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Borderlands movie being made by Lionsgate with same “in your face attitude”

2k Games’ Borderlands series has had tremendous success on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation and Lionsgate is hoping that success can translate into a role on the big screen. The movie studio announced in a public statement that they’re working on formatting the FPS for a live-action, feature-length film.

The Creative Director at Marvel, Avi Arad and his brother Ari Arad will be leading the project and both had very positive things to say about the Borderlands franchise in a recent public statement.

“Borderlands has a unique story-driven narrative energy and rich multi-dimensional characters that position it to become a singular motion picture event.”

Two chairmen with Lionsgate, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger expressed their own positivity as well claiming they have “the right partners” and the “ideal creative team” to lead a Borderlands movie to success.

The positivity is warranted with the success that Avi Arad and his brother have had in the past working on the Ironman, Spiderman, and other Marvel movies.

Two of the most definable characterisitics of the Borderlands games are the cell-shaded art-style which compliments the exaggerated personalities. Both will be a challenge for Lionsgate to adapt for a live action film. The correct use of special effects as well as the best actors to portray whatever story they’d like to present will be crucial in representing the Borderlands universe fairly.

No release frame is yet ready, but the movie is likely at least 2 years away from word on a release.

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Mafia III confirmed by 2k Games

Mafia III, the long-awaited continuation to 2k Games’ Mafia series has been confirmed by the game’s twitter account. This announcement doesn’t come as too much of a surprise however. Back in January the main character’s voice actor, Rick Pasqualone hinted at some upcoming news.

Mafia takes players back to the 1940s and the rein of mobsters, gangsters and corrupt cops. The last Mafia release, Mafia II, had a mixed, but generally positive reception. 2k will look to one up this in Mafia III on the new generation consoles (and they’ll be hoping that Square Enix’s CEO’s “Law of Third Titles” is really true).

The game is expected to release on Xbox One and PS4. More information will be revealed at the worldwide reveal trailer August 5.

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Battleborn heroes showcased in latest E3 trailer

The upcoming first-person shooter/MOBA from Gearbox/2k Games, Battleborn, has already received a lot of praise with expectations for the game steadily rising and now a new trailer has released — just in time for E3 too. This new trailer gives a closer look at the heroes and the variety of gameplay associated with each one.

Battleborn offers an explosion of color and personality in its characters and gameplay, and this latest trailer only reinforces that notion.

The graphics are highly stylized and the gameplay looks to be frantic, fast-paced, and eye-popping. The latest trailer shows some closer looks at the variety of characters in the game. Battleborn offers 25 playable characters each with their own unique traits. Bows and arrows, mini-guns, assault rifles, magic, and more are open to be used by the player depending on which character they choose.

Check out the trailer below for an idea of what to expect from the title — including a look at some of the gameplay.

Battleborn will release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, however a release date is yet to be revealed. More information will be revealed at E3 on June 16-18.

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XCOM 2 under development by Firaxis Games

Continuing the XCOM franchise, XCOM 2 has been announced by Take Two Interactive three years after the release of XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Xbox 360, PS3, Mac, and PC. This upcoming sequel takes place 20 years in the future with humanity reeling after an alien threat takes over the world.

Contrary to how XCOM: Enemy Unknown operated, XCOM 2 puts players on the attacking end of things as the invading force. Gameplay-wise, Firaxis Studios will be incorporating procedurally generated levels to “make each experience unique to the player.”

Jake Solomon, creative director for XCOM explained they’ve listened to fan requests and comments and are adding some new features to accomodate what the gamers want.

“We’re thrilled to implement long-time fan requested features such as procedural levels and modding support, as well as adding more of what makes XCOM great like new aliens, enemies and soldier classes.”

More details are to be revealed throughout the month.

XCOM 2 is scheduled to release on PC November of this year.

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New Triple-A IP from Take Two Interactive, ADVENT teasers revealed

After formally revealing “a soon-to-be announced new triple-A title” last week in Take Two Interactive’s fiscal year report, some new information regarding this new IP has been teased through a simple website with the short slogan “Building a brighter future together” greeting viewers.

The “hacked/corrupt” style of the website, ADVENT, certainly suggests a lot of what the game could be along with a small collection of concept art. With DNA splicing and gene therapy serving as the driving force of the site’s theme, it seems certain that this upcoming title will take place in the near future with a corrupt government police state as the setting.

"Luxury for the privileged few is outdated. This is the future of urban living." - 2K
“Luxury for the privileged few is outdated. This is the future of urban living.” – 2K

The “corrupt” text transforms to various warnings, most notably the “Millions have gone missing the ADVENT way” indicating people are being either being abducted, killed, or perhaps something even more intriguing by the government.

More details will soon be revealed, but gamers will be free to speculate on what exactly this new IP will be for the time being.

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