The Facebook page for Young Justice: Legacy has posted the box-art for the upcoming video game (shown above). This has been the first post-Young Justice weekend after the season two finale so it’s nice to see that the (now) ironically titled Young Justice: Legacy video game is still moving forward.
The narration is rather over the top, but this is the first clear look we’ve had at the upcoming Young Justice: Legacy video game. As we know, the game will be set during the 5-year gap between the Young Justice and Young Justice: Invasion and will be fully canonical with the Earth-16 Universe.
We’ve seen game play before, but this is the first really clear look. It reminds me of the X-Men Legends and even of Justice League Heroes games from a few years ago. I suspect that I’ll be more interested in this for the story than for the gameplay, but it should be fun.
The website for the up-coming Young Justice: Legacy console/computer game has been updated with short biographies and turn-around renders of the playable characters (a couple of which are shown above).
Additionally, Young Justice: Legacy writer Sharon Scott has blogged about the process of working with WB and Greg Weisman on the concept for the game’s plot:
Not only was WB prepared to let us explore the 5-year gap [between Season 1 and Season 2], but they wanted a storyline that would be part of the YJ canon similar to the Young Justice comic books. With all the industry talk about transmedia storytelling, I expect we will be seeing more projects like this, but this was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to get involved at this level. But since the entire game revolved around the story, the development team couldn’t begin the real work on the game until we had concept approval. Heroes, villains, locations, and the like would all be dependent on where we ultimately went with the story.
The game will be released next-year.
But Variety has learned that WBIE is expected to reteam some of the characters in some form for the next installment in Rocksteady Studios’ gritty vidgame series that began with Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
New, highly stylized title is being developed as a prequel that revolves around Batman’s first meeting with the Joker. It’s based on the Silver Age of DC’s comicbooks from the 1950s when the Caped Crusader teamed with other heroes like Superman and founded the Justice League of America.
There are quite a few ways to read that and I’ve seen several re-postings of this that claim that this will be a Justice League game. The wording stops a little short of that. To me it sounds like an Arkham Asylum prequel which guest-stars a few of the other Justice Leaguers.
There had been hints — or red herrings? — that the next game might be something called Arkham World. When the Joker popped up to accept an award at the 2011 Spike awards he was holding a script for “Batman: Arkham World”.
The World title also hints at the line of characters expanding, potentially highlighting other locations key to other Justice League characters — a visit to the Fortress of Solitude perhaps?
There are a few DC games on the horizon and three of them have had new reveals at this year’s E3 games expo. The following are some of the best videos about these games.
IGN on Batman LEGO 2
I’ve played a few of the LEGO games, but it was the Batman LEGO game that got me into them. It and Arkham Asylum seem to perfectly bracket the story telling possibilities of the Batman character. The second Batman game is more of DCU affair and is an open world game. I did wonder how they’d go Green Lantern, but in hindsight a building game like Lego is perfect for ring constructs.
G4TV interview with Ed Boon about Injustice: Gods Among Us.
This is probably our best look yet at the real in-game action. I’m still undecided on its potential, but it could be cool if they can solve the replay issues that let down Mortal Kombat Versus DCU.
Comic Alliance on Young Justice: Legacy
Legacy is a game set between the first and second seasons of Young Justice. It features the in-canon explanation for a lot of the differences between those seasons. There are a couple of videos out there from E3, but I found this one shows off the game play best (even if the camera work is a little shaky).
I can see myself getting all three of these games.
There is a new DC Universe beat-em-up game on the horizon called Injustice: Gods Among Us from Ed Boon (original Mortal Kombat co-creator) and NetherRealm Studios. The game features interactive environments and two classes of characters — power and gadget. Which class of character you chose will depend on how they interact with the background objects. The provision release date is just 2013.
