Hello everyone. Welcome to another issue of Emmen Weekly, our new twist on gaming news.
This week’s issue is also going to cover some interesting news from around the games industry.
So with no further ado, let’s get into this issue of Emmen Weekly.
Dwayne Johnson to Produce It Takes Two Movie
A movie adaptation of the Game Awards’ Game of the Year 2021, It Takes Two, is getting a movie adaptation produced by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Looking at the crew, he will be joining Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia to produce the movie on behalf of Seven Bucks Production for Amazon Studios and dj2 Entertainment. The writers of Sonic the Hedgehog, Pat Casey and Josh Miller are also onboard.
Additionally, Josef Fares and Oskar Wolontis, members of the studio behind It Takes Two, Hazelight Studios, are also onboard as executive producers.
It Takes Two is a co-op platformer that puts players in the shoes of a couple in the middle of a divorce. They are then turned into dolls and must find a way to navigate the world around them and return to normal while working through their personal issues.
We should start hearing more about the movie as more details are decided and worked on.
Elden Ring Adds Tutorial for Its Tutorial
From Software’s highly acclaimed and most recent game Elden Ring has added a tutorial to help new players find its tutorial mode.
As of the recent patch 1.04 update, the game now has a pop-up prompt in the early game that guides players towards the easy-to-miss tutorial area.
When discovered, the Cave of Knowledge, as it is known, gives players a short tunnel to run through. It has a few enemies and pop-up messages that teach the basic mechanics of the game, culminating in an easy boss to practice on.
There has been some amount of controversy over Elden Ring’s indirect hints and obscure nature. A lot of what the game has to offer must be discovered through one’s own exploration and trial-and-error. This has drawn some negative feelings from fans used to a more traditional and guided open world experience.
Of course, this lack of information isn’t a bug; it’s a feature. Players are encouraged to explore the world at their own pace and piece together what’s going on from context clues and item descriptions. Some players really enjoy this detective/archaeologist type of experience.
This move by From Software appears to be a comfortable middle ground stance on the issue.
Perhaps the hope is that by making the tutorial more accessible and discoverable to new players, they can be encouraged to stick around for the rest of the game.
PlayStation Releases App To Allow Controller Updates for PC Users Without a PS5
PlayStation has released an app that allows PC users to update the firmware of their PS5 controllers using Windows 10 or 11.
The app is called “Firmware updater for DualSense wireless controller” and is currently available on the PlayStation website.
Installing the app will allow users to get the latest firmware updates to their DualSense controller via the PC. All you need is a USB cable.
This update is in line with Sony’s slow push towards PC. It has been making more of its first-party games such as God of War available on PC, for instance.
Additionally, the DualSense controller has been compatible with PC since its release in 2020.
Sonic Origins’ Multiple Editions Cause Controversy
Sonic Origins has revealed its release date and an overview of the various editions of the game, causing a controversy amongst fans.
The main point of contention seems to be the locking away of various content behind paid DLC. These include things like the Hard Mode of the game, camera controls on the main menu, and character animations while playing music.
The game has so far announced 8 pieces of content not included in the standard edition. They have been spread across many different editions and DLC. You can take a look at it below.
As you can see, not even the most expensive edition comes with everything; players will need to preorder the game to get everything.
The whole graphic reads like an announcement of a game from a thankfully bygone era of gaming when companies would release several special editions with various content carved up between them. Ubisoft was a great contributor to this cause.
In any case, Sonic Origins will be available on PS4 and 5, Xbox One and Series S/X, Nintendo Switch, and PC on June 23.
Borderlands 3 Finally Gets Cross Play After Approval from PlayStation
Borderlands 3 is finally getting cross-play functionality after PlayStation gave its approval.
Previously, this functionality has been blocked by the console. However, with this change in the status quo, players from PS, Xbox, and PC can play together.
The developers of the game, Gearbox, revealed that the game was released full cross-play ready but were told to pull the feature due to protestation from PlayStation.
This is par for the course for Sony, who have been notoriously resistant to cross-play. However, games like Fornite and Call of Duty have steadily been making progress in this department and opening up the console for more interaction with its competitors.
We hope that this step is indicative that Sony and PlayStation are ready to play nice with the rest of the kids and join us in the 21st century.