Today in the Rundown, we have some interesting news about the controversial space exploration game No Man’s Sky, something funny for fans of Watch Dogs 2, good news for anyone who likes Disney animated movies, rumours about the future of the Ghostbusters franchise, and finally, the first details on a new expansion for Microsoft’s racing game Forza Horizon 3!
It looks like the makers of No Man’s Sky want to try and put the game on a more solid foundation. Developer Hello Games has announced a new update for their controversial space exploration game that’s meant to be the first step towards fixing its many problems. It’s called the Foundation Update, and alongside bug fixes, it introduces big new features like the ability to build your own base, farm alien crops, purchase huge interstellar freighters, and play in three new game modes with different rule sets. Basically, the update gives players more to do inside the No Man’s Sky universe, which addresses the main problem with the game – that it’s far too empty. Before you get excited, Hello Games is saying that the Foundation Update is only the first of many updates, and lays the foundation for things to come. Thankfully, all the updates will be free, but given how vocal many of the game’s opponents have been over the last few months, it’s going take a lot for Hello Games to win them over. We’ll just have to wait and see if what they’ve got coming is cool enough. The Foundation Update is slated to hit Earth in the next few days.
Let’s celebrate Cyber Monday with a tech story; it looks like real life hackers may have taken inspiration from Watch Dogs 2. In what seems like something right out of the new game, real life hackers in San Francisco broke into the computer system for the city’s Muni transportation system, and infected it with malware that shut down all the ticket machines. This allowed everyone to ride for free on Saturday, which was a very busy post-Thanksgiving shopping day in the US, but unlike Watch Dogs 2, the hackers weren’t doing it for the good of the masses. They were using the malware attack to try and extort the municipal government for 100 bitcoins, or about $73,000, so the free rides were only a side effect of their nefarious plot. Service on the trains has since been returned to normal, and the city hasn’t said if they paid them off, although it seems unlikely. Watch Dogs 2 is set in San Francisco, so we wouldn’t be surprised if this inspires future DLC for the game.
One company that didn’t have any trouble selling tickets over the weekend was Disney. The studio’s new animated adventure Moana raked in $81 million domestically over the American Thanksgiving Weekend, giving it the second biggest Thanksgiving opening of all time. The number one biggest Thanksgiving film, in case you’re wondering, is Disney’s 2013 animated hit Frozen. It guess when it comes to the top spot, that film just couldn’t… let it go. Moana is on track to be one of Disney’s most successful animated films. It tells the story of a young woman on an epic quest to save her people, and along the way, she joins forces with a shape-shifting demigod voiced by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis tells Variety that he attributes the film’s success to the fact that it resonates with domestic audiences, but also “has the power to transcend borders and languages and cultures around the world.” Moana will sail into new international markets this week. All told, it’s been a very, very good year for Disney. They’ve released five of the top ten highest grossing films of the year so far, earning more than $2.3 billion, which accounts for a quarter of total market share. And that’s all before they’ve released their new Star Wars movie, Rogue One. That will continue raking in the dough for the studio when it hits theatres in three weeks.
It looks like Sony Pictures might try to resurrect the Ghostbusters franchise by taking it in a new direction. Following the less-than-expected box office reception of the new Ghostbusters movie, there have been numerous reports that Sony Pictures has scrapped their plans for sequels to the film. That doesn’t mean that they’re done with the franchise as a whole, though. When asked about the possibility of a sequel to the new movie on the Mr Wavvy podcast, original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman revealed that “there’s going to be many other Ghostbusters movies,” and they’re in development right now. He emphasised the word “other,” implying that the potential new films won’t be sequels to the new movie, and will instead take the franchise in a different direction. This is in step with what the new film’s director Paul Feig said earlier this month, confessing that he doesn’t think the studio will want to make a sequel to his film. As Sony Pictures has shown with their recent Spider-Man movies, they’re not afraid to hit the reboot button and start again if a film doesn’t do well at the box office. We’ll let you know when more details about the future of the Ghostbusters franchise come in.
Winter is coming and the roads are getting icy… in real life and in video games. Microsoft has announced Blizzard Mountain, the first big expansion for their racing game Forza Horizon 3. It brings ice, snow, blizzards, and extreme elevations to the Forza series for the first time. Players will get to compete in more than 50 new winter-themed events, and they’ll also have new Alpine-themed race tracks and environments to explore. There’s also seven new cars, although you might want to make sure that you warm up the engine before driving in the cold conditions. Blizzard Mountain will hit the streets December 13 on the Xbox One and PC, and is available separately or part of the game’s season pass. More updates for Forza Horizon 3 will follow in the coming months.
And before we go, we’d also like to remind you that you have one more day to enter our Hell or High Water giveaway. We’re giving away five free copies of the modern western film on Blu-ray, so if you want to win, click here to find out how to enter. The contest is only open to Canadians, and the submission deadline is tomorrow. That happens to be when the film itself hits store shelves, and if you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth checking out!