Elden Ring Gameplay showcases bosses, crafting and NPCs

Today: Take-Two cancels unannounced live game project after four years in development — Total War: Warhammer 3 out early next year — Square Enix blames Crystal Dynamics for Marvel’s Avengers

Have a taste of Elden Ring gameplay

Animated montage of Elden Ring gameplay

Bandai Namco has released 15 minutes of Elden Ring gameplay from the PC version, warning that it is not representative of the final quality. That doesn't stop it from looking pretty amazing.

Elden Ring is the spiritual sequel to Dark Souls, and FromSoftware has expanded the series' trademark combat and exploration to an open world, introducing a new riding and mounted combat system. The video opens showing some exploration before getting into some combat.

  • Shows the fundamentals of the game, from combat to weird humour
  • Combines indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Expect grand boss battles, as usual
  • Elden Ring is scheduled to launch on February 25 next year

Hot tease: The first big battle showcase starts when a dragon swoops in and assaults the player. The player fights back with a combination of ranged and melee attacks, both on and off horseback.

Familiar: The video demonstrates a wide range of gameplay, from exploration and big battles to stealth takedowns and spirit summoning. The combat appears more refined than before while the expansive, highly vertical environments resemble Sekiro.

What Diddy Kong Racing track was recreated during Crash Team Racing’s development?

a) Boulder Canyon
b) Crescent Island
c) Greenwood Village
d) Snowball Valley

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.

Take-Two cancels Hangar 13 project

Concept artwork of Mafia 3

The latest financial report from Take-Two Interactive reveals that it cancelled a project at Mafia 3 developer Hangar 13, which after four years in development cost a total of $53 million.

The project was a three-player co-op live service game codenamed Volt that was supposed to rival Bungie's Destiny. A key mechanic was enemies fusing together to become more powerful.

Bad news: "T2 is announcing today that 2K has made the difficult decision to stop developing the project," according to an email studio founder Haden Blackman sent to the company's 200 employees.

Next idea: The studio will “begin developing future projects soon” said Blackman. Volt would have been its first new game since Mafia 3, which was something of a commercial disappointment.

Total War: Warhammer 3 coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch early next year

CGI of the Ogre Kingdoms’ Greasus Goldtooth

Creative Assembly and Sega have announced that Total War: Warhammer 3 will launch on February 17th next year, and will be available on Xbox Game Pass for PC at launch.

If you pre-order the game or buy it in its first week on sale, you will be awarded the Ogre Kingdoms Race Pack as thanks for your support.

Glory hunts: “They wage bloody war from their nomadic camps deep within the Mountains of Mourn, ever keen to take on bountiful contracts and add illustrious Big Names to their titles.”

Monstrous: The Ogre Kingdoms features two Legendary Lords: Greasus Goldtooth and Skrag the Slaughterer. You’ll lead “colossal warriors and primeval monsters” in your quest for plunder, treasure, meat, and glory.

Let’s Build a Zoo PC giveaway

Designed park in Let's Build a Zoo

Do you like pixels? Do you like animals? Then you are going to love Let's Build a Zoo, which lets you build and manage your own zoo with over 500 different animals that you can also genetically engineer into a veritable infinity of adorable abominations.

Design enclosures, hire staff, keep your guests happy and make sure nature does not find a way out of your park. Enter our Let's Build a Zoo Giveaway for a chance to win a key and build the zoo of your dreams.

Brave Browser rewards you for surfing

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Maybe your internet connection is fast, but what about your browser? The Brave Browser is built from the ground up for speed, privacy and providing an ad-free Internet.

You can opt-in for ads that respect your privacy, and even earn rewards. It’s quick and easy to use, featuring the same comforts and conveniences you expect from a modern browser.

What Diddy Kong Racing track was recreated during Crash Team Racing’s development?

Diddy Kong racing on Crescent Island. Just replace him with Crash Bandicoot, and you’ll get the idea.

ANSWER: Crescent Island!

Kart Racers weren't huge on the original PlayStation, but Crash Team Racing remains one of the greats. It's kooky, varied, good in multiplayer, and looked great for its time. The secret to its success? The team at Naughty Dog knew that great artists steal. The first track they built for the game was stolen straight out of Rare's Diddy Kong Racing.

In order to find out what the PlayStation could do, Naughty Dog recreated Crescent Island from Diddy Kong Racing. While that might sound trivial, the PlayStation had a lot of limitations compared to the Nintendo 64 and it was most likely quite a challenge to pull off. Maybe one day some footage from it will appear.

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