Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ABC Officially Renews Grey’s Station and Anatomy 19 Spin-Off

The long-running and extremely popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has officially been renewed for its 18th season. Grey’s Anatomy will get a brand new season, with its Station 19 spin-off also being renewed for a 5th season. It’s unclear whether or not the upcoming 18th season of Grey’s Anatomy will be its last, but the future of the show is certainly up in the air. Krista Vernoff will return as executive producer and showrunner on both shows, with ABC Signature producing.  RELATED: Jesse Williams to Exit Grey’s Anatomy After 12 Seasons“Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment (via Deadline). “Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television. We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”Grey’s Anatomy is a high-intensity medical drama following Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions daily. They seek comfort from one another and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.RELATED: Next Grey’s Anatomy Season Will Tackle COVID-19 PandemicThe series currently stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, and James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, who are the remaining ones left from the original main cast from the first episode of the series. It also stars Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, and Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce.
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    Later This Month dive IN TO THE Hidden Depths of Minecraft Dungeons

    Developer Mojang has unearthed details about an aquatic expansion coming to Minecraft Dungeons at the end of the month.The fifth full-sized adventure DLC for Minecraft Dungeons, Hidden Depths, will introduce a new set of maps to traverse, new weapons and armor to loot, and new skins to apply to your heroes. In the game, a group of heroes has to plumb the depths underneath the dungeons to stop the spread of corrupting forces and underwater sea monsters.RELATED: Hidden Figures Scribe Allison Schroeder to Write Minecraft MovieHeroes, are you brave enough to take the plunge? On May 26, the tide is turning as Hidden Depths DLC floats into Dungeons!Learn more about your next awe-inspiring aquatic adventure:↣ https://t.co/MbrAnBtDhi ↢ pic.twitter.com/SsBQsASQvK— Minecraft Dungeons (@dungeonsgame) May 10, 2021Alongside the paid DLC, the developers are adding some free levels and enchantments to the base game. There’s also the new concept of Raid Captains, who are challenging new foes lurking in hidden parts of the map. Best this endgame-level opposition to earn new treasures and upgrade your arsenal.Minecraft Dungeons is available on Xbox Series X and PC as a part of Xbox Game Pass or as a separate purchase. It’s also available on PS5, PS4, and Switch. The game takes the aesthetics of the creation-based franchise into the realm of an action RPG, letting players of all ages slice away at blocky representations of everything from undead ghouls to firebreathing dragons.RELATED: Minecraft Movie Heading To Theaters in 2022The Hidden Depths DLC will be available on May 26. While no price is listed as of yet, similarly-sized DLCs have cost $5.99 in the past, so you should expect a similar price if you’re preparing a team to take on these underwater threats.

    PS5 PSVR Reportedly Features 4K and Eye-Tracking

    While the PS5 PSVR hasn’t received the typical “big reveal” treatment, it seems more information about its specs is trickling out ahead of its inevitable release.According to UploadVR, sources say Sony has shared details for its refresh of PlayStation VR. This includes a 4K resolution, a lens separation adjustment dial, eye-tracking, and a motor in the headset to give haptic feedback.The resolution of the PS5 PSVR headset will be 4000×2080 pixels, which works out to being 2000×2040 per eye. This amounts to around 8.3 million total pixels which is slightly more than a typical 4K display outputs. The device will also use USB Type-C to connect the headset to the console. Unlike its predecessor, the new headset will use onboard cameras to track the controllers which will seemingly simplify setup for the PSVR.RELATED: Sony Warns PlayStation 5 Supply Could Be Scarce Until 2022The article also speculates that the new PSVR headset’s alleged eye-tracking capabilities may be a game-changer for virtual reality. UploadVR speculates that the inclusion of foveated rendering, which is a rendering technique specific to eye-tracking equipment that reduces the quality of images in the peripherals, will improve the perceived sharpness of an image by supersampling the focus area. They also speculate that eye-tracking can greatly affect the overall VR experience such as improved throwing mechanics and more life-like interactions between people within an online space.Back in March, Sony revealed the new controllers for the PS5 PSVR. Rather than using PlayStation Move controllers, the newly designed, orb-like VR controllers look more akin to the current Oculus controllers. The controllers will feature adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, finger touch detection, tracking, and the typical action buttons and analog sticks. To put it simply, it includes all the key features of the PS5’s DualSense controller but with a more ergonomic design for virtual reality.There is no current release date for the PS5 PSVR. However, Sony has stated it will not be launching in 2021.

