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Warner Bros. Denies Stealing Fallout Shelter’s Code

Bethesda launched
Fallout Shelter in 2015 ahead of the launch of Fallout 4, and the charming mobile game has proven to be quite popular and lucrative in the years since. Fast forward to June 2018 and Warner Bros. has released a Westworld mobile game that is strikingly similar to Fallout Shelter in both looks and gameplay. Is this just another case of a popular game attracting competitors, or is there something more sinister at play?

Bethesda
filed a lawsuit last week alleging that the Westworld game features code stolen directly from Fallout Shelter. Warner Bros. chose to hire the same developer, Behaviour Interactive, that helped Bethesda with Fallout Shelter, and Bethesda claims that Behavior Interactive shared copyrighted code with Warner Bros. to create the new game. As proof of their claims, Bethesda intends to show that certain coding bugs that existed in early versions of Fallout Shelter (and have since been fixed) also appear in the current build of the Westworld game.

Warner Bros. has now officially responded to the allegations, and they are claiming total innocence. They deny any coercion of Behavior Interactive and hold that their game does not contain any Bethesda-copyrighted code whatsoever.

“As one of the world’s leading creators of intellectual property, including the ground-breaking television series Westworld, Warner Bros. has a deep respect for intellectual property rights. As such, the assertions by Bethesda Softworks that Warner’s Westworld mobile game improperly used source code from Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter are as surprising as they are unsubstantiated. Warner Bros. has been assured by the game developer, Behaviour Interactive, that Bethesda’s allegations are untrue and that none of Bethesda’s code was used in the Westworld game. Moreover, contrary to Bethesda’s baseless accusation, Warner Bros. at no time “induced” Behaviour to use the Fallout Shelter code in Westworld.”
— Warner Bros.

It looks like Warner Bros. is prepared to fight this, and they’ve got plenty of money to do so. However, if Bethesda can really produce the evidence they claim to have, it should be a losing battle.

Source: Game Informer

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Bethesda Sues Warner Bros. for Stealing Fallout Shelter’s Code

It’s a clash of titans, as one major video game publisher is now suing another. Bethesda has just filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros., alleging that the latter completely ripped off Fallout Shelter in order to create their Westworld mobile game. At a quick glance, there are definite similarities in terms of visuals and gameplay, but Bethesda is accusing Warner Bros. of much worse.

According to Bethesda, Westworld actually stole specific segments of code from Fallout Shelter as well. Bethesda hired Behaviour Interactive to help develop Fallout Shelter, and afterwards Warner Bros. hired the same team for their Westworld title. All of the code written for Bethesda by Behaviour is Bethesda’s property, but Bethesda alleges that they stole this code and provided it to Warner Bros. at the publisher’s request.

Aside from the obvious similarities, how did Bethesda realize their code had been hijacked? According to the suit, a bug that appeared in early versions of Fallout Shelter (later patched out) was discovered in the Westworld game. If the courts see the situation the same way, Warner Bros. and Behavior will both be in hot water. Bethesda is seeking financial restitution, and there’s a strong chance the Westworld game could be shut down entirely.

Source: Polygon

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Microsoft Unveils the Choice-Driven Dying Light 2

Microsoft made a number of announcements during their E3 presentation today, and one of the longer segments was devoted to unveiling and discussing Dying Light 2, a sequel to 2015’s survival horror action-adventure game. Alongside the reveal trailer, the lead writer stepped on stage to discuss how heavily the game is focused on the decisions players make, giving the example of what happens if you choose to help a by-the-book-obsessed group restore water to a city, or turn against their dictatorial ways and keep water scarce.

You can see the full reveal in the video above, including the announcement trailer and the gameplay example. Based on this reveal, how does Dying Light 2 look to you?

Source: Microsoft E3 2018 Press Conference

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J.J. Abrams Just Opened Up a Game Studio

Hollywood big shot J. J. Abrams has been interested in video games for quite some time. He has previously announced plans to make
movies based on Portal and Half-Life, and he’s also giving Epic Games a hand with their upcoming title, Spyjinx. Now he’s taking that interest to the next level by creating his own game development studio as part of his Bad Robot brand.

