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Dark Horse and Compulsion Games Take You In To the Art of We Happy Few

Dark Horse Books and Compulsion Games are filled with joy to bring audiences The Art of We Happy Few. This hardcover companion to the game offers two-hundred pages of mind-bending art and insightful creator commentary that showcases the unique retro-futuristic style of We Happy Few, a game of paranoia and survival in a drugged out, dystopian society.

The game is set in 1964 against the backdrop of an alternative timeline of events after World War II. The citizens of the fictional English city of Wellington Wells, to forget a Very Bad Thing they did, take a drug known as “Joy”—a delightful hallucinogenic antidote to their despair, with the mild side effect of making them easily controlled and morally malleable. But happiness isn’t so easily found for everyone. The Downers — awful citizens who refuse to take their Joy — are a menace to society, and as such are hunted by the police. If only they knew what was best for them! Turning their frown upside down is just a trip away!

Don’t be a Downer by missing out on this perfect companion to the psychedelic video game experience!

The Art of We Happy Few HC goes on sale November 13, 2018, and is available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This 200-page volume retails for $39.99.

Chris Roberson, Tony Parker, John Roshell, and Dan Jackson Deliver a God of War this November

Following the immense success of the God of War video game for PlayStation 4 and the art book chronicling its creation, Dark Horse, Santa Monica Studio, and Sony Interactive Entertainment have revealed art from the upcoming God of War comic series. This new four-issue miniseries is full of Norse mythology-inspired action.

Writer Chris Roberson, artist Tony Parker, colorist Dan Jackson, and letterer John Roshell of Comicraft set out to explore whether Kratos, the God of War, will ever find a peace in a world of violence. The beautiful cover art is by artist E.M. Gist. The God of War comic series finds Kratos living in the remote Norse wilds after his war on the gods of Olympus. Seeking to put the rage that defined most of his life behind him, Kratos inadvertently sparks a feud with a mysterious cult of berserkers after attempting to save a stranger being mauled by a monstrous bear. But for the former Ghost of Sparta, no good deed goes unpunished.

God of War #1 goes on sale November 14, 2018.

Dark Horse and Square Enix Team for The Art of Bravely Default

Dark Horse Books is partnering with Square Enix to present The Art of Bravely Default, offered in English for the first time! This faithful localization of original Japanese content allows readers to explore the story and art behind the game, and features hundreds of pieces of concept art and conversational commentary directly from the creative team! The first of a two-volume series, this collection explores concepts and creativity from the first entry in the standalone Bravely series.

The Art of Bravely Default, follows our heroes journey through the fantastic world Luxendarc to awaken the four elemental crystals the keep their world in balance from all-consuming darkness and allows fans to experience the critically acclaimed Bravely Default in a whole new way.

The Art of Bravely Default HC goes on sale February 05, 2019 and is available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This gorgeous hardcover volume retails for $39.99.

The Walking Dead’s Negan is Coming to Tekken 7

If you thought a fighting Panda wasn’t the weirdest thing in the Tekken it has been revealed that Negan from The Walking Dead will be joining the cast of characters as part of a new season for the game.

The teaser video just shows a silhouete of Negan with a look that’s more in line with AMC’s version of the character on the television played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan who you can hear recite a line. The design is similar with some differences compared to the comic book version.

Joining Negan are veteran fighters Anna Williams and Lei Wulong.

The announcement was made after the game’s grand finals wrapped at Evo 2018.

There’s six new characters coming to the new season with the three remaining yet to be announced. Could it be more The Walking Dead characters?

The Season 2 pass is “coming soon” to Playstation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Scopely and Telltale Games Announce The Walking Dead: Road to Survival and The Walking Dead: The Final Season Crossover Event

Scopely and Telltale Games have joined forces to bring players a brand new The Walking Dead storyline that links the worlds of Scopely’s The Walking Dead: Road to Survival and Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Players who download The Walking Dead: Road to Survival will embark on a new interactive narrative adventure that spans the stories of three powerful survivors that fans will recognize from Telltale Games’ critically acclaimed game series.

In the limited time crossover event, which runs through mid-August, players will be able to play through never-before-seen storylines (called “Roadmaps” in The Walking Dead: Road to Survival) inspired by the events of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Three new playable characters from the Telltale Games series will join the fight in The Walking Dead: Road to Survival. Players will also be able to win Telltale-themed rewards by fighting in select in-game tournaments, running from July 17th through mid-August.

