#68: Classic 90s DOS Publisher Returns

TODAY: New platforming treats from the team that brought you Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie — Nothing is true, everything is permitted – even leaking Switch remasters — Yoko Taro could only barely get out of bed in time to ensure Nier: Automata shipped

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MicroProse back in business

MicroProse, the publisher that brought us Sid Meier’s Civilization and Railroad Tycoon back in the 90s, is officially back in business and working on a new game. Over the last few months, MicroProse has been tweeting images teasing the announcement of their upcoming title, WarBirds 2020.

The WWII combat flight sim is scheduled for an autumn release on PC and Mac, with mobile and console versions following sometime next year. Featuring high detail aircraft and cutting-edge technology that ensures realistic simulation, WarBirds 2020 promises monthly ‘Historical Events’ where players will be able to engage in combat held “over large geographical areas like Europe, Japan, and not the small area skirmishes of many other sim games”.

David Lagettie, former CEO Founder of Bohemia Interactive Australia, purchased the naming rights to MicroProse earlier this year. Shortly after announcing that they were working on WarBirds 2020, Lagettie commented on the development. “I am excited to work with iEntertainment Network CEO and Co-Founder of MicroProse, ‘Wild Bill’ Stealey, to produce the next generation of WarBirds 2020 WW II combat flight simulation using new modern technology and promoting worldwide.”

The last game MicroProse released was Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror back in 2002 after being purchased by French game publisher Infogrames Entertainment, who later changed name to Atari. In a sense, the true MicroProse’s legacy lives on at Firaxis Games with Sid Meier, who managed to acquire the rights to most of his titles from Atari before it went down in flames.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What item from Star Wars Battlefront II can be seen in The Last Jedi?

  • Ancient Jedi texts
  • ID-10 droid
  • Luke Skywalker’s compass
  • Inferno Squad’s ship, the Corvus

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

News Bits

Pokémon-Themed Switch Lite now available for pre-order

Pokémon fans rejoice! The Nintendo Switch Lite – Zacian and Zamazenta Edition is now available for pre-order on Amazon. While the Switch Lite will release on September 20th in yellow, grey and turquoise colour variants, the Zacian and Zamazenta Edition will be available from November 8th – just a week before the new Pokémon games Sword and Shield drop. The handheld-only console does not come preloaded with the new Pokémon game, but you can purchase the game and system in Sword and Shield bundles.

Yooka and Laylee return this October

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair now has a launch date, courtesy of a Nintendo eShop store page revealing that it’ll be released on October 8th. Up until now, Playtonic Games has been hinting that it will be released sometime in October, making news that the game will release early all the sweeter. While the game is not yet available to pre-order, we imagine that’ll be changing very soon! To get a taste of what to expect in Yooka and Laylee’s second title, take a look at the announcement trailer.

Daily Fact

The team behind Yooka-Laylee have roots all the way back to Donkey Kong Country

Playtonic’s latest Yooka-Laylee game is coming next month – and this time, it’s more of a 2D platformer in the spirit of Donkey Kong Country rather than a 3D platformer like Banjo-Kazooie. Did you know the team at Playtonic actually worked on both those Rare games?

Playtonic was founded in 2014 by a bunch of former staff from Rare – the famed British studio behind hits like GoldenEye, Donkey Kong Country, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata and, more recently, Sea of Thieves. Apart from the recent pirate adventure, members of Yooka-Laylee’s team worked on all of these – and Rare’s 2D and 3D platformers have been a direct influence on Yooka-Laylee and its upcoming sequel.

This helps explain why Yooka-Laylee managed to raise over £2 million from over 80,000 Kickstarter backers. People love those games! Let’s just hope Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has a slightly less punishing mine cart level than Donkey Kong Country.

Daily News

Will we see Star Wars Battlefront III?

Star Wars Battlefront II met a frosty reception thanks to its shameless loot box monetization. However, since its messy start, EA Dice have pushed out several updates that have soothed tempers across the game’s community. Since the game is still under frequent maintenance and receives continuous content updates, should we expect to see a sequel anytime soon?

