eventual goal of breaking out of the loop with just one life, the community can work together on a persistent, global goal that permanently improves the quality and frequency of upgrade rewards found during each loop.”   The story of Leviathan reveals itself as players work alongside Specialist Polo and the actual Leviathan, “a large and imposing space creature shrouded in myth and mystery.” Those who undertake this expedition can earn rewards like The Whalestalker cloak, a mini Organic Frigate for your base, a Temporal Starship Trail, and more. Hello Games says the ultimate reward, however, is the first ever living frigate – an imposing tentacled beast – which will be your very own Space Whale to add to your freighter fleet.  You can view the full patch notes for Leviathan here. Are you going to be checking out Leviathan today? Let us know in the comments below!

    Diablo Immortal | New Gameplay Today

    It is important to keep in mind what is going on within Activision Blizzard at this time regarding ongoing allegations about the work culture. The ongoing lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against the company is over reported toxic workplace culture. The bulk of the suit focuses on "violations of the state's civil rights and equal pay laws," specifically regarding the treatment of women and other marginalized groups. To learn more about the proceedings thus far, including details listed in the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, please check out our previous coverage here. Diablo Immortal is just around the corner. After its big release date announcement last month, we released an installment of New Gameplay Today all about the game, how it plays on both mobile devices and PC, and more. Today, we're back with even more new Diablo Immortal footage and another developer interview. This time, we've got principal game designer Joe Grubb and senior game designer Scott Burgess joining your host John Carson to talk about the lore implications of Diablo Immortal, some of the big bads, returning characters, class changes, and even the game's audio design.  Diablo Immortal hits Android and iOS devices, as well as PC, on June 2 so hopefully, if you're excited about the first-ever Diablo game made from-the-ground-up for mobile, this tides you over until then. For more about Diablo Immortal, be sure to head to the official Game Informer Diablo Immortal hub, which contains first looks at the game, news stories, and more. For more previews of some of the biggest games of 2022 and beyond, be sure to head over to our YouTube page for early looks at Fueled Up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, MultiVersus, Bear And Breakfast, and more. 

    Temtem, the Pokémon-Like MMO, Launches Into 1.0 This September On Consoles And PC

    Temtem is a popular online multiplayer monster-catching game that’s a lot like Pokémon and it’s been in early access for years. However, in just a few months, it will finally launch into 1.0 on consoles and PC.  More specifically, Temtem 1.0 will go live on Sep. 6 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC. Temtem has already been available to play on PS5 and PC so today’s news in terms of platforms is that it’s coming to Xbox and Switch in September. To celebrate the news, developer Crema has released a new trailer showcasing what to expect in 1.0.  That includes a new endgame island and much more in-game. Pre-order links for Switch aren’t yet live, but on Xbox, there’s a standard edition you can pre-order and a deluxe edition. The latter includes “bonus cosmetic content (to be revealed at a later date) – available when Temtem launches.” If you prefer to buy your games physically, you can do that too because there will be both a standard physical edition of the game and a Temtem collector’s edition as well.  “Crafted with care by Crema, Humble Games, and Final Boss Bundle, it contains a lovely diorama statue and a set of enamel pins of our oldest partners, the starters,” a press release reads. “Want to immerse yourself further into the world of Archipelago? It also includes a Temcard replica of fan-favorites Kinu, Gharunder, and Shuine, and a set of three irresistible embroidered patches that will make you feel like you’re part of the Narwhal Crew.” However, this bundle does not include the game. You can pre-order the collector’s edition, as well as additional Temtem merch, here. For more, read about Temtem’s PS5 arrival back in December of 2020, and then check out this installment of New Gameplay Today all about Temtem. Are you going to be checking out Temtem 1.0 this September? Let us know in the comments below!

