Can Video Game Publishers Poach, What Is Fog Gaming?

TODAY: Famitsu’s big Sega scoop is not quite cloud gaming but close — PlayStation 5 chipset is in final stages of manufacturing — Remember Free Radical Design? Their Star Wars Battlefront 3 could be on the way

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Take-Two poached staff from Kerbal Space Program 2 developer

Take-Two apparently started contacting employees of Star Theory Games on LinkedIn before the company had the opportunity to inform its staff that the publisher was reassigning the project they were working on to another studio.

Star Theory was working on Kerbal Space Program 2 for Take-Two subsidiary Private Division, and Take-Two’s Michael Cook decided to personally inform staff that cancelling the project was “incredibly difficult decision for us to make, but it became necessary” as the publisher was concerned about the “execution and integrity of the game.”

Brain drain: The Kerbal Space Program 2 gig was the studio’s only source of income and Cook’s messages offered positions at a new studio that would take over development of the game. Over the next few weeks, a third of Star Theory’s staff had moved on to Take-Two’s new studio.

Launch delay: “More than half of the team is now at Intercept Games,” said Private Division’s Brian Roundy. Star Theory Games was founded as Uber Entertainment in 2008, developing Monday Night Combat before launching a successful Kickstarter campaign for Planetary Annihilation. Kerbal Space Program 2 has been delayed into 2021.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Game Gear had an accessory allowing it to run games from which console?

  • The Virtual Boy
  • The Master System
  • The Mega Drive
  • The Atari Lynx

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

N. Sane Trilogy had a fake Easter egg

If you completed Vicarious Visions’ Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and completed it 100%, you may have noticed an Easter egg in various levels.

The Easter egg is lifted from the Japanese Crash Bandicoot manga Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken, where the villain Cortex created a Crash doppelganger called Fake Crash.

The bucktoothed wonder first appeared in Crash Bandicoot Warped, but the N. Sane Trilogy inserts him into the first two games as well.

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

What Was That SEGA Announcment?

Famitsu magazine’s big scoop is Sega’s arcade fog gaming initiative

Famitsu’s big Sega-related scoop has been revealed, and it is… fog gaming?

The big idea is to allow arcades to operate outside business hours, and help them bring in more revenue. Arcade machine CPUs and GPUs will be exploited when arcades are closed, and could theoretically be used for both gaming and other applications.

Low latency, low costs: There’s not a lot of information yet, but Sega touts ‘ultra-low latency’, which is definitely important for twitchy arcade games. In any case, Sega intends the service to use existing arcade hardware, which makes it a cost-efficient way for arcades to expand their business.

Not quite a cloud: Fog computing is not a new idea: Somewhat related to edge computing, fog computing places data and processing closer to the user than the massive data centers, and is used for latency-sensitive applications. The service is presumably going to be local to Japan, since there aren’t many arcades left elsewhere.

PlayStation 5 Tech

PlayStation 5 AMD chipset nearly ready

The AMD-designed CPU and GPU for PlayStation 5 seems to have entered the final stages of manufacturing, according to semiconductor industry sources.

PlayStation 5 features a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU with a max speed of 3.5GHz, meaning it can dynamically adjust clock speed like most modern CPUs. Sony is said to be nervous about details leaking ahead of their announcement, which was recently delayed by the ongoing wave of protests in the US.

Holiday 2020: Fortunately, PlayStation 5 is still on schedule for release later this year, although the initial production run is smaller than what Sony produced for the launch of PlayStation 4. Production is supposed to ramp up in 2021. Sony has yet to announce a price point for PlayStation 5.

What Else Happened Today?

  • Three new PlayStation Now games in June: Get ready to fight mutants in Metro Exodus, get sneaky in Dishonored 2 and burn rubber in NASCAR Heat 4
  • CD Projekt delay Night City Wire stream until June 25th, so Cyberpunk 2077 fans will have to wait a little longer before hearing more
  • SEGA announces four Game Gear Micro handhelds for $50 each, every model is a different color and features four different games – oh, and if you pre-order you can get a nifty screen magnifier!
  • Xbox Series X hits Japan later this year according to Famitsu, and Microsoft confirms that Japan is part of their worldwide launch and that they will have Japanese exclusives
  • Star Wars Battlefront 3 is added to Steam database in a listing that mentions Free Radical Design. Trading card game Dragon Quest Rivals and Empire of Mana also added

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Game Gear had an accessory allowing it to run games from which console?

Answer: The Master System!

Game Gear isn’t the brightest star on handheld heaven, but it had one completely unique feature.

The handheld could play Master System games thanks to the Master Gear Adapter. Plug it in, and you could enjoy Master System games on the go. While the Super Game Boy allowed you to play Game Boy games on the SNES, there weren’t a lot of ways to play home console games on the go.

Despite its impressive technology and LCD screen capable of showing 32 colors, Game Gear suffered from short battery life and a lack of support from Sega as well as third-parties and got steamrolled by Game Boy. In any case, it was a fun little console and the Game Gear Micro is a cute homage.

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