Venom now connected with Spider-man and part of the MCU! Or not?

 

In a June 18th interview with Filmstarts, Amy Pascal let us all know what we wanted to hear, namely that Venom will be part of the MCU, and that Tom Holland’s Spider-man very well might show up in it. That is however the opposite of what we have been told up until now, so her comments kind of took everyone by surprise, none more so than Kevin Feige.
And since this comment didn’t come from Kevin Feige or anyone from Marvel, but Amy Pascal of Sony fame, the question remains if this indeed should be considered as confirmation that Venom will indeed be part of the MCU, or if it should be dismissed as Amy Pascal having another Amy Pascal moment and speaking out of turn.
Pending official clarification, @AndreEinherjar will inn this video provide some relevant background context, connect some dots, and provide some scenarios which might serve explain what might be going on here.

Further details on Spider-man leaving the MCU:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLAYP…

Previous Spider-Man videos:
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqMGa…
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNMU0…
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4sWL…
Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK8C_…

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Spider-Man Out of the MCU After 2019? The Full Story & What to Do

 

Instead of fans being exited about the “Spider-Man Homecoming” trailer when it was released on March 28th, Pascal’s concurrent comments made fans who follow this stuff worry that Sony might actually pull Spider-man out of the MCU after the current contract is up.

In this @AndreEinherjar will go through what we know of the Spider-man deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, Sony’s plan for their own shared Spider-man universe, what this could mean for the future of Spider-man on film, and finally – if there is anything we as fans can do about all this.

Previous Spider-Man videos:
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqMGa…
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNMU0…
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4sWL…
Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK8C_…

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Sony Announces Gamescom 2016 Lineup

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe has announced their Gamescom 2016 lineup of games.

Chief among the roster of games are 17 PlayStation VR-enabled titles, as well as some highly-anticipated releases like Nioh and Gravity Rush 2.

Here’s the entire list of games at the show:


PS4

  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Titanfall 2
  • Destiny Rise of Iron

PlayStation VR

  • Batman Arkham VR
  • Battlezone
  • Bound VR
  • EVE Valkyrie
  • Farpoint
  • Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live
  • Headmaster
  • Here They Lie
  • Hustle Kings VR
  • The Playroom VR
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • RIGS. Mechanized Combat League
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Super Stardust Ultra VR
  • Tumble VR
  • PlayStation VR Worlds

Live Cinema Demos

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Days Gone
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Mafia III

PlayStation Truck & Mixed Zone

  • Killing Floor 2
  • Aragami
  • Ni-oh
  • Ronin
  • Yakuza 0
  • Outlast 2
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Batman: The Telltale Series
  • Killstrain
  • Overcoocked
  • Bound
  • WRC 6
  • Worms WMD
  • Gang Beasts
  • AVICII | Vector
  • The Tomorrow Children
  • World of Warriors
  • Gravity Rush 2

E3 2016 – Horizon Zero Dawn Gameplay Trailer

 

Launching February 28, 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn is an exhilarating new open-world action role playing game exclusively for the PlayStation 4 System, developed by the award winning Guerrilla Games, creators of PlayStation’s venerated Killzone franchise.

Take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures.

Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.

E3 2016 – Days Gone Gameplay Trailer

 

A gameplay trailer of Days Gone was shown at the end of Sony’s conference. It shows the protagonist walking through an abandoned camp as he looks a car for some parts before continuing his search for his bounty. He runs towards a screaming man, when he finds him, a zombie-like child attacks the main character. It dies, and he and chases the bounty.

When he makes his way to the roof, he sees the area is swarmed with zombies, and he leaves his bounty to escape with his life. Doing everything he can to escape the inexplicable mass of zombies, he continues to navigate a building, shooting them when he can, and collapses a bridge that they run on. After shooting all the zombies he can, he welcomes the challenge of all the zombies that are flooding the area.

E3 2016 – Days Gone Announcement Trailer

 

Days Gone is an open-world action-adventure game set in a harsh wilderness two years after a devastating global pandemic. Play as Deacon St. John, a Drifter and bounty hunter who rides the broken road, fighting to survive while searching for a reason to live.

