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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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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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