EP Daily Rundown for October 27, 2016

Today in the Rundown, we find out when Nintendo will be announcing more info about their new system the Switch, hunt the first details on a new Monster Hunter game, have some incredible news for fans of The Incredibles, get frugal with Titanfall 2, feel the brotherly love with Final Fantasy 15, and finally, beam up the latest on Star Trek: Discovery!

It’s official: we’re going to have to wait a while to learn more about the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has announced that they’ll be holding a special online presentation devoted to the Switch on January 12, 2017, confirming rumours that they won’t be revealing any more official info about the new system until next year. The presentation is likely where they’ll announce the price of the system, along with other lingering questions like system specs, internal storage, graphics, screen resolution, and battery life. The Switch was first unveiled a week ago, and is a crossover between a stationary console and portable gaming system. Nintendo hasn’t said much since then, but they have confirmed that it will not be backwards compatible with Wii U disks or 3DS cartridges. They haven’t named a precise release date either, but we do know that it will be shipping sometime in March.

The latest Monster Hunter game is getting bigger and better. Capcom has announced Monster Hunter XX. No, it’s not a porn parody. It’s a special expanded version of last year’s Monster Hunter X, known as Monster Hunter Generations here in North America. It will include the entire original game along with new locations, monsters, and hunting styles, and users who’ve already played the original will be able to import their save files to continue their progress. Monster Hunter XX will launch in Japan on March 18, and don’t be surprised if the new version finds its way to North America sometime after that.

Here’s where things get interesting: March 18 is right around the same time Nintendo is planning to release the Switch. Capcom didn’t make any mention of the new system during the game’s announcement, but given how popular the Monster Hunter franchise is on the 3DS, many fans are hoping that the game will be ported over to the Switch as well. The Switch isn’t compatible with 3DS cartridges, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo and other publishers can’t create Switch-specific versions of 3DS games. We’ll just have to wait until the Switch event on January 12 to find out more.

Here’s some incredible news about a Pixar movie we’re all dying to see. Disney and Pixar have bumped up the release of their highly-anticipated sequel The Incredibles 2 by an entire year. It was originally slated to arrive in June 2019, but will now land in June 2018, swapping places with another Pixar sequel, Toy Story 4. The Incredibles 2 will once again be directed by Brad Bird, and is expected to continue the story of the heroic Parr family, who save the world while trying to lead a quiet suburban life. It’s been more than a decade since the original film was released, so hopefully the sequel will be worth the wait.

Remember when buying a game got you everything? The makers of Titanfall do. Respawn Entertainment has revealed that they will not be charging money for Titanfall 2’s post-launch DLC. That means anyone who buys the game will get all the maps and modes for free. The developers say they’re doing this because they don’t want to split up the multiplayer community between those who buy DLC and those who don’t, so this way, everyone will have the same stuff. It’s unclear if this will apply to anyone who buys a used copy of the game, but either way, it’s certainly a welcome relief from all those other shooters that charge an arm and a leg for DLC. Titanfall 2 deploys tomorrow.

The makers of Final Fantasy aren’t afraid to charge players for multiplayer content. Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy 15, originally announced as a single-player only experience, will be getting an online co-op mode… but there’s a catch. Known as the Comrades mode, the online co-op will be released as a separate add-on, which players will have to pay extra money for. As for how much it will cost, the mode will be included in the game’s $25 season pass, and Square Enix says it will also be available by itself, with the individual price set to be revealed at a later date. Playing with your real-life friends seems like it will work well with the game’s themes of brotherhood and comradery, but players will have to decide for themselves if it’s worth the price. Final Fantasy 15 will launch worldwide on November 29. There’s no word yet on when the DLC will arrive.

The new Star Trek TV series has lost its captain. Variety reports that Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller has stepped down as showrunner on the new series Star Trek: Discovery. He was set to be the main creative force behind the project, but has handed off day-to-day showrunning duties to collaborators Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who worked with him on Pushing Daisies. Variety claims that Fuller stepped down after tensions between him and CBS, with the network reportedly unhappy about the slow progress on the show as Fuller is busy juggling it between several other projects. He’ll still serve as a producer on the show, and the first season will follow a serialized story arc that he laid out. We know the show will take place a few decades before the events of the original Star Trek series, and will likely have a darker tone. Star Trek: Discovery premieres in May 2017.

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