105 Death Stranding Details You Might Have Missed

Death Stranding still remains a bit of a mystery, but after years of trickled trailers and footage, things aren't nearly as hazy any more. We got a massive taste of what its director Hideo Kojima thinks will start a new genre at Tokyo Game Show 2019, from its tiniest of details to the larger scope of the title's gameplay.

We've rounded up every cinematic and trailer and collected every minute detail we could about the gameplay so far so you wouldn't have to put every single one of the pieces together yourself. From E3, to Gamescom, to The Game Awards, and all the way to Tokyo Game Show, check out everything we noticed in the gallery bellow.

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Everything Coming to NBCUniversal’s Peacock Streaming Service

NBCUniversal has officially entered the streaming wars with the announcement of its new digital platform, called Peacock, which is slated to drop in April 2020.

In order to better compete with streaming giants Netflix, Amazon, and the upcoming Disney+ and HBO Max, Peacock will develop its own lineup of original programming, like Mr. Robot showrunner Sam Esmail's reboot of Battlestar Galactica, and a sequel to Saved By the Bell featuring original cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez.

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The List of PlayStation 4’s Crossplay Games

A generation ago, it would have been unthinkable to have multiple consoles play online against each other in some of the biggest multiplayer video games. Now, it's almost unthinkable for them not to have it. Players are increasingly insistent that they can play their favorite competitive and co-op games with other people regardless of platform, and third-party developers are there to fulfill that desire, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

With Sony finally jumping into the cross-play initiative on a game-by-game basis late last year, it might be hard to figure out which games support cross-play and which do not. Here you can find a list of the games that you can play on PlayStation 4 with friends on other platforms.

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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Filming Location Will Please Movie Fans

Amazon Studios has revealed where its upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel series will be filming, and it's a location that should make fans of the movies very happy. New Zealand will once again serve as the backdrop for a journey into Middle-earth.

Amazon revealed that pre-production has begun on the series, with filming expected to commence in Auckland "in the coming months," according to a press release.

“As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff. And we’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,” said showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay in a statement. “We are grateful to the people and the government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase. The abundant measure of Kiwi hospitality with which they have welcomed us has already made us feel right at home, and we are looking forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come.”

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Kojima Explains 49 Minutes of Death Stranding Gameplay (Now in English)

At this year’s Tokyo Game Show Hideo Kojima unveiled 49-minutes of Death Stranding gameplay with commentary. IGN has fully translated Kojima’s gameplay commentary from TGS 2019, which was previously only available in Japanese.

Watch the video above to see the full gameplay demonstration, now with English subtitles.

Be sure to check out everything we learned about the Death Stranding gameplay from its original showcase at TGS 2019, and check out the other TGS Death Stranding video for a deeper look at customization.

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Ms. Marvel Explained: Who Is Kamala Khan?

She’s marvelous! She’s magnificent! She’s… a teenager from New Jersey? Don’t let Kamala Khan’s humble beginnings fool you—she’s one of the newest heroes in the Marvel Comics universe and also one of its most compelling. And now Kamala, aka Ms. Marvel, is joining the MCU thanks to her recently announced Disney+ television series.

Who is Kamala Khan? Why does she have Ms. Marvel’s name? What are her powers? And what might we expect from a series starring the teenage hero? Let’s take an embiggened look at the Avenger-turned-Champion and her place in the Marvel universe for some ideas. These are the topics we’ll be covering here:

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Superman Is Losing His Secret Identity, But Who Cares?

DC Comics is teasing a major status quo change for the Superman franchise in late 2019. Newsarama has spotted among DC's December solicitations some pretty convincing evidence that Superman will be revealing his secret identity to the general public. In particular, there's the solicit for Lois Lane #7, which reads, "This issue ties to the events of December’s Superman #18 and the gigantic status quo shift for both Lois and her husband, Superman, when the Man of Steel decides to reveal his identity to the world."

In a vacuum, this might seem like a shocking development for Superman, but given both Marvel and DC's recent history with secret identity leaks, we can't help but wonder - so what? What makes this story any different than the others that have explored the fleeting consequences of leaked identities?

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s Classic Mode Won’t Satisfy Purists

Since Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s big gameplay reveal at E3 this year, fans have begun to rally into two broad camps: those who dig its new action-led combat system, and those who really wish Square Enix had stuck to the turn-based design of the original game. In what could be seen as an attempt to satisfy the latter camp, Square Enix has announced a new ‘classic’ battle mode. Yet what the studio has revealed is more likely to satisfy those already sold on the new vision for Final Fantasy 7 rather than those who oppose it.

The issue is a simple one: classic mode is not a turn-based combat system. It is still Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s new real-time combat, but it has been tweaked just enough to provide an illusion of individual turns.

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Splatterhouse, Mr. Driller, and Klonoa ‘Encore’ Editions Trademarked

Bandai Namco has trademarked “Encore” editions of some of its older franchises, including a Mr. Driller Encore, Klonoa Encore, Splatterhouse Encore, Genpei Touma Den Encore, and Wagyan Land Encore, according to Gematsu.

Bandai Namco has previously released “Encore” editions of both Katamari Damacy and Katamari Damacy Reroll, both of which were full remasters of the original games.

Mr. Driller originally released in 1999, and starred the son of Namco’s original Dig Dug game, solving similar block puzzles in order to drill further down into the earth. Bandai Namco also included a new logo for the Encore game.

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Rockstar Games Has Released Its Own PC Launcher With a Free Copy of GTA: San Andreas

Rockstar Games has released its own PC games launcher today. This marks the latest publisher to release their own PC games launcher and store, further fracturing the digital PC games market.

Rockstar Games joins companies Like Activision Blizzard and Bethesda in releasing a PC hub and store dedicated exclusively for their games. Currently, you can purchase several PC versions of Grand Theft Auto Games, L.A. Noire, and Bully: Scholarship Edition. If you download the launcher now, you can also get a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

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