On this episode of Nerd & Tie we deal with the ongoing move of our production studio, mourn the passing of Adam West, go through the highlights of E3, discuss the changes coming to Pokemon Go, review the confusing situation surrounding the Venom movie (and how it MIGHT still be MCU adjacent), and consider Wizard World’s money problems.
There are a few technical difficulties in the video too, but at least the audio version is largely clean?
This episode of Nerd & Tie was sponsored by Ohio Kimono
As usual, Ubisoft gave us a show. This year though, it was full of some unexpected things. Things such as Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a tactical fighting game combining Rabbids and the world of Mario. Other things were completely expected, like their more extensive showing of Assassin’s Creed Origins.
The Crew 2 is a new racing game, and South Park has not only The Fractured But Whole, but also a new mobile game coming called Phone Destroyer. There’s a psychological thriller VR game called Transference also in the works, and Ubisoft is very proud of their new pirate battle game Skull & Bones.
No one was surprised about Just Dance 2018 coming out, just that it’s going to have kpop in it and there was a panda who dabbed onstage. Ubisoft doing their own thing as usual.
A new space battle game called Starlink is featuring gameplay using physical collectibles to work in conjunction with the Nintendo Switch, and Steep is still a thing. Remember Steep? It’s the open world winter sports game and they’re going to the winter Olympics. Neat.
Far Cry 5 is coming, with a plot set in the middle of a cult-ridden American town, and last but certainly not least after over a decade of waiting, Ubisoft announced that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is coming.
If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.
There’s a point where you have to ask when Hollywood will figure out that enough is enough. They keep churning out more and more “blockbuster” films every year, and honest to god there are only so many weekends in a year and people willing to go out to theaters. 2016 was jam packed with these huge tent pole films, and 2017 looks like it’ll be worse.
And while there have been some major successes this year, there have also been a ton of flops. The most recent being, of course, Assassin’s Creed.
I mean, did you even remember that Assassin’s Creed came out last weekend? I barely did, and I certainly didn’t see it. You probably didn’t either, since the movie had only a $14.9 million dollar opening weekend, and had a six day total of $22.4 million. Right now it’s estimated the film will lose anywhere from $75 million to $100 million for the studio.
Look, there have been a ton of franchise movies this year. Sequels, remakes, adaptations… they just don’t seem to ever end. So I ask that you excuse my lack of usual enthusiasm (or promptness) in presenting to you the second Assassin’s Creed trailer. Frankly, I kind of forgot the film was even coming out.
But here it is, and it nicely sets up the weird nature of the Assassin’s Creed franchise (which is largely absent from the game’s marketing), albeit with a few differences from the source material. I mean, it’s not a bad trailer, and the movie itself might even be good…
…but it’s a genre film getting released around the same time as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Good luck with that, Fox.
I think it’s safe to say that most people who read this blog have fantasized about being on the bridge of a Federation starship. While games like Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator have let fans recreate the experience unofficially, there hasn’t really been a licensed game or product to let Trek fans recreate the fictional experience.
That is, of course, until now, with Ubisoft’s upcoming VR gameStar Trek: Bridge Crew.
Coming this fall for the Vive, Rift and Playstation VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a four player VR game that lets you take a station on an Abramsverse Starfleet vessel. Ubisoft put out some video of gameplay at E3 with some familiar faces to demonstrate:
Honestly, while the game looks pretty fun, it also looks expensive to play. When you calculate the costs of four VR headsets and the computing hardware to drive the game, the numbers clock up pretty damned fast. On the other hand, even $49.99 Kindle Fires can run Artemis stations.
Either way, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is expected to come out this fall.
The adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed game series to the big screen has been slowly chugging along. We finally now have the first trailer for the movie, and it looks pretty Assassin’s Creed-y. Starring Michael Fassbender, it looks like the film is embracing the full on past-life weirdness of the games.
Fox also released a poster for the film last night too:
I’m not really excited for this film, but it still looks cool. Of course, with a December release date, it means it will be competing with Rogue One in theaters. How many people will choose to go see a video game adaptation instead of a Star Wars movie.
Either way, Assassin’s Creed still hits theaters December 21, 2016.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast, Rena Innocenti sits in for Pher! Because Pher was busy! We discuss the (lack of a) Gundam Live action movie, Jason Momoa’s casting as Aquaman, the rumored roadmap for the DC Carnival of Sadness, Bryan Singer possibly exiting the X Franchise, Nathan Fillion’s possible appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, Ubisoft’s E3 PR implosion and upcoming changes to the Nerd & Tie website.