This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Star Wars: Rogue Squadron's delay, Disney+ adding IMAX format for 13 Marvel movies, a new Among Us update that includes roles, and Konami pulling Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 from digital storefronts.

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Star Wars: Rogue Squadron movie delayed

Rogue Squadron, the Star Wars feature project due to be directed by Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins, has been delayed.

Jenkins and writer Matthew Robinson have been developing the movie for Lucasfilm for over a year, with the goal of starting production in 2022. However, sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the producers and filmmaking team came to the realization that Jenkins’ schedule and other commitments wouldn’t allow for the window needed to make the movie within that timeframe.

As a result, Rogue Squadron has been taken off the production schedule. The hope is that once Jenkins’ fulfills her previous commitments, she’ll be able to return to the project.

Disney+ will allow you to watch 13 Marvel films in IMAX format

Disney+ has announced that it’s adding an expanded IMAX aspect ratio for 13 Marvel titles on November 12th, the company’s advertised Disney+ Day. The IMAX aspect ratio will look up to 26% taller than the typical widescreen format, so the horizontal black bars will almost disappear during scenes shot in IMAX.

The new feature, being referred to as IMAX Enhanced, isn’t delivering the large film format’s true aspect ratio, which is more square. But, as evidenced by Zack Snyder’s Justice League, this version will make better use of your screen’s viewable space.

The full list of Marvel movies to receive IMAX Enhanced format are:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain Marvel
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2
  • Iron Man
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Thor Ragnarok

New Among Us update includes a store, achievements, and roles

Among Us has released a hefty update that includes new roles for Crewmates, achievements, and a storefront with cosmetics.

The new storefront is full of hats, skins, pets, visors, nameplate panels, and bundles that include multiple cosmetics. Playing the game gives players XP, pods, and beans. Beans are free-to-play currency that unlock store items, but players can also spend real money on stars for immediate unlocks.

Cosmicubes, which are branching cosmetic trees, can be purchased with beans or stars, and the contents within can be unlocked by using pods that are earned through gameplay.

New roles were revealed including the previously announced alien Shapeshifter who can disguise themselves as Crewmates. Crewmate roles include the Scientist, who can check on crew vitals at any time, the Engineer who can use vents, and the Guardian Angel, which is a dead crewmate who can save allies from getting one-hit killed by Impostors. These roles can be customized in the settings or disabled for those who don’t like them.

Konami pulls Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 from digital stores

Konami is removing Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 from digital storefronts for the time being due to licensing issues, making them no longer available to purchase at this time. The publisher said it’s working on renewing the licenses for select historical archive footage used in-game. Along with the individual games, Konami is also pulling bundles that include either game.

It’s unclear when both games will return to stores, or whether Konami will keep the footage in question, but the company has called the removals a temporary decision and said it will work towards making these products available for purchase once again.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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