Arkham Origins developer WB Montreal has passed on casting Kevin Conroy, who has voiced Batman in multiple titles since Batman: The Animated Series, as Batman in the upcoming videogame. WB Montreal stated that since Arkham Origins is an origin story featuring Bruce Wayne in his younger years, they’re looking for someone younger to fill the role. While fans of Conroy’s voice work as the caped crusader will be disappointed, it is understandable that they’d cast an actor with a younger sounding voice to portray Batman in his earlier years. No news as to whether or not Mark Hamill will reprise his role as The Joker.
Dark Horse Comics will be releasing a new Halo comic miniseries. Titled Halo: Initiation, the series will follow Spartan IV Sarah Palmer in her ODST days and will chronicle her service in becoming the first Spartan IV commander; her character was first introduced in Halo 4. Halo: Initiation is being written by Brian Reed who previously worked on the comic book adaptation of Halo: Fall of Reach as well as the screenplay for Halo 4.
In other Halo news, Epic Games’ global marketing lead Kendall Boyd has parted with Epic in order to work at Microsoft Studios as the Director of Halo Global Marketing. He has shipped over 35 games at Epic as well as EA Sports and THQ.
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While it has been known for quite some time that Telltale Games has been working on a game based on the Fables property, little else has been revealed about the upcoming episodic adventure. It is now known that the game will be titled The Wolf Among Us and will feature Bigby Wolf as the lead character. Players will be tasked with keeping other fairytale characters hidden in our world. The story of the game will take place before the comic series.
Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us is planned for a summer 2013 release on current-gen consoles, PC, and Mac.
Upcoming sequel to the 2010 superhero comedy film Kick-Ass has a new red band trailer. The trailer features new additions to Kick-Ass’ team of superheroes including Jim Carrey’s Colonel Stars and Stripes. The film is scheduled for release in the United States on August 16, 2013.
Zeboyd Games will release the final installment of the Penny Arcade game series this spring. The franchise began with Hothead Games’ 2008 release of On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 1 and went on hiatus for several years after the third game was cancelled by Hothead; after which, Zeboyd stepped in and released Rain-Slick 3 on Windows PC and XBOX Live Indie Games (XBLIG) in 2012. The third installment of the franchise was a departure from Hothead’s two Penny Arcade releases featuring “retro” art and gameplay styles.
Zeboyd worked with an outline for their first Penny Arcade game and were creatively limited with what they could do regarding narrative. For Penny Arcade On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4, Zeboyd conferred with Jerry Holkins to develop a narrative where the developer had more creative freedom.
Another change to this installment in the franchise is more freedom for the players. Zeboyd’s Robert Boyd said, “[F]ans complained that they felt that the third game was too linear…. [W]e’ve added more optional areas in the fourth game and… more secrets and secondary routes….” The overworld of Rain-Slick 4 will be freely explorable, the dungeons feature multiple paths, and the gameplay has been tweaked to encourage more diversity in gameplay so that players don’t stick with a single strategy.
Penny Arcade On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4 begins after “the world has been destroyed” and players are “thrust into the last pocket of existence – the Underhell.” Players will be able to experience the end of this saga on PC or XBLIG when the game releases this spring for $4.99 (400 MSP).