Elden Ring appears at Summer Game Fest

Today: Summer Game Fest lines up big reveals, ending with Elden Ring — Koch Media rebrands their game publishing to Prime Matter — Ever wondered what Virtual Boy would be like if it wasn’t bad?

Summer Game Fest highlights round-up

Summer Game Fast begins June 10

The Summer Game Fest is upon us, and it has already unleashed a torrent of announcements, world premieres and unveilings. Here are the highlights of Geoff Keighley's sun-streaked game-o-rama.

Highlights

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)World Premiere
    January 21st, 2022 (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5)
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands (Gearbox Software)World Premiere
    Early 2022 (PC, XBX, PS5)
  • Metal Slug Tactics (Leikir Studio/Dotemu)World Premiere
    TBA (PC)
  • Death Stranding Director’s Cut (Kojima Productions/PlayStation Studios)World Premiere
    TBA 2021 (PS5)
  • Jurassic Park Evolution 2 (Frontier Developments)World Premiere
    TBA 2021 (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5)
  • Sable (Shedworks/Raw Fury)
    September 23rd, 2021 (PC)
  • Lostark (Smilegate RPG/Amazon Games)World Premiere
    Fall 2021 (PC)
  • Call of Duty Warzone Season 4 (Activision)Game Trailer
    June 17th (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5)
  • Free Guy (Feature Film)Official Trailer 3
    August 13th, 2021
  • Among Us (Innersloth)Roadmap Reveal Trailer
    Out Now (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5, NS)
  • Salt and Sacrifice (Ska Studios)World Premiere
    TBA 2022 (PS4, PS5)
  • Chivalry 2 (Torn Banner Studios)Launch Trailer
    Out Now (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5)
  • The Anacrusis (Stray Bombay)World Premiere
    TBA (PC, XBO, XBX)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Hunt (Sharkmob)World Premiere
    TBA 2021 (PC)
  • Dark Pictures Anthology – House of Ashes (Supermassive Games/Bandai Namco)Story Trailer
    October 22nd, 2021 (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5)
  • Tales of Arise (Bandai Namco)Gameplay Trailer
    September 10th, 2021 (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5)
  • Planet of Lana (Wishfully/Thunderful)World Premiere
    TBA 2022 (PC)
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (Marvelous/Capcom)Story Trailer
    July 9th, 2021 (PC, NS)
  • Endless Dungeon (Amplitude/Sega)Gameplay Trailer
    TBA 2022 (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5, NS)
  • Two Point Campus (Two Point Studios/Sega)World Premiere
    TBA 2022 (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5, NS)
  • Back 4 Blood (Turtle Rock Studios/WBIE)World Premiere
    October 12th, 2021 (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5)
  • Tribes of Midgard (Norsfell)World Premiere
    July 27th, 2021 (PC, PS4, PS5)
  • Evil Dead: The Game (Saber Interactive)World Premiere
    TBA 2021 (PC, XBO, PS4, XBX, PS5, NS)

What student game was Portal’s predecessor?

a) Narbacular Drop
b) Tag: The Power of Paint
c) Dreamside Maroon
d) Attack of the 50ft Robot!

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.

Soylent, songbirds and malevolent AI

There’s an unused FMV buried on the second disc of Xenogears for PlayStation, which features a song called Stars of Tears composed by Yasunori Mitsuda with vocals by Joanne Hogg.

Xenogears was the first entry in the Xeno RPG series

Apart from lavish yet unseen musical numbers, Xenogears is also full of pop culture references including a suspicious food processing plant in the Soylent system, and a super computer called SOL-9000 who presumably does a smashing rendition of Daisy Bell.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Switch sales are dropping in the UK

Switch Lite was the first major Switch refresh

UK Sales figures from Gfk Entertainment reveals that Switch sales are finally slowing down, and that PlayStation 5 is the new best-selling console now that supply has started to stabilize.

Xbox Series X is also more available than before, and came in second. It looks like the COVID-19 and Animal Crossing boosts are over for Switch.

Sales are up: Console sales in the UK are up 22% over last year, and PlayStation 5 along with its DualSense controllers are leading in hardware sales while Resident Evil: Village was the best-selling game in May.

4K revival: Persistent rumours claim Nintendo is about to introduce a beefier version of Switch supporting 4K output, which just might bring Switch back into the lead.

Koch Media announce Prime Matter label

Deep Silver is a subsidiary of Koch Media

Koch Media has founded a new premium label called Prime Matter and new third-party games will be published under that brand.

Here's the line-up of games published under the new name, which includes heavy hitters like Payday 3.

Portfolio line-up

  • Payday 3 – TBA 2023
  • Crossfire: Legion – TBA 2022
  • Painkiller (new game) – TBA
  • Kings Bounty 2 – August 24, 2021
  • Gungrave G.O.R.E – TBA 2022
  • Kingdome Come Deliverance (Nintendo Switch)

New IP

  • Scars Above – TBA 2022
  • Codename Final Form (working title) – TBA
  • Dolmen – TBA 2022
  • The Last Oricru – TBA 2022
  • Echoes Of The End (working title) – TBA
  • The Chant (working title) – TBA 2022
  • Encased – September 2021

We’ve got 5 copies of adventure Backbone for PC

Like Pokemon, but with guns and no unionised labour

Furry noir detective adventure Backbone is out now on PC, and we've got 5 Steam keys to give away so you can release your inner sleuth and unravel the mysteries of Vancouver as raccoon private dick Howard Lotor. It will be available on PS4, Xbox One and Switch later on this year. 

Poke holes in alibis, hide liquor in your drawer, and size up crooks by participating in our Backbone Giveaway!

What student game was Portal’s predecessor?

Imagine your student project impressing Valve’s head.

ANSWER: Narbacular Drop!

The first few runs of Tiger Woods 99 for PlayStation featured a clip of Jesus vs. Santa, an animated short by Trey Parker and Matt Stone which introduced the town of South Park and its foul-mouthed children. If you stick the disc in a computer CD-ROM drive, you’ll find a quicktime file with the minute short.

Needless to say, Jesus vs. Santa was not supposed to ship with the game. According to the disc’s metadata, the file was added just a few days before the game was sent to manufacturing although no-one knows who’s responsible for the wanton act of vandalism.

EA recalled the game, and removed the file from its master copy. If you are the lucky owner of one of the first 100,000 discs pressed, you might just own the world’s one and only Tiger Woods x South Park crossover.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!