Category Archives: 2014
Stephen Toulouse, who was a Microsoft employee for 18 years before departing in 2012, has rejoined his former company. Toulouse will be joining Rod Fergusson’s team at Black Tusk on the next Gears of War project as the director of community engagement. The news was announced on Major Nelson’s podcast.
Toulouse served as Xbox Live’s director of policy and enforcement, setting the tone for the gaming division’s community standards. In that role, Toulouse instituted a policy change that allowed users to express their sexual orientation in their Gamertags. Prior to the 2010 revision, users were prohibited from doing so, touching off a widespread call for reform.
Since leaving Microsoft, Toulouse served as director of product management for Gaems (portable gaming entertainment cases) and has been with HBO as an infrastructure project manager.
[Source: Major Nelson]
“Destiny has always represented a new beginning for our team. It was born from brave possibilities,” the announcement post on Bungie’s site reads. “We dreamed of a renewed and independent Bungie. We found partners willing to bet big on some crazy new ideas with us.”
Destiny is Bungie’s “mythic science fiction” open world multiplayer shooter first revealed last November. A beta for Destiny, which pre-orders will get first crack at, kicks off first on PlayStation platforms in the summer of 2014.
The Gears of War franchise has a lot of life left in it, according to Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer. Speaking with Kotaku, Spencer said Microsoft is in “active” discussions about the future of the franchise, but stopped short of confirming a new entry in the series.
“I’m a huge fan of the franchise,” Spencer said. “I want to continue to work with Gears. I think there’s a lot of life left in that franchise. We had an internal discussion on it even yesterday. It’s something that’s active in discussion about what we can do with Gears.”
Gears of War fans eager for a follow-up to this year’s Gears of War: Judgment may want to get comfortable, as Spencer said “there’s nothing even pending that I’m holding to announce.” That said, he explained that the importance of the franchise to gamers is not lost on him.
“I understand the importance of the franchise to the Xbox platform and to gamers–I’d say gamers first. It’d be great to do something forward with that franchise.”
Since its inception, the Gears of War franchise has been exclusive to Xbox and PC. Spencer declined to say if this status would change going forward, deferring to Epic for that question.
“It’s Epic’s franchise,” he said. “You and I both know that. I can’t make any assurances about anybody else’s franchise. It’s Epic’s game and we have to talk to them about a partnership and what they want to do. As you know, you probably know right now they’re more focused on other areas of their business right now.”
Gears of War creator Epic Games has no announced projects beyond the PC-exclusive Fortnite. Gears of War: Judgment was principally developed by Poland-based subsidiary Epic Games Poland (formerly known as People Can Fly).
Also in the interview, Spencer discussed the Xbox platform’s status in Japan, a region where the system has never been hugely popular. He said Microsoft has closed deals for new titles, described as “full Japanese games” that are more substantial that downloadable projects.
We have signed some things in Japan that we haven’t announced that we’ll announce in… ’14 so that people get to hear about support in Japan,” Spencer said.
Spencer also teased that Microsoft is potentially interested in older franchises, including a reboot of Phantom Dust. “It’s a discussion right now; there’s nothing signed. But we’re talking. It does seem like there’s a lot of interest around that.”
Much like the spotlighted villain at the center of its movies, the Friday the 13th franchise is once again coming back from the dead. Paramount Pictures has announced that they will be releasing a brand new title from the long-running horror series on March 13, 2015.
But what exactly is this movie? Is it a sequel to the Marcus Nispel-directed reboot from back in 2009? Is it the continuation of the franchise that seemingly ended in 2003 with Freddy vs. Jason? The answer is none of the above. According to the reliable Exhibitor Relations Twitter account, the new film will be yet another reboot. What makes it interesting, however, is that the movie will be the thirteenth theatrically released movie in the series.
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Offers First Look at Peter Dinklage’s Bolivar Trask and His Sentinels
Ever since ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ offered a brief cinematic rendering of a giant Sentinel robot with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine slicing its head off in the danger room, ‘X-Men’ fans have been craving a full-body look at these mutant-hunting bots. Thankfully, prayers have been answered as these icons of the comic books have become the forefront of Fox’s marketing for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’
We’ve known for a while that Sentinels would play a major part in Bryan Singer’s upcoming sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ but Peter Dinklage only officially revealed he’d be starring as Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinels, at the ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Comic-Con panel. Now, both he and his fictitious Trask Industries are the new face of Fox’s viral marketing campaign for the film.
After digging around on the newly launched Trask-Industries.com, first look photos and video footage of his character and Sentinel robots have been revealed, along with this character description:
Even from his early years as a research assistant, Bolivar always maintained a particular interest in the origin and evolution of humanity. Following in the footsteps of Mendel, Watson and Crick, Trask made it his goal to unlock the mysteries of human DNA. What he did not anticipate was the discovery of the X-Gene, a genetic finding that would prove to be the most significant of the 20th century.
