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IN THE EVENT YOU Play ” NEW WORLD “? Beta Impressions From The Frontier

Amazon Games’ upcoming MMORPG New World is in the spotlight as a lengthy closed beta session shows off the action ahead of an August 31st release. New World has changed its vision multiple times over the course of development, and now the question on everyone’s mind is – where is this going to land on release? What kind of player is it for? What kind of MMORPG is it? And perhaps the most important question, is it worth your time at all? Over the course of the beta (and a demo session that took me into an endgame slice with a fully-geared character), I’ve seen some areas with huge potential that are currently underserved in the MMORPG space – and some others that could be intense detriments for the title. Let’s talk about New World!It successfully lands a powerful frontier survival vibe If you’re familiar with survival games that have you punching wood to get a house going, New World delivers on this front initially by giving the player myriad survival pursuits. Hunting turkey on the borders of your established safe zones to raise your cooking skill and create rations is far more engaging than it has any right to be. Hunting down elusive saltpeter deposits in mines and crafting your own shells for your old-timey rifles feels fun. Being able to skill up in everything to your liking is a classic system à la Runescape, and its nice to know you can work up every single crafting and gathering skill if you wish, right down to doing some fishing. Banging together your first batch of gathering tools is actually freaking awesome. Digging up carrots and potatoes feels meaningful. Coming back to your town in the middle of the wilderness to trade feed and talk with your fellow explorers has all the allure of bustling about Disney’s Frontiertown, and I’ve rarely had so much investment into crafting and trading systems in MMOs. I can see potential problems with these aspects later down the line, i.e. do I really want to spend my time in the endgame gathering resources just so I can play the game, but for now, there’s plenty of magic in creating my own food, ammunition, and supplies before I trek out into the wild. It feels gritty, it feels raw, and it feels fresh. Faction PVP can be a lot of fun Territory control and faction-based opt-in PVP not only bring back a bit of realm-vs-realm feel from the glory days of Dark Age of Camelot, but they inject something that many online experiences have moved away from in the last decade – social interaction. That means yes, you are going to see a player named PoopyPants (Yes, this was a real player I saw) cutting down trees and screaming outside of town about the price of silver ore, and your chat feed is going to be inundated with comments that make the infamous Barrens chat look downright erudite. However, it also successfully adds shared social stakes to the experience, even if you choose not to interact at the verbal level with any other players. By funneling players into three different factions, you have an investment in your tribe regardless of how deep you want to take it. If you still just want to solo and bring back a load of furs to trade in town, you can – but the real fun is to be had by grouping up, interacting with others, and eventually taking over some territory as your chosen faction. At the solo, guild, and greater level, having game flow dictated by players instead of the “theme park” experience is a bold choice and more than a bit refreshing. The issue here is how interesting and meaningful are these faction wars going to be in the endgame? While I don’t have the answer to that yet, the prospect of really engaging with other players in a meaningful way in a MMORPG gives me a powerful nostalgia bump and some serious differentiation from many other genre offerings today. On the flip side, if you’re not really interested in territory wars or PvP, other existing MMORPGs might be a better choice. The combat is New World’s biggest weakness In almost every MMORPG, you’re going to be doing a ton of combat. It’s probably the biggest portion of the entire gameplay experience. With limited skill options, awkward animations, and very little excitement, New World’s combat is decidedly dull. Now, there’s something to be said about popping an opposing faction member from a great distance before you engage in a 3v3 skirmish that gets real greasy, but that’s more about the player-to-player interaction than the combat, which can often feel wooden and wonky. While I enjoy systems that attempt to break the genre out of the tab-targeting standard that’s been grandfathered into MMOs for ages, it misses the mark here.  