Bad Robot president and COO Brian Weinstein has just revealed that the company is teaming up with Tencent (a mega-publisher out of China that has rapidly been expanding and investing in the West) to form Bad Robot Games. Warner Bros. is also investing money in the studio, and they intend to team up with other established developers to create large and small games alike across the mobile, PC, and console markets. They want it all!

Dave Baronoff has been in charge of Bad Robot’s games and interactive content creation since 2006, so he’s been tapped to head up the new studio. Tim Keenan (creator of the indie game
Duskers) will join him as creative director.

“I’m a massive games fan, and increasingly envious of the amazing tools developers get to work with, and the worlds they get to play in. Now we are doubling down on our commitment to the space with a unique co-development approach to game making that allows us to focus on what we do best, and hopefully be a meaningful multiplier to our developer partners. Dave’s creativity, deep passion and skillful leadership will be incredibly valuable as we harness our partner Tencent’s expertise, experience and reach to bring our games to audiences around the world.”
— J. J. Abrams

There’s no word yet on what Bad Robot Games will tackle first, but it sounds like they’ve got lofty ambitions. Are you looking forward to seeing what Abrams and his crew are crafting?

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Thanos Will Soon be Playable in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

We’re just days away from the theatrical release of Avengers: Infinity War. The Avengers are up against their toughest foe yet, with Thanos aiming to destroy half the universe. We’ll all be cheering for the heroes in theaters, but if some small part of you wants to explore the evil side of that conflict, you’ll soon have the chance!

Marvel Studios and publisher Warner Bros. have just announced that the Avengers’ mightiest foe yet will soon be joining
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 as a playable character. In celebration of the upcoming film, the game is getting a new DLC level that lets you play as Thanos and control “his ruthless army.” There’s no official word on when this DLC will be available (or what it will cost), but it’s expected to debut around the same time as the movie.

Source: Game Informer

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Batman’s Voice Actor Says There Are No Plans for Another Batman: Arkham Game

Batman is one of the most popular comic book characters of all time, and he’s successfully made the jump into numerous other media over the years. That includes video games, with one of Batman’s latest and greatest interactive adventures being the Arkham series created by Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. The games have been lauded and successful for the most part, though Arkham Knight did see a good bit of controversy and criticism. If you were one of many who’d hoped that WB might fix those issues in a brand new Arkham adventure, however, it doesn’t sound like that will be the case.

This past weekend, the Dark Knight’s voice actor, Kevin Conroy, was part of a panel at Wizard World Comic Con in Nashville, and he was asked whether or not another Batman: Arkham game was in the works. Conroy’s response shot down any hope of that being the case, however, and quite definitively.

“You know, I can’t believe that they’re not going to do another one, but they’re not. Isn’t that amazing? It’s… they made literally billions of dollars on those games. But, no. There’s no plan to do another one. Sorry.” — Kevin Conroy

While Rocksteady had stated that they were moving on from Batman games, and while they wrapped up their series quite well with the ending of Arkham Knight, many still suspected that WB would continue the series, perhaps using prequels like Arkham Origins to better flesh out that universe. But it looks like WB and Rocksteady really are allowing the Dark Knight to hang up his cape, at least for now. With that said, Telltale is currently continuing their own Batman series, and with the popularity of the Caped Crusader, I’d be shocked if a brand new Batman title didn’t pop up somewhere in the next few years. Until then, you can always catch up on or replay the Arkham series yourself to get your Batman fix.

You can check out a video of Conroy’s answer below. What do you think of this? Are you surprised that these studios aren’t working on another Batman: Arkham title? Relieved that they’re letting the Bat take a break? Who would you like to see create the Dark Knight’s next game, and what sort of experience should it be? Give us your thoughts on all this in the comments below!

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Will Let You Recruit Enemy Orcs to Your Army

Many gamers enjoyed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor when it came out in 2014, and the sequel is just around the corner. New gameplay for Middle-earth: Shadow of War was shown off at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, revealing some new details and powers about the upcoming game set in Middle-earth.

The footage revealed the game would feature seven new orc tribes, and you can use your ring powers to recruit orcs to join your army. You will also be able to plan attacks before you engage in a stronghold battle, adding a layer of strategy to the game.

You can check out some of this new gameplay in the video above!

