Big Geek Headline of the Week: Cancellations. PAX East was missing some key developers, EVE Fanfest completely cancelled, Overwatch League games called off, all this and more due to the Coronavirus. The virus originated in China, but now has a global impact that affects the Geeky world as well. We’re going to put together a comprehensive list of events that have felt effects from the spread of the virus.
Star Wars Headline of the Week: “The High Republic”. A variety of new literary content will be coming our way from comics, to graphic novels, to full on books all centered around an era of the Star Wars franchise that takes place over 200 years before we got the Skywalkers. “Star Wars: The High Republic features the Jedi as we’ve always wanted to see them — as true guardians of peace and justice. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Jedi and the Galactic Republic are at their height. But of course, into this glorious new era something wicked this way comes,” says Lucasfilm publishing creative director Michael Siglain. Fans have voiced some skepticism after a photo of a white-board with ideas on it had “diversity” twice on it…and “dinosaurs” once.
Star Trek Headline of the Week: Star Trek movies in doubt because of profitability? As said in a “Take Five With Dave” podcast, our expectations for geeky films is starting to get way too high. A prime example of that was when Simon Pegg admitted that future Star Trek movies might not be made simply because they don’t make “Marvel money”. “They make maybe $500 million at the most, and to make one now, on the scale they’ve set themselves, is $200 million. You have to make three times that to make a profit.” –Pegg. This coming after the three most recent films made more money at the box office than any other Trek movie in the franchise.
DCEU Headline of the Week: No Chance of Batfleck Revival. It’s true, not everyone is thrilled with the idea of Robert Pattinson putting on the cape and cowl, but Ben Affleck is ready to see him in action. Affleck states that although he “had an opportunity to write and direct and kind of star in a standalone Batman [film],” it occurred around the same time he “kind of lost interest in those stories.” Affleck added that he’d happily go and see Pattinson’s new iteration of the hero.
eSports/Video Game Headline of the Week: Wolfenstein…The Board Game! We love Wolfenstein, we really do. Starting in 1981, the traditional game takes Nazis to task with machine guns, rocket launchers, and monsters aplenty. Soon you can have a tabletop version thanks to a Polish game-making firm. Capable of producing 63,000 figures in a single day, Archon’s craftsmanship has earned them a hardcore following with approximately half of their orders coming from America. “Gameplay is key,” says Hartlinski the project manager, “but there’s no escaping that the miniatures need to be top quality.”
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