Cyberpunk Series X Gameplay, Pokemon Go’s Seasons

Today: Niantic brings big changes to Pokémon Go on November 30th — Microsoft breaks own sales record with Xbox Series X/S launch — The Master Chief Collection is finally complete on both Xbox and PC.

Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox Series X Gameplay

CD Projekt RED has launched a special episode of Night City Wire demonstrating Cyberpunk 2077 running on both Xbox One X and the new Xbox Series X.

Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 get upgrades later in 2021

Most of the 10 minute running time compares spoiler-free Xbox One X and Xbox Series X gameplay, in situations ranging from a stroll around the city, NPC interactions and gun fights.

Story sample: The video opens showing the Automatic Love quest, where Vee is hunting down a missing person. Johnny Silverhand also shows up to dispense some sage life hacks, which players are free to respond to however they like.

December 10: Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed until December 10th at the very last minute, and considering how much is riding on this holiday season it is very unlikely that CD Projekt RED will push the launch date back again. Cyberpunk 2077 launches for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Which series was Assassin’s Creed originally supposed to be part of?

a) Far Cry
b) Prince of Persia
c) Heroes of Might and Magic
d) Anno

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.

Ultimate Battle 22 went from hot to not

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 for PlayStation was a grey market hit in the US, with the Japanese version being imported in huge numbers. The European version was launched a year after the Japanese one, but it looked like the game would never make it to North America.

DBZ fans had to rely on the import for the ‘full game’

Then, in 2003, the game finally managed to cross the pacific – but by then, the PlayStation 2 was the king of the hill, and several other Dragon Ball games had been launched. The cult hit was panned for being late to the party, missing all the cut scenes and not even featuring an English dub.

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Go beyond with Pokémon Go

Big changes are afoot in Pokémon Go, and Niantic has unveiled their plans for the future of the mobile hit. The biggest changes are seasons, and new ways to level up.

Pokemon GO launched in July 2016

The new levelling system and the higher level cap goes live on November 30th, and that also marks the beginning of the first season.

GO Beyond highlights

  • Levelling redesign, level cap increased to 50
    • “For the first time since the game’s launch, leveling up is being rebalanced in Pokémon GO! We’re rebalancing a wide assortment of features and systems to make leveling up more fun than ever.”
  • Introduces seasons, which will feature events and major changes
    • “As the world outside rotates through winter, spring, summer, and autumn, the world of Pokémon GO will change with the seasons! Every three months, you can expect to see a new season in Pokémon GO that brings major changes…”
  • Kalos region Pokémon are coming
    • “Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Alola, and Galar have all been seen in Pokémon GO so far. But on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, you’ll also begin to see Pokémon originally discovered in Kalos, the region where Mega Evolution was first discovered!”
  • 12 Days of Friendship event is underway
    • “To prepare for these exciting developments, there will be a series of exciting bonuses available TODAY as we kick off our 12 Days of Friendship event! After the GO Beyond update goes live, there’ll also be lots to do in December to help you take advantage of all the changes, such as December Community Day and fun holiday events!”

Xbox Series X sets new UK launch target

Microsoft is pleased as punch with the UK launch of Xbox Series X/S, which outperformed the Xbox One’s 150,000 sales at launch.

A new UK launch record for Xbox as it struggles in Japan

While 155,000 Xbox Series X/S units sold is nothing to sneeze at, it's quite a distance behind the 250,000 units Sony managed to shift in 48 hours when PlayStation 4 was launched. Now the big question is whether PlayStation 5 can outdo its predecessor when it launches in Europe tomorrow.

Small in Japan: PlayStation 5 did good business in Japan, selling 118,000 units – considerably more than Microsoft's 21,000 Xbox Series X/S sales. Looks like Microsoft still has some way to go before they conquer Japan, although it's likely the stock allocation was small since the pre-order units sold out.

Users not units: Xbox Series X was the biggest seller at launch in the UK, and while Microsoft is keen to point out that the launch was their biggest yet, it's somewhat telling that Microsoft no longer shares sales figures, preferring to count number of players instead.

Which series was Assassin’s Creed originally supposed to be part of?

ANSWER: Prince of Persia!

This game is pretty good, but it needs more stabbing

Long before Assassin’s Creed became the juggernaut it is now, it was originally intended to be a Prince of Persia game. It started life as Prince of Persia: Assassin, and was supposed to star an actual member of the Order of Assassins. The game was inspired by the life of Hassan-i Sabbah and the book Alamut by Valdimir Bartol.

The game was greenlit, but Ubisoft wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to make a Prince of Persia game without the titular prince, and so a whole new scenario and story was invented. Probably a good idea, since Assassin’s Creed has ventured far from its Middle-Eastern origins, and spanned most of modern history by now.

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

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