#19: Cyber Triplets

Today we learn that CD Projekt are working on three Cyberpunk 2077 projects, we get another fresh look at Geralt in Netflix upcoming Witcher series, and there’s even word on some new Switch games currently in development!

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CD Projekt Red Are Working On Three Cyberpunk 2077-Related Projects

CD Projekt Red (CDPR) have told Polish publication Bankier.pl that their hotly anticipated open-world RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is not the only project under development. The developer mentioned that three projects set in the Cyberpunk universe are underway. One is presumably CDPR’s next AAA title, while the other is some kind of multiplayer project.

The multiplayer project apparently has a team of forty working on it, although it’s unclear whether this is simply Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer component, or an entirely separate game. As for CDPR’s next ambitious AAA title, Vice President Piotr Nielubowicz had this to say: “Our next big project will also be in the Cyberpunk universe, and we’re already working on it and treating it as a really big and innovative project for us.”.

Cyberpunk 2077 may just be the beginning

CDPR took a similar approach with The Witcher, creating spin-offs like Gwent and Thronebreaker. Gwent was based on a game described in the Witcher novels, and first playable in The Witcher 3. It launched as a free-to-play competitive online card game in October 2018, closely followed by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox versions in December 2018. A mobile version is also scheduled to release later on this year. Thronebreaker is the stand-alone single-player component of Gwent, and launched around the same time.
There has been speculation that CDPR’s next ‘big project’ is an expansion for Cyberpunk 2077, while others assume itt is a stand-alone AAA title. All we know for sure about this third project is that it’s in the early stages of development and is subject to change – probably a lot.

Cyberpunk 2077 is due to release on April 16th, 2020 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What was left out when Super Mario Maker was moved to 3DS?

  • Super Mario Bros 3 levels
  • Being able to upload levels online
  • Recommended courses from other players
  • Being able to make your own courses

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

News Bits

Netflix Shows Off Geralt, Ciri And Yennefer From The Upcoming Witcher TV Series

Netflix is giving Witcher fans something to look forward to with a quick tease of a TV series scheduled to release later in 2019. Photos released by Netflix give a first look at Geralt (Henry Cavill), Ciri (Freya Allan) and Yennefer (Anya Cholatra). Fans are already up in arms about the streaming giant’s adaptation of the characters, specifically whether Henry Cavill is too handsome to play Geralt. The Netflix series is based on The Witcher books, not the games – although it seems like the producers have taken inspiration from both.

Jet Kave Adventure Blasting Onto The Nintendo Switch

Kraków-based studio 7Levels just dropped a teaser trailer for their upcoming 2.5D platformer, Jet Kave Adventure. You’ll play as Kave, the former chief of a tribe who has been banished by his own people. After stumbling across a jetpack you’re tasked with protecting your island against an ‘alien invader’, who is poised to trigger a volcanic eruption that will help repair his spaceship. Promising thirty-six levels and crazy boss battles, this title will have you running, smashing and flying around the island in order to save it.

Jet Kave Adventure has been developed with the Nintendo Switch in mind, and will be fully revealed on July 11th.

Daily Fact

The original Super Mario Bros is still the best-selling Mario game

Super Mario Maker 2 is out now, and features tools for making levels in the classic Super Mario Bros. style – which happens to be the most popular one! Despite the massive success of the Super Mario series, the original Super Mario Bros. from 1985 remains the best-selling entry. It sits unrivaled at the top of the sales chart, boasting a whopping 40.2 million units sold.

As usual, there is a catch – Super Mario Bros. was bundled with the NES for many years, so a lot of people got it along with their new NES. That’s why Tetris, Sonic the Hedgehog and Wii Sports appear to have sold such monumental amounts too: They were all bundled with successful consoles. But really, that just makes the number-two best-selling Mario game even more impressive: Mario Kart Wii was never bundled, yet sold 37.2 million units.

The original Super Mario Maker, on the other hand, is way down the list at number 41 with 4 million units sold – which is just shy of the wonderful Yoshi’s Island. Not exactly shabby, especially considering it was a Wii U game!

Daily News

New Hearthstone Expansion Revealed: Saviors of Uldum

Blizzard has announced that the latest Hearthstone expansion will go live on August 6th. Saviors of Uldum is the second Hearthstone expansion this year, following Rise of Shadows back in April. The expansion reintroduces the League of Explorers, who are hoping to take down the League of E.V.I.L, the group of villains that managed to steal the flying city of Dalaran.

