Kabam has unveiled the first-ever gameplay trailer for the upcoming real-time multiplayer mobile ARPG, MARVEL Realm of Champions, where Marvel fans and gamers get a sneak peek of a bold new imagining of the Marvel Universe and what to expect and experience in this upcoming and highly-anticipated Super Hero game.
Long ago, Maestro, an evil version of the Hulk from an alternate future, forced shattered realities together to construct his own Battleworld and ruled these timelines filled with Gods and Warriors alike until he was secretly slain! With his iron grip no longer holding this world together, Barons from the Marvel-themed Houses like the House of Iron (Iron Man), Spider-Guild (Spider-Man), Patriot Garrison (Captain American), and more have risen to control their lands and turn the tide of war in their favor. As this Secret War begins, it is up to YOU brave Summoner to solve the mysteries of Battleworld and take your true place as a powerful Champion!
DC Fandome is just a few weeks away and video game developer Rocksteady will be there. Today they took to Twitter teasing a video game based on DC‘s Suicide Squad which gets a new film next year.
Suicide Squad is a comic series turned film that brings together a group of villains into a Dirty Dozen like team for the government. They run missions they aren’t expected to return from in order to earn early release. The first film was released in 2016 and went on to earn nearly $747 million worldwide. The sequel is currently set to be released in August 2021.
There’s a lot of directions a video game featuring them could take. What would you like to see in a game starring them?
When Horizon: Zero Dawncame out on the Playstation 4 back in 2017, I remember feeling a sense of wonder and relief. It was a post-apocalyptic game of sorts, but it wasn’t the dreary and bleak world we’d grown accustomed to as gamers post-Last of Us. Instead, Guerilla Games gave us a lush and living environment with impressive vistas and mechanical beasts that played with both prehistoric and high-tech notions of life. It made for an unforgettable gaming and storytelling experience.
Now, Titan Comics has brought the Horizon universe to the comics world and I’m happy to say the transition is not only successful but also comes off as an obvious next step for the franchise.
Written by Anne Toole, who worked on the game’s script and counts among her writing credits the Assassin’s Creed: Origins “Cursed of the Pharaohs” DLC, and illustrated by Ann Maulina (who has worked as a video game and environment artist), the new Horizon comic centers on Talanah Khane Padish and her hunt for a single machine as per a contract she accepted. Talanah gets injured, but she fights through the pain to continue in her quest even as she meets new characters that might hint at a coming conflict between tribes.
While previous knowledge of the game’s story isn’t a requirement, having at least one playthrough completed will enrich the reading experience considerably. In the game, Talanah is a potential ally for Aloy (Horizon’s main character) and is crucial to the Hunter’s Lodge missions in the story. She becomes Aloy’s sponsor in the Lodge and even helps out during the final battle of the main story.
Having that background helps readers jump straight into the comic. A familiar face is easy to get excited about and foregoes a lot of the trappings of heavy exposition commonly found in first issues. Toole does a phenomenal job in this front, keeping as much as possible up to the reader to figure out. Nothing is spelled out, but all the narrative elements are there for readers to piece together what the story’s world is about. Thankfully, new readers can also follow Talanah’s story with minimal understanding of the universe. This is where Maulina’s art comes in.
Horizon’s world is nothing short of breathtaking. The contrast between mechanical dinosaurs and human characters designed like they come from a high tech Stone Age is very unique to the PS4 game and Maulina has captured it faithfully in the comic book page. That same sense of wonder and danger that one gets while playing the game transfers over to the comic, with vibrant colors and deadly machines inhabiting a blossoming natural word. Having played the game, I felt as if the story’s energy mimicked that of the game’s. The thrill of the hunt and the adrenaline rush that comes with hunting robo-dinos is as present here as it is in the game.
Toole’s scripting, on the other hand, also finds ways to incorporate video game winks into the overall design of the story with panels showing characters doing things player can do in-game. Whether it’s Talanah throwing a rock to distract the machines or walking on a tight-rope to cross a river, these instances bring players back to the game if only briefly to link up both experiences.
Whether the Horizon comic will continue to expand upon the game’s universe or simply follow within the lines of an extended side quest remains to be seen. Aloy is a part of the story, but it feels as if Talanah’s the lead. Fortunately, Talanah is well-crafted and can help fans bridge both comic and gaming experiences into a cohesive whole. In all honesty, any excuse to venture back into the world of Horizon is good enough for me–and with Horizon 2 already confirmed for the Playstation 5–this comic does a wonderful job of giving fans enough reasons to continue the journey.
Story: Anne Toole Art: Ann Maulina Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Jim Campbell Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Replay Horizon and make sure to finish the Frozen Wilds DLC
Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Author(s): Anne Toole Artist(s): Ann Maulina Cover Artist(s): Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau (CVR A), Game Art (CVR B), Loish (CVR C), Ann Maulina (CVR D), Peach Momoko (CVR E), Blue Line Sketch Variant (CVR F)
A brand-new comic series based on the award-winning game by Guerrilla. Aloy and Talanah return in a new story set after the events of the game! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new earth. Co-created by one of the writers of Horizon Zero Dawn game Anne Toole. Horizon Zero Dawn FCBD #0 ties into this brand-new #1!
Dark Horse Books, 343 Industries, and Xbox Game Studios are teaming up to bring you a closer look at the Master Chief’s journey in The Art of Halo Infinite and The Art of Halo Infinite Deluxe Edition.
