EP Daily Rundown for November 23, 2016

Today in the Rundown, Pokémon Go catches Ditto, Telltale Games announce a new adventure, Titanfall 2 DLC will deploy next week, Wolverine won’t be joining the Avengers anytime soon, we check out the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s latest film, and finally, Rocket League is getting crazier than ever!

If you’re waiting to catch new Pokémon, the developers of Pokémon Go have said ‘ditto’. Niantic Labs has finally added the shape-shifting Ditto to the game. Like his previous incarnations, Ditto will mimic the appearance of other Pokémon, so he’ll appear on your map as common types like Rattatas and Zubats, only to reveal his true form after you catch him. I guess this means you’ll actually have to try and catch all those Rattatas you bump into. Ditto is one of the last remaining Generation 1 Pokémon to come to the game – the most obvious hold out is Mewtwo, who Niantic Labs has confirmed is coming, but haven’t said when.

If you need help catching Pokémon, Niantic is adding another new thing to the game. The popular Nearby feature, which until now has only been available in San Francisco, is now available in Australia, all the US states west of the Mississippi River, and in Canada, all of the provinces west of Ontario. Sorry, Montreal, you’ll have to wait. Here’s how the Nearby feature works: you’ll see a list a nearby Pokémon like before, but now you can click on them and find out what PokéStop each monster is closest too. This will make it a lot easier to find them, and should help me finally catch a Pikachu. Hopefully Nearby will be available everywhere soon.

If the Walking Dead TV series has got you down, maybe a new game might cheer you up. Telltale Games has announced that The Walking Dead: New Frontier, their latest episodic game based on the hit franchise, will launch worldwide on December 20. That’s when it will be available digitally on consoles, the PC, and mobile devices, with a physical disk-based version slated to hit stores in February. New Frontier was formerly titled The Walking Dead: Season Three. It will take place after the events of Season Two, focusing on an older version of returning hero Clementine, who joins forces with a new character named Javier. There will be nine episodes in total, making this the biggest Telltale Game so far. Let’s just hope we don’t have to see Clementine get her eyes popped out by a bloody baseball bat.

Standby for Titanfall! Respawn Entertainment has announced that the first batch of free DLC for Titanfall 2 will deploy on November 30 for those who preordered the game, and December 3 for everyone else. It will give players an updated version of the fan-favorite map Angel City from the first Titanfall game, which I guess will be completely new for all you PS4 owners, along with new customization options and a new weapon. That’s all free, but Respawn is also using the update to introduce the game’s controversial microtransactions. Players will be able to use real-life money to buy cosmetic enhancements for their characters, and that’s all you’ll be able to buy, so the good news is that you won’t be able to pay for anything that will actually affect the way you play. That seems like a good way to avoid the dreaded “pay-to-win” problem, so hopefully it stays that way. Expect new DLC and updates for Titanfall 2 to follow in the coming weeks and months.

Don’t expect to see Wolverine join the Avengers on the big screen anytime soon. With the big screen rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters owned by Fox, and Marvel Studios owned by Disney, it’s obviously very difficult for the two cinematic universes to collide. Marvel and Disney recently worked out a complicated deal with Sony Pictures to get Spider-Man in their cinematic universe, but don’t expect the same thing to happen with the X-Men characters anytime soon. In a recent interview with Variety, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says that partnering with Fox is “an impossibility at this juncture.” He didn’t really elaborate on why it’s impossible, given that the two studios have collaborated on other things in the past, but he adds that they have enough films of their own to keep them busy for a long time. This is sure to be a big disappointment for Marvel fans, especially given that the characters can crossover freely in the comics. I guess we should at least be thankful that Spider-Man has come home to the MCU. He recently appeared in Captain America: Civil War, and is expected to join the team again with Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.

And the old Spider-Man is joining forces with Kylo Ren and Qui-Gon Jinn. Take a look at the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s new movie Silence. It stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as pair of 17th century Christian missionaries who travel to feudal Japan in order to find their missing mentor, played by Liam Neeson. Wait a minute, that means Liam Neeson is the one who’s taken, and someone else is looking for him? Talk about a role reversal. Silence will hit theatres this December, obviously, right around the same time the rest of the Oscar-calibre films are landing.

Rocket League is about to get crazier than ever. Developer Psyonix has announced that they’re bringing Steam Workshop support to game, which will allow users on the PC, Mac, and Linux to officially create their own mods. Although the game already has an active mod community, Steam Workshop will make it even easier to create and share your own content within the game, which should help drive up creativity. Since Rocket League is already pretty zany and over-the-top, it will be cool to see what crazy things the fan community can come up with. Hopefully those of us playing on consoles will be able to get some kind of mod support as well.

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