In an interview with PCGamesN at Gamescom, Dennis Brännvall, Design Director on Battlefront II, commented on sequels and why the team at EA Dice are steering clear of Star Wars Battlefront III, for now. “Sequels are probably still viable otherwise people wouldn’t be doing them,” he said, “but it’s not the same hunger as it used to be.”

Rather than their previous standard of delivering a game that has multiple DLCs, learning from that experience and fixing any issues in the sequel, Brännvall described a different approach that will be taken, moving forward. “You’ll see us really overhauling bits that aren’t working and not be afraid of changing things, which means that your community is happier because it’s a better game overall”.

This is great news for players since it means we can expect to get the most out of our season pass purchases. It also means that any larger issues that crop up will be dealt with quicker, improving the current title, rather than being fixed in a future instalment. If you haven’t played this 2017 title for a while, consider checking out the latest 2019 Road Map to see if any of the upcoming content interests you.

Fancy some Assassin’s Creed to go?

Following Assassin’s Creed III Remastered releasing on the Nintendo Switch in May this year, a retailer has listed two more Assassin’s Creed titles: Black Flag Remastered and Rogue Remastered. Although the listing has now been removed, The Console Club briefly had ‘Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag & Rogue Remastered NSW NEW’ listed on their site for €38.90. The listing also showed a December 6th release date, but this may not be accurate could have been a placeholder.

A port of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag sounds realistic since the game originally launched for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2013. Just like Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, we should expect the Switch version to look more like the last generation counterparts compared to the current generation offerings. Assassin’s Creed III Remastered ran well enough on the Switch, especially compared to the Wii U version, which featured low-quality textures and heavily compressed audio.

There has been a lot of speculation about whether Nintendo are planning one of their Nintendo Directs this month. In addition to news of Assassin’s Creed VI: Black Flag and Rogue Remastered coming to the Switch, there are also rumours that Overwatch is making its way there. Either way, there’s plenty for Nintendo to reveal this month, it’s just a case of whether they want to show their hand right away or save it for later in the year.

Editor’s Note: Just as we were about to send out today’s DailyBits, Nintendo announced that there will be a Direct tomorrow, at 6PM EDT / 11PM BST. We’re told that it’ll be over 40mins long.

News Bits

Killmonday Games announces release date for Little Misfortune

Killmonday Games has revealed their next game, Little Misfortune, is headed to PC on September 18th. The developers have revealed that Little Misfortune takes place in the same universe as their previous title, Fran Bow.

As the trailer very clearly shows, you should expect a similarly odd game, with scenes including Misfortune Ramirez Hernandez enjoying a nice breakfast with her skull-faced mother. Little Misfortune is coming to Steam, the Humble Store and GOG in just a few weeks time.

Yoko Taro likes sleeping in more than he likes making games

Yoko Taro himself has confirmed on Twitter that Nier: Automata was almost cancelled since the project required him to wake up early in the morning. Fortunately, the game director did continue with the project, which ultimately led to four million sales worldwide. The Japanese game director is famously being eccentric, especially compared to your average game developer. Most of the photos you’ll find of Taro online show him wearing a mask as he does not like to be photographed without one.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What item from Star Wars Battlefront II can be seen in The Last Jedi?

Answer: Luke Skywalker’s compass!

One of the missions in Star Wars Battlefront II’s campaign lets you take control of Luke Skywalker himself, in an attempt to stop the Empire raiding or destroying a cache of relics owned by the Emperor on a planet called Pillio. Luke ends up taking one item – a strange compass, whose purpose is not revealed in the game.

It’s not really spelled out in the movies either, but the compass apparently leads Luke to the first Jedi temple on Ahch-To – where he remains until The Last Jedi. There might have been a scene in the movie that explains it, but it was cut. Nevertheless, the compass can still be seen in a couple of scenes in The Last Jedi – forming a direct link between Battlefront II and the cinematic Star Wars universe. That’s pretty cool!

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Iconoclasts on PS4

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