The Arcade: Video Game News, Trailers and Release Schedules, Featuring the WORLD OF WARCRAFT Movie, UNMECHANICAL, DEPONIA and More

     August 6, 2012

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Welcome to The Arcade, Collider’s weekly wrap-up of news, trailers and release dates from the video game world.  We don’t just sit around watching movies and TV shows all day, we also play the latest and greatest video games just so we can share them all with you! (It really is a tough life.) Since this is the first installment, we’re keeping it pretty basic but hope to bring you more content in future weeks.  This time around, we’ve got a bit of news on the World of Warcraft film adaptation, a trailer for the indie puzzler Unmechanical and a look at the visually and thematically engrossing Deponia. Let us know what you like, what you don’t like and what you’d like to see more of.  Hit the jump to check out The Arcade!

world-of-warcraftFirst up is a bit of news from the gaming world.  Perhaps the biggest crossover event to hit both the movie and video game crowds was the announcement that Sam Raimi is no longer attached to the World of Warcraft project, but Legendary Entertainment is moving ahead nonethelessCharles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) has been brought in to rewrite the original Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) script.  It’s safe to say that the writing portion of the adaptation should be squared away, so once the project secures a director we can expect a little more progress.

Next, here’s a trailer from an indie puzzle game being released this week called Unmechanical.  Here’s the synopsis followed by the game trailer below (from Unmechanical’s site):

Unmechanical, an adventure-puzzle game about an adorable but indifferent robot’s quest to find its way out of the innards of an underground beast, and to find out what happened and why.

Simple and intuitive mechanics make the game accessible to highly varying groups of people and the mysterious style and setting will tickle your curiosity. Puzzles range from simple to hard and satisfying!

Jumping into this week’s release news, there’s a PC game from Daedalic Entertainment being made available this week that’s targeting fans of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Matt Groening.  Called Deponia, the dystopian adventure game is a combination of comedy and romance with hand-painted backgrounds and top-notch animation. Here’s the synopsis for Deponia followed by the new release schedule for the coming week (via Game Spot):

deponia-imageRufus is not a pleasant guy. Ill-tempered and entirely too convinced of his own greatness, he lives at the edge of a small settlement somewhere in the most remote sector of the garbage-covered planet Deponia. He dreams of a better life in the floating cities of wealth and beauty high above the planet surface. When the angelic Goal falls from these privileged spheres down into a neighboring trash heap, Rufus sees his chance. He decides to bring the unconscious beauty back to her home. Only a vague hope of making it off Deponia at first, he soon formulates an unscrupulous plan, as he learns that he is a dead ringer for Goal’s upper-class husband. The planned handover is only the beginning of a wild chase across Deponia full of twists, turns and mystifying mix-ups…

Deponia is a fast-paced comedy of errors and one of the most unusual love stories in gaming history. The twist-filled story takes its off-beat characters all over trash planet Deponia, a unique game world in the style of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Matt Groening. From Kuvaq, an improvised village built inside a giant trash heap, to the swimming black market and the dark corners of the elevated planetary railways: The new adventure game from the makers of The Whispered World, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout and A New Beginning is brought to life with detailed hand-painted backgrounds in widescreen format and top-quality cartoon animation.

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If you’re planning on buying any new games this week, it’s a bit quiet.  The highlight is

However, for a complete list of what’s coming out, head over to Amazon.

Finally, The Arcade is a work in progress.  Please let us know in the comments what you’d like to see in future installments.

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