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Located on the west coast in Ireland’s 3rd largest city, Limericks Troy Studios will host production of ‘Foundation’ in the coming months after striking a deal with Apple -according to the Sunday Independent. The studio’s comprise of 350,000 square feet under one roof with an additional 70,000 square feet of soundstage space.

‘Foundation’ is an adaptation of  Isaac Asimovs book of the same name. The complex saga tells the story of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. With heavy influence on Star Wars among others, Asimovs ‘Foundation’ is regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi stories of all time, beating J.R.R. Tolkeins ‘The Lord of the Rings’ to the Hugo Award in 1966 for “Best All-Time Series”. Published in 1951 Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ was followed by ‘Foundation and Empire’ the following year, with the trilogy culminating with 1953’s ‘Second Foundation’. Asimov then followed up the original trilogy with two sequels: 1982’s ‘Foundation’s Edge’ and ‘Foundation and Earth’ released in 1986.

Following strong competition Apple acquired ‘Foundation’ for their upcoming streaming service after Skydance Television partnered with the estate of Isaac Asimov for rights to the book. The Apple TV+ original and Skydance Television production will be executively produced by David S. Goyer; most famous for his work on the ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Blade’ movie trilogies after co-showrunner Josh Friedman departed pre-production in April.

Foundation is expected to debut in 2020 as part of Apple TV+.

 
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Following four years on Valves VR team, Xbox co-creator Nat Brown shared the news that he had started work at Apple this week. It’s not clear just yet what specific graphic applications Nat Brown has been hired for. With the news coming just months before the launch of Apple Arcade, many are speculating his new role is related to the upcoming service.

In a blog post from 2013 titled ‘Stupid Stupid xBox’ Nat Brown was buoyant on the future gaming prospects of the Apple TV. He predicted the rise of Apple compared to xBox, PlayStation and Nintendo as Apples platforms embraced third party apps in an era where the gaming heavyweights weren’t so interested in indie game developers.

“Apple is already a games competitor broadly, even if Apple-TV isn’t yet a game platform or a console. Mobile generally and iPad specifically have grown the total hours of game play and grown the overall game market. Only in the last 18-24mo has that overall growth turned from a segment-expanding rising tide to a tsunami swamping the console game vendor profit boats hitched to the docks. It is accelerating. Apple, if it chooses to do so, will simply kill Playstation, Wii-U and xBox by introducing an open 30%-cut app/game ecosystem for Apple-TV. I already make a lot of money on iOS – I will be the first to write apps for Apple-TV when I can, and I know I’ll make money. I would for xBox if I could and I knew I would make money.  Maybe a “console-capable” Apple-TV isn’t $99, maybe it’s $199, and add another $79 for a controller. The current numbers already say a lot, even with Apple-TV not already an open console: 5.3M sold units in 2012, 90% year-over-year growth — vs. xBox 360 — about 9M units in 2012, 60% YoY decline”.
Check out the full Twitter thread from Nat Browns announcement below.

Apple Arcade is a subscription service launching on iOS, tvOS and Mac OS this Fall. Screen Times wishes Nat Brown all the best in his new role.

 
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Updated: Misunderstanding of comms between LG UK and LG HQ.

Update 2 – July 25th 10.10am

We received an email from LG’s UK PR Team this morning clarifying the situation.

“I’m really sorry but it turns out we (the UK office) misunderstood the comms from HQ in South Korea – by ‘all’ AI ThinQ TVs, the press release was only referring to the 2019 line up, therefore my email quoting ‘past and present’ is not accurate. Again I apologise for the misinformation on this”.

Update 1 – July 24th 11pm

In a bizarre turn of events LG have refuted the statement made by their UK PR team to us earlier today. LG offered the following statement to 9to5Mac whilst opening up to the future possibility of  HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support on their older TVs: 

“LG cannot guarantee that TV models prior to 2019 will be able to deliver a seamless user experience. Therefore, while this may be a possibility in the future, at the moment, LG has no plans to update its pre-2019 TVs with Airplay2 or Homekit”.

You can read our original article after the jump.

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Apple have today published a new tease of their upcoming Apple TV+ original series ‘For All Mankind’. Shared via the Apple TV YouTube channel, the short video features Ron Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi as they talk about the Apollo 11 mission and the goal of the upcoming Apple TV+ original series.

“In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, watch as the executive producers of For All Mankind discuss the incredible human achievement of landing on the moon. For All Mankind, an Apple Original drama series, is coming this fall to Apple TV+. Get notified when Apple TV+ premieres on the Apple TV app: http://apple.co/_AppleTVPlus

Acknowledging the bold and daring human spirit that got us to the moon and continues to inspire one generation after the next, “Remembering Apollo 11” highlights the collaboration, the intelligence, and the imagination it took. For All Mankind is created by Emmy® Award winner Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica), Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. Told through the lives of NASA astronauts, engineers and their families, For All Mankind presents an aspirational world where NASA and the space program remained a priority and a focal point of our hopes and dreams. For All Mankind stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones and Jodi Balfour.

Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matt Wolpert, Ben Nedivi serve as executive producers.”

For All Man Kind will be available through the Apple TV app when Apple TV+ launches this Autumn.

 
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One of the biggest-take aways from this years WWDC was the  partnership between Apple, Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony PlayStation.  Resulting in Sony and Microsoft licensing the use of their popular controllers on iOS, iPad OS, tvOS and Mac OS. Inside a packed McEnery Convention Centre, the news was met with the kind of hysteria normally reserved for a console release from either of the big gaming brands, but there was good reason.

Up until now the promise of console style gaming experiences on Apple devices never fully materialised – with Apple’s MFi controller program, a major sticking point in the early days for everyone involved. With the announcement that two universally loved controllers were coming to Apple, developers could believe again. All those hours put into a console-like Apple gaming experience’s would no longer be in vane. This one announcement made gamers happy, developers happy and shareholders, happy! After all, Apple Arcade had just opened itself up to 150 million potential subscribers across the globe –  and before the service had even launched. The move reaffirmed the importance being placed on Apple’s upcoming subscription service.

As a thrill-seeker I immediately installed iOS 13’s first developer beta on my iPad Pro and connected my DualShock 4. Within moments I was playing games like gimbills’ Trigonarium and Studio Rains’ Teslagrad the way I’ve always wanted to. After years of struggling by with a Nimbus controller, the iOS 13 gaming experience is close to perfection. “So, what’s with the title?” I hear you ask. Why does Apple need its own games controller? 

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Surprise – the second Apple TV+ trailer has arrived in the shape of a tongue-in-cheek look at the gaming industry.  ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’ charts the trials and tribulations of a fictitious game development studio responsible for the most successful Massively Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) of all time, as they prepare for their first game expansion.

The new half-hour scripted comedy series – co produced by RCG Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ubisoft Motion Pictures – see’s the return of It’s Always Sunny… co-stars Rob McElhenney and David Hornsby.

McElhenney in introducing the shows trailer, set the scene

“These people are truly stuck together and have to ride it out day after day for the love of the game. At the head of that team is my character, creative director Ian Grimm. Like most creative directors he’s gifted, driven and tirelessly dedicated to his game – and like most of the creative directors I’ve met, he has an ego the size of a city bus.”

‘Mythic Quest’ is clearly targeting the gaming audience but with a cast including; Ashly Burch (OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes), Charlotte Nicdao (Please Like Me), Danny Pudi (Community), F. Murray Abraham (HomelandAmadeus), Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris),  and Jessie Ennis (Better Call Saul) it’s sure to gain wide-spread appeal.

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet will be available through Apple TV+ which is set to launch this Autumn.