Source: Microsoft E3 2017 Press Conference

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s Story Trailer Tells of an Epic Lord of the Rings Prologue

Monolith Productions has released a new story trailer for the highly anticipated Middle-earth: Shadow of War game centered around events before The Lord of the Rings, and it has a lot to digest for Middle-earth fans. The sequel to Shadow of Mordor is also going to be highlighted on WB Live! during E3 next week, so anyone excited for this game should be able to get their fix very soon.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be livestreamed Tuesday at 2:40 PM EST and Wednesday and Thursday at 1:10 PM EST. The game is scheduled to launch for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms on October 10th, and anyone interested can already preorder the game.

Where do you see this game’s story heading?
Shadow of War certainly seems like an appropriate title to me. Feel free to theorize and speculate in the comments below!

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is Getting a Sequel

In 2014, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor to critical acclaim. Shadow of Mordor was the most successful Lord of the Rings-based game to date and was praised for the gameplay and extensive use of lore. Today, Warner Bros. officially announced a sequel to Shadow of Mordor, and it’s coming out this year. Middle-earth: Shadow of War takes place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and will continue the story of the first game. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment President David Haddad expressed his excitement for Shadow of War in a statement.

“Monolith Productions continues to innovate by introducing deeper, more personalised gameplay experiences, coupled with authentic storytelling. Middle-earth: Shadow of War truly drives the genre forward by taking the Nemesis System to new heights and allowing players to create their own personal journey within Middle-earth.” — David Haddad

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is scheduled to launch on August 22, 2017 in North America and August 25 in Europe for Xbox One, Project Scorpio, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and PC.

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NetherRealm Studios Will Release Injustice 2 in May

Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon first teased the existence of Injustice 2 with a simple tweet, and he has used the same method to reveal its release date. Yesterday afternoon the developer tweeted out a black image with white text reading “i2.05.16.17” and nothing more. The obvious interpretation of this sequence is an Injustice 2 release date of May 16, 2017, and NetherRealm Studios officially confirmed this shortly after Boon’s tweet. You can look forward to your favorite DC heroes and villains battling on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One once again in just four months.

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New Prototype Footage Shows Batman: Arkham Asylum Running on Nintendo Wii

Batman: Arkham Asylum was one of the most beloved games of the last generation, but Nintendo fans never got to experience it. Warner Bros. and Rocksteady never opted to release the game on Wii, but a prototype version was actually up and running at one point. Red Fly Studios had a knack for porting games to Wii, including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and Ghostbusters, and they even gave Arkham Asylum a shot.

It’s definitely a steep decline in quality from the real game, but considering the hardware they were working with, it’s pretty impressive that they were able to whip this up in just a few weeks. In addition to the Arkham Asylum footage, Red Fly Studios also shared prototype footage from Wii versions of Devil May Cry and Dig Dug. You can check out all of these never-released projects in the playlist above.

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Batman: The Telltale Series’ Season Finale is Available Now Alongside a New Trailer

The fifth and final episode of the Batman: The Telltale Series came out yesterday, and along with it a new trailer. This final episode, called City of Light, appears to be the dramatic culmination of the series and is now available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and mobile.

You can find the official description below:

“The leader of the Children of Arkham prepares to execute the final act of a plan to destroy the Wayne family name, and the people closest to you are in their path of vengeance. Can Batman’s ultimate secret be kept–his very identity–when it is causing chaos and death in Gotham? The fate of the Wayne family and of the city itself rests on your choices. What will you do? How far will you go? Which mask will you wear?”

While there is no word on a second season, you can now get the entire collection in stores.

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The Final Episode of Batman: The Telltale Series Launches on December 13th

Fans of Telltale’s Batman series don’t have too much longer to wait for the thrilling conclusion of the series. Telltale Games announced earlier today that the fifth episode of Batman: The Telltale Series, entitled “City of Light,” will launch on all platforms in just under a week on December 13th. City of Light revolves around the Children of Arkham as they execute the final act of a plan to take down the Wayne family name.

How far will you go to protect the city of Gotham? The power is in your hands.

Source: Telltale Games

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LEGO Worlds is Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on February 21st

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that LEGO Worlds will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on February 21st in North America, and three days later on February 24th in Europe. LEGO Worlds is a Minecraft-style game where players can explore a galaxy of bricks and use their imagination to build their own virtual models. Worlds is developed by TT Games, the same studio behind the other LEGO games, but focuses more on building unique creations than the standard story based missions that headlined the other games. Check out a trailer for the game above!

