Today in the Rundown, we detach the latest on the Nintendo NX, find out how Microsoft is taking on Twitch, get up and Go with Deus Ex, have a double dose from the galaxy far, far away, and finally, get we get serious about Star Trek!
If you thought losing your 3DS stylus was a problem, get a load of this. Nintendo still hasn’t officially unveiled their new console codenamed the NX, so here’s a new batch of rumours. Nintendo filed a patent back in January for a detachable controller device that hooks into the side of a portable or mobile game system. This sounds a lot like the existing Mfi controllers, but the thing that makes Nintendo’s different is that the button presses will be read by the infrared camera on the portable game device, and not the detachable controller itself, which means it requires very little internal components and will be less expensive. That’s convenient if anyone loses theirs and needs to buy a replacement. The detachable controller, if it’s for the NX, is more evidence that the NX will be some kind of console/handheld hybrid that hooks up to your TV but can also be taken with you on the go. The NX will launch in Early 2017, so expect it to get an official unveiling soon.
Microsoft wants a slice of that sweet, sweet Twitch action. The software and hardware juggernaut has bought the online game streaming service Beam for a yet undisclosed sum. Beam launched in January, and the thing that sets it apart from Twitch is that it’s based around viewer interaction, making it easier for audiences to help control what the player is doing. They can alter in-game loadouts like weapons and gear, and the delay time between what the player is doing and what viewers are seeing is a lot less than other streaming services. Now that Microsoft is buying it, expect to see a lot of Beam integration with Xbox Live in the very near future. They specifically cite Minecraft, which they bought in 2014, as a game that works well with Beam’s user-interaction, although they stress that non-Microsoft games and platforms will still be supported by the service now that they’re in charge. Microsoft has a long and proud history of buying up the competition, and this investment gives them a foot in the growing online game streaming market.
If you’re tired of Pokémon Go, you can get up and go with another mobile game. Square Enix has announced that Deus Ex Go will hit iOS and Android devices on August 18. The game has absolutely nothing to do with Pokémon Go, and is the latest in the Square Enix series of Go games following Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go. This time around, players will control Adam Jensen as he hacks his way through different levels, complete with Deus Ex-style cyber enhancements. You can learn more about the game by watching my interview with the developers from Square Enix Montreal. Don’t forget that the all-new AAA game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will hit consoles and the PC a week later on August 23. I can’t wait for that one.
Han Solo isn’t going to be the only scoundrel in his new spin-off movie. No, we’re not talking about Chewie. The dashing card player and gambler Lando Calrissian will likely appear in the upcoming Han solo film, which will take place before the events of the first Star Wars movie. The Wrap reports that Disney has begun casting for the role of a new and younger Lando, and Birth Movies Death claims that Community actor Donald Glover is the studio’s first choice for the role. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the film will have an overly comedic tone, because Glover has also appeared in more serious films like last year’s The Martian. Expect more details soon. Han Solo himself will be played by Hail Caesar actor Alden Ehrenreich, and you’ll be able to smuggle the film out of theatres in 2018.
That’s not the only Star Wars spin-off movie on the way. You’ve probably already seen it, but take a look at the latest trailer for the first Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One. It give us a better look at the characters and story, which will focus on the rag-tag group of Rebels who steal the Death Star plans right before the events of the first Star Wars movie. Let’s take a look! (end with Darth Vader) It’s good to see that the Dark Lord of the Sith will be back in action. Because this is a spin-off, the filmmakers are going for a more gritty style than the main Star Wars series, with lots of handheld camerawork. We can’t wait to see more. Rogue One will ignite the rebellion in theatres on December 16.