The Hobbit’s Third Installment Changes Titles

Director of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films series, Peter Jackson, announced that the last film will be getting a new title.

 
Previously called The Hobbit: There and Back Again after the book’s true name, he decided to change it to The Battle of the Five Armies. He put up a post on his Facebook page explaining why he decided to make the change saying, “‘There and Back Again’ felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with the three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced – after all, Bilbo has already arrived ‘there’ in the ‘Desolation of Smaug.'”

He continued, “We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate. And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is.”

If you haven’t read the Hobbit I won’t spoil the last movie for you but the title really tells it all. There are 5 armies, who go to battle, including Goblins, Wargs, Elves, Men, Dwarves, Eagles and of course one little Hobbit. Jackson did also mention that he is working on “The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Cut” which including, “over 25 minutes of new scenes, all scored with original music by Howard Shore.”‘

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Release Date Announced, Deluxe Edition Detailed

Dragon Age: Inquistion announced a release date: October 7th, yes, the same day as Shadows of Mordor and Alien: Isolation.

 

In addition to the new gameplay Bioware and EA also announced the Digital Deluxe edition that includes various in-game items like the Skyhold Throne, a chair made from dragon skull. Two different mounts, the Red Hart Halla and the Bog Unicorn. You also get the digital soundtrack and additional digital content to be announced.

But the really useful stuff is the gear, including the Flames of the Inquisition weapons like daggers or a war hammer, the Inquisitor armor, and another armored mount. It will cost $69.99 on Origin so that’s $10 bucks extra for all the digital content for those doing the math.

You can play the game this fall on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 or of course PC. If you want to learn more about Inquisition check out my preview here!

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Come see me at PAX East!

The 2014 Penny Arcade Expo East is almost upon us! One of the few major conventions on the East Coast, PAX in Boston always brings out amazing cosplayers, intriguing indie games, and interesting panels. I am excited to once again be covering for The Escapist and you’ll be able to see my videos on the Escapist News channel and over at EscapistMagazine.com, but you can also see me in person! If you will be attending the convention I will be speaking on a few panels and provided you with the details here:

Friday April 11th, 2014

PANEL: What You can Do to End Bile and Hatred in Games Culture

Where: Albatross Theatre 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

People from every race, religion, gender and sexuality play games. It is in many ways the most universal pastime of human culture, other than eating and sleeping. Why, then, has the culture surrounding video games in particular become so vitriolic? Why is such a beautiful medium marred by hatred? We’ll investigate the possible source of the bile in this panel, but more importantly we’ll talk about how to limit it in your own experiences. It’s not possible to just put your head in the sand and “don’t read the comments” anymore. We can change the discussion. We can do our part to limit anger, resentment, racism, homo- and transphobia, as well as sexism in gaming culture. Here’s how.

PANELISTS:

Greg Tito [Editor in Chief, The Escapist], Bob Chipman [Video Contributor, The Escapist], Evan Narcisse [Editor, Kotaku], Janelle Bonanno [Editor in Chief, GameFront], Andrew Yoon [Editor in Chief, Shack News], Andrea Rene [Escapist News Now, The Escapist], Andre Meadows [Black Nerd]

PANEL: IGN Game Scoop! Live Podcast

Where: Albatross Theatre 10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Join IGN editors (and The Escapist’s Andrea) as they discuss the latest and greatest video game news. Get your questions answered about the PS4, Xbox One, and the Gameboy Color. There will be yelling. (It’ll probably be Greg.)

PANELISTS:

Greg Miller [Host, The Loudmouth, IGN], Daemon Hatfield [Host, The Beauty, IGN], Mitch Dyer [Editor, The Canadian, IGN], Marty Sliva [Editor, The Beard, IGN], Andrea Rene [Host, The Smart One, The Escapist]

Saturday April 12th, 2014

PANEL: Console Launches: A Post Mortem

Where: Condor Theatre, 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

A lighthearted look at the release of the next generation of consoles from the folks that were on the front line.

PANELISTS:

Kevin Dent [CEO, Tiswaz Entertainment], Andrea Rene [Senior Producer, The Escapist], Aubrey Norris [Director of PR and Marketing, Deep Silver], Larry Hryb/Major Nelson [Channel Director, Xbox]

 

Sunday April 13th, 2014

PANEL: Royal Rumble on the N64! 30 Players Live!

Where: Albatross Theatre 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Retro gaming throwback? An argument for the efficacy of local multiplayer? Or just an excuse to get 30 of the coolest people we know in one room to play a wrestling game and yell at each other? No matter how you slice it, it’s a live play through of the Royal Rumble in a classic THQ game on Nintendo 64. There will be thrills. There will be chills. There will be spills. Come cheer for the faces, boo the heels, and marvel at the 15+ unannounced special guests. LIVE, only at PAX East.

PANELISTS:

Aaron Trites [Harmonix], Eric Pope [Harmonix], Abbie Heppe [Respawn Entertainment], Alex Navarro [Giant Bomb], Andrea Rene [The Escapist], Bobby Loertscher [Zen Studios], Dave Lang [Iron Galaxy Studios], Eric Neustadter [Xbox], Jeff Gerstmann [Giant Bomb], Jeff Green [AARP], John Drake [Harmonix], Nick Chester [Harmonix], Pat Baer [Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre], Phil Tibitoski [Young Horses], Rich Gallup [Disruptor Beam], Jon Carnage [Twitch], Sean Baptiste [Fire Hose Games], 15 Special Guests TBA

If you will be at PAX in Boston come by and say hi! If you see me on the show floor let’s high five or fist bump! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for lots of shenanigans @andrearene

Mario Kart 8 New Gameplay Details

Today Nintendo showed a new gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated Mario Kart 8 for Wii U.

 

The long running kart racing franchise will see lots of familiar faces on the track, including Metal Mario, Shy Guy, and all seven of Bowser’s Koopalings who will be playable for the very first time. There are also previously announced favorites like Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and the other usual Mario suspects.

You’ll get to try them out on remixed classic course like Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii, Toad’s Turnpike from Mario Kart 64, and even Donut Plains from Super Mario Kart. There will be a total of 16 remixed courses and 16 new courses, including the amazing Rainbow Road.

There will be special objects in each course that showcase new gameplay mechanics such as anti-gravity, which allows racers to drive upside down or up vertical surfaces. Hang glider, motorbikes, and underwater racing is back, along with a new spin boost that Nintendo thinks makes racing “even more exhilarating.”

But it wouldn’t be Mario Kart without the items right? The famous Piranha Plant can now be attached to the front of your kart and will chomp at other players, or even eat fallen banana peels or shells. Plus with each bite you get a boost of speed. There is also the Boomerang Flower that allows you to stun players with a boomerang which can hit multiple players. You can throw it 3 times forwards or backwards.

Uncharted Director Join Star Wars Project

Former “Uncharted” Creative Director Amy Hennig announced she is going to Electronic Arts. More specifically, she will be working with the Visceral Games team on an upcoming Star Wars project.

Hennig calls herself a “huge Star Wars fan” and said on Twitter that, “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the Star Wars universe, after it’s had such a formative influence on my life.”

She also previously worked at EA, albeit over 20 years ago, but she said she is “very excited to be working alongside [my] old friend Steve Papoutsis again,” who is the General Manager of Visceral Games.