Hello! It’s the Pretty Much Weekly and I, Jaz, return victorious from a mighty battle against the germs. Special thanks to Di who took up the Weekly helm last week! Looking at the amazing job she did, perhaps I should get sick more often.
But for now, news!
The PS5 gets some nice new controllers
Earlier this week, Sony officially announced that their new gaming console is going to be called the PlayStation 5 (surprise, surprise). And that it’s coming out late next year! Some of the cooler updates to the new console are the SSD, 100GB game discs, and the ability to only install the multiplayer or campaign mode of a game.
The PS5 is also going to come with some updated controllers. The thing I’m most excited about is they’re going to replace the rumble with haptic feedback, something that I think the Nintendo Switch did very well. Also, the triggers can have varying degrees of resistance to them! So you could feel the tightness of a bowstring as you push the trigger button.
The controller may very well have a microphone too. Sony has previously filed a patent for an AI assistant called PlayStation Assist, where you can ask the AI for help if you ever get stuck in-game!
If you want to read more about the new controllers and console, check out this exclusive interview Wired had with the CEO of Sony PlayStation.
Brie Larson wants an all-female Marvel team movie!
Cast your mind to that obviously placed but still really cool shot of all Marvel’s superheroines in Avengers: Endgame.
Now imagine this as it’s own movie. In an interview with Variety, Brie Larson said she and her fellow female Marvel heroes walked up to Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios President) and said they wanted an all-woman team movie.
…it is something that we’re really passionate about … and I feel like if enough people out in the world talk about how much they want it, maybe it’ll happen.Brie Larson, Captain Marvel actress
She does say that nothing is set in stone (she’s “not in charge of the future of Marvel,” after all), but Feige has mentioned in the past that he’s interested in making a movie with an all female cast.
Would you be down for this?
What do South Park and Hearthstone have in common? The Hong Kong Riots.
When Hearthstone grandmaster Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai appeared on-stream during a tournament wearing a gas mask and shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time,” he was met with some bad news.
Blizzard, the publisher of Hearthstone, said his comments violated their tournament rules and so banned him for a year, and took away his winnings. There was a lot of backlash to this decision, with many accusing Blizzard for “bowing to China.”
Blizzard have said that the content of blitchung’s outburst did not factor into their decision. Though, they have since halved the ban and given him his winnings.
South Park also managed to get itself banned (in China), after airing an episode aptly titled “Band in China.” Protestors in Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po district screened the episode to an unsuspecting but appreciative crowd.
Dragon Age writer is bringing together the A-Team for a new indie game
Lead Writer David Gaider left BioWare in 2016 after nearly twenty years. He then started his own studio called Summerfall and they’ve now announced a new project: a feature length videogame musical called Chorus.
The synopsis for this game is freaking amazing.
Follow Grace’s story as she finds herself thrust into a high-stakes world of weary gods and fantastical creatures after her new bandmate dies bleeding in her apartment – but not before granting Grace the divine power of song.
Grace will be played by the incredible Laura Bailey (Uncharted 4, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Gears 5, the list goes on). Also on the team is the omnipotent Troy Baker as voice director and Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory (Journey, Abzû, The Banner Saga etc.)
If you want a quick squiz at the game, here is a quirky trailer from the team:
If you, like me, want to see this game come into fruition, make sure you back Chorus!