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Soma Live-Action Prequel Series Sets Up Terror Under The Sea

Now that Frictional’s Soma is out and terrifying people, the studio is continuing the intriguing live-action series that first introduced the game. Don’t worry about spoilers, as this is a prequel to Soma’s narrative.

The series, a partnership with Imagos Films, will run from September 28 through October 5, with a new episode dropping every day. You can check out the first one below, along with the two trailers released two years ago.

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For more on Soma, check out our review. – The Feed

Star Wars: Rogue One Prequel Film Gets Its First Official Set Photo

We're still waiting for the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, but in the meantime, shooting has officially begun on Star Wars: Rogue One.

The film takes place before the events of Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope and follows a band of resistance fighters as they attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star (spoiler alert: they'll probably retrieve them). You can read more about the film here.

Shooting has begun, and in honor of the event, Disney shared a photo from the set with the cast in full costume, as well as a new logo for the film which identifies the film as "A Star Wars Story".

Much of the film's cast has also been revealed. Initially, we only knew about Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) being in the film, but now we know Diego Luna (Milk), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), and Alan Tudyk (Firefly) who is motion-capturing a digital character, will also be in the film.

Rogue One releases December 16, 2016, and is being directed by Gareth Edwards, best know for the recent reboot, Godzilla.

[Source: @DisneyStudios,] – The Feed

Batman: Arkham Knight’s Season Pass Detailed, Includes Story Prequel Starring Batgirl

We now know what will be included in Batman: Arkham Knight's pricey season pass, the highlight being Batgirl being playable for the first time.

When it was revealed on Thursday, all we knew was that it would be $ 40 (there is also a $ 99 digital premium edition that includes the game and the season pass), add content to the game for six months following release. We knew it would include skins, challenge maps, and race tracks, and it hinted at story missions and additional villains. Now, we know exactly what will be included.

The most exciting of the bunch are the collections of story missions. Batgirl: A Matter of Family let's players play as Batgirl for the first time in a prequel campaign that will take place in an entirely new location. The Season of Infamy casts players as Batman with "legendary super-villains invading Gotham City, with new story arcs, missions and gameplay features." Gotham City Stories has players playing as an assortment of Batman's allies in story missions that take place before and after the events of Arkham Knight.

You will also get to play with different Batmobiles from Batman's 75-year history on tracks themed to specific Batman eras. Finally, you will also gain access to assorted skins and challenge maps. You can see the DLC fully detailed here.

[Source: WB Games]


Our Take
This is a pretty hefty list that goes a long way in justifying the $ 40 pay-in-advance price tag of the DLC. I'm not sure why these details weren't available when the DLC was announced. Maybe Rocksteady wanted to keep Batgirl a secret? In any case, we are much better equipped to decide if we think it's worth the expenditure. I'm particulalry interested in playing as Batgirl in a separate campaign. That sounds very cool. – The Feed

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] – The Feed

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] – The Feed

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.

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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. – The Feed

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. – The Feed

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. – The Feed