4K OLED Switch Pro Coming September-October, E3 Reveal?

Today: Nintendo could be set to reveal the Switch Pro soon, and there’s finally release dates for the Pokémon remakes — Masahiro Sakurai is considering an early retirement — Nivalis is a cyberpunk life sim about running a business

Nintendo revealing 4K Switch Pro before E3 2021, production begins in July

Nintendo revealing 4K Switch Pro before E3 2021, production begins in July

Early this morning more information started coming out about the rumoured Switch Pro model, which is already said to contain a 4K OLED screen with enhanced hardware, and now Bloomberg reports that it will release between September – October this year.

Bloomberg's report (Paywall) claims that production should begin sometime in July and will replace the current $299 model. The lite system will still be available, but the docked model will be phased out. The price could be set slightly higher, too.

Chip Shortage: While suppliers are reportedly confident about production numbers being adequate for launch, it's possible the current chip shortage that is hampering most hardware means October is more likely, and Nintendo will be looking to meet the holiday release window.

E3 Reveal: Nintendo is looking to reveal the Switch Pro before E3, as it wants to allow time for the major third-party studios to reveal its games during the event, which means It's likely that we'll know more about this new Switch model within the next week or two.

We'd be interested to hear from you about your expectations for a Switch Pro model, and how much you'd be willing to pay for it on launch. Should it launch with the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4?

Which studio made the controversial Death Race and Chiller? 

a) Mystique
b) Palace Software
c) Exidy
d) Atari

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Bigby Wolf deputised by Freelance Police

The Wolf Among Us featured some references to Telltale’s Sam & Max games, like the television in Prince Lawrence’s apartment showing an episode of Midtown Cowboys – a sitcom from Sam & Max Save the World.

Bigby Wolf huffs and puffs even on break

Another example is the music playing at the Trip Trap bar in the first episode, Faith. It’s the Poker Night at the Inventory version of the office theme tune that appears across the Sam & Max series.

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Sony is making PlayStation more social

Sony is also bringing PlayStation IPs to PC

Sony has published minutes from its latest corporate strategy meeting, and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has stated that Sony will take PlayStation in a more social direction in the future.

That means investing more in mobile experiences to allow greater growth for both first and third-party developers, and Sony has also formed PlayStation Productions to manage film and television adaptations.

Social games: “Mobile connectivity is causing entertainment to converge with social,” according to the report. One of the major sources of inspiration is Fortnite, which blends games, movies, music, and live performances together.

Machine learning: PlayStation studios will also work with Sony's newly established AI division to enrich game experiences with so-called Game AI Agents currently in development, which will help players stuck in a game. Play Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection, and then tell us you don't need AI Agents.

Launch dates for new Pokémon games

Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl remake the DS originals

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl will launch on November 19th, while Pokémon Legends Arceus will launch on January 28th next year. The open-world game chronicles the compilation of the first Pokédex from the Sinnoh region, but there are not a lot of details yet.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

  • Out for Switch on November 19th

Pokémon Home

  • New features coming in June update
    • Catch Calendar tracks catch dates
      NOTE: Gen 3&4 ‘catch date’ is actually the transfer date
    • Model Viewer to view your Pokémon
    • Gigantamax Factor Bulbasaur and Squirtle gifts

Pokémon Legends Arceus

  • Out for Switch on January 28th, 2022

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Land and Sea Awaken community target passed
    • Rewards will be distributed on May 31st
    • Rewards include 6,000 Gems and 2000 Co-Op Sync orb

Can Masahiro Sakurai put up with it?

Masahiro Sakurai is known for Kirby and Super Smash Bros.

Masahiro Sakurai, director of the Super Smash Bros series, has considered early retirement according to his latest column in the Japanese magazine Famitsu.

“Everything must come to an end,” he wrote, but added that “it’s better to stay busy and do my best, as long as I can put up with it”.

End of an era: Once all the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s DLC wraps up this year Sakurai is also considering an end to his Famitsu column, but that “doesn’t mean I’ll stop working on games”, he clarified.

All work, no play: Sakurai has written the Famitsu column since the early 2000s, talking about games, his work and his life. He has revealed that he has a slightly unhealthy work-life balance, and that he has resorted to IV drips to avoid taking time off and just go to work instead.

Nivalis gives a taste of life in the future

Nivalis brings Life Sim Stylings to Cyberpunk

What makes a good cyberpunk game? Is it the implants? The grime? The neon? Cyberpunk games are thick on the ground these days, and all of them offer their own interpretation. Nivalis is an upcoming life and business simulator from Ion Lands – the team behind Cloudpunk – and this time the focus is on the titular city.

There aren't a lot of cyberpunk life sims, although Cyberpunk 2077 and the latter-day Deus Ex games try to show a glimpse of everyday life between the frenetic action set pieces. Nivalis is considerably more grounded, and portrays day-to-day life in a cyberpunk future.

While taking a mundane approach to an inherently fantastic vision of the future might sound self-contradictory, nothing allows you to sink into the atmosphere and feeling of a world quite like a slow, steady experience like Stardew Valley or VA-11 Hall-A.

We might be in a dystopic hellscape, but at least we have our ramen.

As usual in cyberpunk futures, money is king – but rather than spectacular heists or covert operations, you are trying to build a business. At first you start out with ramen stands and pharmacies, but you'll soon be opening your own restaurants and nightclubs. That means building menus, cooking dishes and even mixing cocktails.

Business is all about people though, and you will learn about the world from the people you meet whether as customers or business partners. Perhaps there could even be potential for romance? Considering the focus on human experience, Nivalis might go beyond customer relationships.

Since there is a growing interest in life sims and Cloudpunk had great writing and an intriguing world, Nivalis sounds like an excellent way to build on Ion Lands' narrative universe. No release date or even estimated development time has been given, but fingers crossed that Nivalis will turn out as special as Cloudpunk.

Red Dead Redemption 2 VR Mod

The creator of the Grand Theft Auto V VR mod has started working on a new mod for Red Dead Redemption 2, now in early access for brave souls with strong stomachs. You can check out nearly half an hour of gameplay for the mod, which supports both first and third-person cameras.

Rogue-lite VR shooter Sweet Surrender

SalmiGames is creating a rogue-lite VR shooter called Sweet Surrender for Oculus Quest and PC VR platforms, featuring cel-shading, lots of robots to bash, and a handy grappling hook for zipping around the environment.

Carve Snowboarding on Oculus Quest

You can catch some gnarly slope action with Carve Skateboarding on Oculus Quest this week. Expect gravity-defying downhill thrills in the spirit of SSX and 1080° Snowboarding.

Which studio made the controversial Death Race and Chiller?

It's always vital to know your brutal, brutal history

ANSWER: Exidy!

Exidy never exactly became a household name, but they still made a mark on videogame history. Sure, their games were mostly standard arcade fare – but Death Race, released in 1976, and Chiller from 1984 both stirred controversy. Death Race tasked you with running over pedestrians, leading the New York Times and Associated Press to condemn the game and so sparking much more interest than the game really deserved.

Death Race paled in comparison to Chiller, though: the light gun game allowed you to mutilate bound victims trapped in torture chambers. Chiller eventually turns into a more conventional horror experience, but the sadistic violence in the first few levels were too much even for hardened arcade operators. It's actually surprisingly messed up even by today's standards.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!