#39: Doom is Eternal

TODAY: More Exclusives for the Epic Game Store Exclusivity God – Believe it or not, xCloud will beat Stadia to the punch – Competition is heating up in this summer’s eSports events

Top Story

Next Project CARS “going to be a Revolution”

Ian Bell of Slightly Mad Studios declares his team’s next Project CARS to be a “revolution” and that it’s “at least 200% better already” than Project CARS 2. Well, he’s certainly optimistic.

An official announcement for Project CARS 3 is “coming soon” with the exact time and date in the hands of the publisher. Given that Gamescom is scheduled in August it’s likely to be revealed in Germany. The next CARS will definitely be focusing on improved simulation and realistic physics, but also on the fun factor.

On your marks…

“The next Project CARS is going to be a Revolution. Huge thanks to all of the team who are honing it to perfection. I might rightly be accused of being overly positive/optimistic on occasion, but this is a game changer. It’s epic already and it’s one we’ll ship when we’re ready,” tweeted CEO Ian Bell.

The original Project CARS released back in May 2015 with a more ‘sandbox’ approach to the racing sim genre, to differentiate itself from Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo. The sequel Project CARS 2 released in September 2017 for PC and consoles. Both titles have been published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Gamescom 2019 is scheduled August 20-24 in Cologne, Germany.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What year was the first QuakeCon?

  • 1994 (the release of Doom 2)
  • 1996 (the release of Quake 1)
  • 1997 (the release of Quake II)
  • 1999 (the release of Quake III Arena)

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

News Bits

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries delayed and now exclusive to Epic Game Store

Good or bad news about MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, depending on how much you love Steam: The game is delayed from September to December, and (surprise, surprise) is going to be a timed exclusive to Epic Games Store. On the positive side, there’s going to be a closed beta in November!

If this is too much to swallow, you can cancel pre-orders before September 1st and receive a full refund – and keep any MechWarrior Online content – but you’ll miss out on the beta. The official FAQ explains everything in more detail.

Surprise! Doom, Doom II & Doom 3 almost out now on Switch

What the hell is this!? Id Software’s 1993 original Doom, Doom II and Doom 3 all just appeared on – and then promptly disappeared from – the Nintendo eShop. The surprise almost-launch was probably meant to mark the 25th anniversary of the demon-slaying franchise, but someone at Nintendo jumped the gun. We’ll probably see them again very soon since QuakeCon is just around the corner, and on other platforms!

Daily Fact

Final Fantasy was once exclusive to Nintendo

Today many might think of Final Fantasy’s home having been traditionally the PlayStation platform, but that only started with the iconic Final Fantasy VII in 1997. All those early Final Fantasy RPG adventures were actually tied very closely to Nintendo’s various platforms, but Final Fantasy VII would eventually come to Nintendo Switch in March 2019.

It was the limitation of cartridges that stopped Final Fantasy staying with Nintendo consoles. Anyone who’s played a Final Fantasy knows developer Square sure love their cinematics – it was begging for the world of optical disc storage at 700MB, which is why the games arrived on multiple discs. Square even ran a rather unflattering ad against Nintendo 64 at the time, joking you’d need about $1,200 worth of cartridges to even play Final Fantasy VII if they’d have stuck with it and not switched to PlayStation and optical discs.

Weekly Deals

What are ya buyin’?

This marks our first collection of weekly deals for our US readers. Of course, if you’re living elsewhere in the world and happen to have a US PSN account, you can take advantage of the deals as well! The PlayStation Store is offering substantial discounts on some popular titles, Steam has PUBG for half price, and there’s a tasty bundle including six games up for grabs!

Moonlighter & This War Of Mine (PC) Free from July 25th – August 1st @ Epic Games Store

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Deluxe Edition (PS4) $11.99 @ PlayStation Store

Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition (PS4) $21.24 @ PlayStation Store

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PC) $15.00 @ Steam

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (PC) $13.20 @ Voidu

BioShock Infinite (PC) $7.49 @ IndieGala

Empire Bundle (PC) – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered, SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition & Homeworld Remastered Collection $5 @ Fanatical

Make sure you keep cool and stay hydrated while you play these awesome titles over the weekend. PUBG Season 4 just went live this week, and the original map Erangel has just seen a number of improvements. The new AFTERMATH Survivor pass was also just released, featuring 100 unlockable rewards based on Erangel’s past and present. If Fortnite and Apex Legends aren’t quite hitting the spot for you, consider checking out this more sober take on battle royale.

