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Yakuza Combat Will Forward Be Turn-Based Going

Following the reveal of Lost Judgment, an interview with Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa has surfaced on IGN. Lost Judgment brings Ryu Ga Gotoku back to its action-combat roots, leaving many fans to wonder if that meant the Yakuza series would also return to that style following last year's Yakuza: Like a Dragon.Speaking to IGN, Nagoshi and Hosokawa confirmed that the Judgment series will carry on the studio's action style of gameplay, while Yakuza will continue to evolve as a turn-based RPG. "The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG," they told IGN. "On the other hand, over the years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment." Yakuza: Like a Dragon's turn-based combat Romain Mahut of GameBlog was in attendance at a virtual "Judgment Day" event that followed the Lost Judgment reveal and asked if the studio considered using turn-based combat similar to that of Yakuza: Like a Dragon for Lost Judgment. "For Yakuza: Like a Dragon, we changed the game's battle system from action into a turn-based RPG," Nagoshi said in response. "This was a huge challenge for us, but it was well-received, which we were thrilled to hear. We did discuss the possibility of developing that battle system further for our next title, and while we may pursue the turn-based system even outside the Yakuza series, the conclusion we ended up at was that because this is a different series, the best approach would be to keep them separate and refine what makes each series great. It's my hope that our customers feel the same way we do. That's why we chose 'action' as an important keyword for the Judgment series.  Nagoshi also said on the Judgment Day video he believes that, when possible, a simultaneous global launch is "the right way to go" and that the team has "determined to make every effort to support this for all [its] games moving forward." This is significant as the Yakuza series has a long tradition of Western versions releasing years after the Japanese version. Following the success of Yakuza 0 in the West, the release windows have narrowed, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which debuted last year, still had a 10-month gap between the Japanese and worldwide releases. Lost Judgment's action-oriented combat Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, while Lost Judgment comes to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 24. For more on what we thought about Yakuza: Like a Dragon, check out our review here. For more on the history of the Yakuza series, read our retrospective featuring interviews with Nagoshi and other members of the team here. For more information on Nagoshi's career, you can read our profile on him here. [Source: IGN, Sega of America on YouTube]
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    Angelina Jolie Excited for Chloé Zhao to create A FRESH Voice to Marvel

    Fans recently got a brief glimpse at footage from Marvel Studios’ upcoming Eternals. In a recent interview, star Angelina Jolie said she’s excited for fans to see more of what Chloe Zhao has in store for them. RELATED: Marvel Releases First Look at Eternals FootageDuring a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Jolie was asked about what it was like to see Zhao take home the Oscar for Best Picture for Nomadland, and the actress was pleased. “I was very, very happy,” Jolie said. “Very, very happy. I think she’s…she’s a special director. You know, she’s a really interesting woman. She’s very thoughtful, very serious about her work. I think she’s bringing a new voice through her films, and, I think, to Marvel. So I’m very excited for people to see it.” Angelina Jolie's glowing review of Chloe Zhao made me smile so big, hope it does the same for you! #TheEternals pic.twitter.com/Fe9XSCET8o— CinemaBlend (@CinemaBlend) May 4, 2021Jolie didn’t delve too much into the film or what to expect, but judging by the recent footage and information from Kevin Feige, it seems as if Zhao is going to bring a unique vision to the world of Marvel. RELATED: Kevin Feige Recalls Eternals Pitch, Chloé Zhao Gives Props to MarvelWithin the Marvel Universe, the Eternals are a nearly immortal offshoot from humanity, which the Celestials created. Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden are headlining the film as Thena and Ikaris, respectively. Kumail Nanjiani co-stars as Kingo, with Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak,  Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.Marvel Studios’ Eternals is currently scheduled to release on November 5, 2021.