The Master Chief is back in Halo Infinite, the biggest and most visually spectacular Haloyet. Halo Infinite will debut on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s fastest and most powerful console ever. To take full advantage of its prodigious graphical prowess, 343 Industries built an all-new, next-generation game engine, giving their world-class artists the tools and technology to realize the beauty, mystery and wonder of the Halo universe in unprecedented style and fidelity. 343 Industries have given Dark Horse access to the art and artists who have brought Halo Infinite to vibrant, vivid life. It’s all here in unparalleled detail, the heroes you’ve grown to love—the Master Chief, the brave soldiers of the UNSC, as well as the weapons, vehicles, villains and vistas—and of course, the eponymous and magnificent environments of Halo itself.
The Art of Halo Infinite also features a brand-new cover from legendary concept artist and Halo Infinite’s Art Director, Sparth! Join us as we take you from concept to launch inside the artwork of the most ambitious Halo game to date.
The Art of Halo Infinite Deluxe Editionfeatures a unique cover resembling the Mjolnir Power Armor worn by the Master Chief himself, along with other exclusive features that make this edition a must-have for all Halo fans!
The Art of Halo Infiniteand The Art of Halo Infinite Deluxe Edition will go on-sale Holiday 2020, coinciding with the release date of Halo Infinite. This meticulously crafted tome features 200-pages of beautiful art and will retail for $39.99 for the standard edition and $79.99 for the Deluxe Edition.
Dark Horse Books and Respawn Entertainment have teamed up to expand upon the beloved backstory of Apex Legends with an all-new lore book, Apex Legends: Pathfinder’s Quest. Fans will be able to explore the world of the hit game through the eyes of the lovable robot, Pathfinder, as he chronicles his journey throughout the various environs of the Outlands to interview his fellow Legends—all in the hope of finally locating his mysterious creator. In Apex Legends: Pathfinder’s Quest, the rich history of Apex Legends is explained by the characters that helped to shape it, as are their unique bonds of competition and camaraderie.
This volume chronicles the world of Respawn Entertainment’s critically acclaimed squad-based battle royale game that has captivated the online gaming scene, attracting over seventy million players and counting. Apex Legends, has continued to evolve since its launch in 2019 through the regular introduction of new Legends, expansive changes to the arenas and more ways to experience the thrilling storylines of the Outlands. Apex Legends’ latest season, Season 5 – Fortune’s Favor, saw the game’s best performance yet, bringing back more existing and new players than any other season to experience the new additions and changes Respawn introduced to the competition.
Don’t miss your opportunity to own a piece of Apex Legends history!
Apex Legends: Pathfinder’s Questwill be available everywhere books are sold December 2, 2020. This full-color, oversized hardcover sits at over 190 pages and will retail for $39.99.
Expanded with many never before seen artwork, The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition delves deeper than ever into the sci-fi saga that changed video games forever.
Contains extensive new material from the DLCs for all three games—including the award-winning “Lair of the Shadow Broker” from Mass Effect 2 and the fan-favorite “Citadel” from Mass Effect 3.
Experience the evolution of the aliens, planets, ships, and technology that define this iconic science fiction universe, as the developers who brought the BioWare™ masterpiece to life take you from the earliest design sketches through to the meticulous final renders.
Brimming with concept art and commentary, this expanded edition is the ultimate companion to one of the greatest series in the history of gaming!
The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition will be available everywhere books are sold onFebruary 24, 2021 and will retail for $39.99.
The search continues. Or does it? Join the Ranks of Alpha Flight and become Champion with Sasquatch as he swings and slashes his way into The Battlerealm in Kabam’s MARVEL Contest of Champions.
Dr. Walter Langkowski was a professor of both physics and biophysics at McGill University. Trying to achieve a “Hulk-like” transformation similar to colleague Bruce Banner, Langkowski subjected himself to self-experimentation with gamma radiation. Unknowingly opening a doorway between our world and the “Realm of Great Beasts”. This allowed a mystical beast named “Tanaraq” to possess his body, granting him the ability to transform into a super-strong, orange-haired beast that resembled the legendary Sasquatch.
Dark Horse Books and Capcom present Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Document File, a perfect companion for fans of Resident Evil, and fully translated to English for the first time!
An in-depth, 152-page art book that ventures into the challenges recorded throughout the production of the critically acclaimed, fan-adored Resident Evil 7: Biohazard!
Relive the terror of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, the expertly crafted first-person survival horror game that altered the paradigmof Resident Evil titles. This oversized, hardcover art book includes undisclosed concept art and CG visuals closely arranged and coupled with detailed passages of the development team’s progress on the game. Explore interviews, photo albums, a storyboard collection of in-game event scenes from opening to ending, and more in this succinctly packed chronicle of Resident Evil 7’s development.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Document File will be available everywhere books are sold December 8, 2020.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you combined Captain America’s shield with an Arc Reactor? James Hobson, a.k.a. The Hacksmith, is using his engineering skills to team up with Kabam and bring to life an iconic, one-of-kind item – Captain America’s Arc Reactor Shield. The prototype was inspired by the original Marvel character – Civil Warrior – created exclusively for the award-winning, mobile fighter MARVEL Contest of Champions.
There are many rumors about the origin of the mysterious Civil Warrior… legend says he is a Captain America from an alternate Earth ravaged by the Civil War between his own army and Iron Man’s forces. In that world, the two heroes mortally wounded each other in the final battle of the war; Steve survived, but Tony didn’t. Riddled with guilt for the battle’s destruction and the death of his former ally at his own hands, he assumed the mantle of the Civil Warrior. Adding Tony’s ARC technology to his Captain America gear, he vowed to use his friend’s legacy to stop this senseless conflict from ever happening again.