Codemasters official unveils GRID 2 for 2013

They teased it over the past week but today it’s official. GRID 2 is coming in 2013 to bring track and street racing back to the console and PC crowd using the well-known EGO technology that has paved the way for Codemasters over the years. Check out the trailer for awesome goodness and the full press release after that for the current details direct from CM.

Press release:

THE RACE RETURNS IN 2013 – GET READY FOR TOTAL RACE DAY IMMERSION AS CODEMASTERS® UNVEILS GRID®2™

Be Fast, Be First, Be Famous – GRID 2 Trailer Makes Stunning Debut at www.GRIDGAME.com

Los Angeles, Calif. – August 8, 2012 – Codemasters® today announced that GRID® 2™, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™, is in production at Codemasters Racing Studios and set for a 2013 launch for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

Revealing the first of the game’s new locations, including Chicago and Paris, the debut GRID 2 trailer video is now showing at www.gridgame.com and captures a snapshot of the relentless, high-impact aggressive thrills that lie at the core of GRID 2’s cinematic race experience.

GRID 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous as they enter a stunning new world of competitive motorsport. In pre-production for two years, GRID 2 is now in full development on the latest evolution of the award-winning EGO Game Technology Platform. Following the success of GRID, which set new standards for damage, AI, visuals and introduced the Flashback time rewind feature – now adopted by many racing games – GRID 2 will again raise the gameplay and technological bar for motorsport gaming and remain true to the series’ core values – it’s all about the race.

“GRID’s back and we’re going to make street, track and road racing exciting again,” said Clive Moody, Executive Producer. “The core design philosophy for GRID 2 is that we treat the race as a character, not a consequence of simply putting cars on tracks. Everything that goes into the game impacts on that second-to-second, in the moment, blockbuster drama – the feel and personality of the race.”

“We’re pushing boundaries once again with what can be accomplished in the genre via new tools, technology and innovations. In single-player, split-screen and online, the next-generation of the EGO Game Technology Platform will power graphics, AI, handling and damage advancements that will immerse players in the racing experience like never before. Like its predecessor, GRID 2 will put the sheer thrill and adrenaline rush of the race at the heart of the experience. It’s what we call Total Race Day Immersion.”

In an expansive career mode, players will experience aggressive wheel-to-wheel racing against advanced AI where each spectacular race unfolds with cinematic immersion. Building on the handling model from GRID, the new TrueFeel Handling System will use real physics to hit a sweetspot between accessibility and simulation and deliver handling that is approachable yet challenging to master.

Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades and three continents – North America, Europe and Asia – players will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Miami to the sun-kissed California coast and beyond, beautifully created city streets, licensed circuits and edge-of-control mountain roads will become home to the most visceral and exhilarating races in gaming.

GRID 2 will also set new standards for a racing multiplayer experience with an entirely distinct and extensive gameplay component and unique progression system. Deep customisation options and integration with RaceNet* – the online community portal for Codemasters Racing games which tracks player’s races, rewards and rivals – will offer further immersion and connectivity in GRID 2’s new world of motorsport.

Marvel teases Gambit announcement for C2E2 this weekend

Going to C2E2 this weekend? Catch a special event from Marvel centered around Gambit, the news goes out on Sunday April 15th during their “Next Big Thing” panel at 11AM during the show,  for those who can’t make it the news will also be available from Marvel as the show rolls along. If you feel you can wait just a moment, we’ll be following their updates and posting them as they break during c2E2.

The only detail we have is just the date attached to the announcement, August 2012.

Link: Marvel News

Green Lantern Releases For July 2012

Here’s a list of upcoming Green Lantern titles you might want to check out coming in July!

Link: DC Comics Blog

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
1:25 B&W Variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale JULY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo Pack Edition $3.99 US
• “The Revenge of Black Hand” starts now!
• This arc promises the most shocking conclusion of any of GEOFF JOHNS’S entire GREEN LANTERN run!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #11


Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by FERNANDO PASARIN and SCOTT HANNA
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• As “ALPHA WAR” concludes, The Green Lanterns learn that their troubles are just beginning!
• A new threat is coming for the Corps…and they might be powerless to save themselves!
 

 

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #11

Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
1:25 B&W Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
On sale JULY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• LARFLEEZE versus the NEW GUARDIANS!
• It’s greed versus the entire spectrum as we finally learn the truth about who’s been orchestrating events since issue #1…and what trouble it means for the future of the DC UNIVERSE!

