Destiny’s Three Year Plan, Could Sony Stop Rage Quitting?

TODAY: There’s actually more to Wario’s name than just a flipped M — Sony wants to use machine learning to stop you rage-quitting games — One final update for Pokémon Rumble Rush before the service closes

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Bungie not planning Destiny sequel, unveils their glorious three-year-plan

Bungie says they have learned a lesson from their work on Destiny, and won’t be making a sequel to Destiny 2. Instead, they will keep the game alive by adding more content via expansions over the next three years.

“We don’t believe a sequel is the right direction for the game.” Destiny players were not terribly impressed when Destiny 2 launched, considering it a step backwards. That experience made Bungie wary of throwing away work and they don’t want to find themselves in a similar situation with another sequel.

Next-gen plans: Instead, Destiny 2 will have a facelift to allow it to take advantage of the next-gen consoles, and Bungie will provide a service for transferring purchases to them, allowing players to keep looting and shooting uninterrupted.

Out with the old: Matchmaking should bridge generations, and cross-platform play might be added next year. Bungie also announced the so-called Destiny Content Vault, a plan for cycling Destiny 2 content. Entire planets and campaign missions will be put into the vault when new content is added, to be cycled back into the game at a later time. Why? The existing content “can’t remain relevant” as Bungie hones their vision for the game.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which Persona game featured a boss fight against Adolf Hitler?

  • Persona
  • Persona 2: Innocent Sin
  • Persona 4: Golden
  • Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

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

Wario is the Bluto to Mario’s Popeye

Wario was named before he had a character design, according to game director and designer Hiroji Kiyotake. The goal was to create a bumbling brute like Bluto from Popeye – and not much more. Wario doesn’t really have any origin story, but he’s still become a remarkably famous character.

What about the name? Did they just flip the M to a W and call it a day? Not quite: A warui is a villain in Japanese, so both Wario and Waluigi are actually puns. “To our surprise, the idea was a big hit with everyone on the team,” recalled Kiyotake-san. Wario made his first appearance in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for Game Boy.

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PlayStation 5 UI Patent

Sony patent for AI-powered hint system might hint at PlayStation 5 UI

Sony just filed a patent for a “game execution engine”, which contains what might be a basic overview of the PlayStation 5 user interface.

The patent filing features several images and they show a menu system that looks much like the PlayStation 4 UI. The patent itself suggests using “machine learning logic to evaluate the prior game play of the user” and offer hints and other help based on player performance and behaviour.

Crowdsourcing help: “The hints may be provided from the game inputs specified in the game logic of the game to help the user to improve his/her game play of the particular portion of the game,” says the patent text. For example, it could employ “collaborative filtering to identify game plays of one or more other users that played the game and successfully completed or achieved completion” and then present video clips of successful solutions for struggling players.

Hint at the future: Players use a lot of guides and walkthroughs are popular ways to figure out how to progress or to uncover well-hidden collectibles, and Sony wants to make this a feature of their platform rather than force players onto others. Of course, it’s by no means certain that the idea will go beyond the patent filing.

Pokemon News and Events

Final update for Pokémon Rumble Rush, a new Pokémon Masters Rally

Pokémon Masters marks the 17th release of the Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass with its own Isle of Armor event, while Pokémon Rumble Rush is winding down with a final update.

Pokémon Masters players will receive one item per day for the next two weeks, and characters will start talking about the Isle of Armor. The Star of the Contest story event ends on June 11th, while a Water-type Training Event will last until June 18th.

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  • Final update before service termination
    •  Several seas can now be explored
    • New Snag Stages for uncaught Pokémon
    • Added special mission and title for catching every Pokémon in every sea
    • New special effects in Battle Royale when Gear Pokémon are summoned
    • Cobalion Cup live now
    • Zekrom Cup opens on June 17th
    • Diancie Cup opens on June 24th
    • Pheromosa Cup opens on July 1st
    • Lunala Cup opens on July 8th
    • Arceus Cup opens on July 15th

Pokémon Go

  • Pokémon Go Community Day on June 20th
    • Introduces Shiny Weedle
    • Beedrill gets Drill Run
    • Community Day Box with Elite Charge TM, 30 Ultra Balls, 3 Star Piece and 3 Incense

What Else Happened Today?

  • Atlus might be bringing Persona 4 Golden to PC this summer, and an announcement is expected at the PC Gaming Show 2020 on June 13th
  • Tend to the wounded of the Pacific theatre in Medic: Pacific Corpsman, fight to save lives from an unusual perspective
  • Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife announcement trailer sets the stage in The World of Darkness ahead of gameplay trailer scheduled for August
  • Command & Conquer Remastered Collection solves decades-old mystery by revealing that apparently crashed UFOs were actually downed helicopters all along
  • Call of Duty 2020 alpha build discovered on PlayStation Network, PS4 Database website lists a game named The Red Door with a very revealing content ID

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which Persona game featured a boss fight against Adolf Hitler?

Answer: Persona 2: Innocent Sin!

Shin Megami Tensei is precisely the kind of JRPG series where you fight God, but also Hitler – or rather a God presenting as Hitler.

In Persona 2: Innocent Sin, the Lovecraftian chaos god Nyarlahotep appears as Hitler, and it’s up to your handful of high schoolers to defeat him. This rather original take on both Nyarlahotep and Hitler was probably one of the reasons Persona 2 wasn’t brought to the West until the PSP remake launched in 2012.

Did Hitler get cut? Not exactly. He was renamed to Fuhrer, and given dark sunglasses to hide behind. The change was probably not made to placate easily offended Westerners either: The Japanese CERO rating board forbids fictional games from featuring real people.

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