At its core, Days Gone is about survivors and what makes them human: desperation, loss, madness, betrayal, friendship, brotherhood, regret, love – and hope. It’s about how even when confronted with such enormous tragedy they find a reason to live. Hope never dies.

E3 2016 – God of War Gameplay Trailer

 

Starting off Sony’s conference this year was a crazy orchestra, followed by a child sitting in the snow playing. When he is called inside we get our big starting reveal: Kratos. The God of War is back.

God of War once again sees you playing as Kratos, and he is acting as a father figure for a child that he is teaching how to hunt.

God of War is coming to the PlayStation 4 with no set release date yet.

Sony is Trying to Trademark “Let’s Play”

Sony Computer Entertainment America apparently wants ownership over the term “Let’s Play.”

The trademark filing was discovered by users on NeoGAF over on the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The mark was registered last October, only to be discovered now.

Sony is looking to cover the “electronic transmission and streaming of video games via global and local computer networks; streaming of audio, visual, and audiovisual material via global and local computer networks,” whatever their real intentions are with the words “Let’s Play.” Sony seems to be attempting to take trademarked ownership of a entertainment style created by the community itself. It’s also strange for less obvious reasons: the term “Let’s Play” is ancient in internet terms.

Dive deep into the history of the world wide web, and you’ll find pre-YouTube “Let’s Play” threads on Something Awful’s gaming forum dating back over ten years. These simple screenshot and caption galleries eventually evolved into videos, then YouTube channels. Now entire businesses are based on the concept — including one YouTube channel with over three million subscribers simply named “Let’s Play.” That’s a lot of common use history. So why is Sony trying to trademark it?

One theory is that it’s simply being registered for use in an ad campaign. That’s reasonable, but the trademark specifically describes “streaming of video games.” Perhaps Sony is seeking to re-brand the PlayStation 4’s Twitch streaming application? At this point, it’s unclear. Either way, it’s probably not an issue: the trademark is in “non-final action” status, which usually means the application was sent back because something was wrong. Still, we’ve reached out to Sony for official comment and will let you know if we hear anything.

You can imagine what the legal ramifications for Let’s Players on YouTube will be if Sony is granted this trademark – so it’s a bit unsettling to see a corporation trying to essentially own popular words as such.

Upon further investigation (via Trademarkia.com), however, it looks like Sony needs to clarify this trademark further before they can be granted it.

Sony is Publishing Hideo Kojima’s “Completely New” Game

We’ve gotten some more information regarding Hideo Kojima’s excitingly new and reformed independent Kojima Productions, via an official Q&A sent out by Sony Computer Entertainment.

The game will be published by Sony Computer Entertainment, and it will also come to PC after the PlayStation 4 release. However, the duration of exclusivity on PlayStation 4 was not confirmed, but considering Sony is publishing it themselves, it remains to be seen what this means for Microsoft or Nintendo consoles.

Kojima’s new game is described as being “completely new,” and it’s not related to Metal Gear or Silent Hills, as both of those IPs are still owned by Konami. Sony is reportedly on board to “provide support as necessary” on the new game.

You can find the entire FAQ below, via Medium.com:


The contract with Kojima Productions

Q1. I heard that SCE has signed an agreement with Kojima Productions, a studio newly formed by Hideo Kojima. What are the specifics of the agreement?

Kojima Productions has agreed to develop its first software title as a console exclusive to PS4. We do not disclose further details.

Q2. When was the agreement signed?

We have announced immediately after the contract was signed, Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015.

Q3. Does this mean Kojima Productions now belongs under SCE WWS?

No, it is an independent studio.

Q4. Is SCE making an investment in Kojima Productions? What is the total cost of the agreement? Is it incorporated in the G&NS forecast? How much impact will this have to Sony’s overall operating performance?

SCE is not investing in Kojima Productions. Cost of the contract is undisclosed. Cost is already incorporated. Impact is minimal.

Q5. Why is Kojima Productions bringing their very first software to PS4 as a console exclusive? How did it come about?