I found it hard to determine if the other aspects of the game that seem enjoyable can carry this particular aspect either, as combat is the core of almost every other pursuit. Even if you’re just spelunking for saltpeter, you’re going to have to fight a ton of various zombie-like creatures, wolves, or bears, and it simply does not feel good. This problem is exacerbated in group experiences, both PvP and PvE, but more pronounced in the latter. Chewing into spongey opponents as a pack with the glaring lack of feedback from weaponry is almost comical, and your options in combat feel extremely limited and lacking. Everything can feel the same Enemies, locations, and activities can become a big bowl of mush without breaking it up with some PvP pursuits. You’ll see many of the same rickety little fishing villages, decrepit farms, and crumbling ruins as you traverse the giant world. Killing some undead buccaneers at level 5 feels the same as it does at level 15, and you’re going to be doing a ton of daily-quest/fetch style activities in order to grind out your faction reputation, like wandering around the aforementioned locations for boxes and killing X undead baddies. It feels intensely repetitive even after only twenty hours of gameplay, so I’m concerned about how that will translate to the endgame – will I still, as an elite member of the Syndicate, still be wandering farms killing undead and picking taters? I mean, I do like picking taters... Travel is rough When you’re just starting, it’s fine that you’re walking everywhere because you don’t have far to go. However, this takes a turn at around level 12, where you’ll find the autorun button and some movies on your favorite streaming platform to be your best friends. The world is large, and traveling it all on foot is a huge pain. Without mounts, and the fact that fast travel is limited by resources, moving around the map is an absolute bore and a chore. I realize there are other meaningful concerns that probably flow into this decision, like the implications of having everyone zoom around in a game that’s attempting to create stakes with territory control and PvP, but this becomes harder and harder to ignore the more you play and get quests on opposite ends of your map. Forging ahead Based on the beta, New World is going to be an interesting but potentially niche addition to the current crop of MMORPGs. However, it seems to really serve players that want to play with small groups of friends for faction skirmishes and that are interested in greater territory control wars with big guild politics and all that. If you’re not interested in that kind of greater pursuit with plenty of social interaction and PvP, the PvE elements by themselves do not seem compelling enough to keep things rolling.  While I love the feeling of crafting my own stuff, slowly increasing the areas that I’m strong enough to explore, and fastidiously upping all my gathering and crafting skills, I can see those charms fading rapidly as the activities become somewhat rote. The dynamics involved in faction wars and territory control seem to be the peppy antidote for the never-ending rock farm in various undead shacks and homesteads. As with other games that lean into this kind of emergent gameplay (RIP Shadowbane), some of New World will be what players shape it into.
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    Leslie Grace has landed the role of Barbara Gordon in DC and Warner Bros.’ upcoming film Batgirl, according to Deadline. The actress, who recently starred in a breakout role in Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights, reportedly tested for the part this week.RELATED: Jason Momoa Starts Filming Aquaman 2 Today, Teases Hair Color ChangeBatgirl will center on Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. The character was first seen in the 1967 Batman series with the late Yvonne Craig playing Barbara. Batgirl’s first comic book appearance was in Detective Comics #357 by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.Batgirl is being helmed by Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah from a screenplay by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds of Prey, The Flash) with Kristin Burr (Cruella) producing. The movie will release exclusively on HBO Max.RELATED: The Rock on Black Adam: ‘The Hierarchy of Power in DC Universe is Changing’Batgirl/Barbara Gordon’s last appearance in a live-action big-screen feature was in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, released in 1997 and starring Alicia Silverstone in the role alongside George Clooney’s Batman and Chris O’Donnell’s Robin.

