Gabe Newell Talks about Half-Life 3, but Doesn’t Actually Say Anything
The announcement confirming the existence Half-Life 3 will be regarded as the greatest victory for human rights in the last ten years. For this reason, fans have been asking about its development since, well, the last installment. After all, you can’t launch a nuke at a portal and expect us to be like, “That was a pleasant conclusion.”
Valve’s head honcho, Gabe Newell, was asked where in the stage of development, if any, the game sits. He responded with a beautiful non-answer.
The only reason we’d go back and do like a super classic kind of product is if a whole bunch of people just internally at Valve said they wanted to do it and had a reasonable explanation for why [they did]. But you know if you want to do another Half-Life game and you want to ignore everything we’ve learned in shipping Portal 2 and in shipping all the updates on the multiplayer side, that seems like a bad choice. So we’ll keep moving forward. But that doesn’t necessarily always mean what people are worried that it might mean.
What About Kojima?
Metal Gear Solid fans grew anxious this week when there were some stirrings coming from Konami about Hideo Kojima’s involvement with the company. Kojima’s name was first removed from Metal Gear Solid V’s artwork, which was then followed by “Kojima Productions” being erased, and finally the Los Angeles branch’s being name changed to “Konami Los Angeles Studio.” Konami first responded by saying:
As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.
The next day, a joint statement was released by both Konami and Kojima, which stated:
I am 100% involved and will continue working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date.
So far, Metal Gear Solid V appears to be on track. But what does this mean beyond the forthcoming release?
If you’re curious about what we thought of its opening mission, Ground Zeroes, make sure to check out our review.
Nintendo Branches Out to New Platforms
Abandoning a long-standing policy of not putting awesome intellectual property on anything but sub par consoles, Nintendo has announced they will be partnering with DeNA to bring Mario and friends Android and iOS devices.
Satoru Iwata was happy with the arrangement, as it would allow Nintendo to continue to have control over all things console, while still capitalize on the super annoying trend of making everything a freemium game.
“Quick! To the phones!”
While this may seem unimportant, we can’t stress enough that it is not. Nintendo has had a stranglehold on its intellectual property ever since it had intellectual property. Ever wonder why the few movies that get made are nearly unwatchable? It’s because Nintendo won’t let anyone else have creative control over their characters. But this news, coupled with the rumor of a “Legend of Zelda” Netflix series, is promising, as it means we are one step closer to Super Smash Bros. on Steam.
A baby step, though.
Marvel Cancels a Whole Bunch of Comics
With “Secret Wars” looming conspicuously on the horizon, Marvel is ready to put the pedal to the metal. And by that we mean: ending thirty-three different comics. David Gabriel, Marvel’s VP of Marketing, had the following to say:
There will be a number of titles reaching, what we’re calling, a ‘616 finale,’ ending those stories and characters as you knew them – for now. Now in a perfect world, we’d have stopped every book with its April issue, putting out a nice clean May Previews catalog. Everyone would have seen upfront all those titles that had their finale, and all those titles that were starting fresh. But things don’t always go so easily. Instead we gave our creators the option to end their stories the way they wanted to; we let them tell “Last Days” stories if they wanted to; we let them tell “Secret Wars” stories if they wanted to. So in the end, “Secret Wars” truly has been a creative driven process.
The thirty-three cancelled titles are:
- All-New Captain America
- All-New Ghost Rider
- All-New X-Men
- Amazing Spider-Man
- Amazing X-Men
- Angela: Asgard’s Assassin
- Avengers World
- Captain Marvel
- Fantastic Four
- Guardians 3000
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Iron Fist: The Living Weapon
- Legendary Star-Lord
- Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
- New Avengers
- Rocket Raccoon
- Secret Avengers
- Spider-Man & The X-Men
- Spider-Man 2099
- Superior Iron Man
- Uncanny X-Men
Captain America Throws a Working Motorcycle at a Jeep
That is awesome. There is more stuff here, too.
Jason Momoa Makes a Joke; The Internet Loses its Mind
At a recent convention, a DC fan asked Jason Momoa, the actor cast as Aquaman in the DC Cinematic Universe, for an autograph. Before Momoa signed the picture, the fan asked him why people should be excited for the forthcoming DC films. Momoa responded by writing “F*** Marvel!” on the picture, which was then uploaded to the internet.
Now the internet, God bless it, is not known for keeping a level head in times of debate. The reaction to this picture upheld this notion.
DC fans yelled at Marvel fans. Marvel fans yelled at DC fans. Comment sections were set aflame, homes were destroyed, seventeen people were sent to the hospital, and we’re pretty sure someone stole our Blu-Ray player.
If you’d like to join the fun, head on over to literally anywhere a comment section exists to see why celebrities must keep their mouths shut, lest they incite a war among the people loyal to whatever is being discussed.
In an Orchestra Far, Far Away…
Last week we mentioned that we are getting our first Star Wars spin-off film, “Rogue One.” This week we got another bit of interesting information…the music will not be scored by John Williams. This came as a shock to many, since Williams composed the music for all six films and gave us dozens of memorable tunes from the franchise. So who is filling his shoes?
Enter: Alexandre Desplat. Known for his work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (both parts), The Grand Budapest Hotel (which earned him an Oscar), and The Imitation Game, Desplat will be composing the entire score under the direction of Gareth Edwards, whom he has worked with before.
At the end of the day, this is pretty reasonable. Given Disney’s plans to release a new Star Wars film every year until the end of time, we really can’t expect John Williams to commit to that schedule. We figure Williams will tackle the big pictures, while the spin-off films allow for new talent to come in and give us their take on the Star Wars universe.
This has left us wondering, however, about the direction of the films. Will Desplat be borrowing some memorable themes for the film? If not, then what will happen to the opening crawl? What if there is no opening crawl?
We are going to sit back and wait for more news on this one, before we have an existential crisis over the number of questions we have. Oh, and on the subject of Star Wars…
Oscar Isaac is Coming Back
Unless you are one of the people who flew a drone over the set of the new Star Wars installment like a crazy person, chances are you have no idea what is going to happen in the film. Who lives? Who dies? Not Poe Dameron, we know.
Poe, the character played by Isaac, will return in the currently unnamed Episode VIII. Isaac confirmed his involvement in the film, but did not comment on any involvement he may have in any spin-off films, out of fear of being shot by J.J. Abrams.
Yes, we have some updates for you as well.