Fall Guys Season 2 Dated, GeForce RTX 3070 Delayed

Today: Prepare for a frustrating Halloween with Fall Guys season two — Microsoft opens registrations for Flight Simulator 2020 VR beta — Blizzard delays Shadowlands, but hopes it will still come out this year

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New Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit trailers

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit puts a new spin on the kart racing genre by putting cameras on real remote controlled vehicles and letting you build circuits in your own home.

Don’t worry you can’t accidentally red shell family pets, yet

“Use the Nintendo Switch system to control your kart and watch as it reacts to what’s happening in the game as you boost and drift to victory. Your in-home course comes to life on-screen with a view from right behind the driver’s seat,” says Nintendo.

How it works: The new trailer demonstrates how the game works and explains how the cameras mounted on the remote controlled karts connects to the Switch to play back a mix of video footage and real-time rendered gameplay. It also shows how you can build your own circuits using the checkpoint gates.

Why it works: There's also a behind-the-scenes developer interview showing how Nintendo and Velan Studios came up with the idea and showing off some prototypes. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is out for Switch on October 16th.

When was the first version of Microsoft Flight Simulator released?

a) 1980
b) 1982
c) 1984
d) 1988

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.

Sword of Sodan teaches us all not to overdose on potions

The 1990 hack and slasher Sword of Sodan from Innerprise for SEGA Genesis had a very important lesson it would like to convey to all the hip kids out there. This medieval fantasy world would instantly kill you if you decided to down four unique potions at once, with the message “Winners don't do drugs” scrawled across the screen.

Winners don’t do drugs, unless it’s a doctor’s prescription

This was a FBI drug warning commonly placed on arcade games imported by the American Amusement Machine Assocation. Innerprise developed a sequel to Sword of Sodan, but it was never released and the only evidence of its existence is a single screenshot printed in a game magazine.

Maybe the first game was so good at discouraging the enjoyment of recreational potions that there was no need for a second one?

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Fall Guys' second season officially cursed

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout season two begins on October 8th, so expect things to turn spooky and frustrating as Halloween draws near.

The spooky and slimy season two begins October 8

“Announcing dates always feels like you're cursing things, but it's Halloween month, so let's get cursed!” according to Fall Guys on Twitter. “Season 2 launches on Thursday 8th October”. Until then, you will earn twice the number of fame points.

Nameplates: Mediatonic recently showed the new nameplates feature that allows players to personalize a bit more with a banner and a nickname. Nicknames will include community-only nicknames as well as titles earned from one-off events or ranking high in a season.

Trick & treat: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout launched on August 4th and has been testing the limits of both frustration and friendship ever since. The battle royale platformer remains popular on streaming platforms and is about to have its first substantial update with the launch of its second season.

Bringing Among Us to console is not easy

Developer Innersloth can't just bring Among Us to console, because the game relies so heavily on allowing players to communicate effectively with each other.

Among Us has you trying to figure out the imposter

The core experience of the game will have to change to make it work well on console, and that means it simply might not be as fun since so much of the game's appeal is in the text-based chat.

“We'd have to write a system for quick comms. It'd basically be for randoms, like Rocket League,” said programmer Forest Willard. “I don't know if we'd be able to implement console voice chat or not.”

Input dilemma: There is no in-game voice chat support in Among Us, so players either communicate through the built-in text chat or using third-party apps like Discord. The game would also need some kind of account system with a friend list “because it's real hard to do anything without that s***.”

No sequel: There was an Among Us sequel in development, but it was scrapped in favour of updating the original game once it became a phenomenon. The game has become a surprise streaming hit, and Among Us is regularly topping both Steam and Twitch in player count and viewers. Among Us is available for PC, iOS and Android.

Go on a VR tour of classic bathrooms

Some classic first-person games are being revived in VR, and what better way to see what they have to offer the modern gamer than a tour of their bathrooms?

Flush your way through GoldenEye 007, Silent Hill, Half-Life, Deus Ex and Duke Nukem 3D while marveling at all the different facilities you can use and abuse.

Microsoft Flight Simulator closed VR beta

Microsoft are looking for testers for the closed beta of their VR update for Flight Simulator 2020. The update will be rolled out in two phases: The first will focus on Windows Mixed Reality headsets, while the second one adds support for other platforms.

The tests will “only allow a select group of testers at any given time,” and there's no guarantee that you will be selected if you sign up. You will need a copy of the game, a VR headset and be able to submit a DxDiag result to qualify, and if you get selected you will also need to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Explore Atlantis in VR this winter

Orichalcum Pictures and VR Connection are launching the puzzle-adventure Ryte: The Eye of Atlantis later this year, inspired by classic first-person adventure games like Myst.

“We are working diligently to ensure our vision of this mythical civilization is just as entertaining to play as it is true-to-life,” according to Orichalcum Pictures’ Clovis Rossillon. The game will support Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index at launch.

When was the first version of Microsoft Flight Simulator released?

ANSWER: 1982!

Almost forty years of taking to the skies...

Microsoft's Flight Simulator series has been a technical marvel ever since the series began in 1982, with Flight Simulator 1.0 for the IBM Personal Computer. It may not look like much now, but it was a huge deal in the early 80s and demonstrated the power and versatility of the then-new personal computer.

You could fly a Cessna 182 around Chicago, Los Angeles, New York or Seattle. There was also a combat mode called Europe 1917, where you flew a Sopwith Camel and engaged in dogfights with other flying aces.

The series quickly packed on an impressive array of features like joystick support and a broader set of environments that leaves the first iteration looking rather primitive, but it's still an amazing achievement considering the hardware limitations.

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

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