Today in the Rundown, we have an update on the development of Shenmue 3, get the first details on a villainous new DC Comics movie, have a very honorable look at the multiplayer in For Honor, find out how popular backwards compatibility is on the Xbox One, and finally, take a look at the latest films to be inducted into the National Film Registry!
Don’t get you your hopes up, because Shenmue 3 isn’t anywhere near finished development. Earlier today, reports began surfacing that the highly-anticipated game is entering the “final stage” of development, causing many gamers to get excited about playing the game in the near future. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. The reports stem from a recent interview with the game’s director Yu Suzuki done by the Japanese magazine Famitsu. If you read the translation carefully, when Suzuki says “final stage” of development, he’s actually referring to the pre-production process, meaning that the game is only now about to enter full-scale production. It’s still on track to be released in December 2017, so you’ll have to wait at least a year before you can play it. You can’t blame people for wanting to get their hands on Shenmue 3 a little sooner than expected. It’s been more than 15 years since the last game was released, and its crowd-funding campaign earned more money on Kickstarter than any other game in history. Now that full-scale production is about to begin, Yu Suzuki says that they’ll be releasing new trailers and videos early in the new year.
It looks like DC and Warner Bros are setting themselves on a suicide course. Following the release of Suicide Squad earlier this year, reports have surfaced that the studio is reuniting with the film’s director David Ayer to create a follow up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ayer is set to direct a Gotham City Sirens movie, based on the recent comic series of the same name. The books were first published in 2009, and focus on an all-female group of DC villains that includes the likes of Catwoman and Poison Ivy, and is led by Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie is set to reprise her role, although it’s unclear if any of her Suicide Squad co-stars will be back as well. It might come as a surprise that Warner Bros wants more from the makers of Suicide Squad. There were reports of big problems during the production of the film, and it was universally panned by critics when it was finally released. It still ended up earning $745 million worldwide, although the numbers indicate that it would have done even better if it had better word of mouth. Hopefully the Gotham City Sirens film will be an improvement. There’s no word yet on where it will fit in with the upcoming slate of DC movies, which is already jam-packed with film’s like Wonder Woman and Justice League.
Ubisoft has found a very honorable way to bring cross platform multiplayer to consoles… sort of. Their new online combat game For Honor will link the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in a unique way. It includes a new feature called Faction War, where, at the start of the game, players pledge allegiance to a specific faction: knights, samurais, or vikings. Then, every multiplayer match you win helps add to the standing of your faction worldwide, with the most dominant faction getting special perks and rewards. Here’s where the cross platform comes in. The world map is shared across the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You won’t actually be able to play with people on the other platforms, but your wins and loses will contribute to your faction’s standing across all three systems. Ubisoft has previously stated that they’d like to bring full cross platform multiplayer to consoles, but until they’re able to do that, they’ll have to keep exploring different ways to tie their online worlds together. Online integration like Faction Wars comes at a price: For Honor requires a constant internet connection in order to play. Ubisoft says they’re doing this because so many of the game’s features are tied into the online community, so you’ll need to be connected to the internet at all times, even when you’re playing by yourself. This means you won’t be able to keep playing if your internet goes down, something that’s sure to disappoint many players. We’ll let you know if Ubisoft changes their mind. For Honor will hit the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 14, because nothing says Valentine’s Day like good old fashioned combat.
People really, really like being able to play their favorite games, go figure. Xbox head Phil Spencer has announced that the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility program for the Xbox One is very popular. He says that nearly 50% of Xbox One owners have played backwards compatible titles, which he says is great to see. The program was first announced shortly after Spencer took over the Xbox division, and since it officially launched last year, more than 300 titles have been added to the list. Gamers have the ability to use their existing Xbox 360 disks to download free digital versions of the same game on the Xbox One, and if you never owned the disk in the first place, you can buy the digital version and play it for the first time. Backwards compatibility is important because, like films, classic games deserve to be preserved, something that’s essential to ensuring the longevity of the entire video game industry.
And speaking of preservation, 25 awesome films have been saved for all time. The American Library of Congress has selected 25 new movies to be inducted into the National Film Registry. At the top of the pecking order, this year’s list includes classics like Alfred Hitchcock’s horror masterpiece The Birds. Ridley Scott’s 1991 feminist outing Thelma & Louise drove its way onto the list, and you don’t have to be at your wit’s end you know why they’d also choose Rob Reiner’s 1987 adventure The Princess Bride. Disney has no worries because The Lion King is on the list, and the Registry really isn’t afraid to work with toons, because they also chose Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Don’t you forget about the 1985 John Hughes classic The Breakfast Club. 25 movies are added to the National Film Registry every year, all of them selected for their cultural, historic, or aesthetic significance. All told, it has more than 700 movies.