PlayStation 5 showcase trailer roundup including COD, Demon’s Souls & more!
Today marked the arrival of the PlayStation 5 Showcase, which brought the long-awaited announcement of its price and release date as well as a bevy of trailers for titles coming to the next-gen console and we’ve gathered some of the trailers on display today below!
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- Developers: Bluepoint Games, JAPAN Studio
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Release Date: November 12
From JAPAN Studio and Bluepoint Games comes a remake of the PlayStation classic, Demon’s Souls. Entirely rebuilt from the ground up and masterfully enhanced, this remake invites you to experience the unsettling story and ruthless combat of Demon’s Souls in unparalleled visual quality and incredible performance.
Final Fantasy XVI
- Developers: Square Enix
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Release Date: TBA
The legacy of the crystals has shaped our history for long enough. The new installment in the Final Fantasy franchise was announced for the PlayStation 5, with the trailer “comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time,” said producer Naoki Yoshida, who also teased a big Final Fantasy XVI reveal event set for 2021.
- Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Release Date: TBA 2020
A major visual and cinematic lead for the celebrated series, with intelligent new gameplay mechanics and twisted new devices to enable explosive deviousness. From Oddworld Inhabitants: Oddworld: Soulstorm’s scope and scale are larger than we have tackled before. We plan to use PS5’s stunning graphic fidelity, mind-blowing 3D audio, and the DualSense controller to enhance our storytelling and artistic abilities to bring you closer to the game and to create an even deeper emotional Oddworld experience.”
- Developer: Avalanche Software
- Publisher: Portkey Games
- Release Date: TBA 2021
Experience a new story set at Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Make allies, battle Dark wizards and decide the fate of the wizarding world.
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- Developer: Arkane Studios
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Release Date: Q2 2021
The island of Blackreef. For most of its inhabitants, it’s a paradise. But for Colt, it’s an inescapable prison. Thanks to a mysterious timeloop, he’s reliving the same day, over and over, trying to find a way to break the endless cycle he’s trapped in. As Colt, you’ll have to take out eight targets – including your arch-nemesis Julianna Blake – if you ever want to escape. But remember: It’s a timeloop, so if at first you don’t succeed… die, die again. See how Colt tackles the problem of getting two Visionaries – Aleksis and Egor – in the same place at the same time. There are 8 Visionaries responsible for keeping the timeloop going. 8 people that have to die to make things right, and thanks to the timeloop, you’ve only got one day to take them all out or the loop resets. But the targets are spread out across the island and are often only accessible at certain points throughout the day. So how can you possibly eliminate them all in time? The solution won’t be easy, but with some practice (and quite a few resets) you’ll be able to solve the puzzle of Blackreef and break the loop.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Developers: Treyarch, Raven Software
- Publisher: Activision
- Release Date: November 13
Off the books. Under the radar. It’s rumored that Perseus is in play again, and planning an attack that threatens the balance of power. A Black Ops team comprised of Frank Woods, Alex Mason, and Russell Adler infiltrates an airfield in Turkey to eliminate a high-value target. The following is a portion of ‘Nowhere Left to Run’ the first campaign mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, where players will use the cover of darkness and plausible deniability to fight a battle that “never happened.”
Twitter’s Sexual Fascination With a Not-Sexual Octopus Movie
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If there’s one thing the internet loves, it’s taking a joke too far. It’s hard to remember such things in 2020, but there was a time when trying to one-up the absurdity of the day’s meme was one of the major pastimes of Twitter. (Were we ever so young …?) These days, for good reason, that happens less and less. But this week, for a brief moment, and in a much more subdued manner, it happened again. The topic? Octopus sex.
Let’s get a couple things out of the way first. One, this is not about The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife or tentacle porn. Two, it’s not about sex at all. Instead, the subject of this discussion is My Octopus Teacher, a new Netflix documentary that explores the relationship its subject and producer—Craig Foster—forms with a cephalopod in a South African kelp forest. It’s a very sweet and heart-wrenching film, and while, yes, the term cephalopod does sound vaguely horny, there is nothing sexual about My Octopus Teacher. It’s just a story about a guy who really, really loves a mollusk.
We can hear you snickering. We are too, largely because that feels OK. No one involved in the Octopus Sex Movie Discourse (at least none that we’ve seen) is actually claiming malpractice. No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. Or, well, they weren’t harmed by humans; octopi are still predators, after all. No, this entire meme is the result of a game of Twitter Telephone that turned increasingly bizarre largely thanks to juvenile humor and the fact that Covid lockdowns mean that a lot of people are watching a lot more Netflix.
As best as we can tell, here’s what happened. Netflix released My Octopus Teacher on September 4. It gained a few viewers over the next week or so, and then, earlier this week, feminist scholar Sophie Lewis wrote a Twitter thread in which she called it “a flawed but moving documentary about a straight man who has a lifechanging erotic relationship with a female octopus.” Lewis’ point was far more nuanced than the initial tweet let on, but as soon as the notion of octopus sex was suggested, the idea took off.
In many ways, the documentary invites this commentary. In the opening sequence, Foster, discussing his relationship with said octopus, notes “you feel you’re on the brink of something extraordinary, but you realize there is a line that can’t be crossed.” He later goes on to say that he “slept, dreamt this animal” and that she “was teaching me to be sensitized to the Other—especially wild creatures.” Finally, he notes, “I fell in love with her, but also with that amazing wildness she represented and how that changed me.” Although the physical contact between the two is limited to the kind of touching most people do with their cats, it’s also not wrong to note the language is romantic. It’s also not wrong to just, you know, take “octopus sex” and run with it. It was a nice distraction.
