#101: Capcom’s Dino DNA Crisis

TODAY: Surprise! Xbox Game Pass subscribers play more games — Looks like Marvel’s Avengers is headed for the PlayStation 5 — Conquer Europe and banish your friends in the Europa Universalis board game

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Capcom to “revive dormant” IPs

Capcom knows a thing or two about raising the dead, and has pledged to “revive dormant intellectual property” by hiring more developers. Since they were talking to investors, they stressed that their primary focus remains core franchises like Monster Hunter, Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Devil May Cry.

Bionic Dead’s Dogma Crisis

Capcom has a lot of classic IPs sitting around doing nothing, like Bionic Commando, Darkstalkers, Viewtiful Joe and, of course, Dino Crisis. There are also some new series that do with a lick of paint, like Dead Rising and Dragon’s Dogma.

“Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 were both indisputable successes,” according to Capcom’s report, “having been developed in-line with the highly stringent, world-class quality standards that drove the success of Monster Hunter World.”

We’re crossing fingers and toes for a new Dino Crisis. Maybe it could answer that question we keep asking ourselves: When are rampaging genetically modified dinosaurs not a crisis?

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare based a DLC on what snack brand?

  • Doritos
  • Cheetos
  • Pringles
  • Oreos

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

News Bits

Xbox Game Pass subscribers “way more engaged” and buy more games

According to ID@Xbox’s Agostino Simonetta, data gathered from the Xbox Game Pass service shows subscribers are playing more and are also buying more games. A survey of their subscribers also revealed that 91 percent had tried games they would never have given a chance unless they were freely available as part of Xbox Game Pass, and Microsoft sees it as “an opportunity to broaden the horizon” of gamers.

CD Projekt RED “need to keep that” April 2020 release date

Could CD Projekt RED be preparing fans for a Cyberpunk 2077 delay? The studio is “working really hard right now because it’s a tight deadline,” John Mamais told Gamespot. Fan and press response from events like PAX gives the team a “healthy, extrinsic kind of pressure” that motivates developers to do their best. He added that devs feel both ‘good and scared’ about the deadline. Fear, pressure and hard work? Ah, the joys of game development!

Daily Fact

Nintendo’s Duck Hunt fired its first shot at walls before gunning at TVs

The original Duck Hunt was released in April 1984 in Japan, before eventually getting on the trail towards North America in 1985 and Europe in 1987. But it didn’t start out as a NES title at all, but a whole other kind of Nintendo product.

Duck Hunt was originally developed as a home toy in 1976 that projected ducks onto a wall, which you could then shoot with a light gun. It used the Laser Clay Shooting System developed by Nintendo and released in 1973, an arcade-style light gun system. Among the improvements made to the NES version was a two player mode that allowed the second player to control the ducks.

Under The Radar - Worse Than Death

Can you escape your home town alive?

(Benjamin Rivers Inc – PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, iOS)

Ever wondered whether anything really can be worse than death? What exactly could be so horrific that you’d rather just switch off and go away forever? Benjamin Rivers Inc, who also made Alone With You and Home, offers a few suggestions in Worse Than Death, a horror-adventure game about a high-school reunion gone terribly wrong.

While a high-school reunion sounds pretty terrifying in and of itself, there’s a bit more to this one than first meets the eye. You play as Holly, who’s going back to her little home town in the middle of nowhere to attend her reunion. It doesn’t take long for things to take a bad turn, as Holly reunites with her best friend Flynn, who just lost his girlfriend in a fatal accident.

The two friends start investigating the accident, which means puzzle solving to reveal clues and dark secrets about the town and the people living there. It turns out Holly left the place for a reason, and that she has a few secrets of her own.

Settle in for a spooky Halloween experience

The town features more than just dark secrets, though – there are also monsters that are not visible to the naked eye, forcing you to get creative to track them down. You can use light and sound to get a sense of where creatures might be lurking, but be prepared to run for your life or quickly find a place to hide.

Worse Than Death was originally designed for mobile devices, but the developers have done an excellent job adapting the touch controls to keyboard, mouse and controllers. The PC version even allows you to swap between control schemes at any time.

If you’re looking for something spooky to play this Halloween, you should definitely check out Worse Than Death. It’s a highly polished game, featuring three difficulties and excellent storytelling. Particularly impressive since it’s made by just two people!

Daily News

Marvel’s Avengers for PlayStation 5

The upcoming Marvel’s Avengers from Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal will feature its own original story, supporting both single-player and co-op with a growing roster of heroes – and it looks like there’ll be an enhanced version for PlayStation 5 as well.

The game is supposed to be kept alive with regular content updates for years after launch, and Crystal Dynamics revealed that they are taking PlayStation 5 into consideration during development in an interview with YouTuber HipHopGamer.

Go Go Power Rang–whoops, wrong cinematic universe

Marvel’s Avengers brings the Avengers back together to face a new enemy after the team disbands following a failed attempt to stop a terrorist attack in San Francisco. The developers also announced that Ms. Marvel – a 16-year-old teen going by the name Kamala Khan these days and sporting shape-shifting powers – will be the star of the game.

Marvel’s Avengers launches for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 15th, 2020.

Board game Europa Universalis: The Price of Power “funded in 3 hours”

Europa Universalis: The Price of Power is a brand-new board game from Aegir Games, based on Paradox Interactive’s long-running grand strategy series. The Kickstarter campaign started yesterday, and reached its goal of raising £23,300 in just three hours. With 20 days left to go, the campaign has raised over £65,000 from over 600 backers.

Comet Sighted! ‘Tis an ill omen, sire

Europa Universalis was originally based on a board game by Philippe Thibaut from 1993, and this new interpretation will adapt the ambitious gameplay the 4X series is known back to its original medium.

