Tuesday, September 21, 2021

THQ Nordic Announces Outcast 2: A New Beginning

THQ Nordic has announced a revival of the Outcast franchise with the upcoming release of Outcast 2: A New Beginning. Development started in 2018 with at least ten developers from the original Outcast team onboard, including the director and art director from that game. Outcast 2 revives ideas from the original sequel that was being planned in 1999/2000. Due to financial issues with its publisher Infogrames, the project was shelved indefinitely. Appeal Studios, the team behind A New Beginning, wants to make a product that feels like a successor to the cult classic. Appeal is looking to implement a non-linear narrative an enticing world to explore. Click here to watch embedded media Like the first game, Outcast 2 will take place on the planet of Adelpha, and players will step back into the shoes of Cutter Slade 20 years in the future. Due to an accident while escaping the planet, Slade was blipped out of time and found his way back decades later. To keep the world fresh, players will explore a different part of the planet and meet new inhabitants. Combat and movement have been updated, according to THQ Nordic. Outcast 2 is a third-person shooter at heart, with modular weaponry being a focus. However, Cutter will also receive magic-like “Talan powers” and a new mobility-enhancing jetpack. While we don’t have a release date quite yet, THQ Nordic informs us Outcast 2 is nearing the end of its “pre-alpha” stage of development, a good sign we’ll be seeing it sooner rather than later. THQ Nordic and Appeal Studios are releasing Outcast 2 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.   Outcast is a game that I missed out on all these years but heard rumblings of it over time. Do you have any Outcast memories you’d like to share? How did the game impact you in the late 90s and beyond? Are you excited about the re-emergence of the franchise? Tell me all about it in the comments! Click image thumbnails to view larger version                                                                                                             
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    Norman Lear, NBC & Reba Team for Fried Green Tomatoes Series

    Norman Lear, NBC & Reba team for Fried Green Tomatoes series Nearly 30 years after first hitting theaters to rave reviews and roaring box office success, Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes is making another trip to the screen as NBC is teaming with Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Norman Lear and Reba McEntire for a series adaptation of the dramedy novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Grease Prequel Series Shifting Gears from HBO Max to Paramount+ The series, which is being penned by Jennifer Cecil (Private Practice, One Tree Hill), will take a modern-day approach to the 1987 novel and will explore the lives of the descendants of the novel, centering on a present-day Idgie Threadgoode, who returns to the small town of Whistle Shop, Alabama, after a decade away and must come to terms with a changed town, estranged daughter, struggling cafe and life-changing secret. The role of Idgie was previously portrayed by Mary Stuart Masterson in the film adaptation of the novel. Click here to purchase the 1991 film! Lear will produce the series under his Act III Productions banner alongside producing partner Brent Miller, while the author of the novel and co-writer fo the original film Flagg is set to executive produce with McEntire and Cecil. The 98-year-old celebrated Hollywood producer and writer previously executive produced the 1991 film adaptation of Flagg’s novel. RELATED: Amazon Greenlights I Know What You Did Last Summer Series The original novel and film centered on housewife Evelyn Couch who finds herself unhappy with her life and begins to form a friendship with Ninny Threadgoode, an elderly woman living in a nursing home who tells her stories about her youth in the the town in which her sister-in-law, Idgie, and friend Ruth ran a cafe. The cast for the film included Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy), Masterson (Daniel Isn’t Real), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds, Billions) and Cicely Tyson (Sounder, The Help). (Photo Credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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