The teaser trailer:
DC’s last major licensed beat-em-up was the poorly received Mortal Kombat Versus DC Universe, a crossover it seemed nobody was asking for or was satisfied with. That game was put out by Midway Games in 2008. They’ve since been brought in-house by WB and renamed NetherRealm Studios (after one of the Realm in the Mortal Kombat mythology). Its NetherRealm and original MK producer Ed Boon who are producing the new Injustice game. NetherRealm also produce the Arkham City Lockdown spin-off for the iPhone.
The game’s name appears to be lifted from a plot device in a recent JL story. Justice League: Gods Among Us is a fictional book written by David Graves, the new big bad in the next JL arc. Oddly it looks like Wonder Woman is wearing a version of her costume from the defunct pilot.
Mr McDuffie has the distinction of writing for the Justice League in more formats than just about anybody else I can think of. He wrote for the animated TV series (Justice League, Justice League Unlimited), a direct-to-DVD movie (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earth), a video game (Justice League Heroes), and the regular JLA comic book. More recently he wrote the screen play for the DVD adaptation of Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly’s All-Star Superman and was the producer on the current incarnation of Ben Ten.
Mr McDuffie may be most influential for co-creating and guiding the Milestone Comics characters during the 1990s – a genuine attempt to create a comic book universe that encapsulated all of America’s children. The break out character of that group was Virgil Hawkins (Static). A spin-off cartoon series, Static Shock, was launched in 2000. McDuffie became involved with the writing of the cartoon and from there he was recruited into the creative team behind Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
Through all his work there was an openness that let the best character, who ever that might be, come to the fore. You knew if Dwayne McDuffie has written the script because it just sounded better – the characters were richer, the jokes funnier, the emotions deeper.
My condolences to his friends and family.
Batman: Arkham Asylum has got a lot of rewards lately and the developers are going to celebrate by releasing a special 3D edition of the game called the Game of the Year edition. It’ll include all the previous downloadable content. What’s more, it’s going to be in 3D,
The multi award-winning Batman: Arkham Asylum adds a new dimension to crime fighting with support for TriOviz 3D on both PS3 and Xbox 360. TriOviz 3D is a patented 3D process which adds depth to the game, visible to players wearing the included 3D glasses. Compatible with all standard and high definition TV sets, TriOviz 3D creates a far more immersive gaming experience, allowing console players to dive deeper into the gothic world of Arkham Asylum..
I’m not too familiar with the TiOviz technology, but it seems that they use green and cyan glasses and not the traditional red and blue 3D glasses. It means that colours should look more natural. The developers seem to have accomplished the effect by using the depth information that is already computed in the game.
I’ve played and finished Arkham so I really don’t need another version, but… the 3D is tempting.
Is there an a Justice League computer game in the works? Sure looks that way…
The two screen shots above seem to show a Planet Krypton style restaurant themed around the JLA heroes. Other screen shots appear to show Paradise Island and Atlantis. There have been several earlier Justice League games, most recently well received Justice League Heroes and an earlier beat-em-up Justice League Task Force – not to mention a number of games based off the Justice League Unlimited franchise.
The screens were taken from an ex-Shiny Entertainment artist’s online portfolio, the development studio behind movie-to-game adaptations like The Golden Compass and The Matrix: Path of Neo. The developer, part of Double Helix, has also been pegged to a game based on Warner’s Green Lantern film.
I can’t see a mention of a Justice League games on Double Helix’s website, but do have a cryptic news post that says
Double Helix Games is working on an exciting unannounced Warner Bros. Interactive title
That could be the mentioned GL game or could just possibly be the game these screenshots are from.
Warner Brother’s recent purchases of computer game companies signals a strengthened interest in the games sector. Marvel have bad a bit of success in that area, but DC has so far only had scattered success. Batman: Arkham Asylum was a critical success, but the DC Universe/Mortal Combat crossover was rather disappointing. On the horizon are the Arkham Asylum sequal and a massive-multiplayer online game called DC Universe Online.
There is a new trailer for the Batman: Arkham Asylum videogame which recounts the early history of the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
Now is it my imagination or does a voice say “Rise” during that final show of Dr Arkham’s grave? Could somebody be sneaking in a Blackest Night reference?