EP Daily Rundown for November 22, 2016

Today in the Rundown, Naughty Dog has released a trailer for an upcoming Uncharted 4 DLC, the Pokemon franchise is more popular than ever, Monster Hunter is hitting the big screens, Disney’s Cars may be getting more serious, and finally, the Dune universe could get another film.

The latest Uncharted game is digging up an old relic from its predecessors. Naughty Dog has unveiled a new co-op mode for Uncharted 4. It’s called Survival, and is a beefed up version of the co-op modes from Uncharted 2 and 3. You and up to two other players can take on wave after wave of increasingly powerful enemies and unique objectives. There will be bosses at the end of certain waves, and you’ll also have the ability to upgrade your defenses. Yep, it’s a survival mode. If all your friends are busy, you’ll also be able to play it by yourself. It will be available next month. Naughty Dog is planning to deliver more multiplayer DLC over the coming months. They’ve previously stated that they’re also working on single-player story DLC for the game, and we’ll let you know when that is unearthed.

It looks like the Pokémon franchise is more popular than ever. The new game Pokémon Sun and Moon launched on the 3DS over the weekend, shipping an estimated 10 million units to stores globally. This puts it on track to be the biggest 3DS game of all time, although we’ll have to wait until actual sales figures come in to know for sure. The 3DS might not be the only place you’ll be able to catch the new pocket monsters. Nintendo is rumoured to be working on a port of Sun and Moon for their upcoming system the Switch. Eurogamer reports that the Switch version currently has the working title Pokémon Stars, and along with better graphics, it will have expanded gameplay features and additional characters. If the reports are true, this would be the first game in the main Pokémon series released on a console. Nintendo has previously stated that 3DS cartridges will not be playable on the Switch, but that doesn’t mean developers can’t create up-ressed ports for the system. Expect to hear more before the Switch launches in March.

The huge success of Pokémon Sun and Moon is being fueled in part by the on-going popularity of the mobile game Pokémon Go. Developer Niantic is launching a Double XP week, starting tomorrow at midnight, giving trainers double the amount of XP and Stardust. In what might be a little less cool, Niantic is also nerfing the Combat Power of several Pokémon, while increasing the combat power of others. They say that these changes will make the game more balanced and competitive, and they plan to continue tweaking the combat power going forward. I guess online gamers should be used to this sort of thing by now.

New games aren’t the only thing Pokémon fans have to look forward to. A new season of the Pokémon anime will premiere on Disney XD next month, and Hollywood is working on a live-action Pokémon movie, due to hit theatres in the next few years.

And new details have come in about another big screen adaptation of a monster-catching game franchise. Resident Evil movie director Paul W.S. Anderson is developing a Monster Hunter film, continuing his collaboration with Capcom. Speaking with Deadline, Anderson revealed that the Monster Hunter adaptation will be very different from the Resident Evil movies, sticking to the fantasy tone of the series. He also gave a few hints about the plot. The film won’t borrow from any specific Monster Hunter game, and will instead tell a new story that sees our ordinary world collide with the parallel Monster Hunter world. Specifically, Anderson says that his film will focus on a normal American who gets dragged into the Monster Hunter world, and eventually, the creatures from the Monster Hunter world begin invading ours. This kind of sounds like the plot of the Super Mario Bros movie, or even more ominously, Anderson’s own 1995 Mortal Kombat film, but hopefully that’s the extent of their similarities. The Monster Hunter movie is still in the early stages of development, so don’t expect to see it in theatres for at least a few more years.

Disney and Pixar might be getting a little more serious with their Cars franchise. The first two films in the blockbuster animated series have a reputation for being more childish than some of the other Pixar films, much to the chagrin of annoyed parents everywhere. Now, Disney has released the first teaser trailer for Cars 3, and it appears to be taking the franchise in a more serious direction. It shows protagonist Lightning McQueen in what looks like a serious and potentially fatal car crash, followed by text that reads “from this moment, everything will change.” It’s unclear if this is just a clever marketing gimmick (it got us talking about it) or if it means the Cars franchise really is going to get more dramatic like the other Pixar movies. We’ll just have to wait and see. Cars 3 will race into theaters next summer.

He who controls the Spice, controls the universe. A new big screen adaptation of the classic science fiction novel Dune is heading to Earth. Legendary Pictures has picked up the film and television rights to the book, and they plan to turn it into a new movie, followed by a potential TV series. The Dune universe is certainly big enough to accommodate their plans. Frank Herbert’s original novel was first published in 1965, and it’s been followed by more than a dozen sequels, all of them revolving around the desert world of Arrakis. The first film adaptation, directed by David Lynch, hit theatres in 1984, although it was a huge bomb. The Syfy channel had more success when they created a pair of miniseries’ based on the novel and its first sequel in the early 2000s. Given how complicated the Dune universe is, it will be interesting to see how successful Legendary Pictures is with their adaptations.

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