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Electronic Arts’ Peter Moore recently has continued his company’s defence of why the upcoming “Star Wars: Battlefront” video game will not feature a single player campaign.
Speaking with Gamespot, Moore says the key reason why they didn’t do one is a reason you’re probably not expecting – that they felt not enough people would be interested. Asked if games with single player campaigns sell better, Moore says:
“So, there’s two phenomena with that statement. The first is that yes, you might be right. The second is that very few people actually play the single-player on these kinds of games. That’s what the data points to.”
Of course “Star Wars” isn’t exactly “Call of Duty,” and this a franchise where a rich mythology means a story-driven campaign seems a requirement. Moore says EA and DICE are admittedly taking a gamble with this and they’ll wait and see how it works out:
“Well, you never kick yourself about these things. You make a decision, years out, and you plan for what the world looks like when a game ships in two or three years. That’s about the intuitiveness about the executive producer, and his or her vision for the game. Between when a dev team starts work on a game, and when it finishes, the world becomes a different place.”
“Star Wars: Battlefront” is currently on track for a release in November.
With “Kingsman: The Secret Service” being one of the big success stories of the year, it’s no surprise that other film adaptations of the works of comic author Mark Millar that are currently in development have scored another look at by the studios.
One previously talked about project is his 2010 comic “Nemesis,” a super villain origin film about a billionaire genius and fighter who travels the world as a costumed menace. Joe Carnahan was slated to direct at last report, taking over from the late Tony Scott, and Ridley Scott’s shingle Scott Free would produce.
Now, The Tracking Board reports that the project has jumped studios to Warner Bros. Pictures where it is now in active development. Carnahan and his brother Matthew Michael Carnahan penned the most recent script draft.
USA Network has greenlit the comic book-based drama “Brooklyn Animal Control” from Universal Cable Productions and IDW Entertainment.
The story follows the inner workings of a secret subdivision of the NYPD that functions as social services for the Kveld-Ulf, a highly insular community of werewolves.
The drama explores city politics, immigrant communities, and families divided by ambition, secrecy, and tradition. David S. Goyer, Rick Jacobs and David Alpert will executive produce.
After a lot of back and forth Warner Bros. has given in and released the official first look at the Suicide Squad film as well as Jared Leto as the Joker.
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Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that the next of its animated DC Universe Original Movie titles will be an adaptation of Alan Moore’s legendary comic “Batman: The Killing Joke”.
Bruce W. Timm will executive produce the film which will sport “an original 15-minute prologue that helps set up the story, giving even longtime fans of the story something new to look forward to.”
The comic itself deals with an apparent origin story for The Joker, and the shooting in which Barbara Gordon is paralyzed and changes from Batgirl into Oracle. No voice cast members were announced for the new film, only a general 2016 release date.
Two other animated films were announced at the panel including the original story “Batman: Bad Blood” which introduces Batwoman, and “Justice League vs. Titans” which introduces the Teen Titans to the DC Universe Original Movies line-up.
Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with Universal Cable Productions to adapt some of their library comic titles for television. The first batch of comics set to get the small screen treatment will include the following titles:
The Umbrella Academy: Created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, the comic follows the reunion of the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers who must now save the world.
Harrow County: Based on Cullen Bunn’s just published work, the story follows a teenage girl who learns she is connected to the sinister woodland creatures that populate the dark woods surrounding her home because she is the reincarnation of a witch who died the day she was born.
Back Up: Based on a film script by Tom Vaughn, the story is set in a near future where technology allows people to be backed up, much like hard drives, in a way that helps them protect themselves against death.
Concrete: The Eisner Award-winning title by Paul Chadwick, the story follows a man who awakens to find his subconscious transplanted into a hulking stone body.
UCP will collaborate with Dark Horse to develop “character driven concepts for television intended to resonate with their current fan base”.
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The main reason to attend the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel on Thursday at San Diego Comic Con seems to have vanished into the ether.
EW reports that those hoping for a new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to premiere at the convention are out of luck as the next trailer isn’t due until this Fall. In fact, the presentation is said to not contain any new clips from the movie at all.
There were rumors of a behind the scenes featurette screening at the presentation, but now it looks like that’s no longer the case.
So what will we see? Director J.J. Abrams, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will be on stage to talk about the film, and there is reports that several actors who haven’t yet spoken publicly about their roles will make an appearance.
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