A number of Telltale Games’ employees have posted on social media today indicating that they are looking for work, with many sharing both publicly and privately that Telltale has either closed its doors or is suffering its largest layoff so far.

We have reached out to Telltale for clarification, but did not receive anything back by the time of writing. It appears from the sheer number of developers that are seeking employment, however, that the company will have to make a public statement sooner rather than later. 

Less than a year ago, the studio laid off over a quarter of its workforce under the auspices of a necessary restructuring plan while a drama-filled game of musical chairs for the company’s leadership played out in the background. Telltale has been saying in the time since that they hope to focus on quality over quantity and released the first episode of the final season of The Walking Dead just a short while ago.

Telltale had announced several other projects that might not see the light of day now, such as The Wolf Among Us season 2, Stranger Things, and Game of Thrones season 2. A skeleton crew of 25 employees reportedly remain to finish The Walking Dead, but new projects are unlikely to continue after.

We will continue to monitor this story and update as it develops.

These days, box offices are dominated by comic-book and superhero movies from Marvel and DC. Unfortunately, while superhero movies have improved dramatically over the last decade, superheroes haven’t been as powerful in the realm of video games. In fact, nearly 40 years after the first superhero video game, many developers still struggle to create worthwhile experiences using some of the biggest names in entertainment today.

While not all superhero games are monumental duds like Superman on Nintendo 64, many tend to deliver middling, forgettable experiences. However, a select few that defy the stereotype to become superb titles we still look back on fondly as not only great superhero games, but terrific video games in their own rights.

While the superhero films of today are often critically acclaimed and feature a wide array of faces, our list of the best superhero games is substantially less diverse, with half of the list focused on two heroes. This speaks to the drastically different levels of quality these games have featured over the years.

Check out our list of the 10 best superhero games of all time and be sure to let us know your favorites in the comments below.

10. Infamous

PS3 • 2009

As the sole non-licensed entry on this list, Infamous delivers a compelling, original story starring Cole MacGrath, a bike messenger given the power of electrokinesis after being caught in an explosion. Cole must face off against other superhuman conduits and track down Kessler, a mysterious man with similar powers as him. Sucker Punch’s morality-based superhero debut was a terrific exclusive for the PlayStation 3 library and kicked off a great series for the studio.

9. Spider-Man 2

PS2, Xbox, GameCube • 2004

Treyarch’s game loosely based on the second Tobey Maguire film was fun for its open world and its large stable of Spider-Man villains to fight. However, it was revolutionary for how it nailed the feeling of swinging through New York City. While Insomniac’s 2018 title finally surpassed Treyarch’s 2004 experience, Spider-Man 2 was the best game starring the wallcrawler for a long time.

8. The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

PS2, Xbox, GameCube • 2005

Everyone knows that Hulk is at his best when he’s unleashed and smashing everything in his path, so it stands to reason that his best video game appearance would be the one that lets him do that nearly unimpeded. Hulk can run up walls, smash cars to use as weapons, and annihilate anything foolish enough to get in his way.

7. Marvel Ultimate Alliance

PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, PSP • 2006

Marvel has an incredible lineup of heroes and villains, and Ultimate Alliance allows you to assemble a dream team and dungeon crawl through several well-known locations in the Marvel universe. Crafting your own custom superhero team made from the star-studded Marvel stable is beyond satisfying, and blasting through waves of enemies lives up to expectations.

6. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Vita • 2011

The Marvel universe is no stranger to crossover events either, but Capcom took things to the next level. In 1994, Capcom released its first fighting game starring Marvel characters in X-Men: Children of Atom. In the 17 years following, Capcom expanded to feature characters from the entire Marvel universe, as well as its own. That crossover vision reached its pinnacle in 2011 with Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, and its Ultimate expansion improved the experience with a ton of new characters, as well as refined and reworked gameplay mechanics later that year.

