And it’s about as dark and stealthy as you’d expect. No gameplay here, just eye-candy – and one notable difference. Stephen Russell won’t be reprising his role as the voice of Garrett, and fans of the Thief franchise are already up in arms about it – sound familiar?
Drama aside, it’s great to see Thief returning, whatever form this numberless game takes.
As Game Informer just revealed, the Thief series will be rebooted in 2014 on PC and next-gen consoles. Rumours of a sequel in the widely revered stealth series have been swirling around for a while, now, but Eidos Montreal’s decided to start afresh.
Series hero Garrett returns to the Gothic, industrial metropolis known simply as the City to steal any and everything that will make him richer. Unfortunately, the City is broiling with social tension as it is ravaged by a plague and lorded over by a political tyrant known as the Baron.
So, Garrett returns (is anyone else getting a Raziel vibe from the above picture, though?) and it looks like they’re not messing with the setting too much either. Let’s just pray that they leave those goddamn moss arrows out of this one.
It’s getting closer to the release of Hitman: Absolution, so I thought this might be an appropriate time to revisit one of the better level previews I’ve seen. This video was pretty much the reason that my attitude towards the upcoming Hitman: Absolution went from ‘meh’ to ‘holyshit!; it may be lengthy, but trust me, it’s well worth it.
Also, Agent 47 was not looking at explosions before it was cool.
Seriously, those damn horns are everywhere.
Anyway, Hitman: Absolution – a game I’m stoked enough about to actually use the word ‘stoked’ – has released the now-obligatory developer diary to talk about immersion and storytelling. While I may sound disparaging, I’m actually a pretty big fan of these sort of videos because of how they let us get a look behind the scenes; which, in turn, allows me to fully appreciate the experience that the game delivers. If you’re still not sold, check out the developer diaries/behind-the-scenes videos for any Uncharted game or Heavy Rain.
The rest of the video features the big-name Hollywood talent that IO Interactive’s brought in, such as Vivica Fox (Kill Bill, Independence Day), Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale, fun to type) and Powers Boothe (the guy with the coolest name in Hollywood, and Deadwood). Also, at 6:22, if that’s a tip of the hat to one of my favourite movies…points, IO, definite points.
As Uncharted, Mass Effect and the Arkham series have all proved, a quality cast of voice-actors can really take a game that one step closer towards being something truly special. This looks to be a lesson that Sleeping Dogs took to heart – featuring the voices of Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, RocknRolla), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Kelly Hu (X-Men 2) and Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels[!]), among others.
Well well well. Just days after the Assassin’s Creed movie got a shot in the arm comes word that CBS Films have picked up the film rights for the Deus Ex franchise and intend to produce a movie based on Human Revolution, the latest game in the series. They plan on working closely with Eidos Montreal, the team behind Human Revolution, in the production of the film; which, if it’s true, would be another victory for common sense in, what, just under a week? She canna take it, captain! Jokes aside, this is what Terry Press, co-president of CBS Films had to say:
“No one knows ‘Human Revolution’ like the team that created it, and we look forward to working with them from day one to make a film adaptation worthy of the ‘Deus Ex’ name.
Let’s hope that’s what we get.
Adrian Askarieh’s name has already been linked to the project, which would make it the third game-based film he’s associated with (the others being Hitman – yes, I know – and the upcoming Kane & Lynch adaptation). A little snooping revealed that CBS Films are the guys behind Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Women in Black and…The Mechanic. Starring Jason Statham. Worryingly, further investigation turns up the fact that Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Lopez and some woman from High School Musical have all starred in (fairly) recent CBS Films productions. Gulp.
You know what? Even if the worst happens – even if, say, we get Arnold Schwarzenegger as Adam Jensen (I never asked for zis!) – the film can be salvaged with the help of one little YouTube video, which I’ve embedded after the break.
Sleeping Dogs, also known as the reincarnation of True Crime: Hong Kong, has a new trailer out. This one focuses primarily on the driving aspect of the game, and features a variety of high-speed shenanigans. From the look of things, Sleeping Dogs seems like it’s going to be in the same sort of physical universe as Just Cause and Saints Row; which is to say that you needn’t worry about the laws of physics getting in between you and a good time.
Full press release after the break.
Hitman : Absolution seems to be taking the low-key path to retail, as befits a game about a stealthy assassin. Now and then, a couple of tidbits do leak out, however; such as this screenshot showcasing Hitman : Absolution’s ‘crowd technology’, which reportedly allows for ‘very dense crowds which allow players to both interact with and influence the behavior of each individual character.’ If you ignore the suspiciously co-ordinated clappers to the left (seriously, they look like a flash mob), it actually looks pretty good.