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Weekly Wrapup – Undodog Edition

Michael Kenney May 20, 2019


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Here are some of the week’s highlights in gaming, movies, and other nerd-related news:

  • Nintendo held a Super Mario Maker 2 focused Nintendo Direct, revealing a ton of new features and gameplay including new level themes, tile sets, and multiplayer modes
    • Super Mario Maker 2 releases on June 8
  • In addition, Nintendo announced a new ticket voucher program that allows Nintendo Switch Online member to purchase two select games for $99.99 (via Nintendo)
  • Sqaure Enix’s in-development RPG, “Project Prelude Rune” was shut down along with the development studio behind it (via Polygon)
  • Twitch Prime’s latest free perk is access to a free month of anime streaming service Crunchyroll (via Twitch)
  • Rockstar has introduced a major update to Red Dead Online, including more additions to the co-op campaign, poker, and sweeping gameplay changes (via Polygon)
  • Along with the update, a new role-playing system will be introduced to Red Dead Online this summer (via Polygon)
  • Sega has confirmed 10 more games coming to the Sega Genesis Mini (via Polygon):
    • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
    • Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition
    • Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
    • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
    • Beyond Oasis
    • Golden Axe
    • Phantasy Star 4: The End of the Millennium
    • Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
    • Vectorman
    • Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • Epic announced the “Epic Mega Sale” on its Epic Games Store, with games up to 75% off and $10 off any game $14.99 and up at checout (via Epic)
  • Ubisoft’s multiplayer pirate game, Skull & Bones, has been delayed to 2020 (via Polygon)
  • Sony and Microsoft are now collaborating on cloud-based streaming technologies for games (via Microsoft)
  • Minecraft Earth, an AR version of the popular builder game, was revealed for iOS and Android devices
    • The game will see a closed beta this summer, will signups currently available
  • Metro Exodus‘ first DLC expansion will release this summer, with a second expansion coming sometime in 2020 (via Polygon)
  • Epic has announced a new limited time mode in Fortnite, titled Wick’s bounty. The mode is a cross-promotion with John Wick Chapter 3, bringing a playable John Wick skin for players to purchase or earn
  • According to a Kotaku report, next year’s Call of Duty has seen a huge upheaval as Treyarch has taken over the duties for Sledgehammer games and Raven Software to develop Call of Duty Black Ops 5 in place of its planned turn in the series (via Kotaku)
  • Overwatch‘s annual Anniversary event will kick off on May 21 (via Overwatch)
  • The first trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil released. The film is a sequel to 2014’s Angelina Jolie-led Maleficent, and releases Oct. 18
  • The first trailer for Season 5 of Netflix’s Black Mirror was released. The new season debuts on June 5
  • A new trailer for MIDSOMMAR, from writer/director Ari Aster (Hereditary) was released. The film debuts on July 3
  • The first full trailer for the CW’s Batwoman released, showing a first look at actress Ruby Rose’s depiction of Kate Kane. The series debuts this fall
  • The CW also revealed its first trailer for its upcoming Nancy Drew series debuting this fall
  • According to report from Variety, actor Robert Pattinson (the Twilight series, Good Time) is at the top of the list to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ Batman film planned for 2021
    • Nicolas Hoult (Tolkien, the X-Men film series) is also apparently on the short list for the role (via Variety)

And now a list of some of the week’s notable releases in games and movies

Games

5/14: A Plague Tale: Innocence (PC, PS4, XBONE) – Asobo Studio
5/14: Rage 2 (PC, PS4, XBONE) – id Software/Avalanche Studios
5/14: Darkwood (PS4, XBONE, Switch) – Acid Wizard Studio
5/14: Sniper Elite V2: Remastered (PC, PS4, XBONE, Switch) – Rebellion
5/16: Castlevania Anniversary Collection (PC, PS4, XBONE, Switch) – Konami
5/16: Bubsy: Paws on Fire! (PC, PS4, Switch) – Accolade

Movies

5/18 – John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
5/18 – A Dog’s Journey
5/18 – The Sun is Also a Star

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