EP Daily Rundown for November 9, 2016

Today in the Rundown, we’ve got EXCLUSIVE news about Ubisoft extreme sports racing game Steep! We also have early details on a new Metro game, the next Need for Speed entry, upcoming movies featuring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and finally, we unmask the latest on the wise-cracking antihero Deadpool.

Ubisoft’s snowy new game Steep might be giving players more extreme sports than they’re expecting. The open world racing game will let players race down the Alps in four different ways: skiing, snowboarding, wingsuiting, or paragliding, and now we know that the developers might be adding additional sports after launch. I got the chance to play the game and speak with game director Arnaud Ragot at a special event last week. Since they’re planning to add additional locations set in Alaska, I asked him about the possibility of them adding new sports as well. He said that, if the community wants it, the developers will update Steep accordingly with new sports and other content. I’ve got my fingers crossed for snowmobile racing and ice skating, and dog sledding would be pretty cool too. The Alaska DLC for the game, which adds the new locations, will be available after launch, although they haven’t said exactly when. Players will have plenty to discover in just the Alps, because, from what I’ve played, the environments seem incredibly detailed with loads of hidden gems. The game will begin an early access beta test for select players tomorrow, with an open beta for everyone starting next week. The final version of Steep will launch December 2.

It looks like the entire world is heading towards the apocalypse… in video games we mean. A third game in the post-apocalyptic Metro shooter series is in the works, and slated to arrive next year. The announcement doesn’t come from developer 4A Games. Instead, the news was revealed on the official website for the Metro novels, which serve as the basis for the games. The site claims that the next Metro game will pick up “where the books end their story,” which probably means that it will take place after the events of the third and final novel, Metro 2035, which was published last year. 4A Games has previously hinted that they’re working on a new Metro project, but they haven’t made any official announcements about it yet, so we’ll let you know when that changes. We do know that 4A Games is working on another post-apocalyptic shooter called Arktika.1, which is coming exclusively to the Oculus Rift. It looks very similar to the Metro games, but isn’t set in the same universe. That will arrive next year.

And Metro isn’t the only big game franchise getting a new sequel next year. Electronic Arts has filed a trademark for a new project called Need for Speed Arena, which is probably the title of the next game in their long-running racing series. The trademark was filed earlier this week with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, and the game will likely have the same title here in North America. This isn’t the first we’ve heard about the next Need for Speed game. Earlier this year, EA subsidiary Ghost Games, which made the last two Need for Speed entries, confirmed that they’re making another one, tentatively set to cross the finish line in 2017. Now that we know it’s called Need for Speed Arena, we can guess that the ‘Arena’ in the title means it will have an even stronger emphasis on multiplayer, and possibly focus on closed-off tracks instead of street racing. That’s all just speculation at this point, so we’ll let you know when EA hits the gas on the first official details.

We’ll be seeing a lot of the new Spider-Man. Tom Holland, the latest actor to play the web-slinger on the big screen, has revealed just how many films he’s signed up for. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Holland says that his deal covers three solo Spider-Man movies and three other Marvel universe movies, for a grand total of at least six films. Multi-picture deals like this are common, especially with Marvel, because this way the actors are locked into their characters as their careers take off, although Holland points out that Marvel has actually been very respectful of his schedule. Even though he’s locked in for six films, there’s always the possibility that Marvel will bring him back for even more like they have with other actors. For Example, Robert Downey Jr ended his initial Iron Man contract years ago, but the studio keeps negotiating new deals for him to reprise the role. Tom Holland recently debuted as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, so that means we’ll be seeing him in at least two more Marvel ensemble films, the next one likely being Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. Before that, his first solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is being co-produced by Marvel and Sony Pictures, will hit theatres next summer.

And it looks like another wise-cracking Marvel hero is getting plenty of new movies of his own. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Fox is already developing a third Deadpool movie, which will see the anti-hero join forces with the X-Force superhero ensemble. X-Force is a team that first appeared in the New Mutants books in the early 90s, and features darker characters who are more militant and aggressive than traditional superheroes, which seems like a perfect fit for Deadpool. He’s actually been a member of their team several times in the comics, and if they really are a part of the third Deadpool movie, it would be the team’s first time appearing in a film. There have been rumours that Fox was trying to get an X-Force movie off the ground for years, so I guess Deadpool is how they’re finally going to make it work. Before you start worrying about Deadpool 3, the second film has yet to be made and doesn’t even have a release date yet. It will probably arrive in the next few years.

And before we go, a quick correction on our part. Yesterday in a story about Pokémon Go, we mentioned Ditto in our list of Generation 2 Pokémon. This is an error, Ditto is actually a Generation 1 Pokémon. Thanks to YouTube users Askew Films, john quackers, and BlackFriday242 for pointing this out. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the biggest mistake made in the world yesterday, not by a long shot.

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