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Star Wars Jedi Survivor set for 2023, will be 'complex and mature'

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, May 27 2022 8:44 PM CDT

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is set to release in 2023 and will continue Cal Kestis' journey, EA, Respawn Entertainment, and Lucasfilm Games today announced.

VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb was right: Respawn's new Star Wars game is indeed called Jedi: Survivor, and it takes place 5 years after Jedi: Fallen Order (which puts it in the Obi-Wan series timeline). The sequel stars Cal Kestis and is described by Cameron Monaghan, who plays, Kestis, as a "complex, mature, and exciting progression for an audacious and ambitious game."

EA and Respawn are developing the game exclusively for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles--a PS4 and Xbox One version won't be available--as well as PC. The next-gen exclusivity will enable a "deeper, more expansive Star Wars experience." The team also promises new and innovative combat mechanics that push the original game's lightsaber action to a whole new level.

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Halo Infinite design head & Xbox LIVE vet Jerry Hook leaves Microsoft

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, May 27 2022 2:23 PM CDT

Online platform and gaming veteran Jerry Hook is leaving Microsoft after 18 years of industry-defining work.

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Xbox LIVE storefront creator and Halo Infinite head of design Jerry Hook is leaving 343 Industries and Microsoft after nearly two decades of online services creation, the developer has announced. Hook has spent 18 years total with Microsoft's games division, helping establish the Xbox LIVE marketplace way back in the Xbox 360 days and being a part of the service for many more years.

Hook then moved to become an executive producer on various Halo releases, then jumped on to Destiny where he helped create the Eververse digital monetization storefront while also formulating the game's live team. Following a 3-year run with Bungie, Hook returned to Microsoft to serve three principal roles on Halo Infinite's development: first as online design director, then live director, and finally head of design from 2019 - present.

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SEGA will announce a major new game on June 3 via live stream

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, May 27 2022 12:30 PM CDT

SEGA will reveal a new game during a special Japanese live stream on June 3, 2022, the company has announced.

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A new SEGA title will be announced next Friday live on YouTube and Nico Nico. Company executive manager Hiroyuki Miyazaki and creative director Yosuke Okunari will showcase the new game, which could either be a new mainline title or a remaster/collection similar to Sonic Origins.

SEGA expects FY23 to be a massive year for both game sales and game releases with plans to nearly double both sales and releases throughout this fiscal year. It plans to release 13 new titles and expects to make 18 million sales throughout FY23 including new games and remaster sales, compared to 7 new game titles and 10 million total sales in FY22. This year's lineup includes announced games like Sonic Frontiers, Sonic Origins, and Soul Hackers 2.

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PlayStation PC ports to generate $300 million this year

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, May 27 2022 11:47 AM CDT

Sony expects to make $300 million from first-party PlayStation games on PC this year, the company has announced.

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PlayStation consoles are no longer the exclusive venue for Sony's first-party games. Sony is making a big effort to expand onto PC, starting with Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and the more recent God of War. Sony has had middling success with its PC ports but earnings from the platform are expected to spike by 275% across the next year.

A recent PlayStation presentation shows that Sony will recognize $300 million in PC game revenues throughout FY22. It's unclear whether or not Destiny 2 is included in this amount, but it also suggests Sony could release multiple new first-party PS4 and/or PS5 games onto Steam this year.

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Sony: Horizon, God of War, Gran Turismo TV shows don't have deals yet

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, May 27 2022 11:15 AM CDT

The upcoming Horizon, God of War, and Gran Turismo TV shows do not have finalized deals with streaming services, Sony has today clarified.

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In a recent business presentation, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra confirmed that 10 new shows and films based on PlayStation games were in production. Vinciquerra revealed three new projects during the Q&A portion: shows based on Horizon, God of War, and Gran Turismo are in active development.

"We have roughly 10 projects in development right now. God of War at Prime Video and Apple TV, and we have Twisted Metal at Peacock. We're also working on another one, a game called Gran Turismo. So we have lots of IP coming and many other projects we're thinking about putting into production," Vinciquerra said.

