#107: BlizzCon Gearing Up For Overwatch 2

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ESPN scoops Overwatch 2 announcement ahead of BlizzCon

While not exactly the number-one destination for gaming news, ESPN has just managed to ruin one of Blizzard’s major surprises for BlizzCon: Overwatch 2.

According to a ‘training document’ obtained by ESPN, Overwatch 2 will feature a story-driven campaign, which includes a “four-player story experience set in Rio de Janeiro” and features “Hero talents and in-game items”. The original game is a strictly multiplayer affair, with a few animated shorts providing narrative framing.

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According to the leak, the sequel will introduce a new multiplayer mode named Push, there will be at least one new hero and both the campaign and the new game mode should be playable at BlizzCon.

This fits with reports that (another!) StarCraft first-person shooter was cancelled to allow Blizzard to focus on Overwatch 2 and hotly-anticipated Diablo IV. Overwatch launched to considerable acclaim in 2016, and now it looks like Blizzard is ready to properly flesh out its world, characters and story.

BlizzCon takes place from October 31st to November 3rd.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which of these Infected from Left 4 Dead were NOT in the original game?

  • Smoker
  • Witch
  • Spitter
  • Hunter

The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!

News Bits

The 13th Doll is a fan-made sequel to The 7th Guest, arrives on Halloween

Sometimes fans decide that an old game needs a sequel and start making their own. In this case, The 7th Guest from Trilobyte got the community treatment, and the result is The 13th Doll which has turned into a proper product that will hit Steam on October 31st courtesy of Attic Door Productions. Expect plenty of brain-teasing logic puzzles as you try to survive a return to Henry Stauf’s terrifying mansion.

Hunt begins for fresh talent at Square Enix for next Kingdom Hearts

Square Enix Osaka needs more people as they start ramping up development of the next installment in the mega-confusing Kingdom Hearts series. For now, they’re looking for a UI Designer, an Effect Designer and a Technical Artist. Square Enix hasn’t announced any new Kingdom Hearts title, but judging by the job listings, this one is built using Unreal Engine 4 and will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Halloween Special

The Best Games to play on Halloween!

This week is Halloween, the annual excuse to scare yourself silly! While you could amuse yourself with horror movies, TV shows, or escape rooms, true aficionados of terror know that games offer the most immersive horror experiences. Let’s check out a few of the best Halloween scares!

Layers of Fear

While it’s nearly impossible to play the terrifying Silent Hills P.T. demo these days, Layers of Fear offers the next best choice. The first game from the team behind the more recent Blair Witch, Layers of Fear offers a first-person exploration of madness, and clever jump-scares a-plenty. Developer Bloober Team is a master of subverting expectations, leading to some true jump-out-of-your-seat moments. Make sure you play it in the dark!

Resident Evil 2: Remake

Arguably the best Resident Evil game and one of the best games of 2019, the remake of Resident Evil 2 incorporates everything great about the series – except boulder punching. Most importantly, it’s scary as hell. Resident Evil 2 Remake makes zombies scary once more, by making them tough and threatening rather than stupid cannon fodder – and they’re practically harmless compared to the Lickers and sentient plants. And let’s not forget Mr X, the trenchcoat-clad Tyrant-alike who stalks you relentlessly in a terrifying cat-and-mouse game.

Visage

Just what you want for Halloween: Another P.T.-like first-person horror game in a dark creepy house with a terrifying ghost girl hunting you! Visage features a contemporary setting, inside a huge haunted house full of puzzles where you’re constantly pursued by a creepy spectre who keeps on blowing the lights out. Even better: Visage was updated with a whole new free 4-6 hour chapter earlier this year. Twice the terror! Can your heart take it?

Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion

This one’s free, and looks like it’s been built in Minecraft or the original Doom. It’s also enormously deceptive. The goal, presented to you by the cute anime ghost Miss Spooky, is to get through 1000 rooms of her mansion. After you breeze through 100 rooms with nothing but cartoon pop-up spiders to threaten you, you’ll be forgiven for thinking there’s nothing to worry about. But you’ll be wrong. Suddenly the music changes and the game takes a turn into pure terror as horrifying creatures begin hunting you, even across rooms. We won’t spoil any more, but trust us – this is one scary game you don’t want to miss.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

No offence to Resident Evil, but for the longest time, horror games were all about shooting punctuated by the occasional jump-scare. Amnesia: The Dark Descent led the revolution that changed all that and made horror games about being alone and defenseless in the dark. Amnesia is one of the the finest examples, thanks to some clever mechanics: You can’t look directly at monsters, and you can’t stay in the dark too long either, or you die … but if you don’t keep an eye on the monsters and carry a lit torch all the time, they’ll get you easily! A really clever game – and definitely the one with the best invisible monster.

