Published on September 13th, 2016 | by David


Delays Hit ‘Last Guardian’ Release Date

The Last Guardian, the long-awaited spiritual successor to legendary videogames ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, is going to be a little longer awaited. Originally slated for release next month, the title has been delayed until December, according to a post made today on the PlayStation Blog.

Citing “more bugs than anticipated” as the reason for the delay, the post promises a new release date of Dec. 6 on the PlayStation 4. First announced in 2009, The Last Guardian has been in development for the past nine years, first as a PlayStation 3 exclusive before being bumped to the PS4. What’s six more weeks, really?

If you were trapped in a warehouse after a gun-deal-gone-wrong, who would you want on your team: Captain Marvel or Chappie? What about the Lone Ranger or 1920s London crime boss Tommy Shelby? Luckily, in Free Fire, you can take your pick. The movie, directed by Sightseers’ Ben Wheatley, stars Brie Larson (soon to be Captain Marvel), Sharlto Copley (Chappie), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), and each is ready to bring a gun to a gunfight. The first trailer (above) doesn’t really offer much in the way of plot, but it does have one big reveal: This 1970s shoot-out comedy, replete with an abundance of mustaches, tapered collars, and swearing from Larson, looks to be a very good time.

For a few years now, virtual reality filmmakers have fought for recognition and acceptance among traditional directors and studios. Last night, Oculus’ filmmaking arm, Story Studio, got a taste of the kind of validation they’ve been looking for: an Emmy for its animated VR experience Henry.

The award, for Outstanding Original Interactive Program, isn’t the first Emmy to be given to a VR project—that distinction goes to the Sleepy Hollow VR experience—but it is the first original VR short to be given such an honor. It is also, according to Story Studio creative director Saschka Unseld, “what every storyteller hopes for: to have the world validate the risks we were worried to take.”

Henry, released last year and directed by Pixar vet Ramiro Lopez Dau, tells the story of a lonely hedgehog who throws himself a birthday party. It’s a fairly simple tale, but it set out to prove there could be an emotional connection fostered in VR that was different than what viewers experience looking at movies or TV. When you look at Henry in Henry, he looks back, and it’s simultaneously intense and heartbreaking.

“From the start we’ve wanted to show that VR is an art form—a place that welcomes storytellers and that even at this very, very early stage it can be a powerful tool for storytelling,” Dau says. “This Emmy validates that vision. We hope this represents a tipping point for the VR industry.”

Oculus Story Studio’s next project, Dear Angelica, is slated for release later this year.

Nicolas Cage has heard our call—and delivered. In USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, directed by Mario Van Peebles, America’s favorite unhinged actor brings his wild-eyed style to Captain Charles B. McVay III. In 1945, McVay’s ship was brought down by a Japanese submarine after delivering atomic bomb components to Titian Island; 900 survivors were stranded in the Pacific Ocean for five days. After 584 of the men died, McVay was court-martialed and tried by a US military tribunal. What happened with USS Indianapolis was the worst naval disaster in history, but in the first trailer for its film adaptation viewers can preview a catastrophe of a merrier sort: an enraged Nic Cage vs. the odds. And, of course, sharks.

Gears of War 4, the upcoming newest installment in Microsoft’s long-running game series about murderous mole people and the buff heroes who shoot guns at them, is getting two new heroes: the death-rattlin’ wordsmiths of Run the Jewels, Killer Mike and El-P. The two will be playable characters in the game’s multiplayer modes, though further details have yet to be revealed. (Here’s hoping for some killer trash talk. My suggestion, from their second album: “A wise man once said, we all dead, @#$# it.” at the end of every match.)

The news came with a new trailer, revealing the game’s co-operative horde mode and a brand new track from Run the Jewel’s in-progress third album. The song, “Panther Like A Panther (I’m The Shit),” by the way? A banger. And according to El-P’s Twitter, RTJ is trying to finish that album for a late 2016 release. In the meantime, Gears of War 4 is out for Xbox One and PC October 11.

Nintendo will bring its make-your-own-Mario-level software to the portable 3DS system this year, but you won’t be able to share your creations online. Bummer.

Super Mario Maker For Nintendo 3DS, to be released December 2, seems to be more focused on playing. It will include 100 levels designed by Nintendo, each with various extra challenges, such as completing the level while killing all of the enemies, or collecting every coin. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to load up an automatically-generated, always-changing list of different levels that were created by players on the Wii U version of the game that Nintendo released last year.

What you won’t be able to do, that you can on the Wii U, is enter in a download code to play a specific level. And most importantly, once you create a level on the 3DS, you can’t upload it and share it around. What you can do, Nintendo says, is share that level with other players via local wireless.


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