Category: Misc

First 4 Figures Reveal BotW Revali Statue

F4F have revealed their latest statue, and it’s Revali from the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! Pre-orders are open now and it’s expected to release on Q4 of 2021.

The highly detailed Revali PVC statue is inspired by his official artwork from The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild. Revali is in this stoic pose wielding the Great Eagle Bow, which has a slightly elastic bowstring. As one of the four Champions of Hyrule, he dons the blue cloth bestowed upon them by Princess Zelda as a symbol that they are, indeed, Champions of Hyrule. And given the direction of where the cloth is blowing, it even adds a certain dynamism to the piece.

The design on the base is based on the Sheikah tribe’s eye symbol that appears when activating the Sheikah Slate interface, and the Exclusive Edition of this statue comes with bright LED functions for the base.

With the Exclusive Edition, you also receive First 4 Figures’ beautifully designed signature Premium Deluxe Box that perfectly complements its contents and may serve as a display.

Source: Nintendo Everything

Jeff Kaplan Leaves Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Jeff Kaplan will leave the company. Kaplan was active as Blizzard Entertainment vice president, Overwatch lead designer and game director. Aaron Keller will be taking over the Overwatch game director duties. Blizzard Entertainment is directly working on Overwatch 2.

Both have released a statement:

I am leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 amazing years.

It was truly the honor of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience. I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at Blizzard who supported our games, our game teams, and our players. But I want to say a special thanks to the wonderful game developers that shared in the journey of creation with me.

Never accept the world as it appears to be. Always dare to see it for what it could be. I hope you do the same.

Gg,

Jeffrey Kaplan


Greetings, Overwatch Community,

Jeff’s been a great leader, mentor, and friend, and he knows how much we’re going to miss him. I’ve been lucky to work alongside him and the rest of the Overwatch team for many years in building something that continues to inspire people all around the world, and I’m honored to carry the torch forward.

I love Overwatch. From our first pieces of concept art, to the first maps we built, to the first time I was able to run around as Tracer (who at that early point shot laser beams out of her eyes), this game has just clicked with me. I love its inspiring, hopeful, beautiful world worth fighting for. I love its characters—larger than life, colorful, powerful, and global. And most of all, I love the fast, fluid gameplay requiring teamwork, situational awareness, and quick decision making.

I also recognize that making games at Blizzard has always been a group effort and never about just one point of view. Together with the rest of the team I feel fortunate that we have a deep bench of development and creative leaders, numerous veteran Blizzard artists and designers, and some extremely talented new blood as well—along with tons of support throughout the company for the live game and for Overwatch 2.

Speaking of Overwatch 2, development is continuing at a good pace. We have an exceptional vision we’re executing on, the reaction from many of you to the updates we shared at BlizzConline thrilled us, and we have exciting reveals planned for this year and beyond as we ramp to launch. We’ll be sharing more frequent updates about Overwatch 2 progress and new features in the live game with you all very soon.

While I have no pretenses about filling Jeff’s shoes, I’m excited to step into the game director role and continue to be part of a team that’s putting all of its heart, talent, and focus into the next iteration of Overwatch, and I’m honored to continue serving this incredible community.

—Aaron

Source: Gematsu

Lego Luigi Lurks in Firmware Update

Lego Super Mario received a firmware update this week and it added a new feature to Lego Mario: he now calls out for Luigi!

LEGO itself responded via Facebook, stating: “We did notice that LEGO Mario has started calling for him, we’re looking into it and hope to have clarity on why this is soon. Stay tuned!”

So, we can likely expect Luigi popping up as a LEGO figure as well.

Source: Nintendo Everything

Premium Clothing & Jewellery Brand ARK/8 Launches New Destiny Europa Capsule Collection

European fashion brand ARK/8, specialists in high-end clothing, accessories and jewellery inspired by cyber-culture and the world of video games, is proud to launch its latest capsule collection in the United Kingdom and the United States: the Destiny Europa collection. 

