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Summer Game Fest 2022: Modern Warfare II and Street Fighter 6 The Last of Us and other trailers

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Something to look forward: This summer, the Summer Game Fest is taking the lead in presenting all new video games that are usually announced in June (no E3). It showed a lot of footage from both new and previously-announced games this week. This is only the beginning. More gaming shows are expected to take place over the coming days.

This year’s Summer Game Fest featured new footage from upcoming Call of Duty games, including Street Fighter 6 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

We’ve collected the largest trailers and the complete stream archive (watch the video above).

The Last of Us Part 1

Rumors of an upcoming PlayStation 5 remake of Last of Us have been around for some time. Naughty Dog has completely rebuilt the 2013 survival action game with next-gen graphics and improved gameplay. The PS5 version will arrive on September 2nd, while a PC version will follow. Later, the multiplayer mode will be available as a standalone title.

The Callisto Protocol

This year’s Summer Game Fest featured several horror-sci-fi games. The Callisto Protocol was one of the featured games, and it came from the same team that created Dead Space. Callisto Protocol, just like its spiritual predecessor, is a third-person survival horror video game that features a lot gore and monsters. The game will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles starting December 2.

Street Fighter 6

Capcom unveiled gameplay footage for Street Fighter 6 last week at Sony’s State of Play. We now have a glimpse at how Guile, the long-serving series character, will handle the title’s upcoming title. We can expect more Street Fighter 6 footage at Capcom’s presentation on June 13. Capcom will release this multiplatform title next year.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare II

E3 was absent so the Summer Game Fest assumed the tradition of revealing the next Call of Duty campaign level. Modern Warfare II presents a mission on a boat in a storm. The vessel rocking back and forth can be seen covering moving side to side and water rushing inward, which impacts both enemies and players. The game launches October 28 for both console generations and PC, bringing the franchise back to Steam after a 5-year absence.

Stormgate

A group of ex-Blizzard developers worked on StarCraft III and Warcraft III to create Stormgate, a free-to play RTS that mixes sci-fi with fantasy elements. The game is built on Unreal Engine 5. It will offer a simplified and easy-to-use experience for singleplayer, coop, and multiplayer. Next year, a beta version is planned.

Flashback 2

Flashback 2 is the sequel to the classic PC sidescrolling action title. It will launch on PC, PlayStation and Xbox this winter. A Nintendo Switch version will follow next year. The original game’s 2D platforming gameplay and shooting gameplay are still present in the new game. Developers who worked on it have also returned.

Marvel Midnight Suns

XCOM creator Firaxis’ comic-book-themed tactical RPG Marvel Midnight Suns had been due out by now, but was delayed until October 7. This week’s trailer features Spider-Man as well as Venom.

Routine

Another horror title from Summer Game Fest is Routine. It was announced back in 2012 and has been AWOL since 2016. Lunar Software and Raw Fury re-released it with new graphics and a soundtrack by Mick Gordon, Doom Eternal (which we don’t hear in this trailer). Although there is no official release date, many are excited to see the proof of existence. Routine will be available for Xbox One consoles and PCs. Game Pass will launch at launch.

Zenless Area Zero

The company behind Genshin Impact has released a new trailer about its urban-themed hack and slash action game Zenless Zone Zero. Zenless Zone Zero features a similar visual style to Genshin Impact and allows players to explore labyrinths that change with multiple characters. Although there is no official release date, a closed beta will be available for iOS and PC soon.

Saints Row

Deep Silver has released the complete character creator for Saints Row’s upcoming reboot. Players can download it for free on the Epic Games Store as well as both generations of Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The full game releases for those platforms on August 23.

Some other games were displayed included Witchfire and Fort Solis, American Arcadia. Goat Simulator 3 Cuphead: The Delicious last Course, Neon White. TMNT Shredder’s Revenge. One Piece Odyssey. Soul Hackers 2 Metal Hellsinger. Nightingale. Warhammer Darktide. Layers of Fears. Gotham Knights.

Over the next week, more games are likely to show up at the IGN Expo, Netflix Geeked Week 2022, the Tribeca Games Spotlight, the Future Games Show, the Xbox and Bethesda presentation, and the PC Gaming Show.

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Microsoft Teams is finally fixing this ear-splitting annoyance

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One of the most irritating (and slightly painful) parts of joining a Microsoft Teams call could soon be fixed by a new update.