    Testing Process for Batgirl Lead Role Has Begun

    DC has officially begun its search for its Batgirl. Deadline is reporting that executives are expected to test a group of actresses for the highly coveted role.  RELATED: Batgirl: Bad Boys for Life’s Adil El Arbi & Bilal Fallah to Helm DC Film for WBThe report notes that test deals are still being figured out, but that those expected to test for the role include Isabella Merced, Zoey Deutch, and Leslie Grace. Deadline has also heard Haley Lu Richardson’s name included in potential test deals, but that she might have bowed out before the testing process fully began. Warner Bros. and DC Films had no comment when reached out to by Deadline. Despite being pretty tight-lipped about the upcoming film, we do know that DC Films will release both Batgirl and its upcoming Zatanna film on HBO Max. While no plot information is known at the time, the film is expected to feature Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Commissioner Gordon, as she takes up the mantle of Batgirl. RELATED: Batgirl and Zatanna Are Coming To HBO MaxA standalone Batgirl film has actually been in the works at Warner Bros. for several years. Warner Bros. originally enlisted Joss Whedon to write and direct the movie in 2017. However, the project was shelved after he vacated the director’s a year later. But the film got a second chance when WB hired Birds of Prey and Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson to take her own pass at the script.

    Today jason Momoa Starts Filming Aquaman 2, Teases Hair Color Change

    Jason Momoa has officially arrived in England to begin production for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.RELATED: James Wan Unveils Official Title For Aquaman SequelIn a video sent out on his account, Momoa announced his arrival in the country, and also teased the fact that he would be changing his hair color from brown to blond for the film. Of course, Aquaman’s hair color throughout the comics has always been blond, but Momoa instead had his traditional brown hair for the first film. However, it looks like things will be changing now.  Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will again be directed by Conjuring Universe creator James Wan with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick writing the script. The sequel is produced by Wan and frequent collaborator Peter Safran. Wan previously teased that the sequel will feature a more serious and relevant story as well as some horror elements.The sequel sees the return of Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Patrick Wilson as Orm, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Amber Heard as Mera. It’s still unclear if other characters from the first film would also be appearing in the sequel like Nicole Kidman’s Atlanna, and Willem Dafoe’s Vulko. It was also previously reported that Momoa’s fellow Game of Thrones alum Pilou Asbaek was in talks to join the upcoming project.RELATED: DC League of Super-Pets Teaser Sets A-List Cast Including Kevin Hart & Keanu ReevesBased on the DC character created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger in 1941, Aquaman had earned a gross of over $1 billion at the global box office, making it one of Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing DC films. The character made its live-action film debut in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and also later reprise the superhero role in Justice League.

    The Rock on Black Adam: ‘The Hierarchy of Power in DC Universe is Changing’

    Filming for DC’s Black Adam has officially wrapped, and in a new message sent out on social media, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson looked back on the film, and teased some big changes ahead for the DC Universe. RELATED: Black Adam Set Photo Reveals Glimpse at the Anti-Hero’s Iconic SuitTaking to Twitter, Johnson quoted a video of himself taking to the microphone after filming had wrapped. Johnson said that the film was an “incredible journey,” and that it was the “hardest undertaking” of his entire career both physically and mentally, although he noted that it was worth every second. He went on to thank every person involved in the film, before ending things by saying that the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe was changing now.  That a wrap on BLACK ADAM⚡️Incredible journey. Hardest undertaking of my entire career physically & mentally. Worth every second. Boundless gratitude to my 1,000+ crew members, actors and director, Jaume Collet-Serra. The hierarchy of power in DC Universe is changing. BA⚡️ https://t.co/adjLrimOYS— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 16, 2021Black Adam will be led by Dwayne Johnson as Teth-Adam or the titular anti-hero, whose background story was first teased during 2019’s Shazam!. This marks the character’s live-action debut after only appearing in animated shows and films such as Young Justice. The film adaptation is also expected to feature the live-action film introduction of the Justice Society of America.Joining Johnson is Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Aldis Hodge as Hawkman. Other cast members include Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, and Uli Latukefu in undisclosed roles.Based on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, the film is being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Jungle Cruise) from a screenplay written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshiryani. Producers are Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions along with FlynnPicturesCo’s Beau Flynn, with Scott Sheldon overseeing the project for FlynnPictureCo.RELATED: Kevin Feige ‘Wouldn’t Rule Out’ Venom Appearing in the MCUOriginally scheduled for December 2021 release, Black Adam has recently been pushed back to July 29, 2022.

