News! It happens a lot during the week, sometimes in overwhelming quantity. After looking back on the last seven days, I cherry picked the stories that made me do the biggest double-takes and give my two-cents on each.
The Blue Bomber Makes His Comeback
Capcom held a live-stream celebrating Mega Man’s 30th anniversary earlier this week. Topping the list of big announcements (including a new Mega Man X collection) was the unveiling of Mega Man 11. Set to release in fall 2018, it combines classic Mega Man gameplay with a 2.5D aesthetic and modern additions like a weapon wheel. Outside of re-releases I wasn’t sure what to expect from Capcom’s stream. A new core Mega Man game is a pleasant surprise and I look forward to bustin’ up a new line-up of robot masters.
Someone Not Named Danny DeVito Will Portray Detective Pikachu
As announced by The Hollywood Reporter, Detective Pikachu has finally found his voice for his upcoming big screen feature. But who cares? That person will not be the much-requested Danny DeVito. Boo, boo I say!
Ryan Reynolds instead will step into the adorable shoes of the detective turned electric mouse. He joins Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) in the film based on the 2016 game that has yet to launch in the West. Sure, DeVito was a long-shot that few expected would actually get the part (if he was even interested at all). But darn it, just let us have nice, ridiculous things!
Lara Croft Will Ride Again
Square Enix teased details for Lara Croft’s next adventure by announcing that…she will indeed have another adventure. A tweet from the official Tomb Raider account confirmed a third game in the reboot series is in the works. However, Square won’t be indulging details until “a major event” in 2018. Chances are this is the Shadow of the Tomb Raider title that was leaked last year when someone snapped a photo of a developer’s laptop screen featuring the title logo. Though this news isn’t shocking (especially if you’ve played Rise of the Tomb Raider), it’s nice to have concrete proof a sequel in what’s been, in my opinion, a stellar rebirth for the iconic explorer.
The Game Awards And PSX Reveal A Bunch Of Stuff
Two big events flooded the weekend with new game reveals as well as updates on upcoming titles. Among other reveals, we saw the debuts of Bayonetta 3, Soul Calibur VI, In the Valley of Gods by Campo Santo, a MediEvil remaster, and From Software’s next game. An insane new Death Stranding trailer dropped jaws and spun heads and Media Molecule’s Dreams finally emerged from hiding. Sea of Thieves and A Way Out received concrete March release dates (20th and 28, respectively). The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Champion’s Ballad DLC pack dropped during all of that as well. 2017 was one heck of a year for video games but 2018’s line-up looks to be just as promising–and time-consuming.