Amazon France lists Nintendo Games, Fortnite Season Delayed

TODAY: Sometimes you gotta get up close and personal to cheat — Amazon France listings suggest four first-party Nintendo games will launch soon — Epic delays the next Fortnite season by another week

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Sony mandates that new PlayStation 4 games must support PlayStation 5

Much like when they introduced the PlayStation 4 Pro, Sony has mandated that all upcoming PlayStation 4 games entering certification after July 13th must support PlayStation 5.

Third-party developers have received updated guidelines, and an option for supporting PlayStation 5 was added to PlayStation 4 dev kits in April.

Same features: Sony will be contacting each partner studio individually to help them find a way to test their games on PlayStation 5 hardware. To be considered compatible, the game must run without issues and offer the same features on PlayStation 4 and 5.

No going back: Any patch or update to titles certified before July 13th won’t need to add compatibility, but underscore that it is “strongly recommended” to do so. Once a title has been certified backwards-compatible, the compatibility can not be removed. PlayStation 5 is still on track for a holiday season release.

What else did we learn about the PlayStation 5 today:

  • Sony will reveal the first PlayStation 5 games in an hour-long livestream on Thursday, June 4th at 1pm PDT / 9PM BST
  • The console will launch globally in time for Christmas
  • Here’s what we believe will be the PS5’s start up theme
  • Will launch with a selection of exclusives

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which military unit is the star of Pandemic’s Star Wars: Battlefront II?

  • The Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders
  • The Tempest Force
  • The 501st Legion
  • The Legions of Lettow

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.

Daily Fact

Wanna cheat? Then hug an ursadon!

StarCraft was actually ported to console, appearing on Nintendo 64 in 2000 as StarCraft 64. In the PC version, you could cheat by typing commands, but on Nintendo 64 you had to hug an ursadon.

To unlock the cheat, you had to crowd your units around an ursadon creature who would then ask for a hug. After the hug, you could activate the cheat from the pause menu. StarCraft 64 also had a slightly different campaign storyline, different tutorials and a bonus mission called Resurrection IV which unlocked when you had completed the entire game.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Nintendo Switch Games

Four non-descript Nintendo game listings appear on Amazon France

Amazon’s French storefront has listings for four unnamed Nintendo games simply labelled as Nintendo Game 1, 2, 3 and 4 alongside apparently unrelated placeholder images.

The placeholders are from Ring Fit Adventure and various Amiibos, so the selection seems pretty random. There’s no way to know what the listings might be for, but it doesn’t seem unlikely that the slots are for Nintendo first-party titles. There have also been similar third-party listings in the past, from publishers like:

  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Bethesda Softworks
  • Square Enix
  • Ubisoft
  • Capcom
  • Take-Two Interactive

Nintendo had a Nintendo Direct broadcast scheduled for June, but had to cancel due to logistical problems since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced their staff to work from home.

Fortnite Season 3 Delay

Epic extends Fortnite Chapter 2 again

Epic Games has delayed Fortnite Chapter 2’s third season by a week, until June 11th.

The team isn’t completely ready for the next season yet, but promise a “one-time-only live event” called The Device which will take place June 6th at 2:00PM ET, asking players to “please show up 30 minutes early to help secure your spot” since slots are limited.

One more week: “Before the new Season, don’t forget to complete your Battle Pass Challenges and lock in appearance choices for Brutus, TNTina, Meowscles, Skye, Midas, and Maya. There’s still time to complete the recently-added Location Domination and Storm The Agency Challenges,” Epic added in their update.

Doomsday delay: Fortnite players have been looking forward to seeing what kind of havoc Midas’ Doomsday Device will wreak. Epic has already demonstrated their ability to surprise when they let the whole game world get sucked into a black hole before launching Fortnite Chapter 2. The community has been datamining relentlessly in a bid to find out what’s next, but no dice so far.

What Else Happened Today?

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which military unit is the star of Pandemic’s Star Wars: Battlefront II?

Answer: The 501st Legion!

The 501st was originally the name of a cosplay community, but Star Wars: Battlefront II turned it into one of the main fighting forces from the Clone Wars. The campaign chronicles their origins and history with the Clone Army, from the days of the republic to their work for the Empire.

It’s not the only game featuring the 501st legion either: They also feature in DICE’s Battefront II reboot, although they’re a lot less central. They were introduced as a cosmetic purchase with the Chosen One update from February 2019. If you wondered how much had changed between the original game and the reboot, well – there you have it.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.