Assassin’s Creed evolving into a live service franchise?

Today: French publisher Nacon has a strong line-up of games coming — The critics have appraised Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin — Got $110,000 lying around? Why not spend it on a rare videogame?

Assassin’s Creed Infinity is an evolving live service game

All of history is a playground for Assassin's Creed

Bloomberg has revealed details about Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed Infinity, a neck-stabbing, roof-climbing, conspiracy-theorizing live service game.

Assassin's Creed Infinity is still in early development, and is in development at Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Quebec, in what Ubisoft calls a “collaborative, cross-studio structure”.

Assassin's evolution: “We profoundly believe this is an opportunity for one of Ubisoft’s most beloved franchises to evolve in a more integrated and collaborative manner that’s less cantered on studios” according to Ubisoft.

Animus online: Ubisoft hasn't officially announced that Assassin's Creed Infinity is a live service, but Bloomberg suggests it will be managed much like Fortnite or GTA Online, expanding and evolving over time with new events and content.

What record did Dog’s Life earn?

a) Best Selling Dog-Based Game
b) Worst Selling PS2 Game 
c) Most Voiceovers by a Single Person 
d) Most Dogs in a Video Game

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.

Not enough booty to be worth piratin’

BioWare was making Mass Effect: Corsair for 3DS, but the project hit the can since it was simply too expensive compared to the sales projections.

Mass Effect often has you fighting pirate bands

EA expected about 50,000 sales and each cartridge would cost $10.50, so the bean counters put the foot down. Corsair was apparently a cross between Privateer and Star Control, and would have focused on space pirates.

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

NACON Connect 2021 showcase

Games and hardware from publisher Nacon

French publisher Nacon just aired their showcase stream NACON Connect on YouTube and Twitch, revealing the latest trailers for their upcoming games. Three games were announced, and Nacon also showed off some of the console peripheral hardware it is developing.

Highlights

Monster Hunter Stories 2 review round-up

Monster Hunter Stories is more ‘traditional JRPG’

Capcom is unleashing Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin for PC and Switch this week, taking us on an adventure with a descendant of the legendary Rider named Red. Wings of Ruin is a JRPG interpretation of the series that supports local and online co-op, and the critics have hauled some reviews back from their hunting trips.

Critic scores

  • God is a Geek (Score 9.5/10) – ”Monster Hunter Stories 2 is a fantastic adventure filled to the brim with challenge, heart, and – most importantly – monsters.”
  • Siliconera (Score 9/10) – ”Monster Hunter Stories 2 is not only a friendly way to ease into an otherwise imposing series. It’s also an example of a developer improving upon every flaw from the original game. The result is a game that is one of the best I’ve played so far in 2021.”
  • IGN (Score 8/10) – ”Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is a beautifully presented JRPG with a plethora of fun things to do and deep systems I happily got lost in – but a few issues leave it short of being flawless.”
  • Nintendo Life (Score 8/10) – ”…It's full of charm and boasts depth that can immerse the committed or be dabbled with by those eager to simply experience the story. As a blend of Monster Hunter with a traditional RPG approach it's an accomplished effort, and offers the sort of meaty experience that'll keep most players busy for weeks…”
  • TheSixthAxis (Score 8/10) – ”Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is a great JRPG that blends the spirit of Monster Hunter with turn-based combat and exploration. The central story is good, but it's the loot loop and party building that really draws you in…”
  • VGC (Score 4/5) – ”Monster Hunter Stories 2 is a solid and thoroughly entertaining turn-based RPG. As long as you can put up with some bad jokes and relatively low difficulty, there's a lot of fun to be had here.”
  • Destructoid (Score 7.5/10) – ”What Monster Hunter Stories as a whole truly offers is an expansive look into the Monster Hunter universe through a more welcoming lens.”
  • Twinfinite (Score 3.5/5) – ”Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will serve as a great game for welcoming series newcomers into this vast and vibrant universe, but it might not be your cup of tea if you're already invested in the mainline series.”

We’ve got 5 Switch codes for Foodtruck Arena to give out this week

Foodtruck Arena is out now on PC and Nintendo Switch

Foodtruck Arena is out now on Switch and Steam, mixing sports and food in unexpected ways – think Rocket League but with a tomato. Play dastardly tricks on your opponents to win, and enter into our giveaway to enjoy the game for free.

"Take part in an unforgettable tournament, battle against formidable opponents, discover new recipes, and finally, climb to the top of the culinary world"

What record did Dog’s Life earn?

All those voices for a dog game.

ANSWER: Most Voiceovers by a Single Person!

Dog's Life is an oddball PlayStation 2 game by Frontier Developments from the years before they reinvented themselves as a management sim powerhouse. You play as a dog saving other dogs from being made into cat food, using your sense of smell and other dog powers to navigate the human world. But why would the Guinness Book of World Records care about it?

According to the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition from 2009, Dog's Life features the greatest number of voiceovers from a single person. The voice actor Kerry Shale voices no less than 32 separate characters in the game, and while it's not clear that the record would still hold in 2021, it is still an impressive feat.

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