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We Almost Got a Resident Evil TV Show, and Here’s the Proof of Concept

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If you don’t remember the pitch for the TV show Arklay, I don’t blame you. I never heard of it either. Plus, I have no idea what the title is supposed to mean. Just what is an “Arklay?” Well, it’s the name of both the mountains and remote mansion found outside Raccoon City. Yes, Arklay was supposed to be a television show that took place in the Resident Evil universe.

Arklay was planned back in 2014 and originally set to air in 2015, but no distributor ever picked it up. However, the show’s creator Shawn Lebert (Riddle of the Mask, Sanctuary) recently posted a proof of concept video titled Dave that gives audiences a taste of what could have been:

The video follows Detective Reinhardt as he visits the house of his brother Dave (hence the title). Apparently Dave committed suicide, but Reinhardt’s knowledge of Dave’s behavior and inclinations tells him not everything is as it seems. The proof of concept video plays out like a police drama and hints at an ongoing conspiracy that would have been revealed throughout the show had it been produced. And then, at the end of the video, Dave’s corpse stands up, and not because Dave’s alive; he’s quite clearly a zombie. The plot of Dave follows the original pitch for Arklay that was posted on Bloody Disgusting: “When Detective James Reinhard is thrust into a series of bizarre homicides, he unravels the city is hiding a dark conspiracy. Learning a fatal virus is connected to it all, Reinhard discovers it’s already coursing through him. With time no longer on his side, he must solve the conspiracy to save his own life.” This pitch sounds like a novel concept for a show. However, had VG247 not written an article about Dave, I never would have known it was supposed to take place in the Resident Evil universe.

Sadly, this is where information on the show ends. Arklay obviously was going to take place in Raccoon City, but we have no idea how, if at all, the show would have tied into the official Resident Evil canon. Would Arklay have included any Resident Evil characters or monsters like Albert Wesker or the T-002 Tyrant? Would the Detective Reinhardt visited any other other iconic Resident Evil locations, including the infamous Arklay Mansion? We may never know, but I do hope that Lebert’s video inspires a distributor to pick the show up; I think Arklay would do extremely well on Netflix.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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