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Gaming: Fresh Prince star sues Fortnite; Close to The Sun drops trailer; Warhammer 40K animated series

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Dec 18, 2018

A pair of trailers, an AR experience, and a lawsuit kick off today’s gaming news, showing off upcoming projects and a few dances that may need to either pay the piper or disappear.

First up are the jams. Fortnite’s emotes may need to have been better sourced, according to The Wrap, because The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro is suing. Ribeiro (aka Carlton Banks) is going after Epic Games — the company behind the popular battle royale game — as well as Take-Two Interactive, 2K Sports, and 2K Games — the companies behind the NBA 2K franchise — over the use of a dance that he created and popularized as his Fresh Prince character.

“Through its unauthorized use of Ribeiro’s highly popular signature dance (‘The Dance’ or ‘Dance’) in its smash-hit, violent video game, Fortnite Battle Royale (‘Fortnite’), Epic has unfairly profited from exploiting Ribeiro’s protected creative expression and likeness and celebrity without his consent or authorization,” Ribeiro’s lawsuit against Epic Games reads. The suit was filed in California’s federal court in California on Monday and fights against alleged copyright infringement, unfair advantage, and more.

Fortnite sells the dance as a taunt called “Fresh” for 800 V-bucks (1000 go for $9.99 on the Microsoft store), which Ribeiro contends that he created and debuted on “Will’s Christmas Show,” which ended up making the dance “distinctive, immediately recognizable, and inextricably linked to Ribeiro’s identity, celebrity, and likeness.” Since Epic “did not seek, much less obtain, Ribeiro’s consent to use, display, reproduce, sell,” or well, do anything at all, with the dance, the actor is after damages. He also seeks a restraining order against Epic that would prevent them from using the dance. The suit against the 2K companies follow similar lines, as NBA 2K19 includes the dance (as the series has since NBA 2K16).

Next up, something even scarier than the law: evil boats! If the Carlton lawsuits don’t inspire Wired Productions to rethink their Bioshock-cribbing sea-bound horror game Close to the Sun, nothing will. The game, which puts players on board a spooky/fancy vessel created by electrical mastermind Nikola Tesla, borrows plenty of the alt-history aesthetic from the popular series in its first trailer.

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Rose is looking for her sister but instead finds murderous weirdos, bloody warnings, and plenty of puzzles dreamed up by an eccentric genius — a nice blend of horror and steampunk that puts you and a mysterious partner into a world where you have nothing to fight back with except your intellect. First-person horror/adventures have been having a bit of a renaissance — it’s just curious that this alt-history is the setting for so many.

Close to The Sun launches on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2019.

Next, another trailer — but this time for a TV show. Why a TV series inside the gaming roundup? Because it’s Warhammer 40,000 and it’s coming from some of the most talented fans in the tabletop miniature community.

According to Polygon, an animated series is being developed, by Games Workshop with Electronic Arts cinematic designer Richard Boylan and the rest of the team behind the fan-made cartoon series Helsreach and live-action short film Guardsman, called Angels of Death. Named for the red-clad Blood Angels legion of the Space Marines appearing in the show, this will be the first official Warhammer 40K series — one that hopes to replicate the series’ dark, shadowy intensity. And that’s all captured in the first teaser for the show.

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The animation style is as brutal and iconic as the game itself, staying away from anime conventions like Castlevania’s adaptation or the uncanny cartoonishness of Pokémon or Sonic. This is a crunchy realism...well, as real as something featuring mechs and Space Marines can be. “We’re bringing the grim darkness of the far future to life like never before,” Games Workshop said. “Get ready for epic battle, heroic sacrifice, loads of explosions, brutal close-combat chainsword duels, and some pathos-laden dialogue that’ll fill your belly with fire and stretch your heart strings to breaking.” Realism? Check. Chainsword duels? Double check.

“I’m pretty limited in what I can say, other than myself and Boman Modine, the producer/writer of Guardsman were approached to create an animated series,” Boylan said. “It’s basically going to be like my Helsreach series only with full Games Workshop support and an actual budget, which is awesome on their part!” It’s a fan creator’s dream come true, and they’ll bring their finished dream show to YouTube in 2019 through the Warhammer TV channel.

Finally, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t just content with blowing the doors off the box office — it wants to diversify into games as well. According to a release, the movie has an augmented reality (AR) tie-in with 8th Wall and Trigger that allows fans to play around with Spider-Man in the real world. No dimensional rift-maker necessary. Just go to the experience’s site on your mobile device to bring Spidey into your world, take pics with him, and send him back to his reality. You don’t even need an app.

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