#84: Can A Patch Be Considered A Remaster?

TODAY: In strange aeons Death may dance and maybe even fall in love — Microsoft is finally opening up Project xCloud to gamers — Tired of the Overwatch meta? Looks like Blizzard is too!

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PlayStation’s State of Play Round-up

Last night Sony broadcast their latest State of Play show, featuring lots of juicy new announcements from their Worldwide Studios. The stream, which lasted over 20 minutes, revealed new games as well as more details about games we know about and – be still, my heart – the release date for The Last of Us Part II: February 22nd, 2020. Here’s a list of the other highlights:

  • Humanity (enhance/tha*) – Announcement trailer – TBA 2020 (PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision) – Story Trailer – October 25, 2019 (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Survival Mode a “timed exclusive” for PlayStation 4 until October 1, 2020.
  • Wattam (funomena/Annapurna Interactive) – Gameplay Trailer () – December 2019 (PC, PlayStation 4)
  • Arise (Piccolo/Techland Publishing) – Story Trailer () – TBA 2019 (PlayStation 4)
  • MediEvil (Other Ocean/Emeryville) – Short-Lived Demo Trailer – October 25, 2019 (PlayStation 4)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (Firaxis Games/2K Games) – Announcement trailer – November 22, 2019 (PlayStation 4)
  • Death Stranding – Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro Bundle – “Including a 1TB PS4 Pro system with special Death Stranding-inspired design, a physical copy of the game, and a translucent orange DualShock 4 mirroring the design of the game’s BB pod.”
  • Afterparty (Night School Studio) – Launch trailer – Fall 2019 (PlayStation 4)
  • The Last of Us Remastered and MLB The Show 19 are revealed as PlayStation Plus’ free October games for active subscribers.
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog/Sony) – Release date trailer – February 21, 2020 (PlayStation 4)

PlayStation VR announcements:

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Between which Uncharted games was The Last of Us released?

  • Between Uncharted 1-2
  • Between Uncharted 2-3
  • Between Uncharted 3-4
  • After Uncharted 4

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

News Bits

Felix The Reaper will be out dancing for love October 17th, 2019

Danish studio Kong Orange is making a game about the life of Death, framed as a romantic comedy called Felix the Reaper. It’s a “3D shadow manipulation puzzle adventure” featuring dance numbers, people dying and a love that presumably won’t last until death do us part. A new behind-the-scenes trailer has revealed that it will be out for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch on October 17th, 2019.

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock brings the Cylon war to Switch on October 8th

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock brings mankind’s struggle in the First Cylon War to Switch on October 8th. The strategy game puts you in charge of the colonial fleet as it scrambles to defend the Quorum alliance and the Twelve Colonies. Build Battlestars, defeat Cylon fleets and repel their boarding parties – all while waiting for a new TV show to hit the air!

Daily Fact

Rebel Assault II was the first new Star Wars material since Return of the Jedi

Ever wonder what happens to the props from a major movie franchise like Star Wars? They’re kept around for videogame cinematics, of course!

CD-ROM game Star Wars: Rebel Assault II – The Hidden Empire (they used the extra storage space for an extra long title) featured the first live-action Star Wars material filmed since George Lucas finished the original trilogy, and it actually used original props from the movies.

The on-rails shooter featured an original storyline, and used stormtrooper armour, weapons, helmets and other costumes – including Darth Vader’s iconic black outfit – from the Lucasfilm archives. It also used some miniature space ships such as TIE fighters, X-Wings and even a Super Star Destroyer!

Daily News

Microsoft’s Project xCloud begins ‘Public Preview’ this October

The battle over cloud-based game streaming is heating up, and Microsoft is opening Project xCloud to residents of the United Kingdom, United States and South Korea this October. They call the public preview a “critical phase in our multi-year ambition” to push game streaming worldwide, and now need real, live gamers and a wide array of devices, network environments and gameplay situations to put the service through its paces.

A controller ‘phone mount’ is recommended

If you’re lucky enough to live in the US or UK, you can register here, while South Koreans should register here instead. Microsoft will open the service to testers in consecutive phases, “starting with a small number of participants to get initial feedback, then opening it up to more and more gamers.”

Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves are all launch titles for xCloud, and will be available to all participants in the public preview. The streaming service requires Android 6.0 or higher on a phone or tablet featuring Bluetooth 4.0, as well as a Microsoft account. You can read all the details here.

Blizzard says Patch 1.41 is pretty much a remaster of Overwatch

There are so many and such big changes in the 1.41 Overwatch patch that Blizzard considers it a “remaster” of the original game, and that means “a relatively large download” for players on all platforms.

For now, the patch is being applied to the public test realm, which means the changes are PC-only for now, but the changes will eventually make their way to the console versions as well.

Oops, were you gonna use that Symmetra buff?

What are these big changes? Everything is listed in the patch notes as usual, but let’s just say there are buffs and nerfs all across the board: Whatever you might think about the current meta, Blizzard is letting the hammer drop on it. The community is already split between celebrating and rioting over the changes.

Since the patch is just hitting the public test realm now, it’ll be a while before the changes are rolled out across all platforms. Join the community as it whoops and shrieks with delight and terror over what’s about to happen to their favorite game …

News Bits

Indie studio OnceLost Games creating massive open-world fantasy adventure

Former Elder Scrolls developers from Bethesda have formed a new indie studio named OnceLost Games, and they have big plans. Their debut will be an ambitious open-world fantasy RPG teeming with “revolutionary technology”, which we hope means next-gen asshole physics and even more artificially stupid NPCs to push off mountaintops. They aren’t revealing much yet, but apparently their target audience are “both newcomer and veteran RPG fans”.

DayZ Livonia has been announced as DLC adding new map and bears

While DayZ is still not officially finished, there is DLC on the way that adds a whole new map. Explore 163 square kilometers of Livonia, which features roaming bears who will “give you a hard time if you don’t know how to deal with them.” Take a vacation from Chernarus enjoy a nice stroll in the fresh summer rain in DayZ’s second official map.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Between which Uncharted games was The Last of Us released?

Answer: Between Uncharted 3 and 4!

Naughty Dog was a pretty big name even before Uncharted and The Last of Us, being the studio behind Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter – but Naughty Dog was actually a one-project-at-a-time studio until The Last of Us shook things up and caused the company to expand their development capabilities.

The Last of Us was released in 2013, in between Uncharted 3 from 2011 and Uncharted 4 from 2015 – actually, both a The Last of Us expansion and remaster were released ahead of Uncharted 4. After the spectacular showing at State of Play last night, we know The Last of Us Part II is launching in February – but are Naughty Dog working on another Uncharted game, or will they bow-wow us with a whole new game next time?

Weekly Giveaway

Cat Quest II on PC

This week’s DailyBits giveaway features a purrfect combination: Cats and RPGs! We are giving away 5 Steam keys for Cat Quest 2, the sequel to the acclaimed epic fantasy RPG by PQubeGames and @TheGentlebros, where you defend the cat kingdom against the dog hordes. We’re sold!

All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is to be a Dailybits subscriber. We will choose five random subscribers over the course of the week, and each will receive a Steam code for Cat Quest II on PC! It couldn’t be any easier.

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