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It’s safe to say that Marvel rules the world right now. Whether its the MCU on the big screen or TV screen, Marvel has dominated everywhere except video games. With some recent news, though, that may be changing. This next step towards global domination starts with Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy, who just dropped a new trailer.

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The Nova Corps are in trouble, and it seems the Guardians are the only ones that can help. Star-Lord, Rocket, Gamora, Groot, and Drax answer the call, stepping up to face the mad titan Thanos. That is about all the story the trailer gives away, but that’s all the story you need heading into “Tangled up in Blue,” the first of the five episode season. But, really, do you need anymore than that to guess what’s going to happen if they’re facing Thanos in the first episode. It’s Thanos, the guy almost rewrote reality a few times in the comics and is going to be the villain for two Avengers movies.

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While not set within the MCU directly, to say its “inspired” by it is an understatement. The newest comics and the animated series on Disney XD all pulled tonally and visually from the movie, so it only makes sense Telltale followed suit. From the humor to the music, it feels like James Gunn himself was at Telltale, giving them ideas and pointers on the universe he put onscreen. The important things are still there, though. Drax still takes things a little too literally, Star-Lord has a sweet taste in music and style, and Groot is still Groot. It may not be a hard formula to nail, but simple doesn’t always mean easy. That said, this is the same dev team that nailed The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Batman, and managed to give Minecraft a decent story.

And this ain’t the only thing on the way. With Insomniac’s PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game and Square Enix’s Avengers game, Marvel will take over the world. But, for the time being, fans will just have to settle for Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy when Episode 1 releases April 18th for download.

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Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years

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Activision has recently announced the establishment of a new studio, Elsewhere Entertainment, located in Warsaw. The studio has been entrusted with the exciting challenge of creating a groundbreaking AAA franchise that will captivate players with its immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay. A significant number of employees were let go by the large corporation after the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King earlier this year.

According to IGN, Activision made the announcement in a blog post, sharing that the team will be based in Poland with additional resources in the US. The studio has assembled a team of highly skilled individuals who have worked on acclaimed titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher, Destiny, Far Cry, and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Activision’s response to IGN’s request for a studio logo or official artwork was rather unconventional. Instead of providing the requested materials, they sent over the Cambridge University dictionary definition of the word “elsewhere.”. However, with a discerning eye, one may catch a glimpse of something lurking in the background. The publication acknowledges that, whatever it may be, it has no connection to Call of Duty. Elsewhere Entertainment has been granted full access to Activision’s extensive resources and cutting-edge tools, enabling them to further enhance their production and development capabilities. We may have to wait a while before we find out what they have in store for us.

Curious about Activision’s latest venture, Elsewhere Entertainment? Opening a new studio after numerous layoffs—is it a tasteless move or simply another harsh reality of the video game industry? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser is currently working on the development of an exciting new ‘Open World Action-Adventure’ game

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Last year, we reported that Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser had launched a new studio called Absurd Ventures, with the aim of developing original IP for all platforms and formats. The new outfit has recently started development on a game that boasts top-notch combat and third-person action in a variety of game modes.

This information is available, as Eurogamer discovered, from a recent job listing on the developer’s website. The company is looking for more people to join their team and contribute to an “open-world action-adventure game.”. According to Eurogamer, it seems that the project they are working on is still in its early stages. They are currently in the process of hiring for important positions like lead designer, lead gameplay designer, art director, and technical director.

Absurd Venture is dedicated to crafting immersive narrative experiences across a wide range of mediums, such as games, animation, books, graphic novels, live-action, and scripted podcasts. Their mission is to create captivating worlds, compelling characters, and engaging stories that span diverse genres. The former vice president of writing at Rockstar, who co-wrote both Red Dead Redemption games, has recently joined the studio. Additionally, Lazlow Jones, a former writer and producer at Rockstar, has also come on board.

Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the physical version, requires an online connection for installation

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Players who choose to go with a physical copy of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Shadows will need an Internet connection in order to finish the installation. This is unlikely to pose a problem for most Ubisoft fans, but it does align with a trend that is worth mentioning. It follows a requirement that was initially introduced in 2023’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and will also be the case with the upcoming Star Wars Outlaws.

As reported by VGC, pre-orders for the game are now available, and a notice on the front box art at retailers such as Best Buy and GameStop states: “Internet connection is necessary for game installation.” For Avatar, players had to install a day-one patch before being able to start the game. However, both Shadows and Outlaws come with a warning prominently displayed on the front of the box.

The lack of a clear explanation for this requirement raises concerns about the long-term preservation of the game, particularly if the servers are eventually shut down. In December, Ubisoft made the decision to delist the original The Crew, effectively ending its run. This unfortunate event may not be the last time we see a game meet a similar fate.

What are your thoughts on Ubisoft’s requirement of an online connection for the installation of its flagship games? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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