The base game focuses on Europe and is suitable for 1-4 players, while the Deluxe Edition features an expanded map for up to 6 players. Check out the Europa Universalis: The Price of Power Kickstarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aegirgames/europa-universalis-the-price-of-power) to learn more, and maybe even pledge.

Game Spotlight - Megaquarium

Build the best aquarium!

(Twice Circled – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC)

Megaquarium is one of those games you just sink into to relax after a long day at work. Building an aquarium is a surprisingly relaxing activity, mostly about dreaming up fun displays and delegating work to your minions. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a very, very high-level manager who just leans back in a comfy chair and invents fun ideas for others to execute, this is the perfect game for you.

Obviously, you’ll need to make sure your aquarium runs smoothly, expand your facility when necessary and of course make sure your fish are thriving. Fortunately, there’s a very helpful tutorial that shows you the ropes, as well as detailed breakdowns of what you need to do to complete the various objectives you are presented with.

Overseeing the day-to-day of an entire aquarium might sound daunting, but Megaquarium gives you quite a lot of headroom for experimenting and exploring the game system on the lower difficulties before turning up the heat and cranking up the creative accounting on the higher difficulty levels.

Create exhibits and research new species

The heart of the game experience is designing tanks and displays for your fish. You need to include air filters, pumps and decorations, with more exotic fish having more exotic demands. For example, particular fish may require certain types of decoration, or need to be accompanied by certain other species to be happy and healthy. You’ll also have to employ staff to keep your tanks clean, filters working and fish fed.

You start out with simple free-standing tanks and small collections of tropical fish, but soon unlock huge room-sized tanks that can hold small ecosystems. There are nearly a hundred different species available, from colorful little tropical fish to sharks and jellyfish, as well as a variety of corals.

As the game progresses, you will also need to pay attention to the needs of your customers, from providing rest rooms to making sure the exit goes through the gift shop. You’ll need to learn how to make both fish and people happy to run a successful aquarium.

It’s a good idea to play a bit of the campaign before you get creative in the sandbox mode, as the campaign eases you into the challenges of marine animal husbandry. The sandbox mode also features a random challenge generator to keep you on your toes.

The challenges teach you about the game system as well as forcing you to adjust your grand plans to unforeseen circumstances. Unlocking new species and facilities is a delight, and there is a surprising amount of things to see and do in Megaquarium. Twice Circled have done an excellent job balancing the creative building parts of the game with the more strategic management and planning side.

Megaquarium is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch.

News Bits

Atmospheric RPG Unsouled announced for Spring 2020

“Beautiful but haunting” RPG Unsouled is arriving on PC in spring 2020, courtesy of publisher PQube and one-man development outfit Jinsub Jung. It is a melancholy story told through “intense and highly-stylised combat,” set in a highly destructible world mixing 3D and pixel art. An announcement trailer has gone live alongside a Steam store page.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition revealed out November

For those who just must have it all, Square Enix has announced the Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will include every scrap of content ever released for Crystal Dynamics’ latest adventure with Lara Croft. The Definitive Edition will be released for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 5, 2019 and on Google Stadia later in November.

Square Enix has announced Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which will include all the DLC released so far. The fully packed version arrives on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 5th and for Google Stadia later in November.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare based a DLC on what snack brand?

Answer: Cheetos!

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, the third multiplayer shooter based on EA’s Plants Vs Zombies series, is out today! We really enjoyed the Garden Warfare games, so we hope this new one is good too – wonder if the name change has anything to do with the brand-new Modern Warfare just around the corner.

There were a bunch of DLC packs for Garden Warfare adding new maps, skins and so on, but the most bizarre addition – and we don’t use that term lightly in the context of Plants Vs Zombies – was the Cheetos tie-in. Available in special bags of the cheesy snack, the DLC added character skins based on Cheetos mascot Chester Cheetah for both plants and zombies. Cheesilicious!

100th Issue Giveaway Celebration

Europa Universalis: The Price of Power Board Game Giveaway

Europa Universalis: The Price of Power brings Paradox Interactive’s award-winning Europea Universalis series back to the table top.

The Kickstarter campaign launched today – and has already reached its goal of raising £21,266 – so we’ve teamed up with Aegir Games to celebrate both their successful campaign and the 100th issue of DailyBits.

We’re giving away a copy of this board game to one lucky member of our community when it launches later on next year. You can enter into the giveaway by using the widget here, and we’ll announce the winner in a week’s time. Good luck!

AeternoBlade II on PS4

For this week’s DailyBits giveaway we’ve got a Japanese action-puzzle-platformer for you! We are giving away 5 PS4 codes for AeternoBlade II, the fun 2.5D title from PQube with more than a hint of Castlevania. Harness the AeternoBlade and time itself to outwit your enemies and solve devious puzzles.

All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is to email us (Once this week!) at team@dailybits.news with the subject line ‘AeternoBlade II giveaway’. We will choose five random entries over the course of the week, and each will receive a PS4 code for AeternoBlade II! It couldn’t be any easier.

Oculus Quest & Nintendo Switch Lite Giveaway Winners!

The winners have been contacted for our Oculus Quest and Nintendo Switch Lite giveaway, which included one Quest and two Switch Lites, and has been running since #50 of DailyBits. Thank you to everyone that entered!

Here’s the list of winners:

  • Lauren Dyer – Thurstaston, UK – Oculus Quest 64GB
  • Andy Wilson – Bristol, UK – Switch Lite
  • Perry Rodriguez – Texas, US – Switch Lite

Congratulations to all the winners, and please stay tuned for more giveaway announcements in upcoming issues of DailyBits.

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