Batman Voice Actor Kevin Conroy Has Died

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Today brought devastating news for gamers and the comic book community at large, when it was announced that the beloved actor Kevin Conroywho most recognize as the undisputed voice of the Caped Crusader, has died aged 66.

As we mourn the passing of one of the most talented people in the world of entertainment, the industry is promoting a number of highly anticipated sequels such as Baldur’s Gate 3, which will finally get a definitive release date in December. Remedy Entertainment also confirmed it Control 2 is a thing, so fans of Jesse Faden can rejoice knowing that their reality-bending heroine is back.

This is your daily roundup of news and developments from the world of gaming.

God of War Thor is the ultimate Thor, the Internet decides

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These days, most people immediately think of Chris Hemsworth at a mention of the Norse deity associated with thunder, but with his release God of War Ragnarok, we get another take on Thor, which is much more accurate this time. The Norse pantheon is ready for the kill when it comes to Kratos, and one of them is the God of Thunder, albeit not the funny version you’ve come to know and love thanks to the MCU.

Despite only spending a few hours with the character, the Internet deemed the game version worthy of wielding Mjolnir and wielding Thor’s power. Sorry, Chris, but you shouldn’t have gotten rid of Dad.

The world of comics says goodbye to Kevin Conroy

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He only got the chance to play Bruce Wayne in live action once, but no one would argue that he is the best Batman in the long list of actors and thespians who have ever played the Dark Knight. Best known for his role as the World’s Greatest Detective in animated shows, movies, and even video games —Rocksteady’s Arkham trilogy — Conroy was the iconic voice of Batman for three decades. And now, with his passing, the entire comics community has bid farewell to Conroy with many touching and eulogizing words.

Mark Hamill, who starred with him countless times as the Clown Prince of Crime, wrote: “Kevin was perfect. He was the perfect partner — it was such a complementary creative experience. I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my Batman.” We couldn’t agree more.

Gears of War Fans really want to see Dave Bautista as Marcus Fenix

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Dave Bautista is once again being tossed around as the perfect candidate to play Marcus Phoenix now that Netflix has confirmed that work on the live-action adaptation is still in the works. The MCU alum previously cosplayed as the Gears of War star, and now that fans have seen him in costume again, they want the streaming juggernaut to offer him the role. And hey, if you have another person lined up to portray Marcus, you could always cast Bautista as one of his team members. The man was truly born to portray a COG, so why fight it?

Remedy officially confirms Control 2 is in development

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As Sam Lake’s next odd project, Control was a serious contender for Game of the Year in 2019, and it seems that the commercial success of the game allows Jesse’s journey to continue with a sequel. Remedy Entertainment is working with 505 Games to develop this ambitious sequel, which is currently in the concept phase. Control 2 will be developed from the ground up for next-gen consoles, with 505 handling the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X ports, while Remedy itself will prepare the PC version.

It is also reported that the development budget for Control 2 sits at about $50 million, and 505 splits marketing costs and gets half the revenue, though Remedy still retains the intellectual property rights.

Baldur’s Gate 3 still out in 2023, release date to be announced in December

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Larian — arguably the most famous RPG developer in recent memory thanks to these two Divinity games— leads the next game at Baldur’s Game privilege. The title has been available through Early Access for some time now, but the studio still needs some time to smooth out the rough edges. Fortunately, Larian just announced it Baldur’s Gate 3 it’s still slated for a 2023 release, and the exact date will be announced in December, so stay tuned.

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