The Daily Moot: First Look at PlayStation 5's DualSense ControllerNews Picks
1. PS5 Controller Revealed
The PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller has officially been revealed. Although renditions of the controller had previously appeared in images, this is the first time we’ve seen it in real life and side by side to the PS4’s DualShock controller. One thing immediately stands out: the PS5’s DualSense is much, much larger than its predecessor. Aside from the new controller reveal, Sony also addressed rumors of PS5 pre-orders by assuring fans that pre-orders “won’t be a surprise.” This means that everybody who wants to pre-order the new console will have ample time to do so and should have no trouble securing their PlayStation 5 on launch.
2. No New Mario Characters The dev team behind Paper Mario: Origami King just revealed something rather shocking: the characters within the Mario universe are set in stone. All new characters must be standalone within their game and any established Mario characters can’t be changed in any way. Nintendo veteran developer Kensuke Tanabe said very clearly that “it's no longer possible to modify Mario characters or to create original characters that touch on the Mario Universe.” As such, original characters like Origami King’s Olly will not be appearing in any other Mario games in the future. It’s unclear if Nintendo would ever consider changing this policy, but for now it certainly seems unlikely.
3. Remnant: From the Ashes Subject 2923 The final DLC for Remnant: From the Ashes has been revealed. Called Subject 2923, the expansion will finally bring closure to the mystery of the Remnant and explain its origins. Taking place after the events of the main game, the upcoming DLC will introduce plenty of new content including 2 new explorable biomes and a new campaign story. Remnant: From the Ashes Subject 2923 is set to arrive on August 20; check out the reveal trailer below.
4. US Army Breaks Twitch Rules The US Army has been reprimanded by Twitch for running a fake giveaway and violating Twitch’s terms of service. A recent Twitch stream by the US Army included a supposed giveaway for an Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, but the “giveaway” link that the stream spammed and promoted was actually a link to a US Army recruitment form. Twitch’s official statement regarding the issue said, “This promotion did not comply with our Terms, and we have required them to remove it." It’s unclear if any further action will be taken, but Twitch has previously shown no fear in banning high-profile users.
5. Paradox Acquires Iceflake Studios Paradox Interactive has acquired Iceflake Studios. Iceflake Studios is best known as the developer behind Surviving the Aftermath and, following the acquisition of Plarion Game Studio just two weeks ago, now becomes the second studio Paradox has purchased this month. Paradox Interactive is clearly looking to make big moves in the near future as the publisher now has 9 internal studios under its umbrella.