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Star Wars: Rogue One Film Is A Prequel, Will Follow Mission To Steal Death Star Plans

A few details about Star Wars' 2016 film, Rogue One, have been revealed as part Star Wars Celebration 2015. It will take place before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

It won't be a numbered entry in the Star Wars film pantheon and instead serves as a stand-a-lone anthology film. According to a recent panel covering the film with its director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), it won't feature Jedis or special powers, and is instead being approached as a grounded war film. The only confirmed casting so far is Felicity Jones, who will be playing a Rebel soldier who is involved in the mission. Here's the movie's official, one-line description:

A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the
Death Star plans in the Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.

The panel also showed a brief teaser for the movie (which has not begun shooting) showing a lone TIE fighter flying through a forested valley, panning up to reveal the Death Star seen through the clouds in the distance.

The remainder of the the panel, which you can read in more detail about here, saw Edwards talking about how big of a Star Wars fan he is, and how difficult it was for him to not tell anyone he would be directing a Star Wars movie for six months.

For all the news from Star Wars Celebration, head here.

[Source: Star Wars, via The Verge]

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Grab A Digital Copy Of The First Issue Of The Mortal Kombat X Prequel Comic For Free

Mortal Kombat X released today, and if you want to learn about the events that lead to the game's story, you can now check out the first issue of the prequel story's comic for free.

You can head here to grab the issue for free from ComiXology. Mike Futter recently wrote up some impressions on the comic, which you can find here. You can also find our very positive review of the game by heading here.

[Source: ComiXology]

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Tomb Raider prequel series revealed by Teen Wolf actor

To prepare fans for the 2015 launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics is plotting a live-action series focused on famed adventuress Lara Croft, according to actor Stephen Lunsford.

In a message posted to Instagram alongside a pho…
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Inquisition Prequel, Dragon Age: The Last Court, Coming Soon To Dragon Age Keep

In February, Failbetter Games announced it was working on a secret project with BioWare. The fruits of those labors have been revealed, with the announcement of Dragon Age: The Last Court.

Failbetter is known for a browser title called Fallen London, which plays out like a choose your own adventure game. The Last Court will work similarly, with players taking on the role of the new ruler of an obscure Orlesian fiefdom.

You’ll choose between two characters, the Huntress and the Scholar, and rule your land by making a number of choices. The Last Court is going to be integrated into Dragon Age Keep.

You might recall that the Keep is how you’ll review and import your version of Thedas into Dragon Age: Inquisition. Dragon Age Keep is open beta now. Inquisition will be out on November 18 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. Before you dive into Dragon Age Keep though, be sure to read our primer on some of the more obscure decisions you’ve made in past titles.

[Source: Failbetter Games]

 

Our Take
I’ve enjoyed some of the tie-in experiences with past BioWare games, with Facebook title Dragon Age Legends topping the list. Yes, a good Facebook game. The Last Court could trump it for two reasons. First, it’s free rather than free-to-play. Second, its inclusion with Dragon Age Keep means that it will reach more people. I’m eager to check it out. 

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Ace Attorney Prequel gets new trailer at Tokyo Game Show

Capcom have revealed a brand new trailer for the upcoming Ace Attorney prequel, The Great Ace Attorney at the Tokyo Game Show.

Set during the Meiji era of Japan, attorney-in-training Ryunosuke Naurhodou, ancestor of Phoenix Wright, travels to England along with his assistant, Susato Mikotoba, where he meets Sherlock Holmes and his partner, the young genius, Iris Watson.

The trailer shows off one of the new features of the game: deductive reasoning, which sees Holmes use his infamous detective skills to analyse Susato, with Ryunosuke butting in to bring in his own deductions.

The game will be out in Japan in early 2015. Still no word on a Western release but given the series’ popularity over here and the game prominently taking place in England, we should hopefully hear something about it next year.


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Batman: Arkham Origins Prequel Fan Film Pits Deathstroke Against Black Mask

If after playing Batman: Arkham Origins, you wondered how or why Black Mask and Deathstroke decided to work together – wonder no more.

The short fan-film, titled Deathstroke: Arkham Assassin, appears on the GoingNowhereShow YouTube channel was directed by Chris and Larry White. The short serves as a prequel showcasing the meeting between Black Mask and Deathstroke. Black Mask tasks Deathstroke with killing a collection of his men in a short period of time, which doesn't seem like the best way to vet your freelance assassins, but I'm not a criminal mastermind, so what do I know?

You can check out the video below, which has some extreme violence that really isn't suitable for work.

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For our review of Arkham Origins head here.

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Konami Confirms Alucard Prequel DLC For Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2

After making his introductory appearance in Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, and especially after his starring role in Symphony of the Night, Alucard became a fan-favorite. Players will once again take control of Dracula’s son in the first DLC for Lords of Shadow 2.

Last week we reported on the likelihood of this content, which is now confirmed. Titled Revelations, Alucard’s adventure brings players back before the events of the main game. It includes new powers, including wolf and bat transformations, and the ability to turn back time.

Revelations will be available on March 25 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. We’ve reached out to Konami to confirm a price. For more, check out our review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

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Resident Evil 6 Prequel Manga Heading To North America

North American manga publisher Viz Media has announced plans to bring a Resident Evil 6 prequel manga previously released in Japan to North America.

The manga explains what Chris Redfield was up to before the events of Resident Evil 6. He and his team are tasked with investigating an apparent virus breakout at a prestigious high school. Before he arrives, however, a teacher at the school, Professor Doug Wright, and his nephew Ricky try to figure out what's going on. The manga runs five volumes and will begin publishing in November.

For our review of Resident Evil 6, head here.

[Via: Anime News Network, Siliconera]

 

Our Take
Resident Evil 6 released in 2012, and was generally disliked compared to other entries in the Resident Evil series. The timing for a prequel manga for a game that is more than a year old seems odd, but I am sure there are some hardcore Resident Evil fans out there who will be happy to finally read the manga in English.

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Digital Comic Prequel Part Two Now Available

The second issue of the Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z digital comic is now available.

You can check out the first issue of the comic by heading here. The comic premiered alongside the recent announcement that the game would be receiving a two-week delay. The game is now arriving on March 18 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. To check out both issues of the comic, head here.

The three-issue comic fills in the game’s backstory. It’s written by Tim
Seeley (Hack/Slash) and Josh Emmons, with art by Rafael Ortiz (Dan the
Unharmable) and color by Carols Badilla (Hack/Slash).

You can check out a few sample pages from the second issue below.

 

Our Take
Comic books are a popular accessory for video games, often used to set up back stories and begin the character development process before release. I am curious how popular they are, though. Do you read the comics that release before and alongside video games?

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Actor retracts announcement of live-action Tekken prequel

Yesterday we brought you word of a live-action Tekken prequel dubbed Tekken – A Man Called X. Today we’ve learned that no such film exists.

Reports of the film initially stemmed from actor Kane Kosugi. Reportedly, Kosugi was to star in the movie …
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