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The Fourth Episode of Batman: The Telltale Series is Now Available

Back in August, Telltale released the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series named Realm of Shadows. Today, Telltale released Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham, which will put players in “very different places” based on the choices you made in the previous episode. Telltale released an official synopsis and trailer of the latest episode, where Batman must make some difficult decisions.

“In Episode 4, Penguin has taken control of Wayne Enterprises, and the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane has a new guest–you–Bruce Wayne. With the Batman removed from the streets of Gotham City, Harvey Dent’s forces and the Children of Arkham are at war, with innocent citizens caught in the crossfire. To escape the ‘comforts’ of your padded cell, you must choose allies to aid in your escape, even if they aren’t the sort to put a smile on your face. How far are you willing to go for justice? For vengeance? What now, Dark Knight?”

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 4 is Now Available for Android, iOS, PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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LEGO City Undercover is Coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam Next Spring

LEGO City Undercover began as a Wii U exclusive back in 2013, and it will soon see new life on multiple platforms. Warner Bros. has announced today that the open world LEGO game (which plays much like a child-friendly take on Grand Theft Auto) is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam sometime in the Spring of 2017.

The Wii U version of the game made heavy use of the GamePad for two-screen functionality, so features have likely been reworked to accommodate the new hardware. I had a blast with this game on Wii U, so if you passed on it before (or if you don’t own a Wii U), you might want to give it a shot next Spring.

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Arkham City Remastered Has Extremely Erratic Frame Rates

Batman: Return to Arkham was delayed for months in order to give the development team more time to polish the games up, but many customers are still dissatisfied with the finished product. The games feature improved visuals, but frame rates are inconsistent, leading to an experience that’s not very smooth. Digital Foundry decided to analyze the performance of the Arkham City remaster, comparing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One side by side, and their analysis video shows just how up and down the frame rate is throughout.

The PlayStation 4 version typically outperforms the Xbox One version by a very small margin during gameplay, but the difference is far more substantial (up to 16 frames per second) during cutscenes. Warner Bros. chose not to cap the frame rate at 30, so it typically hovers in the mid-30s during gameplay, but it can shoot up as high as 60 or drop into the low 20s at various points. You can check out their full analysis by clicking above.

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Here’s the Full Lineup of Third-Party Studios Supporting the Nintendo Switch

After a year and a half of rumors and speculation, Nintendo has finally unveiled their new console, Nintendo Switch. The reveal trailer showed some of the third-party games coming to the console, including Skyrim Remastered, but that appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. Following the trailer, Nintendo issued a press release that included a list of third-party partners that are supporting Nintendo Switch, including popular companies like From Software, Bethesda, Capcom, Konami, Square Enix, and more. You can check it out by clicking below.

Source: Kotaku

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Knuckles, Tails, Shadow, and Big the Cat are Joining the Sonic Level Pack for LEGO Dimensions

One of my most anticipated expansions for LEGO Dimensions is launching in just over a month. Starting November 18th, retailers will be carrying the Sonic Level Pack, which includes Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Speedster, and The Tornado as physical figurines. While we don’t have any footage of the new levels, we now know a little bit more about what characters will appear in the new content. Joining Sonic and Dr. Eggman in the lineup, Knuckles, Tails, Shadow, and fan favorite Big the Cat will enter the fun as well. Here’s hoping we set off on an adventure to find Froggy!

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Episode Three of Telltale’s Batman Launches on October 25th

Telltale’s Batman series has been receiving largely positive reviews in its first and second episodes, which let players step into the role of a young Bruce Wayne and Batman to fight Gotham’s most notorious criminals. Telltale has now announced that episode three is coming on October 25th. The episode is titled “New World Order” and will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Here’s Telltale’s overview of the third episode:

“In Episode 3, Penguin’s brutal attack broadcast on live TV has left Gotham City reeling. As Bruce and Batman, you’ll dig deeper into the web of intrigue surrounding the newly revealed Children of Arkham. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, the mysterious Selina Kyle reveals more of herself to Bruce. And in the aftermath of the attack, Bruce’s friend and Gotham’s new mayor, Harvey Dent, is a deeply changed man. Who can be trusted when the future of Bruce Wayne – and the Batman – could be determined by the flip of a coin?”

Will you be playing the third episode of Batman: The Telltale Series? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Telltale Games

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