Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York City is absolutely enormous. There’s 412,000 net square feet of exhibit space and a whole section of it is devoted to action figures alone with high quality collectibles from Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Alien, Godzilla and so much more.
Dark Horse had a slew of Marvel Classic items on display, a bunch of Game of Thrones characters and even a bust of Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) from Grimm. Kotobukiya came with loads of stunning Marvel designs including their April 2014 release, Nightwing, and also a Batman: Arkham Origins piece, but there’s still no debut date for that one. The McFarlane Toys booth was loaded with Walking Dead characters with a 10-inch Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) as well as a statue of The Governor’s zombie fish tank. Catch all of that and loads more after the jump.
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Comic-Con has released their schedule for Wednesday’s preview night and for Thursday, July 18th. For those who haven’t attended Comic-Con before, “Preview Night” is when the Exhibitor’s Floor is opened, and collectors fight tooth and nail for exclusives. Studios also screen pilots for TV shows that are set to premiere in the fall. Then on Thursday, we have one of the strangest Hall H line-ups I’ve ever seen. It begins with a line-up of animated shorts followed by the sci-fi indie Europa Report, and I have no problem with that, but Hall H is usually reserved for stuff that will pack the house. Granted, that will come later in the day, especially with what’s sure to be an amazing panel: Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries, which will be an hour-long conversation between Edgar Wright, Marc Webb, and Alfonso Cuaron. As for Ballroom 20, the powerhouse of the day is Sherlock, although I would have switched that with Dexter, which is finishing out the day in Hall H.
Hit the jump to check out everything from Hall H, Ballroom 20, and other highlights from the Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday, July 17th and Thursday, July 18th.
I adore Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City is a pretty good follow-up, but those were both developed by Rocksteady. The franchise has now moved into the hands of WB Games Montreal, so there’s some uncertainty. Furthermore, longtime Batman voice Kevin Conroy was replaced Roger Craig Smith with Troy Baker voicing The Joker instead of Mark Hamill. Last week, we saw Batman fighting Deathstroke in a non-gameplay trailer for the prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins. The game takes place in an even larger open world Gotham in which eight of the world’s deadliest assassins gather on Christmas Eve under direct orders from Black Mask to kill Batman. A full trailer has now been released, and while it still doesn’t show any gameplay, it does show off a neat fight scene in addition to Batman villains Black Mask and presumably Deadshot. WB Games has also announced that those who pre-order will be able to play as Deathstroke. According to WB Games, “Deathstroke will come complete with his own unique weapons and special moves, and will be playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that will be included with the pack. The pack will also contain two alternate Deathstroke character skins.”
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images. Batman: Arkham Origins will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, WiiU, and PC on October 25th. Click here to go pre-order.
The first teaser trailer for the video game Batman: Arkham Origins has been released online. Following Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the prequel Origins takes place in an open world Gotham City environment in which eight of the world’s deadliest assassins gather in Gotham on Christmas Eve under direct orders by the Black Mask to kill Batman. This trailer does a nice job of teasing a brutal fight from the game, and while I’m eager to delve back into the open world environment that was so excellently executed in the previous two games, I’m a little dubious given that Rocksteady Studios—which developed Asylum and City—is not involved with Arkham Origins in any way. Instead, Warner Bros. Games Montreal is behind Arkham Origins and Eric Holmes takes over the lead designer chair from Sefton Hill, who oversaw the previous two games.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. Batman: Arkham Origins will be released on all platforms on October 25th.
New images were revealed today for the video game Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel follow-up to the highly successful Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The prequel takes place in an open world Gotham City environment, where 8 of the world’s deadliest assassins gather in Gotham on Christmas Eve under the direction of the Black Mask in a plot to kill Batman. There have been some important changes made in the direction and studio for the game, however. Warner Bros. Games Montreal will be taking the helm for Origins, instead of Rocksteady Studios. Likewise, Eric Holmes, lead designer of the world action hit The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, will be directing, instead of Sefton Hill, who successfully helmed the previous Arkham games. The question is, will Holmes be able to follow up Hills’s games, which won a great deal of accolades, including Game of the Year for Batman: Arkham City? Time will tell.
Hit the jump to check out some screenshots from the game. Available on Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, Batman: Arkham Origins will be released on October 25th, 2013.