‘The Last of Us’ TV series gets its first look

Premiering in 2023



We live in an age of adaptations. Though original content is still riding on a high, Hollywood is still adapting popular gaming and book titles. While some have lived up to the hype of their original titles, some have unfortunately fell by the wayside, earning only cancelations and a lack of fanfare. After a storied history of failed adaptations, an upcoming adaptation, The Last of Us, is facing an unbearable amount of pressure.

Announced some time ago, the upcoming HBO title adapts the video game of the same name. Set during a fungal zombie apocalypse, The Last of Us will see Joel, to be played by Pedro Pascal in the series, accompany Ellie, a young girl seemingly immune to the zombie infection plaguing the world. Opposite Pascal, Bella Ramsey will play Ellie.

Though the adaptation was announced some time ago, the title was delayed to early 2023 from its initial date sometime this year. However, to drum up hype, HBO released a teaser clip showing a few seconds of the upcoming series.

The clip, included in a reel of clips from HBO’s other shows, shows Joel and Ellie in a heated confrontation. It was also lifted from an actual scene in the original video game, perhaps signaling that the series will follow the game’s plot closely.

The series is expected to premiere in 2023 on HBO. It will feature ten episodes for its first run.

SEE ALSO: ‘The Last of Us’ remake is coming to PS5, PC


Cyberpunk 2077 soars to 1M daily players after Edgerunners

The RPG gets a major milestone



Cyberpunk Edgerunners

Following the release of its much-anticipated Edgerunners update and Netflix anime, Cyberpunk 2077 has reached a major milestone.

CD Projekt Red’s single-player, open-world sci-fi RPG has reached one million daily players (new and returning) ever since the patch was made available earlier in the month.

The Netflix anime, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners also debuted last September 13, further elevating the game’s popularity to new heights, so much so that is has become a Steam top seller yet again.

This achievement makes up for the game’s disastrous release in late 2020, when technical issues, particularly bugs, hounded its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.

Enhanced for Next-Gen consoles

The Edgerunners update enhanced the game for Next-Gen consoles. It also gave players an opportunity to access in-game goodies inspired by the anime series such as new wardrobe and fresh weapons, as well as a host of new features and content to dig into.

Set in the futuristic Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 revolves around its protagonist V, a mercenary outlaw who needs to secure a one-of-a-kind implant — the Relic — which is the key to immortality.

In exploring the vast city controlled by corporations and highlighted by gang wars, players must customize their character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle to overcome every obstacle they encounter.

SEE ALSO: Cyberpunk 2077 PC review: Looks can be deceiving


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Genshin Impact gets anime series

Version 3.1 also out soon



Genshin Impact anime

Genshin Impact is getting its own anime series! And HoYoverse has tapped no less than Japanese animation studio Ufotable, which created the likes of “Demon Slayer”, to be its partner for this endeavor.

It is naturally starred by main characters Lumine and Aether – who both look amazing in an animated version.

Not only that, they are together in the trailer. It is a scene that doesn’t usually happen in the game as the twins search for each other in the game’s premise.

Watch the trailer here:

Genshin Impact Version 3.1 update out soon

Meanwhile, Genshin Impact’s Version 3.1 update, “King Deshret and the Three Magi” will be out on September 28.

More details have been unveiled, including the main area which is the desert of Sumeru. It’s a stark contrast to the usual tropical rainforest. At the heart of this desert stands the Mausoleum of King Deshret, dungeons full of puzzles, mechanisms, and robotic guardians.

The Aaru Village will also be found in the desert. It’s a settlement for the desert people, and as players explore the area more, more quests will unfold.

Three Sumeru characters, two boss enemies

Three Sumeru characters will be playable as allies in the teams: Nilou (five-star Hydro), Cyno (five-star Electro polearm wielder), and Candace.

Candace is the newest character among the three. She is a half-blood descendant of King Deshret himself and will debut as a guardian of the Desertfolk and village.

Two new boss enemies will likewise make their appearance: Semi-Perpetual Control Matrix, the leader of mechanics guarding the Mausoleum of King Deshret, and Aeonblight Drake who will challenge players in the rainforest. 

Mondstadt Festival Weinlesefest

Far from the desert, on the other hand, players will have the opportunity to reunite with friends in the Mondstadt via the annual Weinlesefest and help Razor uncover more about his past.

The Weinlesefest features a limited-time seasonal event and four mini-game. Players can redeem various rewards which includes a four-star weapon, the Missive Windspear.

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WhatsApp is releasing a film starring Giannis Antetokounmpo

Releasing on September 21



Everyone is getting into content creation these days. Formerly a realm exclusive to those experienced in creating them, the world of content has opened its arms to companies like Apple and Amazon. Meta is slowly joining the party with the first short film from its messaging platform WhatsApp. Presented through a short trailer, WhatsApp has announced its first film featuring NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The short film, title Naija Odyssey, sees the Greek basketball superstar return to his roots in Greece. While it doesn’t reveal much, the trailer reveals hints of a combination between a travelogue and a narrated memoir.

Though it seems like a strange partnership, WhatsApp and Antetokounmpo have a history together. Back in February, the messaging platform announced the star as its first global spokesperson. It’s a good choice for WhatsApp, who leverages on the star’s endearing rise from local Greek hoopster to NBA champion. The upcoming short film will likewise leverage on his success.

Notably, however, Naija Odyssey is not the beginning of WhatsApp Films (or whatever a hypothetical studio might be called). Instead, it’s branded content designed to promote the platform as a way to cross geographical barriers.

Also, the film isn’t the world’s first taste of the Antetokounmpo story. The star already has a biopic film about his life on Disney+ called Rise.

Complementing that film, the 12-minute Naija Odyssey will premiere on September 21 through WhatsApp’s social media platforms, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp has added a new shopping feature

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