Scopely’s The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a mature, intense, story-driven game that emulates the ongoing struggle to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world overrun by vicious Walkers and ruthless fellow survivors. Players navigate the challenges of collecting resources, building and fortifying their compounds, all while managing to fend off the onslaught of undead. The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is available as a free download on iPhone and iPad, Android devices, and Amazon devices.

In Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Clementine, now a fierce and capable survivor, has reached the final chapter in her journey. After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be her chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. Clem must build a life and become a leader while still watching over AJ, an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In this gripping, emotional final season, you will define your relationships, fight the undead, and determine how Clementine’s story ends. The Walking Dead: The Final Season will launch on August 14 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Dark Horse Walks in the Footsteps of the Division!

Dark Horse Books and Ubisoft have partnered to bring fans a meticulously crafted and unique insight into the critically-acclaimed role-playing action game with The World of Tom Clancy’s The Division. Packed with incisive lore and detailed art, this 192-page hardcover brings readers into the ravaged streets of New York City and Washington D.C. as seen in Ubisoft’s record-breaking video game series.

Millions lay dead in the aftermath of a catastrophic biological attack, and the disease continues to spread. With infrastructure in ruins and D.C. on the brink of collapse, the agents of the Division are called to action as the only hope to restore order. If the agents fail, the nation will fall. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn all there is to know about the tactical methods, the high-tech tools, and the all-important mission of the Division!

In addition to this comprehensive lore book, Dark Horse Comics and Ubisoft will expand on the world of Tom Clancy’s The Division franchise with a comic book series arriving in 2019!

The World of Tom Clancy’s The Division HC goes on sale March 19, 2019.

Mega Man Gets an “Official Complete Works” to Celebrate 30 Years

The iconic Mega Man video game franchise continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary throughout 2018 with the recently released Mega Man X: Legacy Collection, a new animated series – Mega Man: Fully Charged – premiering in August, and all-new game – Mega Man 11 – hitting consoles in October. UDON is likewise giving the blue bomber some special birthday treatment with prestigious new hardcover editions of two previously sold-out Mega Man art books.

Mega Man: Official Complete Works Hardcover Edition is the ultimate collection of classic Mega Man game covers, character art, enemy & boss designs, rough concepts, tribute pieces, and much more. The book covers all 10 games in the classic Mega Man series, plus spin-offs, remakes, re-releases, and crossovers, all supported by a heaping amount of exclusive creator commentary. Likewise, the Mega Man X: Official Complete Works Hardcover Edition gives the same treatment to Mega Man’s even more futuristic successor, and covers all 8 core games and spinoffs from the Mega Man X series.

Mega Man: Official Complete Works arrives in stores everywhere October 2018, while Mega Man X: Official Complete Works HC hits shelves November 2018. Both books retail for $39.99.

Blizzard and Titan Comics Team Up for Comics Set in the Diablo Universe

Titan Comics and Blizzard Entertainment have announced an all-new comic book series set in the universe of the critically acclaimed and genre-defining action role-playing game series Diablo.

Written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by Piotr KowalskiDiablo will launch with a four-part miniseries in 2018. The comics will follow a group of zealous scholars and crusaders as they discover the true origins of humanity. Will their faith survive these shocking revelations?

Set in the dark and demon-infested world of Sanctuary, the Diablo game series invites players to face down the infernal hordes of the Burning Hells—and rewards them for their efforts with piles and piles of epic loot. Diablo III, the current installment, set a record for fastest-selling PC game, with over 3.5 million copies sold in the first day of its release, and more than 30 million sold to date. Diablo III is available for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms.

Character sketches by Piotr Kowalski

SDCC 2018: Titan and Square Enix Announce the Life Is Strange Creative Team

Titan Comics and Square Enix have announced the creative team of the all-new comic book series set in the world of the acclaimed videogame series, Life is Strange.

Titan’s new comic series is written by Emma Vieceli with interior art and covers by Claudia Leonardi of IHQ Studios, and colors by Andrea Izzo. The series will launch with a cover by superstar Manda Schank, with more to be revealed.

The first issue of the four-part comic miniseries launches in November 2018.

Titan Comics’ Life is Strange returns readers to Arcadia Bay in the company of fan-favorite characters Max Caulfield and Chloe Price, charting the shocking course of a possible future after one of the two endings of the game.

