EP Daily Rundown for November 1, 2016

Today in the Rundown, we have word that Nintendo might be hammering the final nail in the coffin for the Wii U, the possibility of Xbox VR, potential Tomb Raider leak, The Flash movie is running through directors, and finally, there’s a reason to be excited for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie!

Nintendo might be hammering the final nail in the coffin for the Wii U. With their all-new system the Switch set to hit stores in just a few months, it looks like Nintendo has finally turned their back on the Wii U. Eurogamer reports that Nintendo is ending production of the ill-fated system at the end of the week, meaning that they won’t be making any more Wii U consoles to ship to stores. Nintendo hasn’t made any official announcements, but if the news is true, it means the Wii U is basically finished. The console launched in 2012, but despite the fact that it has some pretty awesome games, it just didn’t sell well, with only 13.36 million units sold to date. For comparison, the original Wii sold more than 100 million units, and the failure of the Wii U has caused serious financial hardships for Nintendo. They’re hoping to turn things around with the Switch. The all-new system will launch in March 2017, with more details expected to be announced in January.

It might be a few years before the Xbox will take players into virtual reality. Earlier this year, Microsoft revealed that their more powerful Xbox One model, codenamed Project Scorpio, will be technically capable of running VR games. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it will, though. Speaking with the Australian video game site Stevivor, Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed that, although he enjoys VR games and apps, he still thinks it could take a few years before the game development community gets its arms around what VR has to offer. He adds that most of the VR games he’s played so far feel like they’re just tech demos and experiments, so he’s not sure how long it will take before VR is mainstream enough to come to an Xbox system. He says he hopes it happens soon, though, which is why they’re already planning for it by making Project Scorpio VR-ready. The new system will launch in late 2017, and we’ll keep you up to date on Microsoft’s VR plans. The company announced last week that they’re partnering with different companies to bring affordable VR headsets to the Windows 10 computers.

A new Tomb Raider game may have been leaked in a surprising way. Following the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider last year, it looks like Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are already working on Lara’s next adventure. Reddit user Tripleh280 snapped a picture of someone’s laptop while riding aboard the Montreal Metro, and it appears that the person was working on a presentation for a new game called Shadow of the Tomb Raider. No official announcements have been made so we don’t know for sure if the photo is legit, but Square Enix and Eidos do have studios in Montreal, and this just goes to show that you should never work on an unannounced project in public, because you never know who will be watching. It’s unclear if Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be an all-new AAA game, a new expansion for Rise of the Tomb Raider, or a smaller game like Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. We’ll let you know when we dig up more.

The Flash really knows how to run through his fair share of directors. The new big screen movie focusing on the fast-running superhero has lost another director. It was set to be the first big budget project from indie filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa, who helmed the 2015 Sundance movie Dope, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s left the project over creative differences with the studio. He’s the second director to abandon The Flash following the departure of Seth Grahame-Smith earlier this year, and this will likely mean that the film will need to push back its production schedule, which could delay its release. This isn’t the kind of publicity Warner Bros and DC need right now given the shaky reception of their new DC universe movies so far. Hopefully The Flash, and all their other heroes, can get back on track.

And speaking of fast-running heroes, there’s a new reason to be excited about the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Deadpool director Tim Miller has come aboard the video game adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll serve as a producer on the project, helping to shape the direction of the story and tone. Sonic and Deadpool have a lot in common, at least when it comes to their personalities, although don’t expect the Sonic movie to be as violent or sexed-up. This follows Miller’s departure from Deadpool 2 over, what else, creative differences. As for who will direct the Sonic movie, it will be the feature film directorial debut of Jeff Fowler, who’s worked as an animator in Hollywood for more than a decade. Sonic will race into theatres in 2018.

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