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Posted October 12, 2017 by Tim Wells in Comics
 
 

Mayor Fisk! Marvel, Ubisoft, Stardock News for 10/12/17

Today’s entertainment press releases come from Marvel, Ubisoft, and Stardock.

Marvel

Daredevil - Mayor Fisk

MAYOR FISK!
Kingpin Rules In DAREDEVIL #595!
Your first look at the new Legacy issue!

New York, NY—October 12, 2017—There’s a new mayor in town… Mayor Fisk, that is. After his rise to the top, Matt Murdock’s classic foe takes center stage as Marvel Legacy hits DAREDEVIL #595, written by Charles Soule with art by Stefano Landini.

Matt Murdock has always had the law on his side, but now that Manhattan is under new rule, the tables have been turned: and it’s the vigilante hero who is on the outside of the law, with the Mayor of Crime ruling over Manhattan.

“MAYOR FISK is really about just one thing: Kingpin becomes…the king,” says series writer Charles Soule. “On page 1 of the story, Wilson Fisk has already become the mayor, with all of the power and resources that come with the position. So, Daredevil has lost the one thing he thought he could always rely on, the place he was sworn to protect: New York City. From there, we see how, and if, he can fight to win it back.”

“The entire DEFENDERS Legacy storyline, KINGPINS OF NEW YORK, is about the power vacuum left in the underworld now that Fisk has become Mayor and gone legit, and how a number of players start a big gang war attempting to fill it,” added SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.

But Mayor Fisk’s rule won’t just affect the street team – all Marvel characters will feel his power! For fans who have been looking for a closer connectivity within the Marvel Universe, DAREDEVIL #595 is a perfect jumping off point.

“The nice thing about the story is that Fisk isn’t just mayor in Daredevil,” said Soule. “It happens in every book across the Marvel Universe. So, every street-level hero (and even the Avengers-types) will feel the pressure from Fisk’s term in office. As you might imagine, he makes New York a very uncomfortable place for anyone who dares to call themselves a superhero. I’ve been building to MAYOR FISK since my first issue on the title, and it’s designed to be a huge epic in the best Daredevil-Kingpin tradition.”

“The Mayor’s reach can even be felt beneath the city streets in VENOM, where he’s deputized Kraven the Hunter to exterminate Stegron’s subterranean community of dinosaur-people,” added editor Devin Lewis.

The Kingpin’s rule begins this November, when DAREDEVIL #595 hits comic shops!

Avengers variants

Marvel’s AVENGERS VARIANTS Celebrate Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!
Featuring art by Mike del Mundo, Adi Granov, and more

New York, NY—October 12, 2017— This January, Earth’s greatest heroes will unite for AVENGERS NO SURRENDER, a weekly saga combining the cast and creative teams of three Avengers titles into one epic story. In celebration of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Marvel is proud to announce its AVENGERS VARIANT COVER PROGRAM. Showcasing different eras of Avengers rosters through the years, the covers feature art by some of the industry’s top creators, including Mike del Mundo, Esad Ribic, John Cassaday, Leinil Francis Yu, Daniel Acuna and Adi Granov, and more!

Look for Marvel’s Avengers variant covers on these select titles:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 by TODD NAUCK
ASTONISHING X-Men #7 by MARCO CHECCHETTO
AVENGERS #675 by MIKE MCKONE
AVENGERS #676 by ALAN DAVIS
AVENGERS #677 by ESAD RIBIC
AVENGERS #678 by MIKE DEL MUNDO
BLACK PANTHER #169 by MARCOS MARTIN
CAPTAIN AMERICA #697 by JOHN CASSADY
DAREDEVIL #597 by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
DOCTOR STRANGE #384 by KAMOME SHIRAHAMA
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #150 by MAHMUD ASRAR
INCREDIBLE HULK #712 by ADI GRANOV
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #596 by CHRIS STEVENS
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #2 by GABRIELLE DELL’OTTO
MIGHTY THOR #703 by ROB LIEFELD
OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 by BARRY KITSON
RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER #1 by TYLER KIRKHAM
ROGUE & GAMBIT #1 by DANIEL ACUNA
SHE-HULK #161 by MIKE PERKINS
TALES OF SUSPENSE #101 by CARLOS PACHECO
VENOM #160 by INHYUK LEE

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 21 variant covers, coming to comic shops this January!

Ubisoft

STEEP™ ROAD TO THE OLYMPICS VIDEO GAME INTEGRATES OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ATHLETES IN A NEW STORY MODE

Preorders are now available

SAN FRANCISCO — October 12, 2017 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Steep™ Road to the Olympics, an expansion to the open world action-sports game Steep (launched in December 2016) and an Official Licensed Product of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, integrates professional athletes from all around the world into the in-game story mode. Available on December 5, 2017 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system (includes enhanced features on PS4 Pro), Xbox One (includes enhanced features on Xbox One X) and Windows PC. Steep™ Winter Games Edition including Steep™ base game and Steep™ Road to the Olympics expansion are now available for pre-order.