5. Injustice 2

PS4, Xbox One, PC • 2017

Ed Boon and his Mortal Kombat team have a long history with DC Comics. After creating Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe at Midway in 2008, Boon founded NetherRealm Studios and successfully rebooted the Mortal Kombat universe in 2011. Following the well-received reinvention of that series, Boon’s team released DC Comics fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us in 2013 using similar mechanics. After making marked improvements to the formula with 2015’s Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm created the ultimate DC Comics fighting game: Injustice 2. Not satisfied with simply continuing the robust story mode and adding new characters, NetherRealm added a gear-customization system, daily live events, and improved fighting mechanics.

4. Batman: Arkham Knight

PS4, Xbox One, PC • 2015

With Rocksteady’s third (and to this point final) entry in its Arkham series, the studio weaves a fascinating story surrounding Batman, his fiercest rivals, and a mysterious new threat known as the Arkham Knight. Exploring an open Gotham City under attack from Scarecrow is thrilling, and while the Batmobile may be a sore spot for some, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the rest of Arkham Knight is Rocksteady at the top of its game.

3. Batman: Arkham Asylum

PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 • 2009

Perhaps the most revolutionary superhero game of all time, Batman: Arkham Asylum didn’t just demonstrate how to make a great comic-book game, it influenced several games with its perfected rhythmic combat, as well as its approach to predatorial stealth gameplay. Before Arkham Asylum, no game ever made you truly embody a comic-book character like Rocksteady’s inaugural entry in the stellar series.

2. Spider-Man

PS4 • 2018

By bringing a studio known for its ability to craft imaginative gadgets and deliver supremely fun traversal to the Spider-Man franchise, Sony found a match made in heaven. Spider-Man excels in its web swinging and combat, but it truly sets itself apart in its storytelling. Insomniac delivers a narrative that’s as focused on Peter Parker and those around him as it is his alter ego, while also nailing the feel of those beloved characters. Not just that, but just like in the comics, Insomniac’s interpretation of Spider-Man is at its best when the life of Peter intersects with the duties of Spider-Man. Spider-Man is not only the best Marvel game ever released, but it’s an exciting jumping off point for what could become an enormous and promising universe.

1. Batman: Arkham City

PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 • 2011

It may be strange to see three of the top four entries on this list dominated by DC’s Dark Knight, but it’s hard to argue Rocksteady doesn’t deserve it. Following the runaway success of Batman: Arkham Asylum, many wondered if lightning could strike twice for Rocksteady. Thankfully, Rocksteady’s gamble to move the action from the compact hallways and confined courtyards of Arkham Asylum to a wide-open portion of Gotham City paid massive dividends. Not only did this allow greater player freedom in determining how to experience the story, but it truly let Rocksteady flex its muscles with regards to Batman’s various traversal options. Grappling through Arkham City is a pure delight, but the true thrill comes in perching high above a group of thugs, plotting how you’re going to take them down. In addition, the stellar combat of Arkham Asylum received some improvements, and the open nature of Arkham City allowed Rocksteady to cram loads of Easter eggs for comic fans to discover.

Hot off the heels of the successful Castlevania animated series, Netflix might be looking to add another video game adaptation to its library in the form of Blizzard’s Diablo.

Andrew Cosby, founder of comics publisher Boom! Studios, tweeted on Wednesday that he’s in talks to write the series in collaboration with Netflix and Activision-Blizzard. While the tweet has since been deleted, likely because it was publicly referring to a project that has not been announced, Variety managed to catch and report on it

Judging by Cosby’s pedigree as the writer of the new Hellboy reboot and Netflix’s penchant for more adult animation, Castlevania included, a Diablo series would likely veer toward the more mature end of the animation spectrum in terms of subject matter and violence. Seeing as how it’s only in talks right now, however, it might be some time before we see anything from it.

The next release of Diablo will be a Switch port of Diablo III launching on November 2, while Blizzard has also indicated more Diablo projects are currently in the works.

