Are Your Sims Peeing Fire, Who is Directing FFXVI?

TODAY: What’s the spookiest enemy in Resident Evil? Zombies? Spiders? Or … bats? — The Outer Worlds for Switch was well worth waiting for — The latest Sims 4 patch introduced an unfortunate medical condition

Top Story

Yoshida sticks with Final Fantasy XIV

No, Naoki Yoshida – who currently serves as director of MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV – will not be at the helm of Final Fantasy XVI.

Fans asked Yoshida-san if would direct the next major Final Fantasy game, but his reply was dismissive: “Ah, looks like some kind of big fake news came out,” he responded. “I’ll say it clearly – it’s annoying.”

Tiring speculation: “I’m still going to continue being in charge of FF14 for more years to come (as long as I don’t die from sickness or accident),” he continued, “So please ignore any non-official announcements. It’s so bothersome.” Naoki Yoshida has been in charge of Final Fantasy XIV since the MMO was rebooted and relaunched as A Realm Reborn.

New core project: The rumours began in November 2019 as the Square-Enix’s Business Division – which Yoshida-san works for – revealed they had started a “new core project” and had “already completed its initial development,”. Fans naturally suspects this is a new Final Fantasy, but Naoki Yoshida won’t be directing it.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which game did the legendary Konami code first appear in?

  • Frogger
  • Contra
  • Gradius
  • Metal Gear

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

Resident Evil Zero paid homage to Jim Carrey’s greatest artistic effort

Resident Evil Zero for GameCube featured two achievements that the world’s greatest (and perhaps only) pet detective would find deeply uncomfortable thanks to his highly pronounced chiroptophobia, or fear of bats.

While exploring the church in Resident Evil Zero, you are attacked by bats and you can earn two achievements by killing 16 of the winged terrors as well as the infected bat: “Winged Spawn of Satan” and “Die, Devil Bird!”, both are lines from Ace Venture: When Nature Calls.

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

The Outer Worlds Switch Review

Exploring Halcyon on the Go

The Outer Worlds made a bit of a splash last year, and now it is finally coming to Switch courtesy of porting studio Virtuos. Ports of ambitious games from high-end to low-end platforms are always a bit of a toss-up: Either it works out like Doom or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, or … you end up like Vampyr. How does Obsidian’s future frontier adventure fare?

The Outer Worlds is set in a distant future where corporations own everything. Your mission is to help Dr. Phineas Wells bring the great minds frozen aboard the starship Hope out of cryogenic sleep. Or you could sabotage his efforts, if you want. This is an Obsidian game, and that means the choice is yours.

The game is fairly lighthearted despite its dystopian trappings: It’s a Flash Gordon-esque pulp sci-fi with a Western twist. It’s also rather similar to the first-person Fallout games, but is more outright comedic and puts much more emphasis on storytelling and, above all, companions. The cast is wide and varied, from the sweet and somewhat naive Parvati to the hard-drinking Nyoka and the mischievous Felix.

The best point of reference is Fallout: New Vegas. The Outer Worlds is all about factions, quests and combat – and there’s even a spin on Fallout’s VATS system: Tactical Time Dilation. The combat is functional if not spectacular, but exploration and particularly conversation are the game’s strongest suits.

It’s not a gigantic game, but it’s very replayable with its branching story and expressive progress system. The Outer Worlds doesn’t waste your time, but has lots of optional content if you want to go off the beaten path. The game’s relatively small scale has probably helped the port too: while the graphics are not as sharp as on the stronger consoles, it runs pretty smoothly even in handheld mode. There can be slowdown during big battles, but it’s not a big issue.

The Outer Worlds on Switch isn’t quite as impressive as its big brothers on PC and high-end consoles, but it’s a funny and well-crafted game that doesn’t outlast its welcome. It’s got an interesting world, loveable characters and choices that matter – and that makes it one of the best RPGs on Switch. If you’re looking for a new world to hold in your hands, look no further.

Score: 9/10

Thumbs up

  • Engaging world
  • Well worth playing more than once
  • Wonderful writing and characters

Thumbs down

  • Slowdown during busy fights
  • Occasional pop-in
  • The ending doesn’t live up to the strong opening

Konami Targeting Indies

Konami goes west looking for indies

Konami is looking west with a new publishing initiative aiming to bolster their portfolio, and they are interested in indie projects.

“The drive is towards publishing more titles from Western studios,” said Konami’s Richard Jones, senior European brand and business development manager. “So the focus for the European team is domestic audiences.” Konami wants “Western titles for Western audiences.”

Creative ambition: Their first project is Skelattack by Californian developer Ukuza. “I think one of the reasons we’re looking to those types of smaller teams is just that there’s so much creativity out there with those guys – you know, teams working on small but ambitious titles,” said Jones.

Size doesn’t matter: That doesn’t mean Konami is only interested in indie teams and games: “The criteria we’re looking for really is similar across all new IP regardless of size.” Their goal is to pursue “fresh ideas, and teams that are pushing existing genres in new ways, or coming up with something genuinely unique.”

Sims 4 Fire Trouble

A burning sensation in The Sims 4

The Sims 4 has had a bit of trouble in the latest update before the Eco Lifestyle Expansion Pack.

Many players can’t load their save games while others are reporting crashes after installing the update. More bizarrely, it seems many Sims are suffering some kind of medical ailment, as they pee fire into the toilet.

Mod troubles: The Sims 4’s mod support may be its greatest strength, but it is also very vulnerable to bugs and changes introduced by patches and updates. The latest update introduced major changes to core game systems, which probably explains the save game issues.

Patch notes: Inventories have been overhauled, doors and windows can be freely placed, ladders have been added along with a new bill system, firefighters and repossession agents. All the changes are listed in the official update notes.

What Else Happened Today?

Together with Brave

Brave Browser rewards you for surfing

Maybe your internet connection is fast, but what about your browser? Ads chew away at your bandwidth, not to mention all the tracking cookies snooping on your online habits.

The Brave Browser is built from the ground up for speed, privacy and providing an ad-free Internet. Brendan Eich is behind the project, who founded Firefox and invented Javascript, and It’s completely free to use for Windows, macOS, Linux and mobile.

You can opt-in for ads that respect your privacy, and even earn rewards. It’s quick and easy to use, featuring the same comforts and conveniences you expect from a modern browser, including built-in support for Tor onion-routing, which offers true anonymity.

If you give Brave Browser a go via our link DailyBits earns a small commission, so you’ll be helping us too!

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which game did the legendary Konami code first appear in?

Answer: Gradius!

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start. A simple combination, but it has grown into something legendary over the last three decades.

The classic Konami code was actually meant to help developers rather than players: Kazuhisa Hashimoto added it to the NES version of Gradius to make it easier to test. It gave you most of the game’s power-ups, making the game a lot more manageable.

According to Hashimoto, he just wanted the code to be easy to remember and simple to key in. While the Konami code first appeared in Gradius, Contra made it famous. If you entered the magical combination, you were rewarded with 30 extra lives, which made the struggle against the aliens a bit more manageable. What’s your favorite Konami code game?

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