Daily News

Remothered: Tormented Fathers for Switch delayed

You won’t be able to cool yourself down with the Switch version of the chilling horror game Remothered: Tormented Fathers this week, since it has been delayed until the end of August.

According to developer Stormind Games, the delay was necessary to “polish and tune the final product.” It was originally released in January last year for PC, and then hit Xbox One and PlayStation 4 a bit later. “We want the Nintendo Switch version of Remothered: Tormented Fathers for North America, Europe, and Australia, to be a release that lives up to both the standards of our players and our studio.”

Remothered is now Rescheduled

The horror game from the Italian indie studio has won many awards and accolades, and is meant to be the first entry in a trilogy. The sequel Remothered: Going Porcelain was announced in April this year during the Italian Video Game Awards in Rome, and is due out in 2020 for PC and consoles. Remothered is a psychological horror game where audio plays a crucial role in giving you clues to danger, and offers a more realistic approach to puzzles.

Step into the shoes of Rosemary Reed and figure out exactly what’s going on in eccentric Richard Felton’s mansion. You’re there to investigate the disappearance of a girl called Celeste, at least until Dr. Felton discovers your true purpose – and things start going horribly wrong. Remothered: Tormented Fathers is scheduled to launch August 30th for Nintendo Switch.

Google Stadia nabbed talent from Microsoft’s “Project Rio”

In a not particularly surprising turn of events, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer revealed that they were working on something similar to Google Stadia and their own recently announced Microsoft xCloud, known internally as Project Rio.

More than half a decade ago, Microsoft was showcasing their prototype streaming tech for delivering Xbox games to PC to partners. Spencer also revealed that part of the Stadia team at Google are Microsoft alumni, and that Microsoft shut the project down due to “technical and cost issues” – oh, and the billion-dollar question: “What goal does this serve?” Microsoft was after all in the business of selling Xbox consoles, and Project Rio would compete with their own platform.

It’s a small world after all

According to the interview Spencer gave to Fortune Magazine, this might be changing, since “…it’s really just about how can you reach as many customers as possible in a delightful way that gives them enjoyment and lets them play”. Spencer finds this new perspective “liberating” since it certainly makes sense to stream to customers’ existing devices, “because that’s where the customers are” – and also saves Microsoft the bother of developing and selling these devices, allowing them to focus on the games.

The big game-changer that enabled Microsoft xCloud was the company’s investment in the Azure platform: The work done by the Azure team means there is suddenly infrastructure available that can tackle the major problems for game streaming, such as latency: “…there’s already cement poured, there’s already power and cooling into these buildings, there’s already people to monitor all of the machines…” – so there’s no reason not to use them!

Microsoft xCloud was announced at E3 2019 and will start performing its streaming magic this October. Google Stadia launches a month later in November.

Under The Radar - Songbird Symphony

Birb is the word

(Joysteak Studios – PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)

Musical platformer and rhythm game Songbird Symphony follows a little orphaned bird called Birb on his quest to find his parents. With the ability to sing different notes, and learn more from other birds that you bump into along the way, players will have to solve puzzles, chirp to activate platforms and beat bosses in challenging rhythm battles.

From what we’ve seen of Songbird Symphony so far, it appears to be a relaxing experience with a wholesome vibe. Birb doesn’t feel like he quite fits in anywhere, but you can be sure he’ll slowly change his mind as he makes his way through the story. The most recent trailer introduces a selection of characters who will play an integral part in Birb’s journey. Father figure Uncle Pea; forest wisebird Owl; reliable friend Egbert and a mysterious masked bird will all play a role in Birb’s quest to discover his mysterious past.

May the music guide your way

Riffing off famous fairytale The Ugly Duckling, Joysteak Studios has chosen to focus on the music in Songbird Symphony to bring its world to life. Birb’s actions will unlock extra layers in the soundtrack to change the atmosphere over the course of the game. Players also have to collect feathers and find out who they belong to in order to unravel secrets. Songbird Symphony’s levels are interconnected so expect to learn its vast map well while searching for hidden areas.

In addition to its uplifting tunes, Songbird Symphony’s beautiful pixel art and cute little bopping birds will definitely put a smile on your face. There’s just something about seeing a penguin breakdancing that makes us grin. We’re looking forward to seeing how the tones of so many different species of bird come together, particularly when some of them are equipped with instruments.

