Today in the Rundown, we race in with the latest on Gran Turismo Sport, a new Starship Troopers movie, future missions for Agent 47, hatch some good news about Pokémon Go, examine the premiere of Marvel’s latest movie Doctor Strange, and finally, get the first news from Blizzcon 2016!
The Gran Turismo series isn’t racing into virtual reality as quickly as expected. The new game Gran Turismo Sport will support the new PlayStation VR headset, but not for the entire game as originally thought. That’s according to series creator Kazunori Yamauchi, who tells Eurogamer that only one part of the game will be playable in VR – a special VR Tour mode. Yamauchi says they’re doing this because, during development, they discovered that playing the whole game in VR was a strain on players, so they decided to limit it to one mode instead. Apparently they don’t think players are able to decide for themselves how much or how little time they should spend inside the headset. Gran Turismo Sport will be the first game in the series for the PS4, but it’s only billed as a spin off, so it won’t have nearly as many cars or tracks as the other games in the series. It does have something in common with the other games, though: it was recently delayed. It will now cross the finish line in 2017.
It looks like movie theatres are about to have another bug problem. A new Starship Troopers movie is in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures is developing a new adaptation of the original Starship Troopers novel, which was first turned into a 1997 movie by director Paul Verhoeven. The story takes place a few hundred years in the future, when a militarized human race fights a genocidal war against a race of alien insects, and both the movie and the book have plenty of sci-fi action mixed with social commentary. Here’s where things get a little different. The original film, like most of Verhoeven’s work, is a thinly veiled critique of militarized violence and fascism, while the book arguably portrays those subjects in a positive light. The new movie is expected to be more faithful to the original novel, so it will be interesting to see how it tackles those controversial subjects. It’s still in the early stages of development, so don’t expect to see it in theatres for at least a few more years.
We won’t have to wait long before Agent 47 is back in business. With the sixth and final chapter in the new episodic Hitman game just landing earlier this week, developer IO Interactive has confirmed rumours that they’re working on a new episodic game in the killer franchise. Speaking with the French website Gamergen, Hitman producer Hakan Abrak says they’re already working on Hitman: Season Two, which will give players new chapters, missions, and targets, all while using the same game launcher as the first season, which means you’ll be able to continue with your save progress and unlocks. Other episodic games, particularly those from Telltale Games, use a similar Season model for their sequels. We’ll let you know when more Hitman info comes in.
Pokémon Go is getting a lot less annoying. In the latest update for the game, Niantic Labs has made Pidgeys, Rattatas, and Zubats a lot less common. This means you won’t be constantly finding them all the time like you did before, and Niantic says that other, less common Pokémon will now appear in their place in many locations. This is good news for those of us who were getting sick of never finding anything by Pidgeys, Rattatas, and Zubats, although this is bad news for all the people who’ve been making memes about it online. Niantic has also removed Pidgeys and Rattatas from the eggs in the game, so you won’t waste your time hatching an egg only to discover that it’s just another Pidgey or Rattata. These are all welcome changes, and it’s kind of surprising that they took this long to happen.
It looks like Marvel has another magical hit on their hands. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Doctor Strange hits theatres in North America today, and it’s already earned $9.4 million from Thursday night screenings. That’s more than the last Marvel movie focusing on a new hero, Ant-Man, and sets Doctor Strange on track to potentially have the biggest fall opening of all time. The box office will probably be helped by the fact that Doctor Strange is doing well with critics. It currently has 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, which will translate into positive word-of-mouth among general audiences.
Expect big things from the Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and Overwatch franchises this weekend. Game maker Blizzard Entertainment kicked off their annual Blizzcon event in Anaheim this morning. Like every year, they’re expected to make big announcements about all their franchises. At the time we’re filming they’ve, they just announced a new eSports league for Overwatch called the Overwatch League, along with a new expansion for their digital card battle game Hearthstone. Titled Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, the new Hearthstone expansion will give players 132 new cards set around the crime-ridden outpost of Gadgetzan, and will hit all platforms before the end of the year. Announcements aren’t the only thing happening at Blizzcon. The event will also host big esports tournaments for Blizzard’s games, along with cosplay competitions and developer panels. We’ll have a round-up of all the best news from Blizzcon when the Rundown returns on Monday.