    The Marvels & Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Get Official Loglines

    Earlier this week, Marvel Studios unveiled more information regarding the future of the MCU, including release dates for the likes of The Marvels, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and more. Today, loglines for both films have also surfaced, giving fans slightly more info on what to expect from the films. RELATED: Black Panther 2 & Captain Marvel 2 Get Official TitlesThe extended synopsis for The Marvels, the sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel, notes that Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers will be joined by Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Man Vellani, who is currently slated to portray Kamala Khan in Disney+’s Ms. Marvel series.The full logline for The Marvels can be seen below:   “Marvel Studios’ The Marvels will feature Brie Larson returning to the role of Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers. In the film, she’ll be joined by Teyonah Parris, who was first introduced as adult Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, along with Iman Vellani, who will appear as Ms. Marvel in the upcoming Disney+ series of the same name. Prepare to experience it and fly higher, further, and faster with the film, directed by Nia DaCosta!”RELATED: New Loki Special Look: Tom Hiddleston Is Burdened With Glorious PurposeAs for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, things are being kept under wraps for the most part. Even the extended logline for the film doesn’t include much information, instead just noting that the sequel to Black Panther will explore the world of Wakanda once again. Fans have been wondering just how the franchise will continue following the passing of Chadwick Boseman, and it doesn’t seem like Disney is ready to divulge too much just yet. Here’s the full logline for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda, and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently set to arrive in theaters on July 8, 2022. The Marvels is currently set for a November 11, 2022 release.

    Kevin Feige Confirms WandaVision Finale Featured Doctor Strange Almost

    It has been two months since WandaVision concluded its successful 9-episode run on Disney+, and MCU fans are still divided on its series finale. Some are satisfied with how the show handled Wanda’s moving on and full transition into becoming the Scarlet Witch, while others are disappointed with the lack of major cameos and reveals that was previously teased by the cast. One of the cameos that some fans theorized was the appearance of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange due to his magical connection with the story and because Wanda’s story has been confirmed to continue in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.Now, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the Sorcerer Supreme was originally set to be featured in the WandaVision finale, with Cumberbatch already agreeing for the cameo. However, further down the process, the creative team decided to make some changes to the final episode, ultimately writing Doctor Strange out of the story. Feige explained that the reason why the major cameo didn’t get pushed through was in order to give Wanda the spotlight she deserves and that Doctor Strange’s appearance would have been a disservice to the Scarlet Witch.RELATED: Andrew Garfield: I Didn’t Get A Call for Spider-Man: No Way Home“Some people might say, ‘Oh, it would’ve been so cool to see Dr. Strange,'” Feige said. “But it would have taken away from Wanda, which is what we didn’t want to do. We didn’t want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie — here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works.'”In addition, showrunner and head writer Jac Schaeffer revealed that at one point they considered having Doctor Strange be the one responsible for the commercials that were broadcasted from The Hex as his way to communicate his messages to Wanda.WandaVision centers around Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s superhero characters Scarlet Witch and Vision. The series blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.The series also stars Kathryn Hahn as Agnes, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau along MCU vets Kat Dennings as Darcy, and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo. All nine episodes are now available for streaming on Disney+.RELATED: Marvel Releases First Look at Eternals FootageDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will feature the Sorcerer Supreme being joined by the Scarlet Witch with the sequel being described as the first MCU horror film directed by Sam Raimi and written by Michael Waldron. The movie is expected to tie into the events from WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, and will debut on March 25, 2022.

    New Loki Special Look: Tom Hiddleston Is Burdened With Glorious Purpose

    Following the surprise release of the new Marvel Cinematic Universe movie reel yesterday, Marvel Studios continues to tease fans with their highly-anticipated Phase 4 slate by unveiling a brand new Loki sneak peek for their newest and third MCU series on Disney+. The video, which debuted last night during ESPN’s Arena of Heroes event, featured some new footage of Tom Hiddleston’s fan-favorite villain. It also included a preview of Loki recreating one of his lines from 2012’s The Avengers while also highlighting the chemistry between him and Owen Wilson’s Mobius as they must work together to fix the timeline.Check out the new Loki video in the player below!New special look at #Loki pic.twitter.com/WBzWyAytRK— Marvel Facts & News (@MarveIFacts) May 4, 2021RELATED: Marvel Releases First Look at Eternals FootageLoki will feature the return of Golden Globe winner Tom Hiddleston as the fan-favorite mischievous titular villain. The character was last seen in Avengers: Endgame, where he successfully had stolen the Tesseract during Iron Man and Ant-Man’s failed attempt to retrieve it. Because of this, the God of Mischief has been arrested by the Time Variance Authority, a bureaucratic organization that exists outside of time and space, due to the damage he had done with the timeline. Now, he must willingly work with the TVA in order to fix the reality he broke or else face deletion from existence.The series will also be introducing new characters to the MCU, including Sophia Di Martino (Yesterday, Flowers, Into the Badlands), Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror: San Junipero), Cailey Fleming (The Walking Dead), and Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Sasha Lane (American Honey) and Wunmi Mosaku (Lovecraft Country).RELATED: Ms. Marvel Set Photos Show First Look at Iman Vellani in CostumeThe series is led by executive producer and head writer Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty), who is also the scribe for Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Executive producers are Kevin Feige, Louis D’ Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, and Kate Herron, who is also set as the director.Loki is scheduled to make its debut on June 11, exclusively on Disney+.

