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The biggest announcements and trailers from Disney and Marvel’s games showcase

The biggest announcements and trailers from Disney and Marvel’s games showcase


Disney showed off a whole bunch of video games

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The silhouettes of four characters, including Black Panther and Captain America, are shown in front of World War II Paris on the left and Wakanda on the right.
Characters from the Black Panther and Captain America universes will star in a new game.
Image: Disney

Disney just wrapped up its Disney and Marvel Games Showcase at D23, and the event was packed with news and announcements about games from the entertainment company’s many franchises. The show was a lightning-fast deluge of trailers for a wide variety of games, including titles that are out right now, like Disney Dreamlight Valley, and ones that are a bit farther off.

Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest news from the show. And if you want to watch the 23-minute showcase in full, you can catch it on Marvel’s YouTube channel.

Tron Identity is a new visual novel from the maker of Thomas Was Alone

A Tron character named Proxy stands in the rain in front of some glowing architecture. She is talking to the player, asking your name.
I didn’t know I wanted a Tron visual novel, but now I REALLY want it.
Image: Bithell Games

Disney revealed a new game in the Tron universe, titled Tron Identity. The brief teaser trailer was mostly just a title card, but the game’s Steam page reveals quite a bit more: it’s actually a visual novel mystery game. Tron Identity is set to release in 2023 and will be developed by Bithell Games, the maker of indie titles like Thomas Was Alone.

Black Panther and Captain America will star in a mysterious new title

The silhouettes of Gabriel Jones, Azzuri, Steve Rogers / Captain America, and Nanali stand in front of images of WWII-era Paris on the left and Wakanda on the right.
We don’t know much about the game, but I’m intrigued after seeing this image.
Image: Skydance

Skydance New Media is working on a game that takes place in the worlds of both Black Panther and Captain America. This teaser trailer was light on details, but according to a Marvel blog post, the game will star: Steve Rogers / Captain America; Azzuri, the WWII-era Black Panther; Gabriel Jones, a US soldier who is also a part of the Howling Commandos; and Nanali, a member of the Wakandan Spy Network. The currently unnamed game will be headed up by Amy Hennig, a former creative director on the Uncharted series who joined Skydance in October.

Disney is partnering with Niantic on a Marvel-themed AR game

Disney and Pokémon Go augmented reality game maker Niantic are working on a new Marvel-themed AR mobile game, Marvel World of Heroes. According to a press release, players will be able to become their own superhero so they can “patrol their neighborhoods to foil crimes, complete Super Hero missions, and thwart interdimensional threats.” I guess that means you might see roving bands of players waving their smartphones in your neighborhood? The game is set to launch next year.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns gets a December release date

Disney showed off a new trailer and a release date for Marvel’s Midnight Suns, the upcoming strategy game from X-COM developer Firaxis Games. Midnight Suns was delayed earlier this year, but the game will now be available on December 2nd, 2022, on PC, Xbox Series X / S, and PS5. Midnight Suns will launch on Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch at a later date.

Card battler Marvel Snap is coming out in October

Disney announced that Marvel Snap, its Hearthstone-like card game for PC and mobile, will be released on October 18th. The game launched in closed beta for Android in May.

Return to Monkey Island will have an in-game scrapbook to catch you up on the other games

A digital scrapbook opens on a page with a photo of Guybrush Threepwood, the protagonist of the Monkey Island series, standing on a pirate ship with a cutlass in hand. Around the photo are doodle and scribbles that appear to be from Threepwood himself.
Mighty Pirate Guybrush Threepwood.
Image: Disney

Return to Monkey Island, the next game in the beloved Monkey Island series, will have an in-game scrapbook detailing key moments from the series so far. As someone who’s only ever played the first two Monkey Island titles, I’m really looking forward to thumbing through the scrapbook to catch up on the story before diving into the puzzle adventure. And fortunately, I won’t have long to wait: Return to Monkey Island is launching on PC and Nintendo Switch on September 19th.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.

Andrew Webster5:33 PM UTC
Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.

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Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.

Andrew Webster1:05 PM UTC
Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.

A screenshot from the Netflix anime Thermae Romae Novae.
Thermae Romae Novae.
Image: Netflix
Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.

Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.

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If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.

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Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.