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Critical Role Forms Own Studio

Geek & Sundry’s tabletop RPG web series, Critical Role, has announced that it has moved to form a new studio. Also in the announcement, Critical Role has taken control of its own merchandising as well as created its own YouTube channel.

In the announcement video, Critical Role’s Marisha Ray announced that she has stepped down as a Creative Director at Geek and Sundry to fully-focus on this new endeavor. It is unknown at this time what the announcement exactly means for the relationship between Critical Role and Geek and Sundry, however in the announcement video Travis Willingham does mention that the show will still be found on Geek and Sundry’s Twitch and Alpha sites.

E3 2018 Photo Gallery

Of course, our coverage of the Electronic Entertainment Expo would not be complete without a huge photo gallery for you to peruse through, so here ya go! We will be releasing a ton of content – both video and article based this week, so enjoy this photo gallery for now as we ready everything else!

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DreamWorks Theatre and Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest Opens at Universal Studios

Universal City, CA, June 14, 2018 – A spectacular Kung Fu Martial Arts display, dragon warrior parade and fireworks finale set the stage for the grand opening of Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-new attraction, DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”

The attraction opens officially on Friday, June 15, 2018.

The festivities also featured an all-star lineup of DreamWorks Animation favorite characters, including Kung Fu Panda’s Masters Po and Tigress; Madagascar’s Alex the Lion, the Penguins—Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private, and King Julien; Trolls’ Poppy and Branch; and Shrek’s Puss ‘n Boots, Shrek and Fiona.

The arrival of “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” marks the first attraction to open at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. since Universal’s recent acquisition of DreamWorks Animation.

“As our portfolio expands, we are thrilled to bring exciting new entertainment options to our guests,” said Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest’ is a fun, spirited story and the ideal attraction to kick start Universal Studios Hollywood’s collaboration with DreamWorks Animation.”

Inspired by the global blockbuster movie franchise, Kung Fu Panda, the attraction takes guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art visual effects for a highly engaging experience.

Created and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” recounts a plot-filled story whereby on the morning of The Emperor’s Great Feast of Heroes, dragon warrior Po embarks on a wild and perilous mission to deliver the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power to the Palace, while enlisting guests to join him on the exciting adventure replete with raging rapids, river pirates, awesome magic and Kung Fu.

With cutting-edge technology at the forefront of the multi-sensory attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” introduces the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure. Developed by the innovative team at Universal Creative, this never-before-adapted technique depicts a series of immersive and visually dynamic scenic designs that will transform within the interior space and enhance the story. With detailing that is so precise, it will be near impossible to realize the projected imagery is a mere illusion.

Coupled with seven Christie 4K Boxer Cinema Projectors and 360 degree surround sound audio, sweeping physical effects from water to wind will empower guests to feel more like participants than spectators in the adrenaline-spiked adventure.

Featuring an original score by composer Germaine Franco, the storyline begins as guests enter the pre-show area of the theatre where they meet an array of DreamWorks characters who kick-off the attraction’s narrative. From there, guests enter the main theatre, complete with new ultra-plush, fully articulated seats that pivot and swivel in tandem with the 180-degree action.

The newly constructed building that houses the DreamWorks Theatre is inspired by Mission revival architecture and harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood’s Art Deco period of the 1920s, including a box office ticket seller booth, reminiscent of the time period and staffed by a three-dimensional usher asleep on the job.

As guests navigate past the ticket booth, through the flourishing outdoor garden and into the theatre queue, they will encounter a series of 36 movie posters that pay homage to DreamWorks Animation films. Within the lobby, a selection of over 20 award statuettes will be on display, representing a sampling of the Golden Globe, Emmy, People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice, National Board of Review and Annie awards DreamWorks Animation has amassed from 2008 to 2015. A collection of original sculpted maquettes of the “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” characters will also be on display along with artifacts embodying magical powers that Po brought back from the Spirit Realm.

This summer, guests are also invited to spend time with Po and Tigress as part of a special character meet and greet located within the park’s Universal Plaza. A replica of Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop, as featured in Kung Fu Panda, will also set up within the venue inviting guests to enjoy his authentic Asian fare and a selection of hot and cold Asian beverages.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Wreckfest Launch Trailer

Helsinki, Finland / Vienna, Austria, June 14th, 2018: Mission accomplished, Wreckfest is out now! The PC version will be available from 10 AM PST / 19:00 CEST on Steam. Owners of the Early Access version will need to download an update.

Some highlights from the launch update:

  • 4 new challenge vehicles like Harvester or Double-decker
  • Many new customization parts & paint jobs for all vehicles
  • Updated career progress with new unlocks, car rewards & career challenges
  • Updated UI for career, garage, customization & armor & performance parts
  • New “Countryside Derby Arena”-map

Strange Brigade E3 2018 Developer Playthrough

Oxford, June 13, 2018 – Dashing British developers Rebellion emerged from their E3 sarcophagi to release fabulous new gameplay footage from their rip-roaring third-person adventure, STRANGE BRIGADE.