[Source: Variety]

August was a great month for Fortnite, reportedly attracting 78.3 million unique players across all platforms. Even for Epic’s extremely popular battle royale game, that is an all time high. The game’s makers are using the data gleaned from the increased traffic to improve Fortnite’s servers and critical systems before the start of season 6.

Epic coupled this record-breaking news with a quick update on the Fall Skirmish kicking off this week. The competition will span six weeks and finish during TwitchCon at the end of October. The first skirmish is “Hold the Throne Duos.” Teams of two will try to rack up enough points by placing above 5th place or making eliminations to rank in the in the top twenty at the end of six matches. The final Fall Skirmish champion will be awarded $10,000,000 in prize money. 

Want to learn more about Fortnite? Check out Game Informer’s review here

[Source: gameindustry.biz]

This August, the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games (a pan-Asian multi-sport tournament) were held in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. For the first time in the games’ history, esports were included among the various sporting events. As China took home two gold medals, and esports made their debut, many Chinese and gamers around the world were eager to watch the tournament. Unfortunately they could not because state-run media, CCTV, did not broadcast the event. In turn, many Chinese citizens flocked to Twitch to watch the games, resulting in a massive spike in downloads for the streaming site.

In response, and since yesterday, Twitch’s website has become inaccessible in China, and its app is no longer available in the country’s iOS App Store, suggesting that Chinese authorities deliberatly moved to censor the streaming service.

According to The Verge’s Shannon Liao, this block follows a regular pattern by Chinese censors who, as a precaution, will block Western media platforms that become too popular.

While Twitch has since confirmed that is being blocked in China, it has not provided any further details.

Other popular companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter and Reddit have also run afoul of the Great Firewall of China. So far, Chinese authorities have not released any official statements.

[Source: BBC News

All month long, we’ve hopefully been answering your questions about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 with our new cover story. With our final exclusive feature on the game, we’ve turned the reins over to the community and you all provided hundreds of great questions for Treyarch’s design director David Vonderhaar to answer. On this special edition episode of The Game Informer Show, we Skyped in Vonderhaar and got as many answers as we could about Blackout and much, much more.

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Inspired by the History Channel Documentary Life After People, the YouTubers at TierZoo put together this amusing and informative video about what life on Earth would look like if people were stupid (I mean even stuipier, zing). However, this video takes that idea and also looks at it through the lens of video games. If you’re a gamer, you’ll get a kick out of these amusing comparisons.

Persona Q 2, the second game in the series of Persona crossovers based around Etrian Odyssey’s mechanics, is coming out in Japan later this year. While the previous game brought together the casts of Persona 3 and 4, the sequel adds Persona 5 into the mix for a cinema-themed story. You can check out the intro video below.

The intro also shows a few of the original characters in the game, much like Persona Q had.

While Persona Q 2 has not yet been announced for America, Atlus has never shied away from releasing a game on aging systems, especially for more fan-oriented titles. The Japanese version of the game launches in November on 3DS.

It’s that time of year again! Tokyo Game Show is in full swing, about to open for its jam-packed public days. We’ve been on hand, scouring the show floor for all the cool sights. There’s passion and pride in the air here that’s hard to top, as the Capcom, Atlus/Sega, and Square Enix booth all drew big crowds. To give you a glimpse into the show, we’ve compiled a gallery capturing everything from video game mascots to cool merchandise. Check it out above and see for yourself. 

My Brother Rabbit is a surreal hidden-object game about childhood disease. Wait, wait! Don’t go! It’s also pretty darned good! Reiner shows off the game to me and Leo in our latest NGT, and we realize that we’re actually pretty much the best at finding things. 

Take a look at the episode to get a sense of how the object-finding, puzzle, and story elements all work together; it makes more sense than you might think. And it has a surprisingly touching story, which covers some fairly grim subject matter.

My Brother Rabbit is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac.

 

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