The video conferencing service is a popular choice for many companies, meaning calls with large numbers of participants joining at the same time, and from the same location (such as a meeting room) are a common occurrence. 

However, often when multiple people join a meeting in the same room, a feedback loop is created, which causes echo, which in most cases quickly escalates to howling – with Microsoft likening the noise to when a musician holds the mic too close to a loudspeaker.

Teams’ howling

Fortunately, a new fix is coming for Microsoft Teams users. In its entry in the official Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab), the new “Ultrasound Howling Detection” describes how it aims to prevent this noise for users on Windows and Mac across the world.

Microsoft says that the update should mean if multiple users on laptops join from the same location, it will share with the user that another Teams Device is detected in their vicinity and is already joined with audio to the current meeting. 

If a user has already joined with their audio on, Microsoft Teams will automatically mute the mic and speakers of any new the person who then joins the call, hopefully putting an end to the howling and screeching feedback.

Thankfully, the update is already listed as being in development, with an expected general availability date of March 2023, so users shouldn’t have to wait too long to enjoy.

The news follows a number of recent updates largely aimed around improving the audio quality on Microsoft Teams calls using AI and machine learning.

The new updates are the result of using a machine learning model trained on 30,000 hours of speech samples, and include echo cancellation, better adjusting audio in poor acoustic environments, and allowing users to speak and hear at the same time without interruptions.

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods trailer breakdown: 6 thing you might have missed

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Shazam points at someone off camera in Shazam! Fury of the Gods



Shazam! Fury of the Gods lands in theaters on March 17.
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

The final trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods has debuted online – and it looks even more charming, funnier, frenetic, and darker than its predecessor.

Shazam’s sequel flick arrives in theaters worldwide on March 17, so it’s about time we were given another look at the forthcoming DC Extended Universe movie (read our DC movies in order guide to find out where it’ll fit in that timeline). Luckily, Warner Bros. has duly obliged. Check it out below:

Okay, there’s some messy CGI and a slightly corny vibe about Shazam 2. But hey, the first problem can be ironed out before the superhero film takes flight, while the latter is part of what makes this movie series spellbinding (see what we did there?).

But we digress – you’re here because you want to find out what you missed from Shazam! Fury of the Gods‘ new trailer. Below, we’ve pointed out six things you might have overlooked. So, what are you waiting for? Shout “Shazam!” and let’s dive in.

1. Who are the Daughters of Atlas?

Kalypso hands Hespera the wizard's staff in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

New movie, new villains. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

For a film centered around Shazam, we don’t actually see the titular superhero appear in the official trailer for the first 20 seconds.

Instead, we get another glimpse at Fury of the Gods‘ villains, aka the Daughters of Atlas. The powerful trio comprises the power-hungry Hespera (Helen Millen), dragon-riding Kalypso (Lucy Liu), and Athena (Rachel Zegler), the latter of whom seems particularly torn about how the sisters are going about their business.

So, why are they gunning for Shazam and his superpowered foster siblings? Essentially, when Billy Batson was gifted his abilities by Djimon Hounsou’s wizard in the film film (available now on HBO Max), one of those powers was the Stamina of Atlas. The Daughters of Atlas aren’t too happy about their father’s ability being passed down to a child, so they want to take back what is theirs – and they’ll do it so by any means necessary.

2. Mythological monsters

A dragon prepares to breathe fire at one of Shazam's fellow heroes in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Shazam isn’t the only person taking flight in Fury of the Gods. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Shazam’s first DCEU outing featured some horror-imbued creatures in the form of the Seven Deadly Sins. How, then, do you go about topping (or, at the very least) matching what came before? Throw in a bunch of myth-based monsters, of course.

Kalypso’s imposing dragon is the most notable inclusion. It feature prominently throughout the trailer, and we even get an amusing Game of Thrones reference from Shazam – “Hey, Khaleesi!” – in the movie. Hey, Warner Bros. loves to mention its suite of IPs in as many of its films as possible.

But Kalypso’s wyvern isn’t the only fairy-tale-based beast we see. Minotaurs, griffons, and demonic unicorns are just three of the other monsters who’ll turn up in Fury of the Gods. Basically, don’t expect this to be an easy fight for Shazam and company to save the world.