In Steep™ Road to the Olympics story mode, players will experience the journey of a young athlete training in three freestyle events (Big Air, Half Pipe and Slopestyle) to reach the Olympic Winter Games and be the first athlete ever to win gold in 3 freestyle events. The competition takes place in the unique South Korean mountains, where the Olympic Winter Games are being held this coming February. Players will also be able to explore the mountains of Japan, carving through unique powder and exceptional environments.

Before each challenge, players will be treated to training tips and insights from Olympians on the variety of Steep™ Road to the Olympics events, track designs and the competition itself. Video testimonials from 10 legends and rising stars will be integrated in-game: Lindsey Vonn, American Alpine Skiier who has won numerous competitions including a gold medal in the downhill event at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010; Kevin Rolland, French freestyle skier and progressive risk taker who won an Olympic bronze medal in the halfpipe at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014; Sage Kotsenburg, American snowboarder who won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in men’s snowboard slopestyle at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014; Ayumu Hirano, Japanese competitive snowboarder who won an Olympic silver medal in the halfpipe at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014; Alexis Pinturault, a French alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist in 2014 for Giant Slalom; Tessa Worley, a French competitor of all five alpine disciplines and specialist of Giant Slalom; the Australian snowboarder Scotty James, a 2x world Halfpipe champion and 2017 Superpipe champion; Gus Kenworthy, an American freestyle skier who won the silver medal in Ski Slopestyle at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014; young American snowboarder and 2017 Slopestyle snowboarding champion, Julia Marino and Bode Miller, an Olympic gold medalist and the most decorated male American alpine ski racer of all time.

The expansion will feature fresh Alpine Skiing, Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing events, including: Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross, Slopestyle, Big Air, Ski Halfpipe, Ski Cross and Ski Slopestyle.

The expansion Steep™ Road to the Olympics can be purchased for $30 and Steep™ Winter Games Edition that includes the base game Steep and the expansion can be purchased for $60. Steep™ Winter Games Gold Edition, with the base game Steep, the expansion, and the Year 1 Season Pass, which gives players access to three previously-released DLC packs featuring additional sports, challenges and outfits will be available for $80.

With development led by Ubisoft Annecy*, Steep – the open world action sports game to feature ski, snowboard, paraglide, wingsuit, rocket wingsuit, sled, base jump and speed riding – designed for a culture that’s all about sharing experiences with the world. Steep features seamless multiplayer, populating the world with players as they explore the Alps and Alaska. Players and friends across the globe can take on challenges together, or compete with each other to snag the top spot on the leaderboards. The game’s replay feature expands this experience, allowing players to relive their wildest tricks and memorable lines and even share them as videos on social media. It doesn’t stop there, as challenges can be created from any line to compete with friends and achieve the best time or score based on customizable factors, such as completing tricks to score. Players can also participate in several competitive live programs such as the monthly Steep World Tour, where players take on specific challenges to qualify in tournaments and have a chance to win exclusive rewards.

For more information about Steep, please visit steepgame.com and follow us at facebook.com/SteepGame and twitter.com/Steep_Game.

Stardock

v2.6 Update for Galactic Civilizations III and Crusade Expansion Releases Today

Trade routes, colony events, game balance, and more have been improved

Plymouth, MI. October 12, 2017 – Today, Stardock released a v2.6 update for the massive turn-based space strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III and its Crusade expansion. Crusade received some unique updates, and both games benefit from new balance improvements.

“Each time we play, we find something to improve,” said Stardock CEO Brad Wardell. “We work closely with our community to identify what needs fixing or adjusting and then we do our best to get that into updates as soon as possible.”

Improvements in v2.6 include:

Galactic Civilizations III + Crusade:
Updated colonization events
Increased number of allowed trade routes
Custom factions now available in multiplayer mode
Mercenaries have been updated to balance recent economy updates
Balance updates
Quality of life improvements

Crusade Only:
Free citizen at the start of the game
New mission in the shipyard for harvesting Aurorus Trees
The Malevolent ideology now gives a bonus in negotiations

“We made a lot of adjustments in v2.6,” said Wardell, “but one of the biggest things I wanted to adjust was the profitability of making “evil” choices. We worked on a lot of the colony events to make sure that those options had as much benefit or disadvantage as the pragmatic or benevolent choices did.”

The changes to trade routes reduces the amount of money earned, but substantially increases the number of routes the player can set up. In addition, Crusade players will be able to enjoy the benefits of a citizen on the first turn. The citizen will allow them to make immediate adjustments to their economy at the start of the game.

One of the final features of v2.6 is the ability to play as a custom faction in a multi-player game. Previously, online play was restricted to the original races that were included, but now players will be able to enjoy much more variety when playing games with friends.

For a full list of details and to read more about what has been added to Galactic Civilizations III and Crusade, visit Stardock’s forums.

v2.6 is now available for download. Galactic Civilizations III is available through Stardock, GOG or Steam for $29.99. The Crusade expansion can be purchased through Stardock, GOG or Steam for $19.99.




Tim Wells

 

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