    Marvel Studios has released a brand new promo for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, celebrating the moviegoing experience while also highlighting some key moments in previous films, including Avengers: Endgame. Most importantly, the video, which you can check out below, also confirmed the official titles for two of their highly-anticipated sequels, Black Panther 2 and Captain Marvel 2.Set for 2022 theatrical releases, Ryan Coogler’s follow-up film to 2018’s groundbreaking MCU film will officially be titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, while Nia DaCosta’s Brie Larson-led superhero movie has been retitled as The Marvels. Both sequels are scheduled to start their respective productions sometime this year.RELATED: Marvel Releases First Look at Eternals FootageBased on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther 2 will once again be directed and written by Ryan Coogler. Further details about the sequel’s plot are still being kept under wraps, but Kevin Feige previously confirmed that Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa would not be recast. Most of the first film’s cast is expected to return with the new addition of Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico), who has reportedly been cast as the antagonist.Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently set to arrive in theaters on July 8, 2022.RELATED:  Lupita Nyong’o on Doing Black Panther 2 Without Chadwick BosemanCaptain Marvel 2 will see Nia DaCosta (Candyman) taking over the directing duties from the first film’s the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Joining Larson in the sequel are WandaVision breakout star Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and MCU newcomer Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, who first make her debut later this year in her own Disney+ series. English actress Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw) has also been cast for the role of the film’s antagonist.The Marvels is currently set for a November 11, 2022 release.

    Killian Scott Negotiating Role in Marvel’s Secret Invasion

    The cast of Marvel’s Secret Invasion could be expanding, as Deadline is reporting that Killian Scott is in negotiations to join the upcoming Disney+ series.RELATED: Emilia Clarke Enters the MCU for Disney+’s Secret Invasion!Scott (Damnation) would join Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn in the show named after one of the most iconic comic book stories ever told. The 35-year-old most recently played Rob Reilly in Dublin Murders and DI Eric Wardle in C.B. Strike. There’s no word yet on what role Scott would play in the show.The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe series, which was first announced in September and confirmed to be an adaptation of the comic storyline in December, will see Jackson reprising his role of former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury alongside Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, pseudo-leader of the Skrulls. Jackson as Fury has been a mainstay of the MCU and a source of connective tissue between many of the films. Mendelsohn is reprising his role from Captain Marvel as well as Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s post-credits scene, in which he was revealed to be impersonating Fury throughout the film.RELATED: Marvel In Talks With Olivia Colman for Disney+’s Secret InvasionSecret Invasion is also set to include Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami), who will play the series’ main villain, Olivia Colman (The Crown) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones). Not much about the plot is officially known, as Marvel has been keeping things under tight security for what could be one of its biggest projects ever. 

    Marvel Reveals New Stills From The Falcon and the wintertime Soldier

    Marvel Reveals New Stills From The Falcon and the Winter Soldier The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s premiere date is fast approaching, and Marvel continues to pull back the curtain on Sam and Bucky’s next adventure in the MCU. The studio (via ComicBook.com) has just released 10 new photos from the upcoming series. You can check them out for yourself in the gallery below. Not surprisingly, most of these shots highlight the title characters (sometimes together, sometimes on their own). Among these are better looks at Bucky’s new cybernetic arm, which trades in the sterling silver of previous MCU escapades in favor of a black and gold motif. We also see new stills of Sam Wilson with Captain America’s shield, one of which features him wearing a suit and tie (which, admittedly, isn’t the best outfit to practice shield-throwing with). However, other images feature some of the series’ supporting players. One shot in particular shows Sam and Bucky fighting alongside Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter, who returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time since Captain America: Civil War bowed in 2016. Additionally, there’s a new behind-the-scenes candid of Anthony Mackie, director Kari Skogland, and actress Adepero Oduye. Until now, Oduye’s role on the series has been a mystery. But the photo’s description indicates that she’s playing Sarah Wilson, Sam’s sister from the comics. Unfortunately, this new batch doesn’t include any additional shots of Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo or Wyatt Russell’s U.S. Agent. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier hits Disney+ on March 19. What do you think of these latest images from the series? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! Recommended Reading: Captain America Vol. 1: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. This affiliate advertising program also provides a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