If Songbird Symphony has piqued your interest, consider checking out the free demo before purchasing the game. The game swooped onto Steam, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch yesterday, retailing at £13.99. If you happen to be a PC user, you can snap this up at 10% off on the Steam Store until August 1st.

eSports Roundup

Team Liquid might become the best North American CS:GO team ever

Following their victory at ESL One Cologne, Team Liquid continued their flawless streak at IEM Chicago 2019, losing only one map in the entire tournament. Currently sitting in first place of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive World Rankings with more than twice as many points as Team Vitality, Team Liquid are just one major win away from becoming the greatest North American CS:GO lineup we’ve ever seen.

We’re likely to see Team Liquid continue to dominate in upcoming tournaments, but will they still be on form for the StarLadder Berlin Major Champions? Theyíve already matched Astralisí six big-event victory record, so itíll be interesting to see whether they can maintain their streak in the next major, which starts on August 23rd.

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment acquiring Echo Foxís LCS slot for $30.25 million

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment – owner of Premier League football club, Arsenal, NFL team L.A Rams and NBA team Denver Nuggets – has agreed to acquire Echo Fox’s League of Legends Championship Series slot, according to an ESPN report. The $30.35 million slot sale has been agreed, but is still awaiting approval from Riot. The sale may be a result of a dispute between Echo Fox founder Rick Fox and shareholder Ramit Raizada, who used a racist slur in an email exchange with former CEO Jace Hall. This deal marks the second esports acquisition for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which also owns the Gladiators Overwatch League team.

Qualifiers for Hearthstone Masters Tour Bucharest this weekend

The qualifiers for the Hearthstone Masters Tour in Bucharest continue this weekend, giving the winners of each final bracket a golden ticket to the tournament. These qualifier rounds are for Europe, Americas and Asia-Pacific, so if you have a favourite Hearthstone player from any of these regions be sure to cheer for them in Twitch chat. When the qualifiers wrap up at the end of August, the players will compete for $250,000 in the third and final Hearthstone Masters Tour in Bucharest, Romania from October 18th-20th.

Weekly Giveaway

Rise of Insanity

It’s time for another awesome giveaway from all of us here at Dailybits – and this one’s not for the faint of heart. It’s a first-person psychological horror game called Rise of Insanity – think Silent Hill, Layers of Fear, or P.T., except a little bit scarier. It’s even got VR support, if you think you’re brave enough…

Every day this week, we will give one lucky winner on our active reader list a PS4 code!

“Set in America in the 1970s, the story centers around Dr. Stephen Dowell, a renowned psychologist faced with a difficult patient who shows distinct yet contradictory symptoms of different mental disorders.
The life of the doctor himself is also shrouded in mystery – you must step into his shoes to find out the truth. What terrible fate has befallen your wife and child? Is your new patient, on whom you are testing your experimental treatment methods, somewhat responsible for what happened?

Who is to blame? Don’t lose your nerve, and overcome your fear.”

News Bits

Special Disney-themed “Switch Minnie” for Japan

A special Disney-themed Nintendo Switch will mark the launch of Disney Tsum Tsum Festival in Japan on October 10th. Nintendo has revealed the Switch Minnie, which will include the new and improved Switch model featuring longer battery life, the Disney Tsum Tsum Festival game and DLC, as well as some pink and purple Joy-Cons with a patterned dock station. Check out Nintendo Japan for more.

Bust out in Omega Labyrinth Life

Dungeon RPG Omega Labyrinth Life for Nintendo Switch and Labyrinth Life for PlayStation 4 will grace the western hemisphere in beginning of August thanks to Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store. D3 Publisher is promising a ‘lewd, busty, and hardcore roguelike’ where power literally rests in the busts of our heroes – although the PS4 release is supposedly slightly less lewd. To find out exactly how lewd, check out the Announcement trailer.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What year was the first QuakeCon?

Answer: 1996!

Yes, the first-ever QuakeCon was held in the first-ever year of Quake! QuakeCon 2019 begins today, and now it’s a massive event fully supported and sponsored by id Software and their owners Bethesda – and it even has a simultaneous European counterpart for the first time! But it all began with a bunch of Doom fans getting together in a Texas hotel to play id’s newest game, Quake.

Although not exactly an official event back then, the id Software team showed up and mingled with the attendees. The next 1997 event was partially sponsored by Activision and id, but 1998 was apparently a bit of a shambles – leading id Software to take more responsibility for the event 1999, and they’ve kept up the tradition to this day. This very day, actually! Have fun, if you’re lucky enough to be there!

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