Trivia Murder Party

Enough being scared alone in the dark, Halloween is also a time for parties and being scared together! Jackbox’s Trivia Murder Party is the perfect Halloween party game: A trivia game where the goal is to get the most points, but with a twist – fail a question and you can be murdered! Eventually it comes down to one survivor and multiple ghosts who hunt the survivor and try to use their trivia knowledge to resurrect themselves and escape the Murder Party! An unforgettable quiz night.

Left 4 Dead 2

Then again, if you’ve only got friends online, you can’t beat a classic piece of co-op zombie slaying. Valve’s Left 4 Dead games are the definitive co-op experiences, and thanks to clever AI work they always feel like a fresh challenge. If you’ve already played the campaign to death, get another four friends and attempt some Versus. Freak each other out this Halloween! What could be more appropriate?

The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan

A neat combination of pretty much every game on this list, Man of Medan is the first game in The Dark Pictures anthology series from Until Dawn creators Supermassive. A group of friends tick off a bunch of angry fishermen, and then the whole lot get stuck on a haunted ship. You can either play the story alone, with a friend online (and neither of you can see what the other’s doing!), or with a party of people around the same screen! Whatever Halloween terror you’re after, Man of Medan provides. But will all of you escape alive?

Daily Fact

Saints Row IV was first game in Australia refused the new R18+ rating

Volition Inc.’s crazy sandbox action adventure Saints Row IV — where you’re literally the President of the United States and leader of the Saints gang — was the first ever video game title in Australia to be refused the newly introduced R18+ classification. It was deemed far too naughty and corrupting.

Until R18+ came along following the successful ‘Grow Up Australia’ campaign the highest ratings classification Down Under was MA15+, which led to some significant censorship of games if they ever wanted to go on sale. The Australian ban on real-life drugs in games is credited for some of Bethesda Softworks’ oddly named drugs in the Fallout series.

Daily News

Sony pulled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from PlayStation Store in Russia

Wondering why Sony pulled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from the Russian PlayStation Store? It’s because Russia is cast as quite the villain – even more so than before.

Now that the game is out, it’s easy to see why Sony might have wanted to avoid any controversy, despite the game being both fictional and very bombastic. The new Modern Warfare attempts to tackle the darkness of war in a much starker way than before, and it’s not exactly surprising that it might make media executives a bit nervous.

The game’s removal was announced on October 22

The game’s campaign portrays a horrific atrocity committed in the fictional nation Urzikistan, where Russian forces massacre civilians. The event is inspired by crimes committed by the Soviet Union during its occupation of Afghanistan, but also the United States’ attack on Kuwait’s Highway 80 during the first Gulf War, where unarmed and surrendering soldiers were slaughtered alongside civilians.

The Modern Warfare reboot isn’t shy about the barbarism of war, and the series is no stranger to controversy in Russia: Modern Warfare 2 infamously featured the mission ‘No Russian’ where the player participates first-hand in a terrorist attack on an airport.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launched for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last week.

Microsoft expanding Xbox All Access to US, UK and Australia

Microsoft has decided to try a new tactic in the console war: A smartphone-like contract called Xbox All Access, which lets you buy hardware without the big upfront cost.

You enter into a 24 month long contract with a monthly fee starting at $19.99/£17.99 that entitles you to a Xbox One hardware and an Ultimate Game Pass subscription, which features Xbox Live Gold multiplayer access and a library of Xbox and PC games available for as long as you remain a subscriber.

Time limited offer for Scarlett upgrades ready for 2020 launch

A pilot scheme operated in the US appears to have been successful, so Microsoft is rolling out the service across the US, UK and Australia. If you sign up this year, you’ll get the chance to upgrade when the next Xbox – currently going by the name Project Scarlett – arrives in the holiday season of 2020.

“…the price you pay per month is dependent upon which console you choose and saves players over $100 dollars compared to purchasing everything separately,” according to the official Xbox blog. Access launches in Australia first on October 29th through Telstra, in the UK on November 5th through GAME and finally in the US on November 18th through Amazon.