3. You can’t get the staff these days

Hespera uses the wizard's staff as Kalypso looks on in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

“So I just point it and then what?” (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Saving earth from a new titanic threat will be even harder when Shazam’s adoptive family are stripped of their powers, too. And it seems that the staff, which was wielded by Hounsou’s wizard in the first movie, is the key to giving and taking those abilities away.

In 2019’s Shazam!, the titular hero gave powers to his foster siblings to help him combat the Seven Deadly Sins and Doctor Sivana. They’ve still got those power in Fury of the Gods, too, but they won’t have them for long, based by what the trailer suggests.

The footage shows Freddy Freeman and Mary Bromfield being drained of their abilities by the Daughters of Atlas at various points. The trio are using the wizard’s staff to rob the teens of their powers, so it’s clearly of major importance to the movie’s main players. 

Later, we see Shazam wielding it – not before he asks the wizard to take his powers back, mind you, when he becomes convinced he can’t defeat the Daughters of Atlas. Anyway, Shazam’s brandishing of the staff suggests he needs it to boost his own abilities if he’s going to defeat the movie’s antagonists and give his siblings their powers back. Expect the staff to play a vital role in Fury of the Gods‘ plot, then.

4. Prison break

Djimon Hounsou's wizard blows som magic dust out of a prison window in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Time to break out, Mr. Wizard. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

In order to get the wizard’s staff, it seems the Daughters of Atlas go after Hounsou’s magic wielder to obtain it.

We see Hounsou’s character imprisoned at various points, including a shot of Hespera chastising him for giving the power of the gods to Billy, Freddy, and company. “You ripped it from our father’s core,” she tells him, which implies Hounsou’s wizard might not be as mighty and heroic as we were led to believe.

Anyway, Hounsou’s wizard interacts with Shazam later in the trailer, so he clearly escapes captivity. Whether he does so alone, or he enlists Shazam’s help – does that magic-infused dust, which he sends through his prison cell window, have something to do with it? – is unclear. Regardless, we’ll see Hounsou’s character break out at some stage.

5. Is that you, Doctor Strange?

Shazam flies past some rotating buildings in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Where have we seen this kind of aesthetic before? (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Remember when we said Zegler’s Athena doesn’t seem as keen to destroy earth as her sisters? That’s because, at the 1: 14 mark, we see her use her powers with a uncertain look on her face. You wouldn’t look like that if you were convinced you were doing the right thing, would you? 

Based on the fact she’s pushed away by Kalypso (using the staff no less), seconds later, it seems she’ll be swapping sides at some stage.

Interestingly, it seems the wizard’s staff can do more than give or take a person’s powers away. One perceived ability certainly has an air of the Doctor Strange/Marvel-based mystic arts about them. Just look at the Escher-style nature of how the scenery bends and folds in on itself when Athena is pushed back, and when Shazam evades numerous buildings at the 1: 44 mark. We’d be very surprised if DC and Warner Bros. didn’t take a leaf out of the MCU’s book with such an aesthetic.

6. Light the way

Shazam prepares to fight Kalypso and her dragon in Shazam! Fury of the Gods

A yellow bolt out of the blue. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Shazam and his fellow superheroes get a costume upgrade in Fury of the Gods. The group’s threads are more streamlined and less plastic-looking this time around, which is pleasing to see.

Fans had been worried, though, that these suits wouldn’t feature one of the first movie’s most underrated (if somewhat tacky) aspects: the glowing lightning bolt on Shazam’s chest. Shazam’s costume in the 2019 movie was manufactured in a way that allowed the bolt to physically light up, avoiding the problem of having to add awkward lighting effects during the post-production phase.

Thankfully, Shazam! Fury of the Gods‘ official trailer confirms that Shazam’s lightning bolt will glow. However, given the sleeker look of the costumes this time around, it appears that the illumination effect has been added in post. Regardless of how it’s been implemented, we’re just glad it’s a feature that’s been retained.

For more DCEU-based coverage, find out where we placed 2019’s Shazam! in our DC movies ranked article. Additionally, read up on the best superhero films of all-time or check out how to watch the Batman movies in order.

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You can lock Chrome incognito tabs on Android now. Bring it to the PC!

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Alaina Yee is PCWorld’s resident bargain hunter—when she’s not covering PC building, computer components, mini-PCs, and more, she’s scouring for the best tech deals. Previously her work has appeared in PC Gamer, IGN, Maximum PC, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can find her on Twitter at @morphingball.

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