FX has renewed The Strain for a second season, the network announced Tuesday. Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes and is scheduled to premiere in summer 2015.
The move comes as no surprise, as The Strain is cable’s top new series of 2014 among adults 18 to 49. The show has averaged 4.5 million viewers in first-run airings this season, while the pilot drew 12.7 million total viewers with delayed and repeat viewings added, making it the most-watched series premiere in FX’s history.
WBIE announces a Season Pass for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, outlining DLC for the action game that can be purchased in advance. They aren’t offering complete details yet, here’s what they reveal for now:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions today revealed the Season Pass for the upcoming action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, showcasing exclusive content that will be available at participating retailers.
The Season Pass includes:
- Exclusive ‘Guardians of the Flaming Eye’ Orc Warband mission
- Players will face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Rising Flame rune
- Early access to the ‘Trials of War’ challenge series
- Players will test their skills against select legions of Sauron’s forces in this series of challenge modes and build their legend as gamers post their best score on the Challenge Leaderboard
- All new story missions with hours of gameplay
- Lord of the Hunt – Hunt the wild beasts of Mordor as players discover hidden lairs, earn unique runes and face off against powerful monsters
- The Bright Lord – Play as Celebrimbor, the great Elven smith of the Second Age, and battle against Sauron and the might of his forces
- Access to future content
- Including runes, skins and additional future add-on content.
There’s a brand new demo of Batman: Arkham Knight on display at Gamescom in Germany, and from the sound of it, the game–Rocksteady Games’ return to the franchise after a one-game break–will be a pretty fun time.
After a fight sequence at Ace Chemical and the introduction of some new gadgets, there’s a fairly long sequence involving Batman popping out of the moving Batmobile and onto rooftops. Unfortunately, you have to be at Gamescom to play that demo at the moment, but GamesRadar has nabbed a few screenshots to whet your whistle. Check them out below.
Payday series developers Overkill Software and Starbreeze Studios revealed that they are working on a Walking Dead game of its own. The Walking Dead creator and Skybound Entertainment CEO Robert Kirkman said the new take on the zombie survival series is the “co-op game that all of the Walking Dead fans have been waiting for” in a Payday 2 Steam community update.
Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint said the developer “will bring The Walking Dead into the world of first-person shooter co-op games,” and that it will be “gameplay focused, ferocious and bring chaos to the traditional industry model.” While the developer did not specify the game’s targeted platforms, it did mention that it will be powered by Starbreeze’s Diesel engine, “updated for the next generation.” It is expected to launch in 2016, which is when “Washington falls,” according to the announcement trailer.
Yesterday, Microsoft dropped the first bomb of Gamescom 2014: that Rise of the Tomb Raiderwill be an Xbox exclusive. Except, wait. It’s not.
Turns out this was yet another a case of shady corporate double-speak, and this is actually atimed exclusive. “Yes, the deal has a duration,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer told Eurogamer. “I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise.”
In other words, when they said yesterday that the next big Tomb Raider game is an Xbox exclusive, what they really meant is that it’ll be out first on Xbox (both 360 and One), and then it’ll come later to other platforms.
Spencer wouldn’t elaborate on how big of a window he paid for. “There are certain things I’m just not going to talk about because it’s a business deal between us and then. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn’t buy the IP in perpetuity.”