 

RED LANTERNS #11

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Cover by ED BENES
On sale JULY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• There’s going to be hell to pay as ATROCITUS continues his lone search for ABYSMUS and more poisoned members of his corps die!
• RED LANTERN BLEEZ vs. STAR SAPPHIRE FATALITY!
• With the entire corps poisoned, only a handful of RED LANTERNS are left alive

DC Announces Batman releases for July 2012

DC looks into the future and cranks out some titles to anticipate this summer for the caped crusader and related friends. Check out the list and the cover art in our mass post below and get to work on those advanced comic order lists before those releases sneak up on you.

Link: DC Comics Blog

BATMAN, INCORPORATED #3
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Variant cover by JAY FABOK
1:100 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale JULY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo Pack Edition: $3.99
• The DC COMIC – THE NEW 52 debut of…MATCHES MALONE??
• BATMAN is hot on the trail of whoever is trying to kill DAMIAN – and he’s not going to like what he finds!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

BATMAN #11
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Backup story art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
Variant cover by ANDY CLARKE
1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale JULY 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo Pack Edition: $4.99
• The stunning conclusion to “THE COURT OF OWLS” epic!
• All is revealed in “THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WAYNE.”
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

DETECTIVE COMICS #11
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by ED BENES and ROB HUNTER
Backup story art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
1:25 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale JULY 4 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo Pack Edition: $4.99 US
• The connection between HYPNOTIC and the attacks on Wayne Enterprises is revealed!
• Plus, the latest chapter in the TWO-FACE backup story.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #11
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
1:25 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
On sale JULY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• SCARECROW makes a bold move against BATMAN, using COMMISSIONER GORDON as bait!
• The terrifying pasts of both SCARECROW and BATMAN come back to haunt them.

 

 

BATMAN AND ROBIN #11
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale JULY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• DAMIAN makes good on his decision to defeat each ROBIN, and in a brilliant show of arrogance, starts with RED HOOD!
• The army of BATFREAKS is dead set on avenging their plight starts with the people of Gotham City!

 

 

 

BATWOMAN #11
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art by TREVOR McCARTHY
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• The conclusion of “TO DROWN THE WORLD”!
• BATWOMAN, CHASE, and the D.E.O. battle Gotham City’s URBAN LEGENDS in hope of finding the missing children.

 

 

BATWING #11
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art by MARCUS TO and RYAN WINN
Cover by MARCUS TO
On sale JULY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• BATWING faces off against the deadly Beijing gangster dragon known as LONG!
• Guest-starring NIGHTWING!
• BATWING’S armor is equipped with a new array of Bat-gadgets!

 

 

BATGIRL #11
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
On sale JULY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Part two-of the introduction of KNIGHTFALL – BATGIRL’S deadliest foe yet!
• BATGIRL takes on three new foes – the henchmen of GOTHAM CITY’S new super-villain, KNIGHTFALL!

 

 

 

BIRDS OF PREY #11
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN and JEFF HUET
Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• POISON IVY – savior of THE GREEN?
• The team is in the jungles of the Amazon and the boardrooms of Dubai, where the Birds must make a deal with the Devil!
• A shocking ending you can’t afford to miss!

 

 

CATWOMAN #11
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• On the trail of DOLLHOUSE!
• CATWOMAN and her new partner, SPARK, take their relationship to a very intimate level!
• How will this affect Catwoman’s secret partnership with DETECTIVE ALVAREZ?

 

 

 

NIGHTWING #11
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art by EDDY BARROWS, RUY JOSE and EBER FERREIRA
Cover by EDDY BARROWS
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “The Republic of Tomorrow, Today ” continues!
• NIGHTWING faces off against PARAGON, the leader of an anti-GOTHAM CITY group!

 

 

 

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #11
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “DEAD SPACE” continues!
• STARFIRE is unleashed in an epic space battle!
• THE OUTLAWS take on BLACKFIRE and her new allies, THE BLIGHT!

Matt Fraction and David Aja reunite and talk at C2E2 this weekend

Matt Fraction has created huge story arcs for Marvel in his time and David Aja has even helped assist some of those pieces, this weekend at C2E2 the comic world will get word on what these guys have been working on so heavily behind closed doors. Marvel only teases that it will be an all new ongoing series but nothing more, even their promo banner for the event is shrouded in mystery.

The panel goes live at C2e2 at 5:15 PM on Saturday April 14 and carries the title “Cup O’ Joe panel”. Attend it if you can otherwise we’ll try to get the news posted here as soon as it breaks.

