Side Quest: Pokémon Go & DC Everywhere
What’s up….#TeamNinja (a moment of silence for TetraVerse ='(… ), it’s Jesse and I’m happy to bring you the 3rd instalment of Side Quest.
Here are the results of this week’s Side Quest:
- Pokémon Go Field Testing to Begin in the US
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Announced
- Batman: Return to Arkham Release Date Confirmed
- Rockstar’s Next Game Won’t be Coming Out Until April 2017 at the Earliest
- Harley Quinn to Lead DC Film Featuring Female Heroes and Villains
- Geoff Johns to Co-run DC Films After Dawn of Justice Flop
1. Pokémon Go Field Testing to Begin in the US
I will travel across the land, searching far and wide. It’s a GO! The Pokémon Company and Niantic are looking for US field testers to test out their new mobile app Pokémon GO. To sign up, click here (US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand only). If you enjoy geocaching or Ingress, this app looks promising.
A FREAKING WILD CHARIZARD!! ERMAGERD!!
Although field testers must sign a non-disclosure agreement, information about the game has surfaced via a Reddit thread. For more details, check out the official website.
2. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Announced
Bandai announced that Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is being released later this year on PS4, Xbox One and PC (in Japan it will be a PS4 exclusive). Reports say the game will include a new hub city, more character customizations, a multitude of new features, and unique upgrades.
Stay tuned with TetraNinja for coverage when more information is released during E3: 2016 next month.
3. Batman: Return to Arkham Release Date Confirmed
Holy upgraded graphics, Batman! It’s official; you will now be able to play Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and all the DLCs with the new remastered Batman: Return to Arkham collection. Scheduled release is July 26, 2016, for $49.99USD on the PS4 and Xbox One (sorry PC, no confirmed release date for you).
The other two games in the series, Batman: Arkham Knight and Batman: Arkham Origins, are not included in the collection as the former is still relatively new and another company developed the latter. The included games in the remastered collection will sport the newer Unreal Engine 4 as opposed to UE3, which the original games were created. An Imgur post clearly shows the difference between the two.
Will the updated graphics be enough to have fans shell out more money? Yes probably, these games were sick.
4. Rockstar’s Next Game Won’t be Coming Out Until April 2017 at the Earliest
Sorry cowboy fans, Read Dead Redemption 2 isn’t coming out anytime soon. Take-Two Interactive confirmed its plans to launch five games this fiscal year, none of which will be by Rockstar Games (Mafia III, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, NBA 2K17, WWE 2K17, and Battleborn). Meaning that although Rockstar Games is “hard at work”, the earliest we can expect another game from them is the beginning of next fiscal year (April 2017).
“Rockstar Games is of course hard at work on some exciting future projects that will be revealed soon” – T2
With a title release almost every year since inception (1998), this 3-4 year hiatus is unprecedented and one cannot help but ask “O Rockstar, Rockstar, wherefore art thou Rockstar“.
GTA V was good, but frankly, I’m beginning to associate Rockstar with caffeine and taurine rather than open world mayhem. Hopefully, we’ll get some insight into these “exciting projects” at E3: 2016.
5. Harley Quinn to Lead DC Film Featuring Female Heroes and Villains
Harley Quinn hasn’t even debuted yet and already there are talks of another film in the works featuring a female-centric DC ensemble including Quinn and the Birds of Prey.
Reports say that Margot Robbie presented this project to the studio after delving into the comics to get a better understanding of her character. Robbie plans on producing the movie, starring as Quinn and has brought on board an unnamed writer.
You can catch Harley Quinn in the premiere of Suicide Squad on August 5.
6. Geoff Johns to Co-run DC Films After Dawn of Justice Flop
After the mixed (at best, lukewarm) reception of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the announcement was made that DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Warner Brothers’ Executive Vice President Jon Berg will co-run the DC Films division while maintaining their roles in their respective companies.
What does the latest DC film have in common with Marvel’s Fantastic Four (2005)? They both scored a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s right, Fantastic Four. I’m going to let that sink in for a minute. Fantastic Four… seriously??? For the sake of full disclosure, I will mention that Batman v. Superman blew Fantastic Four out of the water concerning the box office, but let’s be honest, we were all hoping for a little more (who am I kidding, A LOT more) from a Batman movie.
I don’t know what else to say……Fantastic Four…. Who woulda thunk it?
That wraps up this weeks edition of Side Quest. As always, feel free to comment below about anything you liked, disliked or would like to see changed. Until next time, stay frosty!
– Jesse @Paxiphyst
Side Quest is a weekly column that summarises the top gaming related news throughout the previous week intended for TL:DR readers. It is published every Sunday @ 12:00 pm EST.