1 pointAt the beginning of the year, Netflix announced that development had begun on an anime film set in the world of its hit series The Witcher. Now, the streaming giant is doubling down on Witcher content in the form of a six-part, live-action limited series called The Witcher: Blood Origin. Blood Origin will be a prequel series, taking place in “an elven world” 1,200 years prior to the events of The Witcher. The series will explore the origins of the very first Witcher, as well as the events that merged the worlds of monsters, men, and elves. The new show will be spearheaded by Declan de Barra, with The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich acting as Executive Producer and the author of the books, Andrzej Sapkowski, serving as creative consultant. “A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books,” de Barra said. “What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans? [...] The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.” There’s no set date yet for when the new series will premiere, but the series will shoot in the U.K.
1 pointThe Toonami "panel" airing on Cartoon Network during the Adult Swim Con online event announced the new "Crunchyroll Originals" anime Fena: Pirate Princess in collaboration with Adult Swim on Sunday. The Crunchyroll and Adult Swim co-production will air on Adult Swim's Toonami block and stream on Crunchyroll in 2021. Crunchyroll describes the series: Fena: Pirate Princess is a 12 episode original anime series that tells the tale of a young orphan girl, Fena Houtman. Fena has been raised on an Island where there is no hope of becoming anything more than chattel, to be used and discarded by soldiers of the British Empire. But Fena is more than just another powerless orphan. When her mysterious past comes knocking, Fena will break the chains of her oppressors. Her goal: forge a new identity, free of bondage, and search for a place where she can truly belong and find out the true mysteries behind a keyword “Eden.” It is the story of a lifetime adventure she and her crew of misfits and unlikely allies will have, in pursuit of her goals! Kazuto Nakazawa (B: The Beginning, Blood+, Parasite Dolls) is directing the series at Production I.G. Production I.G producer Rui Kuroki announced at the Production I.G. USA panel at Anime Expo Lite on July 4 that Production I.G is working on an anime series in collaboration with Adult Swim. Kuroki stated that the work is "something Production I.G has never done before.” Crunchyroll previously stated it has co-produced more than 60 series since 2015, including The Rising of The Shield Hero, A Place Further Than the Universe, and The Junji Ito "Collection". Recent "Crunchyroll Originals" anime include Gibiate, Tower of God, The God of High School, Noblesse, TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You, So I'm a Spider, So What?, and EX-ARM.
1 pointSnowcastle Games has announced Earthlock 2, an open-world RPG sequel to the cult-classic turn-based RPG original. It will be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2022. If you're not familiar with the original Earthlock, Snowcastle CEO and co-founder Bendik Stang says that "Earthlock 2 takes place in the same world, but will be a completely different experience compared to the first Earthlock, which was a turn-based RPG. Earthlock 2 will have real time combat, and without revealing too much, fans and newcomers alike can expect a dynamic and unique experience providing the player with meaningful choices that will allow them to leave their mark on the world. "For those who haven't seen Earthlock before, the game takes place on the planet Umbra which has stopped spinning. This means half of the world is perpetually scorched in sunlight, while the other half is completely shrouded in darkness. Along the center where the two zones meet, is another area that gets the best of both worlds." Earthlock 2 will use Unreal Engine, which is new to the series. "We were using Unity for Earthlock 1, and for the team it was a massive decision to leave the eight years invested in that engine behind," Stang explained. "It took the team quite some time to get up to speed with the new engine but no one on the team now regrets that decision." Furthermore, he said, "Earthlock 2 is a much more ambitious project than Earthlock 1, and we want to make use of the next generation consoles as best we can."
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