New mechanics will be introduced alongside one hundred and thirty five brand new cards. One of the new abilities is Reborn, allowing minions to come back to life after they die as restless mummies with one health point remaining. League of E.V.I.L classes also receive Plague cards, each with powerful board-altering effects. The first Plague card revealed is for the Priest class: Plague of Death, an epic nine mana spell that silences and destroys every minion on the board. Quest cards – legendary one-mana spells that reward the player with powerful effects – are also making a comeback. These new Quest cards aim to be easier to achieve and will grant the player a powerful alternate hero power.

Reno, Elise, Brann and Sir Finley are back!

As always, Blizzard have added two Pre-Purchase Bundles to their online shop. The regular pre-purchase bundle will consist of fifty packs, an Elise Starseeker cardback and a random golden legendary, priced at £44.99/€49.99. The Mega Bundle will include eighty packs, along with the random golden legendary and card back, plus the Elise Starseeker Druid Hero for £69.99/€79.99. Each bundle can be purchased once per account. For a limited time after release, players who log in will also receive a random new Legendary Quest card.

A full list of changes was released on July 1st, including every detail revealed about Saviors of Uldum so far.

Remothered: Tormented Fathers Gets A Release Date For Switch

2018 survival horror game Remothered: Tormented Fathers is finally coming to Nintendo Switch on July 26th. Featuring stealthy scares as you creep around an eerie house as well as creepy investigative puzzle solving, Remothered allows you to play the game as you like. Whether you prefer action, strategy or simply running away and hiding from danger, the psychological thriller probably supports your playstyle.

Remothered puts you in the shoes of Rosemary Reed, a thirty-five year old woman investigating the disappearance of a girl named Celeste, whose investigation takes a chilling turn after meeting the peculiar Dr. Richard Felton. Featuring cinematic storytelling and a soundtrack by Nobuko Toda of Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy and Halo fame, Remothered avoids typical game elements like health bars, and strives to redefine the survival horror experience with the help of strong and unpredictable characters and traumatic close encounters with enemies.

Long train journeys just got a whole lot scarier!

We haven’t seen any gameplay footage from the Nintendo Switch port of Remothered, though judging by the visuals on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it’s safe to expect a graphics downgrade for the Switch version. Here’s hoping the Switch port keeps Remothered most immersive feature: real-time loading, which allows you to explore the mansion without any loading times whatsoever.

Remothered: Tormented Fathers will be available on the Nintendo eShop thanks to a collaboration with Japanese publisher, DICO Co. Ltd, although no price point has been revealed. If you don’t own a Nintendo Switch, the game is already available on Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

News Bits

SOEDESCO Opens A Second Game Dev Studio

SOEDESCO has just opened its second game development studio in Pilsen in the Czech Republic. Its first studio was opened in Rotterdam in the Netherlands back in 2015. You might recognise SOEDESCO as the publisher of games like N.E.R.O: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure and Owlboy, but following the success of their Switch ports Among The Sleep and Defunct, they are shifting their focus towards working on their own games.

Armed with two development studios, SOEDESCO has its sights set on next-generation consoles, intending to develop content for Google Stadia, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett. SOEDESCO’s full catalogue of games is available right here.

No VR Port For Evil Dead

Bruce Campbell, most famous as Ash Williams from the Evil Dead series, has confirmed on Twitter that the upcoming Evil Dead game will not be heading to VR platforms. The most surprising thing about this announcement is that there is even an Evil Dead game in development. Campbell confirmed in an interview with Bloody Disgusting back in May 2018 that he was contractually obligated to voice Ash in an Evil Dead video game. Fast forward to May 2019, Campbell confirms yet again that an Evil Dead game is coming and that it’ll be “a full immersive video game probably [released] within a year.”.

Most people suspected Campbell would perform Ash’s voice for a guest appearance in Mortal Kombat 11, though nothing is confirmed so far. As for the Evil Dead game, there has been no confirmation of who is developing or

publishing it. Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What was left out when Super Mario Maker was moved to 3DS?

Answer: Being able to upload levels online!

It may seem incredible, but despite the main draw of the Super Mario Maker games being to upload your levels for other people to play and then download theirs too – the 3DS version of Super Mario Maker did not feature this rather vital functionality! You can share your levels locally to other 3DS owners, and even through StreetPass – but that’s it! Blame the 3DS’ poor online services for that.

Other than that glaring omission, the 3DS version offered most of the Super Mario Maker experience. All four templates, all six environments, 32 course elements and 14 sounds; all unlocked from the beginning – unlike the Wii U version, where you had to work for them. Recommended courses were a bit pared down – you could only get the ones from Nintendo – but it was there. And of course you can make your own courses! It’s Super Mario MAKER, after all!

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