TODAY: Sometimes voice actors do such great work they can't stand it — First Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC details leaked before the game has even been shown — Don't expect to see Elder Scrolls 6 any time soon
Summer of Gaming
Summer of Gaming features three-day indie game event in early June
IGN's Summer of Gaming showcase will feature a special indie games event called Guerrilla Collective, which offers three days worth of events on Twitch.
The event will be produced alongside the Kinda Funny Games Showcase and is hosted by Greg Miller. There will be news and announcements for all platforms – perhaps including the upcoming next-gen consoles? The events starts on June 6th at 10.00am PDT / 1.00pm EDT / 8.00pm UTC
There's a second online press event on June 7th, while June 8th will feature game demos and developer interviews. Here's the list of participating companies:
- 11 Bit Studios
- Another Indie
- Coffee Stain Studios
- Fellow Traveller
- Good Shepherd Entertainment
- Humble Publishing
- Larian Studios
- Modern Wolf
- Paradox Interactive
- Raw Fury
- Those Awesome Guys
- United Label
- Versus Evil
- Whitethorn Games
- WINGS Interactive
- Ysbryd Games
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which artifact does the daedric prince Sheogorath offer to his followers?
- Oghma Infinium
- The Skeleton Key
David Cross even annoyed himself with his San Andreas voice acting
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is still remembered as a highlight in the series, and while it helped turn Grand Theft Auto into a global mainstream phenomenon it also sparked a fair share of controversies, including the infamous Hot Coffee mod.
Actor and comedian David Cross appeared as the proprietor of the Zero RC electronics store – and even he was annoyed with his own performance. In a mission called Supply Lines, you are tasked with controlling a remote controlled plane to exact revenge on Zero's rival while Zero blabbers in the background.
"It's the most annoying voice you could imagine, accompanying that," said Cross. "So annoying. I hated it. And I couldn't fucking do it. The RC thing? ... It's impossible."
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Season Pass
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC mission The Legend of Beowulf leaked
Like most major titles, Assassin's Creed Valhalla will have DLC and a bunch of different editions. If you pre-order one that includes the Season Pass, you will be rewarded with a bonus mission.
The Gold and Ultimate Editions will include a bonus mission, but Ubisoft have yet to officially specify what that might be. Fortunately, the German Uplay store listing is more candid and reveals that the mission is named The Legend of Beowulf and will reveal “the cruel truth behind the legend.” The Season Pass will also include new lands and equipment as well as “epic new content”.
History repeats itself: Ubisoft launched a lot of DLC for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey that explored Greek mythology, and it looks like Valhalla will dig deep into Norse mythology. Last week's Inside Xbox stream was supposed to offer some gameplay footage, but all the footage turned out to be heavily arranged. Ubisoft has apologized, but there's still no actual gameplay footage.
Next-gen vikings: Assassin's Creed Valhalla is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It keep building on the RPG foundations set up by Origins and Odyssey, and now you will have a settlement to look after.
This Week In Gaming
This week's hot new releases
This week is a bit of a blast from the past, with Star Wars Episode I: Racer returning for the first time in over 20 years. The Build engine is also making a comeback after about 20 years of obsolescence with 3D Realms' Ion Fury. If you'd like some more modern fun, Deep Rock Galactic puts you in the heavy boots of a deep space miner dwarf.
Tuesday - May 12
- Star Wars Episode I: Racer launches for Nintendo Switch
Wednesday - May 13
- Deep Rock Galactic launches for PC and Xbox One
- Super Mega Baseball 3 launches for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch
Thursday - May 14
- Ion Fury launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch
Friday - May 15
- Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix launches for Switch
What Else Happened Today?
- Long-dormant Mafia account tweets "Family", suggesting there's a remaster or sequel on the way although Hangar 13 is keeping the Omertà
- Ron Gilbert's prototype for Thimbleweed Park has been polished and released as Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure
- Special Mother's Day Empire of Sin trailer introduces mob boss Elvira Duarte, who is based on John Romero’s great-grandmother
- Tokyo Game Show 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19 so expect an online event to take its place
- Starfield will be out before The Elder Scrolls 6 says Pete Hines, confirming that Bethesda is very busy with their sci-fi project
Leicester wins ePremier League
Leicester’s James Maddison crushed Sheffield United’s John Egan 5-1 in the ePremier League Invitational FIFA 20 finals and was crowned the champion. This was the second Premier League invitational tournament, the first culminating with Wolves’ Diego Jota eking out a narrow 2-1 victory against Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
EA released a Player Moments Diego Jota card for FIFA Ultimate Team after his victory, and will probably do the same for James Maddison later this week.
2Eggss exposed by Valve developer
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer Ido Magal returned to Twitter after an eleven-year hiatus to expose the self-proclaimed influencer 2Eggss, who had faked an email exchange with Valve. Magal responded: “To keep VAC effective, we don't share the details of a ban with the player.”
2Eggss became known after apparently earning a $11,500 bug bounty for reporting an exploit to Valve, before spreading false information about security flaws in leaked Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 source code. 2Eggss promptly deleted his Twitter account after Magal's response.
Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko speaks to the Mayor of Kharkiv about esports
Former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko recently talked to Ukrainian politician and Mayor of Kharkiv Hennadiy Kernes about esports initiatives.
Teslenko brought up three proposals: Creating a professional esports academy for promising players, hosting a major tournament and creating an official esports organization. Kharkiv already funds the pro100 Academy, which allows children to study games under the tutelage of former pros like Mykhailo "Kane" Bragin.
Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?
Which artifact does the daedric prince Sheogorath offer to his followers?
Who doesn’t love the daedric prince of madness, Sheogorath?
Thanks to his memorable appearance and oddball missions, Sheogorath has inspired a ton of memes and a lot of fandom. His artifact is Wabbajack, a magic staff that transforms your targets into a random creature. It appears in Daggerfall, Oblivion and Skyrim and you'll need to earn it by doing Sheogorath's bidding.
In Daggerfall and Oblivion you need to go to Sheogorath's shrine and do a quest handed out by the prince himself, while Skyrim requires you to complete the quest The Mind of Madness in Solitude. The staff isn't tremendously useful apart from having potentially hilarious effects, but it is undeniably a ton of fun to mess around with.
Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Simon Priest, Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Christian Vaz and Jamie Davey.