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Sony's new State of Play: 30 minutes of PSVR2 and third-party games

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, May 27 2022 10:29 AM CDT

Sony is holding a new State of Play event on June 2, 2022 at 3PM PST / 6PM EST.

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On the heels of a massive briefing on the PlayStation games business, Sony today announced a new State of Play showcase that will highlight upcoming PS4 and PS5 games. There's a caveat, though: The event may not include hotly anticipated PS5 games including God of War Ragnarok.

Sony officially says the State of Play will include 30 minutes of "trailers and announcements" but first-party games may not be shown. "We'll have some exciting reveals from our third-party partners, plus a sneak peek at several games in development for PlayStation VR2," SIE Senior Manager, Content Communications Brett Elston said on the PlayStation Blog.

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First-ever 'crypto satellite' launched into orbit by SpaceX

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, May 27 2022 8:24 AM CDT

May 25th saw the launch of the SpaceX's Transporter-5 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), at 18:35 GMT.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 used in the mission returned to land intact after delivering the Crypto-1 satellite to low Earth orbit (LEO) for Cryptosat, a U.S. satellite startup. The satellite is about the size of a coffee mug, assembled with readily available parts, and was launched alongside 58 other spacecraft, including "CubeSats, microsats, non-deploying hosted payloads, and orbital transfer vehicles."

Up in orbit, the satellite is unreachable by bad actors to tamper with, but also more difficult to work with in case something goes wrong compared to something on Earth where "you just open a terminal and debug it," as noted by Cryptosat's co-founder Yan Michalevsky. Crypto-1 will enable secure cryptography for the blockchain in space and potentially facilitate the deployment of an entire space-based blockchain.

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Follow Elon Musk on this tour of SpaceX's massive 'Mechazilla' tower

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, May 27 2022 7:15 AM CDT

Tim Dodd from the YouTube account Everyday Astronaut has uploaded a continuation of his tour around Starbase with Elon Musk.

Musk accompanied Dodd on a tour throughout SpaceX's launch site in South Texas, known as Starbase. In the first part of his tour, Musk takes him through the High Bay, where Starship prototypes are assembled, and through the currently under construction MegaBay.

In the latest video, Dodd and Musk continue making their way through the facility and head up SpaceX's Orbital Launch Tower, also known as Mechazilla. The tower will support the launching and landing of the Starship spacecraft, which SpaceX plans to send to Mars, and is designed to release and catch the spacecraft with two large arms. The tower stands 469 feet (143 meters) tall, about 100 feet (30.4 meters) taller than the Statue of Liberty.

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Amazing moon-shaped ice crystal formation appears on ISS window

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, May 27 2022 6:09 AM CDT

Russian cosmonaut Sergei Korsakov has shared a remarkable photo from his view through one of the International Space Station (ISS) windows.

The picture shows ice crystals forming in a pattern very reminiscent of the moon on the inside of a window in the space station, though the real moon is nowhere to be seen in the photo. Beneath the formation is an out-of-focus Earth, peeking into the shot.

After uploading the original photo to Twitter and Telegram, Korsakov posted a follow-up photo the next day. Korsakov's accompanying caption said, "the adventures of the frosty space pattern continue!" and noted that though "the frost has melted, but the condensation pattern remains."

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MIT researchers demonstrate 3D printable wood is now possible

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, May 27 2022 5:07 AM CDT

A study on the new 3D-printed plant materials titled "Physical, mechanical, and microstructural characterization of novel, 3D-printed, tunable, lab-grown plant materials generated from Zinnia elegans cell cultures" has been published in the journal Materials Today.

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Researchers from MIT have developed a method of generating "wood-like plant material" in a laboratory as a more environmentally friendly means of acquiring wood-like material than cutting down trees. Currently, about 10 million hectares of forest are lost to deforestation, an area roughly equivalent to the size of Iceland. Some scientists predict that if deforestation continues at the same rate, in 100 to 200 years, there will be no forests left in the world.

"The idea is that you can grow these plant materials in exactly the shape that you need, so you don't need to do any subtractive manufacturing after the fact, which reduces the amount of energy and waste. There is a lot of potential to expand this and grow three-dimensional structures," said lead author Ashley Beckwith, a recent PhD graduate.

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