Link: Marvel News

Some past work from Matt Fraction:

  • Fear Itself
  • Defenders
  • The Invincible Iron Man
  • The Mighty Thor

Some past work from David Aja:

  • Wolverine: Debt of Death
  • Captain America #600
  • Secret Avengers (#5,#18)
  • Daredevil: Black & White “Game Room”

3000AD and DC Entertainment working on Line of Defense Comic Book

Comics and video games are always crossing up in one way or another, today 3000AD and DC are bringing a comic called Line of Defense based on the 3000AD lore. Taking readers into space where Galactic Command is at odds with opposing forces taking over resources on a distant planet and super weapon is in the works to make it even worse.

The comic will launch with a special public first issue at San Diego Comic-Con this year at the DC Comics booth and it will serve as a launch platform for the upcoming video game as well. Private viewings will be available at popular conventions for industry like E3 as well, hopefully I can sneak a look at it there when we hit the show in June.

Some back story on the comic from 3000AD:

For many years the Terran military forces of GALCOM have been engaged in various conflicts with the Insurgents – a splinter group of military personnel opposed to the Terran governing body. In a surprise move, the Insurgents setup shop on the long abandoned planet of Lyrius, previously used by GALCOM for weapons testing, R&D and other forms of military operations. This move wouldn’t normally warrant a deep space troop deployment, except for the fact that the Insurgents were rumored to be developing a super weapon on the planet. The “Firefight” comic tells the story of the brave direct action team sent by GALCOM to neutralize the threat and destroy the weapon.

As a prequel we can only hope it serves as a full-bodied story and not just something designed to leave a lot of cliffhanger moments, comics are a great medium to build attention off when used properly. We’ll have to see how it turns out when preview pages start making their way out.

Links: 3000AD | Line of Defense

Zenescope Entertainment announces Kickstarter campaign for Grimm Animated Series

Kickstarter is taking over to jump-start new developments, instead of games we’re seeing it used in a new project by Zenescope Entertainment for their new Grimm Animated Series project. The big show kicks off today and runs through May 1 for people to jump on board. The project is being directed by Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse, Venture Bros. and Nerd Hunter 3004 fame with  Titmouse Inc. for the animation side of things (Metalocalypse, Black Panther, Freaknik: The Musical). They’re not after a small goal though, the team notes it’ll take $175,000 to get this project off the ground to get the pilot episode running and establish the foundation to continue the series after that.

Zenescope had a lot to mention on the project and this experiment into crowd funded pursuits for entertainment in other media.

“We believe that our Grimm Fairy Tales comic book series would make an excellent animated series, and we’ve been pitching the idea to theHollywood big-wigs for years. They’ve said “There is too much Fairy Tales stuff out there”, or “No one wants to see a gritty, dark, modern take on the fairy tales.” That’s where they’re wrong. We have tons of devoted fans that would love to see more of our series, and that is our chance and yours to make it happen.”

Grimm Fairy Tales has been the flagship series of Zenescope Entertainment since the company started. Zenescope has grown to a top comic book publisher due to its continued success. Grimm Fairy Tales is currently the longest running independent color comic being published today and has over 1 million copies in print.

Jon Schnepp will be directing this project. He is one of the hottest animation directors in Hollywood, having already seen a great deal of success working on such series as Aqua Teen Hunger Force , Metalocalypse, and the Venture Brothers. Not only will Jon be working closely with the creators of the comic book, Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco; Zenescope will be enlisting Titmouse Inc, one of the premiere animation studios, to help with this vision.

Titmouse Inc is a premiere animation studio with top-tier talent and experience. Jon Schnepp has worked with them before on many of his projects, and much of their work rounds out the Adult Swim animation block on Cartoon Network. Their variety of experience is suited well for the Grimm Fairy Tales animation series anthology.

If you want to help support the development of the project check out their Kickstarter page and see if it sparks your interest.

Borderlands 2 packs Steamworks on PC

Gearbox and 2K have been quick to eliminate any speculation about online support and protections for Borderlands 2, today they’ve announced that Steamworks will handle achievements, DLC, updates and matchmaking services with Steam Cloud picking up the tab for game progress data as well.

This acts as a shift from the in-house system used in the original title on the PC, with Steamworks they’re able to harness an entire user base with relative ease especially when handling 4 player match-ups. The only frustration might come from using online activation for the game, generally Steam requires online decryption of the files before allowing someone to play the game offline which means there will be a one-time validation requirement attached.

Borderlands 2 is set to arrive this September, hopefully we’ll have some deeper looks at the game between now and the release.