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TODAY: Looks like PlayStation 5 will target 8k output as well — Can Nioh 2 wrest the ninja brawler throne from Sekiro? — Former Brazilian Esports pro blames ex-husband after being sentenced to 116 years in prison

Harry Potter RPG

Avalanche Software’s Harry Potter game to be revealed soon

WB Games Avalanche (the one in Utah, not Sweden) is supposedly about to reveal their new AAA title, judging by a recent job listing.

The game is rumoured to be a Harry Potter RPG that first leaked into public view in 2018. Except for the snippets of character customization and gameplay from the leaked footage, there is no information about the game.

  • WB Games bought Avalanche from Disney in 2017
  • Avalanche’s last game was Cars 3: Driven to Win from 2017
  • The new game is built using Unreal Engine 4

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which CD-based console featured games with Nintendo characters?

  • The Phillips CD-i
  • The 3DO
  • The Sega Saturn
  • The Atari Jaguar CD

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

Cyberpunk wasn’t always high-tech

CD Projekt Red has become a household name thanks to the Witcher series, and while their next game remains an RPG it has quite a different pedigree.

Cyberpunk 2077 is based on the classic 1988 pen-and-paper role-playing game Cyberpunk 2020, written by Michael Pondsmith and published by R Talsorian Games. Cyberpunk 2077 is set 57 years later, and features the digital ghost of Johnny Silverhand, a character from Cyberpunk 2020.

The term Cyberpunk was originally invented by Bruce Bethke for a 1980 short story, and came to describe a sub-genre of science-fiction that explores the impact of digitization, computer network and posthumanism on capitalist society.

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PS5 Hi-Res

Impressive textures on PlayStation 5

The developers behind upcoming first-person thriller Martha is Dead are excited about the PlayStation 5’s ludicrously high-resolution output.

LKA’s head of studio Luco Dalco talked to Official PlayStation Magazine UK about the new capabilities and explained how they will improve their next game.

”We worked a lot in order to use the highest-resolution textures as possible also on PS4,” said Dalco. “PS5 will allow us to use an incredible Texel density, up to 4096px/m – that means the visual will be fully detailed also in higher resolutions. It’s one of the most important advances in visual capacity that we were waiting for.”

  • PlayStation 5 is rumoured to support 8k output
  • LKA’s last game was the adventure The Town of Light from 2016

Photorealism ahoy: “PS5’s specifications are incredibly exciting – particularly for us is the additional graphical power and inclusion of ray-tracing architecture. Our studio has come a long way over four years and Martha Is Dead will strive for photorealism.”

No release date yet: LKA has yet to announce a release date for Martha is Dead, but you can always wishlist the game to get notified.

This Week In Gaming

Ninjas and Metroidvanias greet spring

Spring is in the air, and new games are starting to bloom as the winter finally draws to a close. The biggest news is Ori and the Will of the Wisps – sequel to the 2015 surprise hit Ori and the Blind Forest – and Team Ninja’s Nioh 2, reportedly a worthy opponent for From Software’s Sekiro.

Monday – March 09

  • Destiny 2: Season of the Worthy launches for PC, PS4 and Xbox One
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Harrowstorm DLC launches for PS4 and Xbox One

Tuesday – March 10

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps launches for PC and Xbox One

Friday – March 13

  • Nioh 2 launches for PS4

What Else Happened Today?

  • Call of Duty: Warzone will feature up to 150 players when it launches tomorrow at 12PM PDT, free for everyone, regardless of whether you own Modern Warfare.
  • The Nintendo PlayStation prototype – one of very few in existence – fetched $360,000 at an auction when it was sold to the owner of Pets.com
  • Cyberpunk 2077’s leading lady has become the face of the game’s reversible box art. CD Projekt RED just posted a shot of Miss V on Twitter yesterday
  • Amnesia is reborn, in a brand-new follow-up to the 2010 survival horror game Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Rebirth is launching on PC and PlayStation 4 later this year
  • New Gigantamax Pokémon have been introduced to Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Wild Area event, while the old Pokémon have been removed
  • COVID-19 causes Minecraft Festival delays. Mojang has confirmed the Minecraft Live event will still take place, but no date has been announced yet

Esports Bits

Brazillian CSGO player sentenced to 116 years in prison for larceny

Professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Shay Victoria, also known as shAay, has been sentenced to 116 years in prison over her partnership with a company that scammed more than 100 customers.

She commented on the situation on Instagram, explaining that she will not go to prison as her ex-husband is to blame for the situation. She will challenge the verdict with the goal of overturning the sentence by proving she was not part of the scam.

The League of Legends Championship Series takes coronavirus precautions

LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley has issued a statement about the COVID-19 precautions at upcoming events: “We’ll be suspending fan meets, victory high fives, and post-game handshakes at LCS games until future notice,” reads the statement.

Refunds will be offered to ticket holders who no longer feel comfortable attending the event as the epidemic continues to grow.

Faker becomes the first player to reach 2,000 kills in tournaments

T1’s Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-Hyeok becomes the first player to reach 2,000 kills in League of Legends Champions Korea. Faker racked up 12 kills over two games against Afreeca Freecs, bringing his total number of career kills to 2,000. Faker has played 532 games in the LCK, winning 67% of his matches with a Kill-Death-Assist ratio of 4.3.

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Broomstick League is entering into early access on Steam today for $5 or £5, and we’ve got codes to hand out today; note that there’s no region restrictions for this one.

Broomstick League is a fast paced, high-flying online sports game where players divide into teams and streak across massive arenas atop their trusty broomsticks. Take possession of the ball and rush it through the stadium as you outmaneuver other players in an effort to score.

Previous Winners:

  • Chris King, USA – Broomstick League (PC)
  • Jesus Alonso, Spain – Broomstick League (PC)
  • Mikhail Rapoport, USA – The Story Goes On (Switch)

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which CD-based console featured games with Nintendo characters?

Answer: The Phillips CD-i!

It’s hard to imagine a greater shame than the Mario and Zelda games for CD-i.

After ending their collaboration with Sony on a CD add-on for the SNES, Nintendo hired Phillips to take another stab at it. Nintendo ended up shelving the entire idea, and to patch things up with Phillips they allowed the company to license their characters for a handful of games on the CD-i.

The results of this unholy alliance were Hotel Mario, Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, and Zelda’s Adventure. These games are mostly remembered today for being terrible by any sane measure and for featuring some of the weirdest cut scenes ever made. They live on in so-called YouTube Poops: remixes that embrace the annoying, absurd and offensive.

The internet will never forget that Nintendo let Link: The Faces of Evil happen.

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