As the discourse continued, it jumped from Twitter into mainstream media. Soon, Vulture had a piece titled “So How Horny Is the Netflix Octopus Movie?” in which writer Rebecca Alter compared the movie’s sexiness to the relationship she had with a leopard slug that stowed away in her takeout bag. (Reader, it was not sexy.) The Daily Beast published a story titled “The Epic Love Story Between a Man and an Octopus.” Finally, just yesterday, The Guardian ran a piece under the headline “An octopus ‘love story’ on Netflix has caused thoughts to run wild. Why?”—a question perfect for the answer “because internet” but for which writer Elle Hunt gives a much more thoughtful response. Ultimately, she echoes Lewis’ original point that My Octopus Teacher reflects a certain kind of “scientific masculinity”—the mollusk is only compelling and worthy of study because a man has deemed her so.
Truly, if this isn’t an apt end to this week’s roller coaster of octopus sex discourse, what is? In what other time could we so rapidly go from Innocuous Sea Life Documentary to Sex Scandal to Misogyny Strikes Again in so short a time? It’s 2020; everything has eight arms and lurks below, waiting until you look so that it may suck you in.
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Donald Trump Returns to an Old Pastime: Insulting Meghan Markle
On Tuesday night, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared on the Time 100 special, where they discussed voting and the importance of avoiding online negativity and misinformation. They don’t mention the names of any politicians, but by the time Wednesday afternoon rolled around, Donald Trump was already on the offensive against the couple.
Nikki Schwab, a U.S. political reporter for the Daily Mail, told Trump that Meghan and Harry “essentially encouraged people to vote for Joe Biden.” In response, Trump said, “I’m not a fan of hers,” he said. “She probably has heard that. But I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it.”
As a zinger, it’s less intense than the comments Trump made the first time he was asked about her. In June 2019, after hearing that Meghan had once called him “divisive” and “misogynistic,” he said, “I didn’t know that she was nasty.” The two did not meet when Trump made a state visit that month. When the couple moved to the U.S. in March of this year, he tweeted that he would not fund their security; however, a private arrangement had already been made.
A source close to Harry told The Telegraph that he was not making a comment about which candidate to support. “The Duke was talking about the tone of debate in the run-up to an election which is already quite febrile,” the insider said. “He is building on a lot of stuff that he’s said before about online communities, how we engage with each other online, rather than specifically making any political points.”
So while it is inaccurate to say that Meghan and Harry were endorsing Biden, her history with Trump and his record on the issues, like women’s rights and promoting diversity, strongly suggest that she is more likely to cast her vote for the Democratic challenger. But so far she has not explicitly supported a candidate, and sources close to her told Vanity Fair last month that she would not. So far, all of her work on voting has been with nonprofit organizations like When We All Vote. Their tax-exempt status requires them to abstain from endorsing candidates and remain nonpartisan.
However, it is an example of exactly why the rest of the royal family tends to avoid all mentions of politics. It’s easy to be dragged into a partisan fight, even if your words are nonpartisan. On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace distanced itself from Harry’s comments in a statement. “The duke is not a working member of the royal family and any comments he makes are made in a personal capacity,” it read.
If nothing else, Trump’s answer is reminiscent of a bit he relied on back in a simpler time. For a while in 2012, he was weirdly obsessed with the rocky relationship between Twilight costars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. His constant refrain was that Pattinson was wasting his life by dating Stewart, who he said “cheated on him like a dog.” Between horribly mismanaging a pandemic and threatening the country’s 224-year tradition of peaceful power transfers, the guy is having a rough go of it. It’s only logical that he would return to one of his favorite security blankets.
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Final Fantasy 16 May Release Soon On PS5
The release of Final Fantasy 16 could be closer than expected, with Jason Schreier confirming that it has been in development for four years.
The release of Final Fantasy 16 could be on the horizon far quicker than expected, with Jason Schreier revealing that Square Enix has been working on the project for at least four years. Very little is currently known about the highly-anticipated title, although the publisher has announced that it will be a PlayStation console exclusive but could also come to PC. However, the title does appear to feature more action-orientated combat and a high fantasy setting rather than taking place in a modern world.
The fact that Final Fantasy 16 might be releasing sooner than was previously expected makes some sense. The recent reveal trailer for the game, which was featured prominently during the PlayStation 5 Showcase earlier in September, contained plenty of cinematics and gameplay footage. This kind of promotional material is usually only revealed as a game nears completion as the assets are not suitable for public consumption before that time.
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Final Fantasy 16 might be coming sooner than many fans initially expected. Journalist and respected industry insider Jason Schreier made the revelation that Square Enix has been working on the game for more than four years in the latest episode of the Triple Click podcast. According to Schreier, the game will release “sooner than what people think” as much of the development has already been completed. Speaking about the work that Square Enix has already done, he said:
“I’ve heard from people who are familiar with the game’s development that it’s actually been in development for at least four years in some capacity, so it’s coming sooner than people think.”
The last entry in the mainline series went through a very difficult development cycle. Square Enix spent more than 10 years working on Final Fantasy 15, with the publisher choosing to switch the creative direction of the title multiple times. Part of the delay was blamed on Square Enix revealing the game too early while it was still in early production. However, the team also ditched a release on PS3 and instead focused its efforts on a release for PS4 and Xbox One. The game ended up dividing critics and fans, although had steadily improved with a series of content updates.
If Final Fantasy 16 does release sooner than expected, it will be a great relief to many fans. Especially when Final Fantasy 15 had such a troubled development and took 10 years to complete. The fact that work on the game might be nearing completion also makes lots of sense considering how in-depth the announcement trailer for the title was. It would also suggest that Square Enix has learned lessons and will only reveal its projects later in development.
Next: What We Know About Final Fantasy 16’s Story (So Far)
Source: Triple Click
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