News Bits

Kojima Productions announces Death Stranding for PC by Summer 2020

Kojima Productions has announced that Death Stranding will launch on PC “in early summer of 2020!!” The PC version will be published by 505 Games while the PlayStation 4 version will be published by Sony on November 8th.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 review round-up

Luigi’s spooky adventures continue in Luigi’s Mansion 3 for Switch on October 31st. How spooked are the critics?

  • VGC (Score 5/5) – ”Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a stunning, spooky adventure that puts its hero, and the game’s Canadian developer, firmly on the map. Mario may hog the spotlight, but this Christmas’s best Switch adventure belongs to his little brother.”
  • GamesBeat (Score 92/100) – ”This is a huge step up for a franchise that has always been enjoyable but never felt special. Well, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is special.”
  • Nintendo Enthusiast (Score 9/10) – ”Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a fantastic evolution for the series. Its significantly longer campaign, slew of multiplayer options, and more varied gameplay distinguish it from the more arcadey, speedrun-friendly original to a point that direct comparison is challenging, but Luigi’s Mansion 3 is an obvious step up from Dark Moon, which was already a great game in its own right. The hotel adventure is amazing and the ScareScraper is addictive enough to add hours of gameplay. Series fans have a fantastic sequel to look forward to, and newcomers should take Luigi’s Mansion 3 as an opportunity to jump into one of Nintendo’s most unique franchises while it is firing on all cylinders.”
  • TheSixthAxis (Score 9/10) – ”With a lot of gameplay enhancements from previous iterations, a gorgeously rendered game world, and a whole host more besides, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is easily the apex of the franchise. The sheer amount to see and do, along with the amount of adorable details, make this game a wonderful experience and one I would recommend. Sucking at games has (rarely) felt this good.”
  • GamesRadar+ (Score 4.5/5) – ”Luigi’s Mansion 3 takes you on a memorable spooky adventure packed full of creative puzzles, fantastic level designs, and oodles of charm.”
  • Nintendo Life (Score 9/10) – ”Luigi’s Mansion 3 is not only a graphical powerhouse and showcase for Next Level Games’ unrivalled mastery of video game animation, it’s also an immense helping of spooky fun as well. The amount of care and consideration poured into every facet of the game is abundantly clear, and it all results in one of the most enjoyable and attractive Switch titles of the year. It’s also the undisputed high point of a franchise which – following this sterling release – will hopefully get even more love and attention from Nintendo fandom, and the gaming community as a whole.”
  • CGMagazine (Score 9/10) – ”Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a graveyard smash you don’t want to miss.”
  • Destructoid (Score 9/10) – ”There is no better example of the boundless creativity of their collaboration than Luigi’s Mansion 3.”
  • Game Informer (Score 8.5/10) – ”Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a fun ghost-hunting adventure regardless of your experience with the franchise.”
  • IGN (Score 8.3/10) – ”Luigi’s Mansion 3 is so fun, charming, and smartly designed that I hope we get more than three of these every 20 years.”

Weekly Giveaway

Anthill on Nintendo Switch

This week’s DailyBits giveaway is a cute strategy game for Switch, which is 100% handheld! We are giving away 5 codes for Anthill, a tower defence-style strategy game – with the twist being that you’re also directing your ants to retrieve the dead bodies of enemies for dinner! The Switch version features all DLC, and can only be played in handheld mode.

All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is to follow Dailybits on Twitter or Facebook. We will choose five random followers over the course of the week, and each will receive a code for Anthill on Switch! It couldn’t be any easier.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which of these Infected from Left 4 Dead were NOT in the original game?

Answer: Spitter!

It’s Halloween, so we’re having a spooooooky week at Dailybits! Left 4 Dead launched in 2008 with five Special Infected: Boomer, Smoker, Hunter, Tank, and Witch. Left 4 Dead 2 launched only a year later and added a few extra in order to disrupt some of the strategies advanced players clung to in the first game.

During a zombie horde attack, players often hunker down in one area to fight them off – the Spitter gently discourages that by hocking up a pool of acid. Players feel safest when they stick together and stay away from dangerous areas, so both the Charger and the Jockey force unwary survivors away from the group, spectacularly so in the case of the Charger. The Wandering Witch makes the once-stationary death-machine far more difficult to avoid. Just imagine what Left 4 Dead 3 will be like when that shows up… it will, right?

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