Trask soon hypothesized the impending extinction of the human race. His early theories were ridiculed by his contemporaries and with no one to fund his research, Trask cared enough about humanity to invest in the founding of Trask Industries in 1967.
Aside from the robots, the site also revealed that the X-Gene Inhibitor Collar, a device in the comics that blocks mutant abilities, will apparently be making an appearance in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Of course, there are tons more goodies that await to be dug up, including more info on Trask Industries, but you can get your first look at Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask below, as well as the first official photos of the Sentinels. Enjoy!
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ stars both casts of the original ‘X-Men’ films and ‘First Class,’ adapting the famous comic book story of the same name for the big screen. After the world is overrun by mutant-killing Sentinel robots, Wolverine must go back in time to warn the X-Men of the life-altering event that sets his apocalyptic future into motion. The film is set to hit theaters May 23, 2014.
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release Date: 2014-05-23
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Adam Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Produced by: Richard Donner, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Matthew Vaughn
Written by: Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn
SAN DIEGO — Vin Diesel surrendered to MTV’s questions about his Marvel meeting, while artfully avoiding any specific confirmations. He demonstrated that cool, gravely laugh, cautiously treading into top-secret territory at Comic-Con on Friday (July 19).
The last time Diesel came to SDCC, he was promoting a little movie called “Pitch Black.” Thirteen years later, he returned to unleash some killer red-band footage from “Riddick” to a vocal Hall H crowd. While the in-depth look at Diesel’s third cinematic turn as the goggle-wearing outer space badass was supercool, Twitter feeds were abuzz after he let slip a little Marvel Universe tidbit. “There is some very big news coming at the end of this month,” he teased.
Well, that certainly did little to quell the rampant speculation and excitement he ignited a short while ago when he took to social media to post about his mysterious meeting with Marvel. While he was ostensibly talking with MTV News to promote his R-rated return to the “Riddick” universe, the big super-powered elephant in the room was too big to ignore.
The big, super-powered green and yellow “elephant.”
“Oh God, Oh God. Wow. Uh… Hmm, uh…” he stuttered at the mention of the “M” word.
“Well, [to discuss it] in theory,” he began, cautiously. “I didn’t know there were over eight-thousand characters in their library. Did you? Did you?! Eight-thousand characters! They were saying, ‘You know, Vin, we have eight-thousand characters…’ ”
So, did they open up a book and say, “Which one do you want?”
“No!” he said, laughing. “I mean, ya’ know, I hope there’s more thought than that. I mean, there’s two Visions, for the record. And people know one was created by Ultron, one was created by Proctor, as you know, if you follow…”
Wait, wait, wait. Mr. “Fast & Furious” sure seems to know an awful lot about The Vision. He’s informed about how the villainous android Ultron created the Vision, whose Silver Age incarnation debuted in The Avengers in 1968. He may know all about the Wonder Man and android Human Torch connections. He brought up alternative universe guy Proctor!
Not that Diesel is the guy who brought up The Vision himself while speaking to MTV News.
“No, but I’m not mentioning that character!” he countered. “I’m not mentioning that character, I was just saying there are eight-thousand characters and I gave an example of how one character might have two different versions!”
The official Godzilla Twitter account has just released a new poster for the upcoming film, revealing more of Godzilla than they previously have. Don’t forget to check out our report on the Godzilla Experience at San Diego Comic-Con by clicking here.
Godzilla will have its own panel this year at the San Diego Comic-Con (this Saturday at 10:45 AM PST) and we will be there to cover it, so check back here on Saturday for live updates from the panel. Cast members in attendance for the panel will include Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston.
Opening in theaters and IMAX on May 16, 2014, the Gareth Edwards-directed film also stars Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, and Sally Hawkins.
Marvel has released ‘Captain America 2‘ poster in anticipation of the film’s panel and preview at Comic-Con 2013. And though we won’t get to see what ol’ Cap’s been up to until 2014, this poster promises that he’s been pretty busy.
The first ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ poster is here and we’re digging the simplicity. It’s just Cap’s shield on a black background but there’s something different about his shield — it’s battle-worn and faded, indicating that Cap’s been through some pretty tough times while defending his country from harm. That’s re-assuring, no?
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ follows Cap as he struggles to simultaneously find his place in our modern world and embrace the present, while teaming up with Black Widow to fight a new and mysterious enemy in Washington D.C.
The film stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie (The Falcon), Toby Jones, and Frank Grillo. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will also be making appearances.
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ will give us a sneak peek at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 20, and hits theaters on April 4, 2014. Check out the poster in full below.