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Weekly Wrapup – I’d Buy That For a Dollar Editon

Michael Kenney May 13, 2020


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Here are some of last week’s highlights in gaming, movies, and more:

  • A recent Nintendo leak pulled from the company revealed why the company initially started the much-maligned using “Friend Codes” system (via Polygon)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order received an update on May 4th (Star Wars Day), adding new costumes, combat challenges, and the ability to create challenge maps (via Polygon)
  • A new PC emulation/port of Super Mario 64 popped up online, coming with native 4K Direct X12 support (via Polygon)
  • Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series, originally released last year, is coming to PS VR this summer
  • Mortal Kombat 11 is getting a DLC expansion in the form of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath
    • Releasing on May 26, the expansion will include new story content as well as new fighters Sheeva, Fujin, as well as new guest character RoboCop
  • Sony and Naughty Dog released the last trailer for The Last of Us Part II before its June 16th release
  • Unseen footage from a scrapped Prince of Persia game was re-discovered on YouTube, showcasing early game development footage
  • Microsoft hosted a “gameplay” livestream showcasing several third-party games running on the Xbox Series X
    • Games showcased included Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, Dirt 5, Madden 21, and several games from smaller devs such as Scorn, and Bright Memory: Infinite
  • One of the new games revealed during Microsoft’s stream was The Medium, a new horror game from developer Bloober Team (Layers of Fear series, Blair Witch)
    • The game also features music composed by Silent Hill series composer Akira Yamaoka
  • After some blowback from viewers, Xbox’s head of marketing Aaron Greenberg apologized to fans for possibly setting “wrong expectations” regarding the livestream
  • After Microsoft’s presentation, Bungie revealed that Destiny 2 will be coming to next-generation consoles
  • EA has confirmed that its upcoming game slate will be able to be upgrading for free once new generation hardware releases (via GamesRadar)
  • Paris Games Week, originally scheduled for this October, has been cancelled due to difficulties surround the COVID-19 pandemic (via Paris Games Week)
  • Tokyo Game Show has also been cancelled, and will instead host an online event as an alternative (via Polygon)
  • Developer id released teaser image for the first single-player campign DLC coming to Doom Eternal
  • A new trailer for Apex Legends‘ Season 5 was released, showcasing map updates, new modes, and gameplay for the game’s new character, Loba
    • The update arrives May 12th
  • The first trailer for Space Force, a new comedy series from Steve Carrell and The Office‘s Gregory Daniels was released
    • The series releases on Neflix May 29th
  • The first trailer for The King of Staten Island, a new comedy from director Judd Apatow and written by/starring SNL’s Pete Davidson was released
    • The comedy releases on demand on June 12th
  • HBO is developing a documentary series based on Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, a novel developed detailing McNamara’s research into the infamous Golden State Killer
    • The series premieres on HBO starting June 28th
  • In Star Wars news, director/writer Taiki Watiti is developing a new Star Wars movie for theatrical release (via Lucasfilm)
  • After the major success of the Netflix docuseies Tiger King, it is reported that Nicolas Cage will play Joe Exotic in an upcoming Neflix adaptation from American Vandal creator Dan Lagana (via Polygon)

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

Games

5/5: Super Gear Quest (PC) – Blob Games
5/7: Jay and Silent Bob Mall Brawl (PC, Switch) – Interabang Entertainment/Spoony Bard

Movies

5/8The Personal History of David Copperfield

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