Breath of the Wild 2 Progress, Rockstar’s open-world VR

TODAY: Someone set up Typing of the Dead the bomb and there’s only one thing to do — Looks like the Breath of the Wild sequel is just around the corner — No EVO Online this year, but COVID is not to blame this time

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AAA VR open-world title from Rockstar

Sidney-based developer Video Games Deluxe are working on a AAA VR game for Rockstar Games.

They are expanding their team, and have posted job listings for designers, animators, senior programmers and engine programmer. The Australian studio worked on The Getaway and L.A. Noire in the past, and recently developed the The V.R. Case Files for Rockstar.

Full conversion: Looks like Rockstar were impressed with the success of the partial L.A. Noire VR port, which brought a collection of cases from the original campaign to VR. It’s unclear whether the new project is a brand new game or a port.

New perspective: Video Games Deluxe isn’t a huge team, so it’s quite likely that they are working to bring another existing game to VR. Both Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 features first-person modes, so it’s not inconceivable that one of them could be getting the VR treatment.

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Which company owns Oculus VR?

  • Microsoft
  • Sony
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

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Daily Fact

Fight a flying brain monster with All Your Base Are Belong To Us references

Sega’s The Typing of the Dead was a version of arcade classic House of the Dead 2 that swapped light guns for keyboards and tasked you with quickly typing out words that appeared on the screen to defeat enemies.

Grindhouse-styled Wii title House of the Dead: Overkill also got the tappety-tap treatment and was released on Steam in 2013 as Typing of the Dead: Overkill, and featured the phrase Move ZIG during the Jasper boss fight, a reference to the famously badly translated Zero Wing for Mega Drive. But why no references to the even more hilariously translated House of the Dead 2?

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

This Week In Gaming

Quirky Japanese summer games

Catherine: Full Body arrives on Switch just ahead of Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise, but if you’d rather just drive around a track there’s also F1 2020 and NASCAR Heat 5.

Tuesday – July 07th

  • Catherine: Full Body launches for Switch
  • Superliminal launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch

Thursday – July 09th

  • CrossCode launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch

Friday – July 10th

  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 launches for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch
  • Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise launches for Switch
  • F1 2020 launches for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Stadia
  • NASCAR Heat 5 launches for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris launches for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Breath of the Wild 2 Development

Spanish localization Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel is complete

Two Spanish voice actors claim that they have just finished work on the sequel to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo has kept very quiet about the inevitable sequel, but actors Marc Navarro and Nerea Alfonso – who voiced Revali and Zelda – let slip a few details in a recent podcast.

That’s a wrap: Their work on the Spanish localization is apparently complete, and they added that they were unsure about whether they should really talk about that. That suggests that most of the work on the game is done, since there will presumably not be any changes to the game content after it has been localized, and that it will release in the not-too-distant future.

Sequel silence: The sequel has no official title, although it was announced in June last year. Fingers crossed for co-op!

What Else Happened Today?

Esports Bits

EVO Online 2020 has been cancelled

The world’s largest online fighting game tournament has been cancelled after EVO’s CEO Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar was accused of sexual harassment. Within 24 hours after the allegations surfaced, most of the tournament’s partners – including Capcom, Bandai Namco and Netherrealm – had pulled out of the tournament.

EVO has responded and replacing Joey Ceullar with Tony Cannon, a long-time member of the fighting game community. The cancellation was seemingly caused by the event partners pulling their games from the competition – without their permission, EVO can simply not take place.

Call of Duty playoffs will be held online

Activision has announced that the Call of Duty League Playoffs will be an online event. As the number COVID-19 cases in many US states appear to be rising again, Activision is unwilling to host a LAN event.

Activision will be providing participants with a camera rig that will monitor competitors’ consoles, controllers and monitors to prevent cheating. The prize pool is currently $3 million, making this the biggest Call of Duty tournament ever.

Overwatch match halted by brush fires

The San Francisco Shock and Washington Justice Overwatch League playoff game between the this weekend ran into a hitch when the entire San Francisco Shock team – including the coaches – were disconnected after winning the two first matches.

The entire team went off the grid at a pivotal moment in the match, and the team was not able to reconnect for half an hour. No reason was given for the disconnect, although the Los Angeles Fire Department reported a brush fire involving electrical wires. San Fransisco Shock won the set 3-0 after the final match was restarted.

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which company owns Oculus VR?

Answer: Facebook!

Oculus has come a very long way in a surprisingly short amount of time.

It all started with a Kickstarter in 2012, where founder Palmer Luckey’s VR headset design raised over two million dollars against a $250,000 goal. Two years later, the company was acquired by Facebook for no less than $2 billion before becoming the Facebook Technologies division in 2018.

While Kickstarter backers received the first dev kit in 2013, but the first commercial VR headset was not released until 2016. The Oculus Rift CV1 was recently discontinued in favour of the Oculus Rift S, after arguably ushering in a new golden age of VR.

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