The first game in the series, Life is Strange, which connects directly to this new comics series, follows the story of Max Caulfield, a senior majoring in photography who discovers that she can rewind time when trying to save her best friend Chloe Price. The pair investigate the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, and uncover a dark side to the life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max quickly learns that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

Ground Control To Major Anxiety: Escapism Through Gaming

 

4D2BAED0-6A96-4C63-947E-2CA68F1A6862Like many people in the world, I have anxiety. Some days it is better than others, but it is always there. If I dare to forget about it, it reminds me that it’s there. It’s a dreadful tap on the shoulder by a ghost. When you turn and look for the source, nothing is there, but just out of sight, and just out of reach, you can feel it’s presence. It may be worrying about something, like did I turn off the stove before I left the house (you did by the way, you checked it four times), or letting my mind do cardio while my body is trying to rest in the middle of the night.

Thankfully, there are things that can help with my closest invisible friend and enemy. Meditation and mindfulness in general are very important, as are walking, getting enough sleep, therapy, and being positive, but there’s something else that helps me fill in between those moments, and it’s playing video games. Now to be clear, please understand I am not saying that video games will fix your troubles, because they won’t. You should get help for your issues, talk to people, and take care of your physical and mental being first and foremost, but there is a connection to playing games for me, and finding a sense of peace.

 

The games I find most helpful when I feel anxious, are ironically survival games on other worlds like No Man’s Sky, Subnautica, Astroneer, and Minecraft to name a few. In these games you are constantly trying to survive (unless you’re playing a creative mode where there isn’t much or any punishment to the player), while also being able to control so much about the world. At times, it feels like I am a God, and at others, I feel like I am the weakest and smallest form of life. I can reshape the terrain on a planet in Astroneer like I’m a character out of X-men, but if I dig in the wrong spot, I can fall to my death. If I wander too far from my oxygen tethers, I suffocate. In Minecraft, I can build a castle, use magic, and build entire railway systems, but I need to cook a pork chop or eat an apple once in awhile, or I’ll die.

It’s these kind of systems that seem close to our own lives, and represent the control that someone with anxiety wishes they had. I can control so much of my fate in these worlds with a click of a mouse, or the press of a button, but I have to rest sometimes. I can be a brilliant aquatic engineer and build complex breathing apparatuses and technology in Subnautica, but one second too long in a cave, and I can drown. This can an be a reminder for our own mortality. You can achieve so many great things if you put your mind to it, but if you don’t take care of yourself, or are careless, it could mean getting sicker, or even worse, dying.

Video games can get a bad rap. The World Health Organization classified gaming disorder as a disease. I’m certainly not discrediting their research, or saying that a gaming disorder or an addiction is a not real thing. People can become addicted to many things, but I think the negativity for the medium can confuse the mainstream people who don’t play games regularly. I have people that I know personally who think that gaming is bad for children and people in general. They may see their child get on Fortnite, and not want to do anything else. When they were younger, they were outside more, so they look at life through only their own perspective, when in reality children can do both quite easily. We see memes shared about topics like having kids do farm work instead of playing Pokémon Go and other forced comparisons. We’ve all heard and seen the constant claims of violence in gaming being connected to mass shootings and other crimes. Gaming, much like comics, and other geek culture, I feel fall into that misunderstood area. Gaming is just another form of art and escapism. Some people read books, watch tv, listen to music, or do all of these, and some people also play video games, read comics, or play dungeons and dragons, and more. Many of us will binge watch hours on end of a Netflix show, so I believe the criticism to gaming can be hypocritical at times when it is just a different form of entertainment.

The other thing that sometimes I feel can get missed is the beauty inside of games. There are artists, composers, actors, programmers, and so many more talented people that are working to create new experiences everyday. There are both narrative and open world experiences to be had. You can travel to different worlds and explore things and for a moment, escape from reality and explore a new fantastic experience. It’s a more realized version of using your imagination as a child. I used to pretend I was an astronaut on an alien world, and I only had a toy gun, a stick, and a net from my mothers pool. Now, there are people creating worlds for me, and some of them seemingly infinite. I can take off in my ship and fly practically anywhere in No Man’s Sky. I can see new species, discover new minerals, and disconnect from everything for a few minutes or hours. That isn’t a bad thing, that’s a beautiful thing. Perhaps if gaming seems alien to you, have your child or a young family member show you the wonderful things they can hold in them, and maybe even challenge yourself to try something new and fun with them.

Thank you for reading. If you are feeling anxious, remember to breathe, and most importantly, be nice to yourself, and take care of yourself. Maybe I’ll see you among the stars. Live long, and prosper 🖖.

No Man’s Sky is available on Steam, PS4, and is coming to Xbox with it’s new massive NEXT update July 24th. Astroneer is available in Early Access and Game Preview on Steam and Xbox. Subnautica is available on Steam, Game Preview on Xbox, and is coming to PS4 this year. Minecraft is available on practically everything! 

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