Designed in partnership with acclaimed game developer and publisher Bungie to celebrate the launch of Destiny 2’s latest expansion, Beyond Light. This collection combines the futuristic style of Destiny with contemporary streetwear jackets, bags and more. 

ARK/8 : fashion inspired by cyber-culture and video games

Founded in 2020 in Brussels, ARK/8 is a clothing, accessories & jewellery brand that brings together fashion and video games into premium and limited collections, in collaboration with iconic artists and video games such as Koyorin, Destiny 2, Resident Evil, Overwatch, Borderlands and Mass Effect. Today, the brand asserts itself with a strong creative direction, infusing its collaborations with cyber and retro-futuristic culture. 

“With over a decade of experience from Level Up Wear, our first venture into merchandising, ARK/8 offers another vision for the collaboration between the fashion and gaming worlds,” said Dimitri van Eetvelde, ARK/8’s Creative Director and co-founder. “In just one year, we have already collaborated with some of the most recognisable names in the video game industry and are delighted to collaborate with Bungie on this product. Looking to the future, by 2022, we also hope to launch our first independent collection.”

ARK/8 X Destiny: A collection of futuristic and streetwear looks

Inspired by Jupiter’s icy moon of Europa, the main destination in Destiny 2’s Beyond Light expansion, the Europa collection is composed of jackets, hoodies, sweaters, t-shirts and accessories that mix both futuristic and streetwear looks, bringing together quality fabrics with oversized cuts on quintessential exploration wear such as bomber jackets, puffer jackets, and backpacks including:

KATA industrial jackets (available both cropped and in a long, unisex version) connect the traditional Japanese “KATAGINU” outfit with the classic bomber jacket. The Destiny inspiration is also noticeable in this product through the Destiny tricorn symbol engraved in the sleeve buckle, the Frozen Frontier symbol from Beyond Light, as well as a quilted top section, reminiscent of the game’s Europa armor sets

The new puffer jacket is meant for those expecting to venture out a little further into the elements. Consisting of a three-strap structure tied together by imposing buckles, this all-weather jacket is very similar to the sophisticated equipment carried by Guardians in Destiny 2.

The Europa backpack and shoulder bag boast the same water-repellent fabric as the KATA jacket, while maintaining both a strong look and functional design. Equipped with a special hard-shelled pocket the bag can protect even the most sensitive electronic devices from the elements. It also offers a symmetrical ensemble of straps and buckles engraved with the emblematic Destiny logo for an industrial look, ready for urban excursions or spatial exploration. The shoulder bag also acts as a travel kit when the adjustable strap is removed. 

As with many young brands, environmental awareness and responsibility is a priority for ARK/8. Part of the Destiny Europa Capsule collection is produced in Portugal and is composed of organic cotton only. Jackets in the collection are OEKO-TEX® certified and lined with materials fabricated from recycled PET bottles. Both in this collection and as an overall philosophy, ARK/8 drives towards more and more sustainable fabrics and production processes, to then rely on them exclusively.

The ARK/8 x Destiny Europa capsule collection is available now on the official ARK/8 Store here.

Animal Crossing Build-A-Bear Characters Revealed

The Animal Crossing Build-A-Bear characters have been revealed to be Isabelle and Tom Nook. Unfortunately, they’ve already sold out.

Both of these characters can be augmented with a sound chip in their paw. One chip plays the New Horizons theme tune, while the other plays 5 phrases of the character.

If you want to be notified when the collection will be back in stock: sign up here.

Source: Siliconera

Super Mario Bros Cartridge Sells for $660k

A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES has sold for a record breaking $660.000, making it the most expensive video game collectible ever.

The previous world record for a copy of Super Mario Bros. was $114,000, which was set in July 2020.

What makes this copy so special is that it was still factory sealed, rated 9.6 by Wata, still has its retail hangtab attached, the box does not have a trademark symbol, and it is part of an extremely low print run.

Source: Polygon