    Where To Stream The Best Video Game Movies

    With the news of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hitting becoming available to stream as of today, we thought it might be helpful to point our readers toward some other video game adaptations you can watch whenever you want. Here's a handful of films you may want to check out, and where to find them on a given streaming service, if they are available. The following list was created on May 5, 2022, and the availability of these movies may have changed. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 The sequel to 2020's surprise box office hit leans into the franchise's lore with Sonic (Ben Schwartz) and Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Jim Carrey) returning and introducing Tails (Colleen O'Shaughnessey) and rival bruiser Knuckles (Idris Elba).  Our own Brian Shea gave the film a mostly glowing review in February, saying, "Sonic the Hedgehog 2 retains all of what made the first film good while shedding much of its dead weight. Despite those sequences and arcs that overstay their welcome, whenever any of the main characters were on screen, I was captivated thanks to the high-flying action scenes or the humorous banter." You can watch Sonic the Hedgehog 2 right now on Paramount+ for no additional charge if you subscribe to the service. Otherwise, it's available for purchase on other digital platforms. Sonic the Hedgehog The catalyst for Sonic the Hedgehog's resurgence can be traced back to the movie by the same name, Sonic the Hedgehog. 2020 was a strange time for the world, leaving 2020's Sonic film as a personal trivia fact for many people as the last movie they saw in theaters before the pandemic shut everything down. At least they were treated to a delightful family flick that saw fish-out-of-water Sonic (Ben Schwartz) befriending local sheriff Tom "Donut Lord" Wachowski (James Marsden) to make his way to San Francisco. All the while, the blue blur was being chased by Jim Carrey's wild and eccentric portrayal of Dr. Ivo Robotnik. It was fast, fun, and heartwarming at times, but while its now topped in quality by its sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog is still a solid way to spend an evening. You can stream Sonic the Hedgehog right now if you have a Paramount+, Amazon Prime, or an Epix subscription. Mortal Kombat (1995) Easily the best movie adaptation of a video game in the 90s, it remains the best in its series. 1995's Mortal Kombat takes a PG-13 approach to Midway's hyper-violent arcade game and as a result, is a fun and approachable entryway to the franchise. Thunder god Raiden recruits an unlikely group of warriors (Lui Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage) from Earth to battle in the realm's final opportunity in the Mortal Kombat tournament before it's taken over by the forces of Outworld represented by Shang Tsung, Goro, Sub Zero, and Scorpion.  Mortal Kombat (1995) is available to stream on HBOMax. If you really want a good time, but don't mind an awful movie, have a laugh by watching Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the sequel that somehow misses on everything the original got right. It's also available on HBOMax. Mortal Kombat (2021) If you're more interested in the gorier side of Mortal Kombat, look no further than the very R-rated reboot from Warner Bros. This installment follows a brand new character in the series, Cole Young (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter who is thrust into the deadly realm war between Earthrealm and Outworld. While not as fun as the original, 2021's Mortal Kombat has more fights and more blood with actual gruesome fatalities like the ones you'd see in Mortal Kombat 11. If anything, give it a shot to see a good rendition of the Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) mythos and the scene-stealing antics of Josh Lawson's Kano. Plus, Nitara of all characters is given the live-action treatment! Who knew someone out there still cared about her? Mortal Kombat is available to stream on HBOMax. Uncharted Nathan Drake's PlayStation adventures always felt like a movie, so the transition to a feature-length film was always a matter of time. In the first live-action movie, Tom Holland stars as Nathan Drake with Mark Walbuhrg's Sully showing him the ropes in a globe-trotting adventure to capture the riches of Magellan's lost stash of riches. The movie mixes elements from all over the games, creating an entertaining amalgamation that's close enough to the spirit of the source material that any jarring differences wash away quickly from memory.  Uncharted is not available on any subscription streaming service just yet but is available to rent digitally for around $6 if you're itching for some adventure. Tomb Raider Like the 2013 game of the same name, Tomb Raider reboots the film franchise and resembles a more realistic and gritty take on timeless adventurer, Lara Croft. Like the newest take on Tomb Raider, Alicia Vikander plays a younger version of the archeologist, setting off on her first big adventure to track down the last known position of her father. Her journey features plenty of harrowing action sequences, and a touch of mysticism made all the better by the performance of the incomparable Walton Goggins as rival archaeologist Mathias Vogel. Tomb Raider is unfortunately not on any major streaming subscription service but can be rented or purchased on through services like Amazon Prime Video and Apple. Detective Pikachu Giving the Pokémon franchise its first live-action film paid off in this fun adventure. Ryan Reynolds portrays the titular electric rodent who partners up with aspiring trainer Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) to unravel the mysterious disappearance of his father. The story is enjoyable enough with some decent laughs to be had. However, the real treat for Pokémon fans is seeing dozens of their favorite pocket monsters rendered in reality for the first time. Somehow, the film manages to keep their appearances true to the games without making them look horrifying.  Detective Pikachu currently isn't available on any streaming service, but you can rent or purchase it digitally from services such as Amazon Prime Video. 

