Tomb Raider Movie Reboot Directors Shortlisted

Lara Croft is one of the most famous video game characters of all time, but despite the ongoing massive popularity of the Tomb Raider games, it’s been 12 years since the character last appeared on cinema screens. Now the Tracking Board have reported further news about the reboot of the film series that is currently in development.

 

The project is a collaboration between four companies–GK Films, Warner Bros, MGM, and games publisher Eidos Interactive–and three directors are rumoured to be under consideration. Kathryn Bigelow is the biggest name on the list, and her work on such acclaimed films as The Hurt LockerPoint Break, and Zero Dark Thirty clearly mark her out as an obvious choice to direct Lara Croft’s next movie adventure.

The other filmmakers being discussed are Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the first Twilight movie, and Mimi Leder, best known for her ’90s action films The Peacemaker and Deep Impact.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer Evan Daugherty had been hired to write the script, and that the movie was “on a fast track”.

The previous two Tomb Raider films–2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life–starred Angelina Jolie as the iconic British archaeologist. The first movie remains the highest grossing video game adaptation ever in the US, but the disappointing box office for The Cradle of Life, combined with Jolie’s reluctance to revisit the character, meant that a third film never materialis2938832-laraed.

The next Tomb Raider game–Rise of the Tomb Raider–is scheduled for release on November 10 for Xbox One and Xbox 360, with PC and PlayStation versions coming in 2016.

Star Wars Battlefront Beta Open to All

Publisher Electronic Arts is pledging to provide enough server capacity so that anyon2929142-image.imge who wants to play the Star Wars Battlefront beta will be able to do so.

Mathew Everett, a Battlefront community manager, confirmed on EA’s Star Wars blog that the beta would remain open once it is deployed. He also offered new details about what gameplay modes will be available, but was not able to offer more insight into a release date.

He said the beta “will consist of both our offline and online modes, including co-op and split-screen co-op, and it will take place on PlayStation 4Xbox One, and via Origin for PC.”

As well as connecting as many as 40 players together in sprawling multiplayer battles, the beta will serve as a demo for an offline co-op mission mode called Survival. This horde-style mission drops players on Tatooine and throws various waves of Imperial AI opponents in front of them.

Everett also answered some questions that were said to have come from the Battlefront community, which follow:

  1. Q) Will there be any AI bots in multiplayer in addition to other players?
  2. A) Yes! Our Fighter Squadron mode features AI units (10 on each side).
  3. Q) Will there be sidearms or only primary guns?
  4. A) We offer a primary blaster along with a hand of Star Cards. How you customize your Star Card hand will be up to you.
  5. Q) What comes with the various editions, i.e. Deluxe vs. Standard?
  6. A) The Standard Edition of Star Wars Battlefront will include the base game. The Deluxe Edition will include the base game and have the Ion Grenade, Ion Torpedo, and DL-44 unlocked right away alon
    g with the exclusive Ion Shock and Victory emotes.
  7. Q) Can I buy the Deluxe Edition on disk in a retail store, or is it just digitally online?
  8. A) The Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition is available as a physical item for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only.
  9. Q) Can I upgrade my vehicles in Star Wars Battlefront?
  10. A) Vehicles in Star Wars Battlefront come with their own weapons and abilities that make them authentic to the Star Wars universe.

Apple’s iOS 9 Adoption Faster Than iOS 8

Apple iOS 9 has seen a 12 percent adoption rate in the 24 hours after it first became available. According to a report from research firm Mixpanel, iOS 9 adoption rates are beating those seen with iOS 8 previously.

Speaking to TechCrunch, Mixpanel CEO Suhail Doshi attributed the lion’s share of the adoption rate to the smaller size of the update as compared to iOS 8. The update is 3.5 times smaller than last year’s, something Doshi says shows “Apple has empathy for its users who have nearly maxed out the space on their phones.”

Doshi also said the adoption rate achieved in 24 hours by iOS 9 took Android Lollipop five months to reach. The adoption rate could be even higher, Doshi hypothesizes, were it not for Apple’s servers “having trouble keeping up right now” with people trying to update.

Apple recently revealed a slew of updated products at its September live event, including a long-overdue update to its Apple TV device. The new device is more gaming focused than its predecessors, but don’t worry: Apple TV isn’t a console killer, at least not yet.2939198-iostable

Warhammer 40k Deathwatch Coming to PC With “High-Quality” Graphics

2939578-1Warhammer Quest developer Rodeo Games has announced that its mobile game, Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch, is making the jump to PC. An “Enhanced Edition” of the turn-based strategy game will be available on Steam on October 20. Pricing was not announced, but you can visit its Steam page here.

In Deathwatch, you command a group of Space Marines who do battle against the Tyranids. The new Enhanced Edition was developed using the Unreal Engine 4 and boasts “high-quality” graphics. All missions have been “remastered” with new lighting effects and more, while players can also look forward to controls and a UI that have been redesigned to fit a keyboard and mouse setup.

What’s more, the Enhanced Edition adds new Space Marines from the Dark Angels, Imperial Fists, and Black Templar chapters. For a closer look at the Enhanced Edition, watch the video above or click through the images in the gallery below.

Deathwatch is currently available on iTunes for $5. At the bottom of this post you’ll find the game’s PC system requirements.