Avalanche’s Harry Potter RPG, Fantasy Creatures from Cyberspace?

TODAY: Cyberpunk 2077 will support every possible play style – even stupid ones — Neo-retro FPS Project Warlock is out for consoles this week — Not even COVID-19 can stop the BLAST Premier Spring Final

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Avalanche’s Harry Potter RPG is named Hogwarts: A Dark Legacy

A source claiming to work in marketing for Warner Bros has leaked a bunch of information about the Harry Potter RPG rumoured to be under development at Avalanche Software.

The game is apparently called Hogwarts: A Dark Legacy and will not be directly Harry Potter branded. The story takes place after the conclusion of the Harry Potter books, and will follow a Hogwarts student from 5th grade to graduation.

According to the leaker, the game will feature:

  • Full customization of a male or female muggle, half-blood or pure-blood
  • Character creation determines which house you are assigned to
  • Each Hogwarts House features a unique line of story quests
  • You can’t side with the villain, but your decisions can have consequences including the deaths of major characters
  • The villain is a former Death Eater, and Harry Potter’s children have already left Hogwarts
  • Harry Potter and other notable characters will make appearances
  • The skill tree will have five major branches and includes a morality system
  • Slow-burn story that builds to major conflicts and events
  • Features an elaboration on the Nemesis system from Shadow of Mordor
  • Emphasis on exploration from major hubs including Hogwarts, Hogsmead and The Ministry
  • Dark tone, not made for children; developer expects T or M rating
  • Minigames include Quidditch and a Gwent-like card game, plus House points
  • Romance plots complete with marriage if love interest survives the story

Trailer and gameplay footage will apparently be shown before August, and the game is supposedly scheduled for release in June 2021. All the leaks remain – surprise, surprise – unconfirmed by either developer or publisher.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Who wrote the music for the first five Harry Potter games?

  • Jeremy Soule
  • John Williams
  • Bear McCreary
  • Ramin Djawadi

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

Virtua Fighter started as a team sport

Virtua Fighter actually started out as a sports game, building on experiments with human models in Virtua Racing. The problem was that the arcade hardware at the time couldn’t handle an entire team rendered in 3D.

The developers ditched the teams, and decided to focus on just two characters at a time, which made the fighting game genre a natural choice. The fighter Dural was created to show off the 3D rendering technology, and was named after the villain Duke Duralumin from the manga Princess Knight.

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

Cyberpunk 2077 News

CD Projekt RED tries to predict the stupidest things players can do

Designers at CD Projekt RED are doing their best to predict every move you might make in Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City, to make sure the show goes on even if the player is an idiot.

According to interviews with the German magazine GameStar, the difference in complexity between The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 is on par with the leap from the second to the third Witcher game.

Highlights of the podcast:

  • Three times as many ways to complete missions as in The Witcher 3, including the idiot way
  • The Witcher 3 DLCs were attempts to widen the range of solutions for quests as The Witcher was too repetitive
  • Every NPC in Night City will have its own routine
  • No rules or guidelines for mission design: If it’s fun to play, the team will keep and expand it
  • Dev team keep replaying missions over and over to find bugs
  • CD Projekt RED sent 700 workstations to developers working from home
  • You can summon fantasy creatures from cyberspace to attack people

The team is particularly happy that no-one leaked Keanu Reeves’ involvement before the big unveiling at E3 2019. They’re also keen to point out that the melee combat system shown last year has been overhauled since then. Cyberpunk 2077 launches for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in September.

This Week In Gaming

A classic JRPG and a neo-retro FPS

JRPG fans can look forward to the PlayStation 4 version of Ys: Memories of Celceta coming to North America, while rebooted fighting game Samurai Shodown comes to PC. The highlight appears to be retro-styled first-person shooter Project Warlock launching for consoles.

Tuesday – June 09

  • Project Warlock launches for PlayStation 4
  • Ys: Memories of Celceta launches for PlayStation 4 (NA)

Thursday – June 11

  • Project Warlock launches for Switch
  • Samurai Shodown launches for PC

Friday – June 12

  • Project Warlock launches for Xbox One

Esports Bits

Hiko joins 100 Thieves’s Valorant team

Former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Spencer “Hiko” Martin has signed on as 100 Thieves’ first Valorant player, and will help build the rest of the team.

Hiko established himself as one of the top North American players playing for great teams like Team Liquid and Cloud9, and will now lead the 100 Thieves Valorant squad as team captain. “My goal with 100 Thieves is to bring as many championships and as many trophies as I can to this organization,” he said in the team’s announcement video.

100 Thieves already have League of Legends, Fortnite and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams.

Uzi retires from League of Legends

Jian “Uzi” Zihao has decided to retire from League of Legends at age 23, citing health concerns. Uzi’s health problems have been public knowledge for some time, ever since he first expressed concerns back in 2015.

His former team, Royal Never Give Up said: “Due to injuries accumulated over 8 years of high-intensity training, at the suggestion of medical professionals, Uzi was advised to rest during the 2020 LPL spring split. After spring a decision was made and we understood and respected his wishes, and will continue to assist him.”

Uzi will be remembered as one of the greatest bot laners in League of Legends history.

The BLAST Spring Finals are over

An exciting weekend of competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive qualified Furia Esports, MIBR, Evil Geniuses and Team Vitality for the BLAST Premier Spring Final where they will compete for $750,000.

Unfortunately, the twelve qualifying teams won’t be facing each other in person since travel and event restrictions are still in place, so the BLAST Premier Spring Final will be regionalised to ensure competing teams have low-latency network connections.

You can watch the Spring Final matches on BLAST’s website from June 15th to June 21st.

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Who wrote the music for the first five Harry Potter games?

Answer: Jeremy Soule!

Jeremy Soule’s big breakthrough was Morrowind, but it was neither his first nor last defining work.

This quiz, however, focuses on his work on the Harry Potter video games. Jeremy Soule has been described as John Williams of videogames, and the Harry Potter game scores are great examples of this – it probably helps that Williams composed the movie scores.

Soule’s first Harry Potter game was Philosopher’s Stone, and he stuck with the series all the way to The Goblet of Fire. Like the film scores, the game soundtracks got increasingly grandiose and dark as the series progressed. The Harry Potter games are maybe not particularly memorable for their gameplay, but they’re still great examples of Jeremy Soule’s work.

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