    The Centennial Case Review – An Unconventional And Alluring Mystery

    Reviewed on: Switch Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC Publisher: Square Enix Developer: h.a.n.d. Release: May 12, 2022 Rating: Teen What if there was a way to stop the aging process and only your family knew the secret? How far would you go to protect it? And at what cost? The Centennial Case isn’t your typical murder-mystery adventure game. It goes out of its way to be different, whether it’s swapping you to various murders over the course of 100 years or using live-action footage to make you feel like you’re participating in a movie. The latter evokes a nostalgic feeling of the FMV games of yore, but the advanced tech and heavy focus on deduction create an experience that’s equally gripping and engaging, even if it doesn’t always hit the mark. The Centennial Case is a narrative-focused adventure centering on the Shijima family, who are connected to a string of suspicious murders over the last century. They also hold a unique item that promises eternal youth. Is it real or a myth? As protagonist and mystery novelist Haruka Kagami, you must discover the truth, connecting various events and murders to uncover the family’s long-kept secrets. The majority of The Centennial Case plays out in live-action scenes. You watch these more than you interact with any gameplay mechanics, but the story is so engrossing it holds your attention. The high point of the experience is your role as a detective and how you’re constantly wondering how all these pieces fit together in the greater scheme of things. Learning a new clue always gave me something to ponder, and I relished forming my theories based on people’s reactions or conflicting information. Every case has multiple layers; not only are you trying to figure out the culprit and events behind each murder, but you’re always getting a step closer to seeing how every death is connected and if the family actually has the ability to stop aging. I enjoyed that the cases are set in different time periods, as the story often jumps from the past to the present. This dynamic adds variety and a new flavor to each murder mystery while allowing you to see how it impacted elements in the present day. My favorite case took place at a 1970s nightclub, capturing the extravagance and pressures of showbiz. Every case casts suspicion on every person involved, bringing in a multitude of motives, from jealousy and duty to revenge and anger. Not all the cases are equal, however. Some mysteries felt like they had obvious answers, and the later cases throw in new elements, such as logic and gameplay puzzles, which I wish were present earlier in the game. Still, it truly is the mystery-solving that makes this game so interesting. After collecting all your clues, you are taken to a 3D hexagonal grid. Here, you select the clues and fit them into potential hypotheses, looking at every possible way events could have unfolded. Sometimes this leads you down false paths that almost try to toy with your certainty. I enjoyed looking at every angle of evidence, from alibis to the placement of items at the crime scene. It only made me more confident in my reasoning and how I wanted to present my case.   The next phase is presenting your theory to the group, which feels akin to an Ace Attorney courtroom, albeit without the wacky antics. You get multiple-choice options to say what you think really happened, and at the end of each case, you receive a score depending on how many mistakes you made. Every person involved tests your reasoning, forcing you to back it up appropriately. I liked the tension here; nothing feels like a safe bet because many possibilities seem feasible. However, due to how involved the hypothesis period is, you never feel like you’re completely taking a stab in the dark - although sometimes you will be surprised by how the evidence adds up and brings new elements to light. I sometimes went into cases not being entirely certain who the culprit was but being confident in the evidence that was askew, and that brought me to the correct answer. Hints are available if you get really stuck, but I never felt like I needed them. Unfortunately, the acting is hit-and-miss. Sometimes actors go over the over-the-top with their performances, and you can’t tell if it’s deliberate or not. Part of it feels campy, but there’s some good acting, especially in the more tense and emotional situations. Some people may find it confusing that the same actors appear in all cases playing different roles. For instance, one may be the victim in a case, only to be the culprit in the next. This didn’t bother me, as you clearly know when you’re moving into a different time period. Some people may have a hard time adjusting, though. My only other knock on the game is it gives you dialogue options that don’t influence anything. In fact, in most cases, what you pick delivers the same lines. It’s the illusion of having some role-playing or choice where there isn’t any, which disappointed me. Not many games are built like The Centennial Case, and I enjoyed the ambition behind trying something different to tell a complex story and involve the player in piecing it together. It gave me the feeling of reading a great mystery novel, where your head is spinning with possibilities, but the interactivity and structure allow you to better understand the clues and what they all mean. Sometimes The Centennial Case stumbles, but it’s worth enduring for the wild ride it puts you on and the broader questions it poses about what’s ethical in the world of science. Score: 8 About Game Informer's review system Purchase

    Wolverine, Hulk, Grim, And Another Gargantuan Week For Comics Is On The Way | From Panel To Podcast

    On this week's episode, we review two weeks worth of comic books, including Grim, Eight Billion Genies, Thor & Hulk: Banner of War, Wolverine (which doubles as a new issue of Deadpool), and many more. We also look ahead to next week, which we believe will be one of the biggest yet for us – we estimate we'll both buy approximately 24 comics. If you would like to follow us on Twitter: Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) and Philip Hoff (@bnow23). From Panel to Podcast is a weekly show created by two lifelong comic book readers who offer suggestions on which comic books you should be reading each week. Each episode also dives into the latest developments for comics in video games, movies, and television shows. We'll even discuss comic book collectibles and anything we think you should know about that pertains to this entertainment medium. Be sure to subscribe to From Panel to Podcast on your favorite podcast platform. The show is available on Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.

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