    Episode Count & Length For MCU Shows Including Loki, She-Hulk Revealed

    Episode Count & Length For MCU Shows Including Loki, She-Hulk Revealed In a recent interview with Collider, when asked about the estimated runtimes for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ shows, Marvel CCO Kevin Feige confirmed that each series will feature different episode counts and lengths. Feige revealed that highly-anticipated MCU shows Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Moon Knight are developed as six-episode seasons with 40-50 minutes of runtime per episode. While She-Hulk is being described as a legal comedy expected to consists of ten 30-minute long episodes. “Well, we’re looking a little differently. We’re looking at it as developing them as either six hour-episodes, or nine or 10 half-hour episodes,” Feige explained. “So, for instance, WandaVision started that way and Falcon and the Winter Soldier as 30 minutes, but because it’s streaming, it’s Disney+, and the rules have blurred over the years, yes. Some can be 23 minutes. Some can be much longer than that. But She-Hulk, for instance, is being developed as 10 30-minute episodes. Some will be longer and some will be shorter. Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier is being developed as six 40-50-minute episodes.” RELATED: Secret Invasion: Feige Explains Decision to Adapt Major Comic Story The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War) as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame, team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities–and their patience. The upcoming series will kick off on Disney+ on March 19, 2021. Loki will feature the return of Golden Globe winner Tom Hiddleston as the fan-favorite mischievous titular villain. Hiddleston last portrayed the God of Mischief in last year’s highest-grossing film of all time Avengers: Endgame, where he successfully had stolen the Tesseract during Iron Man and Ant Man’s failed attempt to retrieve it. The series will make its debut this May. RELATED: Full Schedule for Disney 2021 Movies and TV Shows Released The Moon Knight series is being written and developed by The Umbrella Academy‘s Jeremy Slater with all episodes set to be directed by Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab. Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac was previously in talks for the titular role, with a cinematographer for the series confirming earlier this month that the Star Wars alum was indeed set as the lead. She-Hulk is being developed and written by Jessica Gao, who is the Emmy-winning scribe behind Rick and Morty‘s acclaimed Season 3 episode “Pickle Rick.” It will be led by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Tatiana Maslany who will take on the titular role as Jennifer Walters. Joining her is Tim Roth, who will be reprising his role as Abomination from the Edward Norton-led The Incredible Hulk.

    Xochitl Gomez Joins Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Xochitl Gomez Joins Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Deadline brings word that Xochitl Gomez (The Baby-Sitters Club) has joined Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Details on Gomez’s role in the sequel are being kept under wraps. RELATED: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange Joins Spider-Man 3! Cumberbatch will next be reprising his role as Dr. Stephen Strange in the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man 3 in addition to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel is being described as the first horror film in the MCU with Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch returning as the titular sorcerer supreme and Elizabeth Olsen also appearing as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. According to Kevin Feige, the upcoming Disney+ shows WandaVision and Loki will both directly impact the events the Doctor Strange sequel. Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch appeared in Avengers: Endgame, where they were both last seen attending Tony Stark’s funeral. Loki also appeared in Endgame and was last seen after the events of the Avengers’ first battle in New York, where he escapes with the Tesseract cube. Originally set to be directed by Scott Derrickson, the sequel will now be helm by Spider-Man‘s Sam Raimi with Loki head writer Michael Waldron set to rewrite the script that was first written by The Turning scribe Jade Bartlett. Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Benedict Wong will be reprising their roles, with Rachel McAdams not expected to return to her role of Dr. Christine Palmer. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit theaters on March 25, 2022. RELATED: Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals Production Start Date for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness The first Doctor Strange movie was released in 2016 with Benedict Cumberbatch starring in the titular role. Joining him in the film were Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West. It also featured the MCU debut of critical characters from the pages of Marvel Comics, including Benedict Wong as Wong, plus Mads Mikkelsen as villain Kaecilius, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One (who is of Celtic origin in the film instead of East Asian origin). Doctor Strange was directed by Scott Derrickson, whose previous credits were primarily horror films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, and Deliver Us from Evil. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

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