Watch here:

Featuring a gregarious 7 minutes of action from the title’s second campaign level, this brand new footage includes ebullient exclusive commentary from Lead Designers Steve Bristow and Ben Fisher. Detailing a veritable feast of new information – including the game’s progression systems, story, puzzles, exploration and more – don’t miss this exciting gameplay bonanza!

Smach Z Handheld Gaming Console E3 2018 Trailer

Palma de Mallorca, Spain – June 13th, 2018 – SMACH Team released an E3 2018 trailer today for SMACH Z, the portable gaming console for PC games. SMACH Z is a handheld gaming console with a 6” touchscreen that is powerful enough to play AAA PC games natively in High Definition. Designed to bring mobility to the world of PC gaming, the SMACH Z is scheduled for launch in Q4 2018 with two editions: the SMACH Z and the SMACH Z PRO.

“We are really excited to showcase the first hands-on demo of the SMACH Z prototype build to media at E3 2018 and look forward to getting initial feedback, which will be crucial to bring the fully functional Beta version to Gamescom 2018,” said Daniel Fernandez, CEO at SMACH Team. “It’s an ambitious project but each step takes us closer to the ultimate gaming console that PC games enthusiasts have been waiting for.”

SMACH Z raised over $740,000 via Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns. To achieve top-notch operating and visual performance, the SMACH Z will launch with an AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1000 processor and Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics, running on Windows 10 or Linux. Players will be able to immerse themselves into portable, HD gaming at silky smooth frame rates from day one, with no additional fees as all the titles in the users’ online PC game library will be available on their SMACH Z, bringing PC games in HD quality out of the players’ homes into their hands wherever they are.

Featuring customizable, haptic controllers adapted to PC games that can fit any play style, the all-in-one gaming system can be connected to a TV via HDMI. This makes it a solid fit for not only cutting edge graphic powerhouses, but also local multiplayer titles and retro games. Like a desktop, SMACH Z can double as a multimedia center, capable of 4K video playback, or be used for browsing the internet, making Skype calls, or streaming videos.

GreedFall E3 2018 Trailer

June 13, 2018 – GreedFall is the latest RPG from Spiders, currently in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Set in a 17th century setting embedded in magic, Greedfall has a unique visual identity inspired by European Baroque art, depicting grandiose sceneries in muted warm colors and dark undertones.

This E3 Trailer reveals the origins of GreedFall’s story, as settlers, mercenaries and treasure hunters, fleeing a continent plagued by pollution and an incurable disease, set foot on a remote island seeping with magic, rumored to be filled with riches and lost secrets. A grand journey filled with mystery follows, as you find yourself in the middle of ever-increasing tensions between the invading settlers and the locals, who are protected by manifestations of the island’s earthly magic in the form of supernatural beings.

With a strong focus on its core RPG identity, GreedFall follows Spiders’ experience in building intricate worlds filled with mysteries to discover, weaving deep character interactions, and offering players freedom to achieve quests and objectives in many different ways – through combat, as well as diplomacy, deception or stealth. The island of GreedFall is a living, ever-evolving world. Your actions, from seemingly trivial choices to the most important political decisions, will influence and alter its course, as well as the relationship between the different factions established on the island.

GreedFall releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019.

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Announces 2018 Dates

ONG BEACH, Calif., (June 13, 2018) –The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most terrifyingly authentic haunt, will once again rise from the deep, dripping with history of the infamously haunted ship September 27 – November 2, 2018. Tickets to Dark Harbor are available for purchase now at QueenMary.com.

Gruesome and bloodcurdling spirits will descend upon the legendary Queen Mary in Long Beach for the most anticipated, terrifying twenty-three nights of the year. Dark Harbor’s resident spirits: Ringmaster, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Iron Master, Scary Mary, Voodoo Priestess, and Chef, will raise hundreds of tortured souls and spirits to haunt the grounds of Dark Harbor nightly for an unforgettable, bone-chillingly immersive experience.

The creators and producers behind Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will reveal the newest frightful features for the upcoming season at Midsummer Scream haunt con on July 29 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Celebrate Halloween in July with Dark Harbor’s panel and get a sneak-peak of some of the terrifying new tricks that are being conjured up for the 2018 season of Dark Harbor.

Named one of the top 10 most haunted places on Earth by Time Magazine, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor offers the most authentically frightening experience available. Bringing the true haunted tales of The Queen Mary to life, the annual event begins September 27 and continues to scare those who dare through November 2, 2018. Tickets to the 2018 Dark Harbor season are available today, June 13, 2018. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, Evil Express, VIP, Ultimate Scream, and lodging packages available. To celebrate the upcoming season, Dark Harbor is offering a special 48-hour sale with tickets 50% off when purchased June 13 – June 15 for select season dates (9/27, 9/30, 10/4, 10/7, 10/11, 10/14). For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.