    Godzilla vs. A Week kong Delayed, For September plus James Wan’s Malignant Set

    Malignant will release in theaters, IMAX, and on HBO Max The post Godzilla vs. Kong Delayed a Week, Plus James Wan’s Malignant Set for September appeared first on ComingSoon.net.

    Warner Bros. will release its 2023 movies in theaters first

    Furiosa in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Warner Bros. Warner Bros.’ plans to release all 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters is only temporary, it seems. Variety reports the studio has confirmed that its Mad Max prequel Furiosa, the animated/live action hybrid Coyote vs. Acme and a musical take on The Color Purple will all release in theaters in 2023 — with no mention of an HBO Max debut. That doesn’t rule out any streaming plans, but we wouldn’t count on watching these titles from home on day one. The media giant clearly plans to settle back into the familiar pre-pandemic cycle of blockbusters and holiday premieres. Furiosa arrives first, on June 23rd, 2023, while Coyote vs. Acme is due slightly later on July 21st. The Color Purple is slated to premiere on December 20th of that year. Warner’s messaging isn’t subtle — it’s signalling to creators and the public that its 2021 strategy is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic rather than a sign of a long-term shift. The company has faced stiff opposition to its plan from Dune director Denis Villeneuve and Tenet’s Christopher Nolan, with Villeneuve claiming that Warner was trashing cinema in the name of propping up HBO Max. A 2023 movie slate won’t satisfy those creators in the short term, but it might keep them from dropping the studio. This won’t be thrilling if you view same-day streaming as a chance for the movie industry to break away from an old formula and the grip of theater chains. With that said, Warner is also being somewhat optimistic about the state of theaters. Many theaters have been in danger or even closed as a result of the pandemic, and even AMC has warned it might run out of cash. Although it won’t be surprising if the theater business rebuilds by 2023, big-screen debuts might not be as important as they were before 2020. In this article: The Color Purple, coyote vs acme, streaming, hbo max, theaters, warner bros, furiosa, movies, internet, at&t, movie theaters, WarnerMedia, engadget, news, entertainment, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    Michael B. Jordan Set to Produce Static Shock Movie at DC & WB

    Michael B. Jordan set to produce Static Shock movie at DC & WB After initially announcing the project at the DC FanDome event back in August, DC and Warner Bros’ Static Shock movie has taken a major leap forward as Emmy nominee Michael B. Jordan (Just Mercy) has signed on to produce the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: DC FanDome: Live Action Static Shock Film in the Works! “I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that,” Jordan said in a statement. “Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros on this initial step.” Jordan, who will be producing via his Warner Bros-based banner Outlier Society, joins Emmy, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Reginald Hudlin on the project, who previously announced its development at the studio in August. Jordan’s Outlier will be the main creative head behind the film, with major comic book fan Jordan getting the opportunity to help develop a potentially multi-platform franchise around the cult favorite DC Comics superhero. Static, alter ego Virgil Hawkins, made his debut in the eponymous comic of the same name in 1993 from the now-defunct Milestone Comics, a publisher founded by Black writers and artists looking to create a more inclusive space. He later found larger stardom through the animated series Static Shock on Kids’ WB, in which he was voiced by Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack) and followed the story of the titular teenager transforming into a superhero after being exposed to a strange gas and gaining electromagnetic powers, and eventually made his way into the mainstream DC Comics line in 2008. RELATED: Danny Boyle To Helm Michael B. Jordan-Starrer Methuselah In addition to announcing the development of the film at the event, Hudlin revealed at DC FanDome that the comics publisher would be relaunching Milestone with him now a partner of the label and at the center of it all and that he’s developing a new Static Shock digital comic that is set to debut in February 2021, as well as a graphic novel from Hudlin with art by Kyle Baker, though no release date has been set for that. (Photo Credit: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

