[Weekend Wrap-Up] Bustin’ Ghosts And Dinosaurs All Over Again

By (@AtomicLagoon) | Stuff | April 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm

It’s been a breezy week, so let’s [wrap it up] with some stories about Ghostbusters and naked witches. What? It’s not my fault Capcom has gone weird.

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife feels a lot like the original, says Bill Murray over at Collider. “It really has the feel of the first one, more than the second one or the girls’ one,” he said, “It has a different feel than two out of four.” I guess we’ll see when the film releases on November 11, 2021. Oh, and be sure to grab yourself a Mini Stay Puft while you’re at it.
  • Jurassic Park ride gets upgraded. Universal Studios is about to reopen, and with it you’ll find Jurassic World: The Ride, fully updated and featuring the, uh, Indominus Rex. Here’s a poster:

  • Wonder Boy: Asha In Monster World gets an overview trailer. The game is a fully remastered version of Wonder Boy IV, originally released in April 1994. The physical release also includes copies of the untouched original. It’ll be available on PC, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation 4 later this month in Japan, and later this year elsewhere.
  • Check out this Shin Godzilla sculpture. There’s always something cool going on over at the Godzilla subreddit. Here, someone created a fantastic sculpture of Shin Godzilla. You might think, hey, that’s not so cool at the beginning of the video, but stay ’til the end. Trust me.
  • Resident Evil Village originally featured a ton of naked witches. This somehow slipped on by in my post about Lady Dimitrescu’s shoes, but according to art director Tomonori Takano (via IGN), the original concept for Resident Evil 8 called for hundreds of witches. Naked ones. As he explained:

“When trying out new ideas, we start by pursuing something extreme. As we progress, the idea usually starts deviating from pure horror. So in the end we have to bring the experience back to horror.”

The original concept, he says, “started out as a castle with a hundred witches inside, but that was hard to implement into a videogame format, which is why we ended up making it like this.”

Well huh.

  • Square Enix says Final Fantasy XIV has surpassed 22 million registered players. They’re also preparing to release the 5.5 Death Unto Dawn patch (trailer below), as well as the game’s next expansion Endwalker (said to be the end of the current storyline) later this year.
  • Speaking of sales, Capcom wants you to know that Monster Hunter Rise has sold about 5 million copies worldwide (and counting!) in its first week, since it launched on March 26. I haven’t had a chance to play this one yet, myself, but I did recently check out the demo and that title song alone has me sold.