    Demon Slayer Game Adds Shinobu Kocho as Playable Character

    Shinobu Kocho will be playable in the upcoming Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba video game Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan.The news comes from the latest Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, which revealed the Insect Hashira Shinobu Kocho will be a playable fighter. As seen in the photo below from the game’s official Twitter account, the Demon Slayer and master swordsman is seen donning her butterfly robe, indicative of her insect-like fighting style.開発会社サイバーコネクトツーによりゲーム内の3Dモデルを元に作成された胡蝶しのぶのキャラクター別ゲームビジュアルも公開しました!#ヒノカミ血風譚 #鬼滅の刃 pic.twitter.com/aec016kGe8— 家庭用ゲーム「鬼滅の刃 ヒノカミ血風譚」【公式】 (@kimetsuHINOKAMI) May 10, 2021Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan is developed by CyberConnect2, the studio behind Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm series. The game will include a “Solo Play Mode” that will give players a chance to play out the first 26 episodes of the anime. Additionally, there will be a “Versus Mode” that will give fans and newcomers to play as their favorite Demon Slayer characters and fight each other.RELATED: Mortal Kombat Tops Domestic Box Office, Demon Slayer Sets RecordShinobu Kocho will be joining an already large roster of playable characters from the Demon Slayer anime. The cast so far includes Tanjiro, Nazuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, Giyu, Urokodaki, Sabito, and Makomo.Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from February 2016 to May 2020. An anime television series adaptation was aired in Japan from April to September 2019. The series recently made headlines for its film, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, which is a direct sequel to the anime series and was released in North American theaters just last month. It earned $19.5 million in its first weekend across 1,605 U.S. theaters.Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan will launch in Japan on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam later this year.

    Sony Warns PlayStation 5 Supply COULD POSSIBLY BE Scarce Until 2022

    As relayed by Bloomberg, Sony has warned investors that the PlayStation 5 may be hard to come by for consumers until at least 2022.The system, which first debuted on November 12, 2020, has been extremely limited in supply for its entire six months on store shelves. Players hoping to secure the system to play Returnal, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, or any number of other Sony first-party experiences have had to wait on online queues in order to get a chance at purchasing the hardware.RELATED: Lost Judgment Trailer Released, Yakuza Will Be an RPG Going ForwardDespite the limited availability, the system has sold 7.8 million units through March 31, and Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki stated that this high demand is part of the reason for the lack of systems.“I don’t think demand is calming down this year,” Totoki said. “Even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand.”He also compared the console to the PlayStation 4’s success, saying that the proven track record of Sony’s gaming efforts means that the demand isn’t going away anytime soon. Elsewhere in his statement, Totoki also listed the stay-at-home demands of consumers amidst the pandemic as a cause of this unusually long drought of PlayStations.RELATED: Returnal’s Latest Patch Fixes Trophies, Rebalances BiomesReturnal is one of the first games from Sony to run exclusively on PlayStation 5, with many of their launch titles coming out simultaneously on PlayStation 4. New games that don’t run on old hardware could make the PS5 even more desirable for players, which will squeeze the supply line even more as the months roll on.

    Fortnite Adds DC’s Beast Boy to Crossover Lineup

    Another member of the Teen Titans is joining the growing number of crossover characters in Fortnite. Joining Raven from this season’s Battle Pass is the always jovial Beast Boy.The transformative teen will be available in the game’s item shop for purchase on May 13. Alongside both a casual and super-suited version of the characters, purchasers receive an emote that transforms him into a gorilla, a color-appropriate baseball bat, and a pizza box to strap on his back.RELATED: Xbox Reveals Plans for Free Online Multiplayer for Free-to-Play GamesOn Wednesday, May 12, Fortnite will host the Teen Titans Cup, a Duos tournament for players that includes the Beast Boy skin as one of its top prizes. This will be the first opportunity for players to grab the skin, and there are also Beast Boy-themed cosmetics to earn as they climb the ladder. Players need to have Two-Factor Authentication enabled and reach account level 30 to participate in the tournament.Shapeshifter and self-proclaimed "cutest" of the Teen Titans, @DCComics Beast Boy is coming to the Island 🦍Learn about his Set and the Teen Titans Cup where you can earn his Outfit and exclusive Beast Boy & Raven rewards created by @_gabrielpicolo!🔗: https://t.co/qdSplo89Aa pic.twitter.com/INMl4Ai1It— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 10, 2021DC artist Gabriel Picolo is a name that’s already familiar with Beast Boy fans, as he’s working on the upcoming graphic novel, Beast Boy Loves Raven. It only makes sense that Fortnite would reach out to him to create a few comic panels for the event as well as the cosmetic icons and loading screens for the Teen Titans Cup.RELATED: Walmart’s Unannounced Game Streaming Service Leaked Via Epic TrialFortnite‘s current season is Primal, running from now until June 7. In addition to Beast Boy and Raven, several other DC characters are making their way into the game, tying into a currently running Batman/Fortnite comic.

    Hitman 3’s Season of Pride Arrives With Weekly Content Drops

    They say that pride comes before the fall, but for Hitman 3, pride comes before Summer. The season of Pride starts this week alongside the release of the Pride DLC, featuring new Escalations, several Elusive Targets, and other bonus content across the World of Assassination.The star of the Pride season is the new Pride-themed DLC, which gives season pass holders several unlockable cosmetics and weapons to work for in a brand new mission. The DLC content and a new Escalation mission are available as of today, but that’s not the only thing coming in the next weeks.RELATED: IO Interactive Reveals James Bond Origin Story Game in DevelopmentStarting on Wednesday, May 12, a new Elusive Target arrives in Mendoza. The Iconoclast is a fellow assassin who went against her handler, as she’s too proud to share the spotlight. Agent 47 is tasked with showcasing why he’s the titular Hitman in this mission where players only get one shot at success.Players can also expect two batches of new featured contracts within Hitman 3 in short order. On May 20, contracts crafted by the Spawn On Me podcast will enter the game. Meanwhile, on June 10, community contracts return with a batch of pride-themed missions by players just like you.(Click for full size)ALSO: Sega, Square Enix, Several Other Companies Confirmed for E3 2021Those who still haven’t bought into Hitman 3 can experience several bits of free content via the game’s starter pack. The classic movie-themed Icon mission from the original Hitman is free to play from May 14-May 23, and players can check out everything the Paris map has to offer from May 28-June 6. This will include The Black Hat Elusive Target, which runs from June 4 to June 13.

