EP Daily Rundown for November 17, 2016

Today in the Rundown, we have exclusive new intel on Ghost Recon Wildlands from Ubisoft Paris! We also get the latest on the JRPG Persona 5, find out how Google Earth is taking users into virtual reality, go ape with Kong: Skull Island, try to escape The Legend of Zelda in real life, and finally, get a little less serious with the next chapter in Telltale’s Batman game!

If you’re wondering why we’re here at Ubisoft’s Paris Studio, it’s to check out their upcoming game Ghost Recon Wildlands. The open world military shooter is being made here at Ubisoft Paris by the same team behind the last few Ghost Recon games. Wildlands imagines what would happen if the South American country of Bolivia were taken over by a ruthless drug cartel, with players taking the role of American special forces operatives sent in to stop them. Wildlands is the first Ghost Recon game set in an open world, and Ubisoft is calling this is the first truly dynamic open world military shooter, where changes in the world around you will affect your decisions and gameplay style. You’ll also be able to play it solo or with a friend, jumping in and out of co-op whenever you want. That’s all we can tell you about the game for now, but we’ll have plenty more coverage soon. Ghost Recon Wildlands will deploy worldwide in March 2017.

You’re going to have to wait a little longer to play Persona 5, but it might be worth it. Atlas and Sony have announced that the long-awaited JRPG has been delayed by a few months. It was slated to arrive on Valentine’s Day, but will now land on April 4, almost six months after it was first released in Japan. Here’s the good news. Alongside the delay announcement, Atlas has also revealed that the North American version will have dual audio, giving players the ability to chose between playing in English or the original Japanese with subtitles. This is a big deal for fans; Persona 5 is basically a playable anime, and as everyone knows, the only right way to watch an anime is with the original Japanese audio. What do you think? Is a two month delay worth it to get dual audio? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Google is bringing the whole wide world into virtual reality. The tech giant has released Google Earth VR, which, as you might have guessed from the title, is a virtual reality version of Google Earth. Users can strap on a headset and explore anywhere on the planet, with full 3D renderings available for most major cities. The detail level will vary depending on where you are, so don’t expect places to look as good as they would if you were actually standing there. Google Earth VR available right now for the HTC Vive headset, and will come to other headsets, including Google’s own Daydream View, in the not too distant future.

The king of the monsters is back. No, not Godzilla. Take a look at the latest trailer for Kong: Skull Island, a reboot of the King Kong franchise. The film takes place in the 1970s, and focuses on a team of filmmakers and soldiers exploring the titular Skull Island in order to find the fabled giant ape. There’s an obvious Apocalypse Now vibe in the trailer, which seems like an interesting creative direction for a King Kong movie, and it also appears to be exploring the same themes of militarism and harmony with nature that were featured in the 2014 Godzilla movie. That’s not an accident. Kong: Skull Island is being produced by Legendary Pictures, the same studio behind the new Godzilla, and they’re planning to eventually have their versions of both giant monsters join forces in a crossover movie. That will be the first time King Kong and Godzilla will appear together since the 1960s, but before you start worrying about that, the big ape’s solo film Kong Skull: Island will beat its chest in theatres in March.

You and your friends can use the Triforce to battle Ganondorf in real life. Nintendo is teaming up with the Japanese escape room company Scrap to create Defenders of the Triforce, a Zelda-themed escape room. If you’ve never heard of an escape room before, they’re basically physical role playing games where you and your friends are locked in a room and must solve puzzles in order to get out. They’re big in Japan, and have recently been getting popular in North America. The Zelda escape room will see teams of up to six people solve puzzles and find items, and also interact with Zelda creatures like the Goron and Kokiri tribes, just like a real-life version of one of the game’s dungeons. It will be coming to North America next year as part of a travelling tour, starting January 31 in San Francisco. Follow the link below this video for a complete list of stops. Unfortunately, it’s not coming to Canada, so hardcore Zelda fans might want to start planning their road trips. The announcement comes as Nintendo is rumoured to be delaying the new Zelda game Breath of the Wild. It’s officially slated to launch on the Wii U and their new console the Switch in March 2017, but unconfirmed sources say it’s being pushed back to Summer 2017. Nintendo has yet to make an official statement about the matter.

Link: http://scrapzelda.com/

The episodic new Batman game is getting a little less serious. The fourth chapter in Telltale and DC’s superhero adventure will launch Tuesday, November 22 on all platforms. It will introduce a character we’ve all be waiting for: Batman’s arch nemesis The Joker, who once again is locked up in Arkham Asylum. Other iconic Bat-villains like Two Face are back, and you can expect things to get intense as the story builds to the sixth and final chapter, due out before the end of the year. It’s worth pointing out that the latest Bat-chapter happens to be titled Guardian of Gotham, which seems like an odd coincidence; Earlier this week, rumours surfaced that Telltale is working with Marvel on a Guardians of the Galaxy game, but that has yet to be officially confirmed.

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