Disney Infinity dev is back, now making Cars 3 for Warner Bros.

Last May Disney decided to on its toys-to-life series Disney Infinity and it closed down developer Avalanche Software in the process. But now the studio is back and it’s making a different Disney game.

As reported by , Avalanche Software (not to be confused with Avalanche Studios, the developer behind Just Cause and Mad Max), has been resuscitated by Warner Bros. to work on a Cars 3 game that it’s licensed from the house of mouse.

The new Avalanche is being led by the studio’s former CEO John Blackburn. “The Avalanche talent and technology are a great addition to our group of outstanding developers, and we are excited for this Cars 3 game as well as all of the future games the team will create under John’s leadership,” said president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, David Haddad.

Batman Arkham Origins multiplayer will shut down

Batman: Arkham Oranges’ online services will shut down next month, publisher Warner Bros. has announced.

The game – a spin-off from Rocksteady’s trilogy developed by Warner Bros. Montreal – features a multiplayer mode full of zest, where teams of gang members fight in Blackgate Prison.

You play as either Joker or Bane-aligned thugs in juicy three-on-three matches against each other, and also against Batman and Robin.

Telltale’s Batman launches August for download, September on disc

Telltale’s upcoming Batman series arrives for download this August, published by Warner Bros.

It’s the first time Warner has published a Telltale game – and this agreement also covers The Walking Dead’s upcoming third season, due later this year.

Batman will also launch on a Season Pass disc for PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on 16th September. This contains the first five episodes, with the remaining four then available for download.

Warner Bros. “misled” with paid-for positive Shadow of Mordor videos

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor publisher Warner Bros. has been rapped by the US Federal Trade Commission for deceiving customers with a paid-for YouTube promotion.

Numerous YouTube “influencers” were paid thousands of dollars to generate positive promotional content featuring Shadow of Mordor.

YouTube stars were given a copy of the game before its release and told how to promote it. Videos generated by the scheme were watched more than 5.5m times, the FTC . A single video from PewDiePie alone generated 3.7m views.

Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine hit with more layoffs

Turbine, the veteran Boston-based online game developer, has laid off staff for the third year in a row. The Boston-based studio created the well-regarded online role-playing games Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, but it has suffered since the launch of ill-fated DC Comics MOBA Infinite Crisis, and is now apparently turning its attention to mobile games – although LOTRO and DDO will be kept online.

After word of layoffs started to spread yesterday, Turbine’s owner Warner Bros. confirmed the redundancies to and other sites in this statement:

“Turbine is transitioning into a free-to-play, mobile development studio, and as a result we are eliminating some positions. The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online games will continue to operate as they do now. Re-focusing and reducing the studio size was a difficult decision for the company, and we are grateful to all of the Turbine staff for their considerable contributions.”

Next Tomb Raider movie sets 2018 release date

The Tomb Raider reboot movie will come out on 16th March 2018.

That’s according to , that claimed Warner Bros. had initially reserved that date for a DC Comics film, possibly The Flash, but decided to offer the quiet Q1 timeslot to Tomb Raider instead.

The upcoming film will star star Alicia Vikander, who recently won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in The Danish Girl. She also starred opposite Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson in Ex Machina, where she played a pretty robot.

Rocksteady is making a Batman game for PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR is getting its very own Batman game by Arkham series developer Rocksteady.

As revealed at Sony’s press conference tonight, Batman: Arkham VR will launch in October, ostensibly to coincide with PlayStation VR’s just announced 13th October release date.

“Rocksteady is one of the best at creating story-driven content, and Batman: Arkham VR will deliver a more immersive experience than anyone could have imagined only a few years ago,” said president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment David Haddad.