On Wednesday, Sony and Insomniac revealed a new trailer for Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a spin-off game based on 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The new trailer shows off NYC in the winter time, and some non-Spider-Man gameplay as Miles. We get to see Miles and his pal walking through Harlem. Harlem is a new location in Spider-Man: Miles Morales, as it wasn’t accessible in Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The Tinkerer and their Underground army start a war at one of Rio, Miles’ mother’s, campaign rallies. Miles, clad in his black and red Spidey costume, intervenes. In the gameplay section, we get to see Miles’ camouflage and his bio-electricity — unique powers compared to Peter Parker’s Spider-Man. There is also an interactive cutscene with heavy reliance on quick-time events, reminiscent of Insomniac’s first Spider-Man game.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales takes place a year after Marvel’s Spider-Man. Miles appeared in the original Spider-Man game as a supporting character, working alongside Peter Parker and Aunt May at a New York shelter for the less fortunate. Players briefly control Miles — as they do with Peter Parker’s long-time, on-again-off-again girlfriend, Mary-Jane Watson — at different points in the campaign.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales isn’t a full Spider-Man sequel, although it is its own game that does not requiring ownership of the original. Instead, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is comparable to Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: Lost Legacy, a spin-off game starring supporting characters Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross from 2017. Lost Legacy can take players anywhere from 7-9 hours to beat, whereas Marvel’s Spider-Man is a full 16-20 hour open-world RPG.
Miles is the second most popular Spider-Man behind Peter Parker, the original. But interestingly, the two began in different dimensions, as seen in both comics and 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe, the two are friends, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales will explore Miles’ journey from New York student to Spider-Man — assisted by his teacher, Peter Parker.
Twitter removed 130 Iran-linked accounts during last night’s debate
Twitter has removed 130 accounts that appeared to originate from Iran and were attempting to disrupt public conversation around the 2020 US Presidential debate. The social network’s Support account has revealed the deletion on the platform. It also posted sample tweets that show support for Trump and question whether moderator Chris Wallace truly is nonpartisan.
According to the announcement, Twitter found the accounts based on intel provided by the FBI. In a statement provided to CNET, the federal agency confirmed that it does share information with social networks but refused to discuss details about this specific deletion: “Although we cannot discuss the specific information provided, the FBI regularly shares information with social media companies so they can better protect their platforms. The FBI is actively engaged with our federal partners, election officials and the private sector to mitigate foreign threats to our nation’s security and our elections.”
Google’s ‘Hold for Me’ Assistant feature appears first on new Pixel phones
When the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G arrive, they’ll include an early preview of Google’s new feature for the Phone app, the Duplex-powered “Hold for Me.” Mentioned during the Launch Night presentation and explained in a blog post, it lets Google Assistant wait around and wait for someone to pick up when a business is keeping you on hold.
Hold for Me saves you, and your ears, hours of elevator music.
When you’re put on hold, Google Assistant will wait and notify you when someone comes on the line, ready to talk. You’ll like it, unless elevator music is your jam.https://t.co/Jieau9GfMQ #LaunchNightIn #Pixel5G pic.twitter.com/Ap6V4eJfq8
— Made By Google (@madebygoogle) September 30, 2020
It follows Call Screen and Verified Calls as new features that use Assistant to make phone calls less annoying, and repurposes the Duplex developments to let AI detect hold music and produce a notification once someone actually picks up. According to Google, you’ll see captions produced in real-time on your phone’s screen to let you know what’s happening, as Duplex can tell when it’s picking up a recorded message vs. a live representative.
The just-announced Pixel 5 has somehow already been unboxed
What’s in the box is fairly standard — there’s the phone itself, as well as a charger, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a USB-C to USB-A converter. The YouTube user who has the phone, who goes by the name Sergiu, does power it on, giving us a look at the phone’s 6-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED screen and 8-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera. Sergiu doesn’t use the phone all that much in the video, though, sticking mostly to the phone’s home screen.
Sergiu also zooms in on back of the Pixel 5, showing the phone’s aluminum back, fingerprint sensor, and square camera housing. If you’ve seen the camera housing on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, the Pixel 5’s looks pretty similar, though the Pixel 5 has a 16MP ultrawide camera instead of the 16MP telephoto camera found on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.
Overall, there’s nothing that surprising here, as Google has already shown us the device. But it’s still interesting to see the new phone in the wild a couple weeks before it’s officially available.
The Pixel 5 launches in eight countries on October 15th and in the US on October 29th. It costs $699.
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