Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll likely be well aware of Fortnite: Battle Royale’s exciting mobile reveal last week and what a huge statement this means for iOS as a gaming platform. Unfortunately, that is exactly me – it seems taking a few days of online detox has happened to coincide with the iPhone announcement of the decade. Don’t fear, as I’ve spent the past five minutes catching up with the extensive coverage we’ve shared with you here on FortniteArcade, and the hype train is not slowing down anytime soon. Yesterday, the official mobile trailer for Fortnite was released, which showcases the game in all of its hilarious cartoon glory, as well as giving us a first glimpse of gameplay on the iPhone X and how the controls may work in action.
The coolest feature of the Fortnite trailer is undoubtedly how slick it all looks in action. Anyone still cynically wondering whether this will be a full version of the PC and console title should really have their questions answered here, and I’m quite impressed by how fluid the framerate is and also how the graphics truly pop on the smaller screen. Of course, the virtual controls will likely make or break Fortnite for many gamers, and while it’s hard to discern too much from the glimpses in the trailer, those lucky enough to play the title in the video seem to be having little difficulty in manipulating their avatar. I doubt we can look into this too much, but at the very least this mobile reveal trailer is yet another reason to be incredibly excited for Fortnite on iOS. Sign up for the Invite Event today, and whether you’re Team #Fortnite or #Fortcraft, let us know your impressions on the trailer on our Discord server.
A surprise guest joined the cast and creators of HBO’s Westworld at the end of the show’s SXSW panel on Saturday. SpaceX founder Elon Musk, a friend of show creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, appeared as a way to end the panel on a note of “optimism”, in Nolan’s words, while also showing the audience an inspirational trailer that Nolan created promoting the February launch of the SpaceX Heavy Falcon rocket.
“One of the things that I really used to, when I was a kid, spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about was space, and spaceflight,” Nolan said, noting that he had grown up watching Super 8 footage of Saturn rocket launches, but that the fervor and excitement that space exploration once fostered has faded. “And so I was having…
The Syfy channel has released the first full trailer for its upcoming third season of The Expanse, teasing a solar system on the verge of all-out war between Earth, Mars, and the residents of outer planets.
Last month, the channel released a brief teaser that revealed that the show would return in April, and hinted that the crew of the Rosinante will have to come to terms with their various past mistakes as war looms. This new trailer shows off a bit more of what to expect: the crew dealing with the knowledge that one of their own, Belter Naomi Nagata handing over a sample of an alien protomolecule to the leader of the Outer Planets Alliance. That protomolecule substance was used in the show’s first season to kill the entire population…
Everywhere you look these days, there’s that wizard with the scar, Harry Potter, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing any time soon. As you probably already know if you’ve been reading our stories, we are getting a brand new Harry Potter game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, and today we got to see a new trailer that shows a lot more gameplay than previous teasers have. Whether you’ll like what you’ll see really depends on what kind of a game you’re looking for. This one is free-to-play, and that can go a few different ways if previous experience with games like this one is anything to go by. Harry Potter is Harry Potter, though, and there’s definitely a huge audience waiting to find out more about Hogwarts Mystery—unless, of course, you’re one of those who have gotten their hands on the soft launched Android version.
A few words about Hogwarts Mystery, first. Even though the game has Harry Potter in the title, you won’t actually play as the titular (and grand example of how PTSD looks like) character; instead, you’ll get to create your own witch or wizard, the first mobile game that lets you do so (as the developers proudly proclaim). To quote a famous TV persona, you get a Hogwarts letter, and you get a Hogwarts letter, and you get a Hogwarts letter. You can see that aspect of the game right at the start of the trailer, which shows how Hogwarts Mystery keeps all that is known and loved about the world of Harry Potter—the school buildings, the professors, etc—but puts you right at the center of the wizarding world. You even get to pick which House you’ll join (Ravenclaw forever), which probably has some gameplay implications.
This narrative adventure with RPG elements will, of course, let you make your own student avatar as you always dreamed your Hogwarts self to be, and then will have you entering the usual Hogwarts routine of learning new magical skills, attending all kinds of classes—which I’m sure is the way to leveling up—forming friendships with those that share your beliefs and making enemies of all the rest, and so on. The game does comes with a story arc that will change according to your decisions at crucial moments—like whether to drink that third butterbeer or whether to call it a night. Hogwarts Mystery has a new encounter system where your decisions and actions impact your quests—although it’s not yet clear precisely how they impact them—which should help you feel like your actions actually matter. Prophecy or not, you will rise to fulfill your destiny.
Speaking of rising, Hogwarts Mystery is a free to play game, so that rising might contain plenty of timers (fame requires patience) and IAPs (fame doesn’t come cheap). As the trailer demonstrates, you get to master different spells and potions, and I have a hunch that mastery will be peppered with timers. The content has to be gated somehow, otherwise players will go through everything Hogwarts Mystery has to offer faster than Hermione can cast a spell.
Still, free to play or not, it’s not often we get to play games set in the world of Harry Potter, so I think many of you will definitely check the game out. It does come with a brand new storyline all about the Cursed Vaults and your brother’s disappearance. Whether the monetization will get in the way of the fun remains to be seen, but I, like Ron after a few butterbeers, remain optimistic.
The game has been available in early access on Google Play for some time now, but now you can officially go to the game’s website and pre-register (which, again, you probably already have done given that the link has been around for a month or so). If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, are you looking forward to getting to enjoy a brand new adventure in the halls of Hogwarts, or is the monetization model your own personal Boggart?
Last year, HBO announced that it was adapting Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 into a movie and today we get its first trailer. In it, we see Captain Beatty, played by Michael Shannon, telling underling fireman Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan) about the d…
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There’s no specific release date yet for HBO’s Fahrenheit 451, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel about a future dystopia where books are illegal, and “firemen” are special operatives who find them and burn them. But the network has just released the first full trailer for the film. With Black Panther still setting box office records, the timing is just right: Fahrenheit 451 stars Michael B. Jordan, currently on-screen as Black Panther’s memorable, celebrated villain Erik Killmonger, and his role in the new film channels a similar mesmerizing ferocity and idealism. Jordan plays protagonist Guy Montag, a dedicated fireman who begins to have doubts about his profession, and about the government that has outlawed books as inherently…
Roxanne, Roxanne, the Lolita "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden biopic that premiered at Sundance last year, is making its way to Netflix on March 23rd — and you can watch its first official trailer below the fold. Shanté rose to prominence as on…
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AMC Theaters released an IMAX trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, the upcoming sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film Pacific Rim, and it’s packed with giant robot vs. giant monster action.
Prior trailers for the film revealed that this movie is set a decade after the first film, in which humanity faced down a horde of otherworldly monsters known as Kaiju, using giant mechs called Jaegers. The Last Jedi‘s John Boyega heads up the cast, starring as the son of Stacker Pentecost (played by Idris Elba in Pacific Rim) as he gathers a new band of Jaeger pilots to face a renewed threat.
Those prior trailers helped set up the story and introduce the new characters, but this latest trailer shows off the real reason to see the movie: the…