#145: Don’t Expect Destiny 3 in September 2020

TODAY: Capcom’s inviting players to play tests for unannounced game — More Chinese videogame controversy after Arsenal player Mesut Ozil’s tweets about Muslims — Free stuff galore as the holidays begin in earnest

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Bungie is ‘too committed’ to Destiny 2 to announce any plans for a sequel

It might feel like the time is ripe for a Destiny 3 announcement , seeing as the new PlayStation and Xbox is practically just around the corner – but Bungie’s not done with Destiny 2 just yet.

The studio is gonna stick with Destiny 2 for the foreseeable future, since they’re confident they’ve found their stride and want to make the most of the game’s newfound momentum.

Bungie is busy with a project named ‘Matter’ for PC

“Right now our commitment and our attention is to make the seasons that will unfold over the course of the next year interesting and sustain a perennial story arc that will keep players engaged,” explained Bungie’s David ‘DeeJ’ Dague. The game has evolved quite a lot over the years, and Bungie is confident that they have found a sweet spot where most players are really enjoying the game.

“I understand the question you’re asking and it’s certainly an interesting one, and we’ll have a lot of cool stuff to say on that later, but I’m afraid that moment will have to wait a little bit longer.” The original Destiny was launched in September 2014 and Destiny 2 in September 2017 – but it doesn’t look like we should expect Destiny 3 in September 2020.

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What system did Resident Evil 3: Nemesis NOT appear on?

  • PlayStation
  • PlayStation 2
  • Dreamcast
  • Gamecube

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News Bits

Resident Evil ambassadors invited to playtest unannounced Capcom game

Something is brewing over at Capcom, judging by emails sent out via their Resident Evil ambassadors program with “invitations to a play test session of our unannounced title.” Could this be the Dino Crisis reboot fans have been roaring and slavering about?

Capcom renewed the trademark not that long ago, and Capcom is definitely on a remake roll after Resident Evil Remake’s huge success and the imminent launch of Resident Evil 3 Remake.

Respawn Entertainment job listings hint at Jedi: Fallen Order sequel

Cal Kestis is going on more adventures judging by job listings posted by Respawn Entertainment, who is recruiting for a “third person action/adventure”. The studio has made it clear that they’d love to keep working on Star Wars, and considering Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is both a critical and commercial success, they probably will.

Daily Fact

Bungie’s Oni was unashamedly inspired by anime Ghost in the Shell

A little under a year before Bungie revolutionized the first-person shooter with Halo, they released Oni. It was an ambitious blend of melee action and gunplay, featuring a purple-haired, ass-kicking heroine pretty obviously inspired by Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell – the 1995 anime rather than the 2017 live-action adaptation.

But her character design was a bit controversial: The Chicago and California divisions of Bungie couldn’t quite agree on her appearance. The big problem was that Tomb Raider was at the height of its fame, and Bungie didn’t want Mai Hasegawa to be seen as a cyberpunk Lara Croft. Long story short, they decided to steer away from a more ‘blam!’ approach to her figure, as Bungie artist Lorraine McLees put it.
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Capcom’s Resident Evil 3 remake will have ‘more rearrangements’ than RE2

Capcom’s upcoming Resident Evil 3 Remake will be more different from its source material than Resident Evil 2 Remake was, according to a Famitsu interview with producers Peter Fabiano and Masao Kawada.

The team have changed or rearranged more parts of the game, which is already completed and currently being tested and tweaked to make sure it is just as spectacularly polished as its predecessor.

Nemesis has ‘new ways’ to hunt Jill

Like the original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, the events in the remake run parallel to Resident Evil 2, starting a little before and ending a little after the adventures of Leon and Claire.

Jill Valentine is one of the series’ most popular characters, and the team is taking great care to make her design fresh yet familiar, and her original costumes will be available. Carlos has had more of a makeover, and while he remains a bit of a joker he has a more mature look now – although he is still as hot-blooded as before.