    Ada Wong Was Cut From Resident Evil Village

    The highly anticipated survival horror game Resident Evil Village has finally made its way to consoles. Featuring returning characters Ethan Winters and Chris Redfield, it seems the fan-favorite character Ada Wong was set to make an appearance but ended getting cut.The Trauma Pack DLC, which players received for purchasing the Collector’s, Deluxe, or Complete Editions of Resident Evil Village, includes some concept art galleries. Titled “The Tragedy of Ethan Winters Artwork,” Ada is seen donning a black plague doctor-inspired outfit and armed with a crossbow. This is a pretty big departure from the red dress she is typically known for.RELATED: Resident Evil Reboot Film Finally Unveils Official TitleThe caption attached to the concept art does explain why Ada was left out of Resident Evil Village. “Early plans had a mysterious masked person that saves Ethan,” states the caption. “This was going to be Ada Wong investigating the village, but this was cut due to a number of conflicting scenarios.”Another piece of concept art also shows Ada in action as she was to save Ethan in an early part of the game. “An early plot point was to have Ada, disguising herself with a mask, help Ethan escape from his trial.” You can check out all the images in the gallery below.Resident Evil Village is the sequel to 2017’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Players take control of Ethan Winters as he travels to a European village to save his kidnapped daughter. It also features a very tall witch that everyone is very infatuated with.Resident Evil Village is out now for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series consoles, Xbox One, and PC.

    The Witcher 3’s Next-Gen Update MIGHT USE Fan Mods

    Slated for later this year, The Witcher 3‘s next-gen update will make some visual and technical improvements to the critically acclaimed RPG. It seems some of those improvements might have been partially created by the game’s modding community.In a post from HalkHogan, the creator of “The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project” mod, stated he got an official message from Polish developer CD Projekt Red and it is likely the mod will be included in the next-gen update.RELATED: Netflix’s The Witcher Season 2 Finally Wraps Production!“I think the most important news is that I got an official message from CDPR about cooperation,” says Hogan. “While it’s not certain yet, it’s likely that HDRP will be included in the official next-generation update.”Kotaku reached out to CD Projekt Red to confirm Hogan’s statement and said, “In addition to our own development efforts on the upcoming next-gen version of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC, we are also in talks with creators of various mods for the 2015 release of the game.” The statement continues, “As of this time, however, we do not have any binding agreements with any such party.”Given the statements from both parties, it seems there have definitely been talks with modders to bring their work to The Witcher 3‘s next-gen update. However, no deal has been made just yet.RELATED: The Witcher, Cobra Kai & You: Netflix CEO Confirms Late 2021 ReturnThis new next-gen version The Witcher 3 Complete Edition for PC PS5 and Xbox Series consoles was announced in April 2020. It will feature a number of visual and technical improvements including ray-tracing and faster loading times. It will also include the base game, both expansions (Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine), and all extra content. If you already own the game on PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4, you will receive the upgrades at no additional cost in the form of a free update.The Witcher 3 originally launched in May 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version released in October 2019.

    Justice Smith Wants Detective Pikachu 2 But Doesn’t Think IT’LL Happen

    When Detective Pikachu launched in 2019, it was a surprise hit, earning a ton at the box office and being well received by both fans and critics. Despite that, actor Justice Smith, who starred in the film, doesn’t think Detective Pikachu 2 will happen.MORE: Dave Bautista Done Playing Drax After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3In a new interview with Inverse, Smith was asked about the possibility of another entry in the series, and while he said he’d love to participate, he isn’t sure it’ll happen.“I would love to participate in Detective Pikachu 2,” Smith said. “I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I think we have to just kind of bury our hopes. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I really hope so though. Honestly, I’m such a huge fan, who knows, who knows? I hope so.”Prior to the launch of Detective Pikachu, a sequel had been greenlit, with Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street, The Cloverfield Paradox) set to write the script for the next movie in the series. However, no real news on the project has come up in the past couple of years, and Smith’s comments to Inverse seem to suggest that things aren’t looking too good for the project.MORE: Dragon Ball Super Movie 2 Being Announced on Goku DayDetective Pikachu’s cast consisted of Golden Globe nominee Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) as the titular talking Pokemon with Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai), Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed) and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (Gideon’s Daughter). Smith starred as a teen whose father is kidnapped which leads him to Reynolds’ Pikachu and Kathryn Newton as a young journalist who teams up in order to find him.

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