EP Daily Rundown for September 15, 2016

Today in the Rundown, we get the latest on Star Trek: Discovery through the subspace channels, have a selection of good things about Resident Evil 7, take a look at the latest Disney animated movie Moana, find out how the makers of Disney Infinity are bringing the future of gaming to life, and finally, learn how Grand Theft Auto V is helping train self-driving cars!

The Federation starship Discovery is going to need a bit more time in spacedock before it’s ready for its maiden voyage. The premiere of the new TV series Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed. It was sated to arrive in January 2017, but now CBS has announced that it will premiere a few months later in May. The network decided to push it back at the request of producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller, who say that, heading into production, they realized that they needed more time to bring the show to life. Making a big science fiction series like Star Trek is a massive undertaking, with lots of sets, characters, and special effects. The extra few months will mean that they won’t have to rush through it, which will hopefully make the final product a lot better. Star Trek: Discovery is the first big show that CBS is making exclusively for their All Access digital streaming service, which means it could be ushering in a new era in online network television. We’ll have more before it arrives.

You might be buying and selling things in Resident Evil 7, but you won’t be doing it with real life money. Capcom has confirmed that the new survival horror game will not feature in-game microtransactions. This should come as a relief to fans. Micro-transactions were included in the last big game in the series, Resident Evil Revelations 2, and there were rumours that they would be back in Resident Evil 7, so purists will be happy to know that they’re dead… for now. There will however be several pre-order bonus packs that give players extra in-game content, which is normal for big AAA games, and it also seems likely that there will be paid DLC sometime after launch. We still don’t know much about the story or characters in Resident Evil 7. The game was only just announced a few months ago, and is the first in the series played entirely in a first-person perspective. It will launch on the PC, Xbox One, PS4, and PlayStation VR headset in January. If you can’t wait until then, a free demo is currently available, and Capcom says that they’ll be expanding the demo with more content on Saturday.

Disney is setting sail with its latest animated adventure. Take a look at the first trailer for Moana, the next big movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Made by the same team behind Frozen and Zootopia, the new movie is steeped in native hawaiian culture, and tells the story of a young woman who heads out on an epic quest to save her people. Along the way, she joins forces with a shape-shifting demigod voiced by none other than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and it looks like there will be plenty of the familiar Disney humor and heart string-pulling. Moana dives into theatres on November 23.

Some of the people behind Disney Infinity are taking on what might be the future of gaming. CastAR, a tech company focused on augmented reality and virtual reality, has opened up a new studio in Salt Lake City using many of the former members of Disney Infinity developer Avalanche Software. The new studio, like the rest of the CastAR team, will create “mixed reality” games, which are games that use a combination of augmented reality and virtual reality. They’re brought to life using the proprietary CastAR headset, which looks like a cross between the Oculus Rift and Microsoft Hololens. Pretty cool. There’s no word yet on what mixed reality games the former Disney Infinity developers might be working on, but we can’t wait to find out more.

Grand Theft Auto V is being used to teach robot cars how to drive. What could go wrong? According to MIT’s Technology Review magazine, researchers from Intel Labs and Darmstadt University in Germany have begun using GTA V to train and test the software that powers self-driving cars. Seriously. This may seem like a terrifying idea given how badly most people drive when they play the game, but it actually makes a lot of sense when you look at it more closely. The researchers are using the game because it offers very realistic environments filled with vehicles, pedestrians, and other obstacles, which allows them to see just how well their software is at distinguishing between them, and then SAFELY navigating around them. Most self-driving cars use learning machine algorithms, just like the Terminator, which means the more practice they have in games like GTA V, the better they get in real life. There you go: Grand Theft Auto is making the world a safer place. Go figure.

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