Ark: Survival Evolved confirmed for Nintendo Switch

The ever expanding list of Nintendo Switch titles just got a whole lot bigger.

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Developer Studio Wildcard has officially announced that a Nintendo Switch version of the 2015 indy-hit Ark: Survival Evolved is in the works.

The reveal was made at the State of Unreal presentation at the annual Game Developers Conference, just days after the developer announced that a free-to-play version of the game is also heading to mobile devices.

According to the developer the Switch version of Ark: Survival Evolved will include “the complete contents and features of the original game; from the massive and mysterious ARK island, to the more than 100 prehistoric- and fantasy-inspired creatures such as the T-Rex, Giganotosaurus, Rock Drake and Reaper.”

“The Switch’s handheld mode provides a fantastic new capability for survivors who want to fully immerse themselves in the vast worlds of ARK,” said Studio Wildcard’s Jeremy Stieglitz, co-director on Ark: Survival Evolve. “With this new version, Switch players can go directly from hunting and taming while sitting on the couch, to forming online tribes and searching out new conquests when on the bus, waiting in line, or wherever they happen to be.”

The game is due for release on the Nintendo Switch as both a physical and digital product sometime this fall.

Justice League becomes DC’s biggest flop

Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. Not even the combined might of the Justice League could save DC from hitting a wall.

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Justice League has officially wrapped its domestic run in cinemas, limping to the finish-line with a comparatively meager $229m in the domestic market and $428.9m overseas. For a film that had a budget of roughly $300m, and in an era where the  first Marvel crossover, The Avengers reached $1.518bn worldwide the box office for Justice League has to be considered a massive flop.

Not only did Justice League fail to live up to its Marvel counterpart, it also came in as the lowest grossing entry of the DC Extended Universe to date. Falling just short of previous lowest grossing entry Man of Steel ($668m worldwide) and well below the series high of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6m worldwide).

The production and release of Justice League was mired with controversy and that seems to have had a horrible effect on the box office figures. Averaging very poorly among critic reviews and receiving very mixed reviews from fans, the reviews seem to have had a widespread impact on the film.

Hopefully the DC Extended Universe can turn itself around as competition for Marvel is only ever going to be a good thing and these characters in particular deserve better than they’re currently being offered.

Disney planning live-action “Lady and the Tramp”

In a world of reboots, sequels and Disney remakes are we really surprised that we’re getting a live-action version of Lady and the Tramp?

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It appears as though the live-action remake of the 1955 animated film will be slated for the upcoming Disney Live Streaming Service, alongside other products such as the recently announced live action Star Wars TV series.

Lady and the Tramp will follow other live action remakes such as MulanThe Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.

The script has been written by Andrew Bujalski and The Lego Ninjago Movie director Charlie Bean has been brought on to helm the product.

Review: Ready Player One

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Zak Penn and Ernest Cline
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn

Whilst Ready Player One might not be the Steven Spielberg masterpiece that a lot of us hoped it would be, it’s still a fun and memorable cinematic experience that you don’t want to miss out on.

Based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ernest Cline the movie follows the adventures of a group of people hunting down the golden Easter egg within a virtual world called the Oasis, with the premise being that should you find this Easter egg you will gain control of the Oasis itself. And in terms of adaptations the film falls somewhere in the Lord of the Rings category of accuracy; the core story is the same and there are a number of scenes and moments which are lifted straight out of the book, but the journey the characters take to get to their end goal has a number of differences both little and large. Some of these differences were done so with the film’s length in mind, others with having to adapt some of the challenges to an on-screen medium that perhaps requires more adrenaline pumping action than a book would otherwise need. But overall if you’re a fan of the book then you’ll definitely be at the very least appeased with the way this adaptation turned out, and that’s unsurprising given Ernest Cline’s involvement with the screenplay.

As for how the film holds up on its own, there are both good and bad points to be made, but fortunately it’s mostly the former. There’s no real attention grabbing performances in the film, and that’s partly down to the limited time that we actually spend with the in-person versions of these characters. Tye Sheridan is fine as the film’s main character, but he offers little more than a standard, by the numbers performance. The same can be said for Ben Mendelsohn who portrays a typical comic-book villain with little backstory or motivation other than money and greed. But the film is fortunate in that the real stars aren’t the real life characters, but their avatar counterparts in the Oasis. Art3mis, Parzival, Daito and Aech all outshine their real life players and that’s where the films strength lies, in the Oasis.

Whilst the film’s portrayal of the Oasis isn’t exactly what I had imagined when reading the book, that doesn’t make it any less impressive. Spielberg (And likely Ernest Cline) did a great job of modernising the original vision of what the Oasis was (Something built around 80’s references that would be lost on many of the younger audience who will go to see this film) so that it fit in today’s culture. There are so many Easter eggs littered throughout the film, both subtle and exceedingly obtuse that it’s going to take someone a scary amount of time in order to list them all. But because of that I almost feel like this film will leave you wanting to go back and start all over again, wanting to find just one more reference, one more character that you didn’t notice the first time around, I know I sure want to right now.

It’s hard to say right now whether this film will have any impact on the future of VR in the real world, but it’s certainly not going to hurt the technology now that a far wider audience has been introduced to the sheer magnitude and beauty of the world that Cline envisioned.

If you have the chance go and see this movie in the cinema, it’s a big screen cinematic experience if ever there was one and the stunning visuals and amazing soundtrack are something that you have to experience for the first time in a theatre. This film is going to have everybody talking and for all the right reasons. Should it be getting 10/10 reviews? No. But that doesn’t make this any less of an impactful film and one that will no doubt still be talked about in many years to come.

Final Score: 7/10 Porgs.