    Furiosa Star Anya Taylor-Joy Praises Charlize Theron’s Performance

    Furiosa Star Anya Taylor-Joy Praises Charlize Theron’s Performance Earlier this week, Anya Taylor-Joy was confirmed to headline George Miller’s upcoming Furiosa spinoff as a younger version of the character originated by Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. Many fans were originally hoping to see Theron herself reprise the role in a potential sequel, but it seems that Miller is more interested in winding the clock backward to explore Furiosa’s origin story. Fortunately, Taylor-Joy is also a huge fan of Theron’s, and she’s well aware that expectations are high (via SuperHeroHype). RELATED: Taylor-Joy, Hemsworth & Abdul-Mateen II to Lead Furiosa Prequel! Taylor-Joy discussed landing the role while appearing on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast (via IndieWire). Right now, she’s reuniting with The Witch director Robert Eggers on his next move, The Northman. That movie is shooting in Belfast, which also happens to be where Taylor-Joy saw Fury Road for the first time. And it sounds like her casting prompted a literal stroll down memory lane. “I walked past the cinema where I first was amazed by this incredible mind of George Miller,” said Taylor-Joy. “It’s difficult to put into words. I feel so humbled and grateful. I think the first thing I thought was ‘I am so excited to work so hard.’ The level of commitment that has been shown by those who came before me, I endeavor to match that. That makes me really excited. I have so much respect for the originators of this crazy world and this collection of characters. I am excited to work really hard.” Theron previously confessed that it was “heartbreaking” for her to walk away from Furiosa. Regardless, Taylor-Joy has already begun developing her own take on the character. She acknowledged that she won’t be able to match Theron’s intensity. However, she aims to work as hard as she can to honor her performance. “I fell in love with Furiosa because of the way Charlize presented her,” added Taylor-Joy. “She did such an incredible job. It was so beautiful. I can’t even think about trying to step into her shoes. It has to be something different because it just can’t be done.” “I’ve already started dreaming about [Furiosa] and she’s coming in very strong,” continued Taylor-Joy. “I’m so committed to working as hard as possible as I can. I always said that I wanted a role that I would have to give everything to, it wouldn’t just be my mind but my body, what I’m doing with myself when I’m not on set. I’m so excited for that and to push myself past the limits of what my brain thought was possible.” RELATED: Tony Goldwyn Replaces Liev Schreiber in Will Smith’s King Richard Furiosa will also star Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in supporting roles. Warner Bros. has yet to give the film an official greenlight. How do you think Anya Taylor-Joy will fare as the new Furiosa? Let us know in the comments down below! Recommended Reading: Mad Max Fury Road: The Prelude to the Blockbuster Film

    Alicia Vikander Hopes to Begin Production on Tomb Raider Sequel in 2021

    Alicia Vikander Hopes to Begin Production on Tomb Raider Sequel in 2021 Oscar winner and Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) revealed that work on the highly-anticipated Tomb Raider sequel is expected to resume in 2021 (via Entertainment Weekly). RELATED: Black: Warner Bros. Adapting Superhero Comic Book Series into Film “The plan was for us to start making one this year, of course, due to the [pandemic] situation, that’s now very different. We’re still in discussions about it, so I hope we can probably get to it next year,” Vikander told Good Morning America. It was announced in September 2019 that Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, High-Rise) will direct the untitled sequel. Production on the MGM and Warner Bros. movie was initially planned for this year, with a release date originally set for March 19, 2021, but has obviously been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. The sequel is being written by Amy Jump, who is a regular collaborator with Wheatley. The two have previously worked on High-Rise, Free Fire, A Field in England, Sightseers, and Kill List together. Jump is taking over writing duties for Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons, who co-wrote the first movie. Plot details on the sequel are being kept under wraps. Graham King will once again produce through his GK Films banner. RELATED: The Witches Trailer: Anne Hathaway-Led Reboot Heads to HBO Max Based on the video game character, the 2018 Tomb Raider and earned $274.7 million at the worldwide box office. In the movie, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (Money Monster, 300), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained) and Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands). Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directed the film, and Graham King (The Departed) served as a producer through GK Films.

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