Capcom has not shown any gameplay footage yet, but the team has apparently put more work into the action mechanics this time, so expect a more action-packed game than Resident Evil 2 Remake. Resident Evil 3 Remake launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 3rd.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil reportedly cut from Chinese PES 2020 over remarks

Following his criticism of the Chinese government’s treatment of its native Muslim population, especially the Uighur, Arsenal player Mesut Ozil has apprently been cut out of the Chinese version of PES 2020.

He tweeted that in China “Qurans are burned, mosques were closed down, Islamic theological schools, madrasas were banned, religious scholars were killed one by one. Despite all this, Muslims stay quiet.”

This didn’t go over particularly well with Chinese Arsenal fans, and the club distanced itself from Ozil’s message.

Blizzard Entertainment got into serious trouble with China and fans this year

The controversy spilled into the games industry after Netease, PES 2020’s Chinese publisher, removed Ozil from the game and stated that his comments “hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sport’s spirit of love and peace. We do not understand, accept or forgive this.”

Many nations have made joint statements condemning China’s treatment of its Muslim population in the past, prompting the Chinese authorities to protest ‘foreign interference’ in its domestic affairs.

The recent Hong Kong protests have also sparked friction between Western businesses and the Chinese government, leading to incidents like the Blitzchung controversy where Blizzard was accused of engaging in ‘pro-Beijing censorship’ to placate Chinese authorities.

Weekly VR Update

Survive zombie-infested New Orleans

Jonesing for a zombie fix? Sweet relief is just around the corner: The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners is out soon, and you can pre-order it now. The VR experience puts you in zombie-infested New Orleans, where you must fight off the undead hordes while scavenging for food and supplies.

The game launches on January 23rd in three different editions – Standard, Tourist and Tower, the latter being a $150 collector’s edition with a bunch of swag – and supports Valve Index, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Check out the pre-order trailer for a glimpse of what horrors await you.

Beam us up, Oculus Quest!

Remember Ubisoft’s Star Trek: Bridge Crew from 2017? Now it’s available on Oculus Quest! If you already own the game and its Next Generation DLC on Oculus, the Quest version is free. Set your phasers to stun and get ready to engage.

Beat Saber fans in DLC uproar

The latest update for Beat Saber launched last week, adding six tracks by Green Day. After some initial excitement, fans were disappointed to discover that the tracks are censored – and in the worst kind of way.

Rather than just garbling or cutting out the naughty words, Beat Games Studio decided to beep the swearing out of the band’s most famous song, American Idiot. Since Beat Saber is rated E for Everyone, the developer had to keep the game clean as a whistle to keep their rating. Those motherBLEEPers.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech coming to VR

Time magazine plans to launch a VR museum experience that will recreate Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s August 1963 march on Washington. ‘The March’ will debut at the Dusable Museum of African-American History in Chicago on February 28th before travelling to other museums.

Their article states that this is “…the first-ever digital performance of the “I Have a Dream” speech, which will be delivered by the first-ever virtual depiction of King— the most lifelike rendering of a human performance in virtual reality to date…” Will The March become available for consumer VR platforms? Let’s hope so.

News Bits

Mystery gift codes for Pokémon Sword & Shield redeemable until January 15th

The holiday season is almost here, and that means gift codes for Pokémon Sword & Shield! The codes can be redeemed between now and January 15th, and only one of each can be activated per player and can only be redeemed once per save. Enjoy!

  • K0UN1NMASC0T: Fast Ball, Moon Ball, Level Ball.
  • 0KUGAFUKA1B0RU: Love Ball, Friend Ball, Dream Ball
  • 1YAHAYA: Heavy Ball, Lure Ball, Beast Ball.

Winterfest event rewards free skins for Fortnite’s festive players until January

Fortnite’s also dishing out some free stuff during the Winterfest event. A new snowflake tab has been added in the game lobby, and there will be daily free gifts for every player until January 2nd. The gifts include outfits, gliders and pickaxes and will be available until January 7th.

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What system did Resident Evil 3: Nemesis NOT appear on?

Answer: PlayStation 2

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was ported to quite a few platforms after release, but then dropped completely off the map – and was never touched again, until now. Resident Evil 3 Remake will be the first time the game has been updated since 2003, and we are quite excited to see how Capcom will adapt the game for an all-new audience.

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