Kojima is an extremely creative and passionate game designer who has made countless contributions to PlayStation and the gaming industry. By having Kojima develop his first independent title to PS4, we believe that we can deliver completely new gaming experiences made possibly only by Kojima, to gaming fans worldwide. We are not disclosing further details on how this agreement was realized.

Q6. What other platforms will Kojima’s first independent title be available on, besides PS4?

The title is planned to become available on PC (after PS4).

Q7. How long is the exclusivity?

We are not disclosing details.

Q8. Will Kojima’s second title (and beyond) not be PlayStation console exclusives?

We announced an agreement regarding Kojima’s first title, and SCE cannot comment on titles beyond that.

Q9. Does this have anything to do with Hideo Kojima not attending the PS Award on Dec 3?

Who will attend the PS Award ceremony is decided by the publisher and SCE cannot comment on anything further.

Q10. Will your relationship with Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. be affected by this agreement?

Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. will remain one of SCE’s most important publishers, and our relationship with them will not change.

The first title from Kojima Productions

Q11. What will the first title be about?

It will be something completely new. We have nothing further to announce at this point in time.

Q12. Will the title have something to do with the Metal Gear series?

No. It will be something completely new. “Metal Gear” is a title from Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

Q13. Will the title have something to do with the cancelled Silent Hills sequel?

No. It will be something completely new. “Silent Hill” is a title from Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

Q14. Are there any possibilities for the title to support PS VR?

We have nothing to announce at this point in time. We will announce further details of the title when ready.

Q15. Are there any possibilities for the title to become available on PS Vita?

We have nothing to announce at this point in time. We will announce further details of the title when ready.

Q16. When will the title become available? Will it be available worldwide?

We have nothing to announce at this point in time. We will announce further details of the title when ready.

Q17. Will SCE WWS and Kojima Productions develop the first title together?

The software title will be developed by Kojima Productions, but SCE will provide support as necessary.

Q18. Which company will publish the first title?

SCE will be the publisher.

Q19. Will the title’s copyright belong to SCE?

We have nothing to announce at this point in time. We will announce further details when ready.

Q20. Will all future titles developed by Kojima Productions be released on PS4?

We announced an agreement regarding Kojima’s first title, and SCE cannot comment on titles beyond that.

Q21. Will Kojima Productions develop titles for other platforms while working on the PS4 console exclusive title?

We announced an agreement regarding Kojima’s first title, and SCE cannot comment on titles beyond that.

Q22. Are there any possibilities for the title to be released on the next generation platform?

Kojima Productions has agreed to bring their very first software to PS4 as a console exclusive. We do not disclose further details.

Kojima Productions

Q23. How many staff?

Details are not disclosed.

Q24. Is the studio headquartered in Japan? What is the address?

Yes, headquarter is in Japan. Address is not disclosed

Q25. Can you tell me further details of Kojima Productions?

Please contact Kojima Productions for further details.

Contact: PR@kojimaproductions.jp

Hideo Kojima Reforms an Independent Kojima Productions

 

Following yesterday’s announcement that Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima has left Konami and entered final negotiations with Sony, we’ve learned the boss and his new adventure has developed even further.

Both the newly formed (and independent) Kojima Productions and Sony Computer Entertainment have reached an agreement to develop the studio’s first game as a console exclusive, on PlayStation 4 (Editor’s Note: it’s coming to PC after PlayStation 4, although details are currently scant).

Featured above, you can view a video with both Hideo Kojima and Sony’s Andrew House talking up the new partnership. The company even has a new logo:

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“I will be taking on a new challenge by establishing my own independent studio, and I am thrilled to be able to embark on this journey with PlayStation, who I have continued to work with all these past years,” said Hideo Kojima in a press release. “I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise.

PlayStation(R)’s history is one of game innovation and great new franchises,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “Hideo Kojima has been a huge part of that history, and we are therefore delighted that he has chosen to bring his brand new project to life in partnership with PlayStation. We look forward to working with him on an exciting new game and warmly welcome him to the PlayStation family.