Among Us on Switch, Sony and Microsoft’s Trust Broken

Today: Lots of Christmas fun to be had in Pokémon Go — Nintendo announces a slew of new indie games for Switch — Kojima Productions promises exciting news in time for its 5th anniversary

CD Projekt RED admit being “too focused” on getting Cyberpunk 2077 out the door

Despite having delayed Cyberpunk 2077 for over six months, executives at CD Projekt RED admit that they let the pressure to release the game ‘compromise their values’.

Things haven’t gone to plan for CD Projekt RED

“…we as the Management Board were too focused on releasing the game. We underestimated the scale and complexity of the issues,” joint-CEO Adam Kicinski told investors. “It was the wrong approach and against our business philosophy.” He also admits that they promised the console versions would be fixed for release, which is why both Microsoft and Sony certified it for launch. 

Street cred: The company's reputation has taken a serious knock, and it will take time to regain the trust of their customers, which is “why our first steps are solely focused on regaining those two things.” The studio's first priority is to make sure the console versions of Cyberpunk 2077 live up to expectations, and the next fix should be out this week.

Too trusting: Problems with AI and NPC behaviour are treated as ‘general bugs’ and will be addressed along with other technical issues, according to joint-CEO Michal Nowakowski. You can read the full transcript on CD Projekt's website.

What was the name of Beam Software’s follow-up to Nightshade?

a) Eye of the Beholder
b) Shadowrun
c) Twilight 2000
d) Realms of Arkania: Star Trail

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.

Lose 100 matches for headgear of shame

Next Level Games’ Punch-Out!! for Wii rewarded you with special headgear if you lost 100 matches over the course of playing the game. It’s not just for show either – it actually reduces the damage you take while wearing it. Glass Joe wears the same headgear after you beat him, since that’s his hundredth loss.

This poor Frenchie gets handed his 100th loss by you

If you look around the World Circuit stadium, you should spot a familiar face: Donkey Kong is cheering you on from the audience! Other Nintendo characters were considered as fighters, including Princess Peach, but none made it in.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

The holidays are coming to Pokémon GO

The festive season is upon us, and that means holiday events in Pokémon Go, plus an extended opportunity to catch Zarude in Pokémon Sword & Shield.

Pokemon GO gets into the holiday spirit

Things are also happening with the Pokémon trading card game: Starting early next year, cards will bear a special tag indicating which of Urshifu's fighting styles they use, encouraging new tactics.

Pokémon GO

  • Holidays 2020 Event from December 22nd until December 31st
    • Winter-themed activities for Trainers
    • Vanillite, Vanillish and Vanilluxe appear
    • Costumed variants of Pikachu, Delibird and Cubchoo
    • Increased Ice-type Pokémon spawn rate in the wild
    • 5km Eggs: Seel, Swinub, Smoochum, Snorunt, Snover and Vanillite
    • Raids: Alolan Sandshrew, Dewgong, Jynx, Sneasel, Swinub, Walrein, Cubchoo, and Cryogonal
    • Mega Abomasnow to appear more with boosted power
    • Jynx with Shiny variant in wild
    • Winter avatar items: sweaters, earmuffs, boots and coat
    • Limited Stickers during event, open up to 45 gifts per day
    • Special bonuses that change every two days
  • Pokémon Secrets of the Jungle event until December 17th
    • Free Special Research to obtain Shiny Celebi
    • Increased spawn rate of Pokémon appearing in the movie, including Explorer Pikachu
    • Free costumes for Jessie & James, who return in Meowth Balloons

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Battle Villa available until December 29th
    • 5th Egg event with Fire, Rock and Bug-Types

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Extended opportunity for Zarude following distribution issues
    • Trainers in UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy eligible
    • Must sign-up for the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter by December 18th
    • European Trainers will receive the code in January

New Indie World Showcase from Nintendo

Nintendo's latest Indie World Showcase turns the spotlight towards upcoming indie games for Switch, including Among Us and both Spelunky games.

Another highlight reel of upcoming indie games for Switch

Showcase round-up

As we head into the end of the year, we're going to be giving away a PlayStation 5 to one lucky reader. The winner will be revealed in the Christmas eve issue of DailyBits.

Here’s the Giveaway Code for Week 51, which will allow you to gain more points: 5362

What was the name of Beam Software’s follow-up to Nightshade?

ANSWER: Shadowrun!

I heard 2077 runs poorly on older consoles, but this is ridiculous

Nintendo is adding Nightshade to the Switch Online NES library, which is a bit surprising since the game is pretty obscure – especially compared to its sequel Shadowrun for Super Nintendo. Shadowrun built on the lessons from Nightshade, and told the distinctly noir-tinged story of amnesiac Jake Armitage, who is trying to work out who he is and why people are trying to kill him.

The SNES version of Shadowrun was generally acclaimed, but didn’t sell particularly well and ended up as a cult classic. Jake Armitage wasn’t forgotten, though, and he turned up in Shadowrun Returns twenty years after the SNES game. Let’s hope the original will be remastered or re-released in the future!

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