Fan’s can’t wait any longer for Mother 4

Today: CD Projekt is going back to basics with their gog.com store — Bethesda launches video series lifting the curtain on Starfield — Valve and Oculus will be getting competition from Apple next year

Fans take Mother into their own hands

Logo of fan-made MOTHER 4

Ambitious EarthBound fans have gotten sick of waiting for Nintendo to announce a new chapter in the series, and have taken it upon themselves to make their own sequel, boldly named Mother 4.

Like in the earlier games, the story follows “a group of teenagers and their road trip across a rose-tinted America.”, and you can catch a first glimpse of the game in the reveal trailer.

  • Mother 4 is a fan project run entirely by independent developers
  • No connection with Nintendo or HAL Laboratory
  • Shigesato Itoi has said he has no plans for a sequel
  • Mother is known as EarthBound outside Japan

Mother FAQ: The official website features a FAQ answering most questions you might have, as well as showing off pictures from the game and listing a rough timeline for the development.

Roadtrip: The heroes of Mother 4 are small town teenagers Aaron, Maggie, Troy, Trisme and “many other loyal allies” dealing with the aftermath of a “fateful meeting” deep in the woods.

Which game character do you assassinate in Grand Theft Auto 3?

a) Mario
b) Lara Croft
c) Tanner
d) Duke Nukem

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.

GOG is going back to its DRM-free roots

GOG.com logo

GOG.com is CD Projekt's online games store, which originally specialized in bringing old games to new audiences. It eventually grew into a more typical storefront offering both new and old games, but CD Projekt is taking it back to its roots following disappointing financial results.

The business posted a year-to-date loss of $2.21 million in the third quarter of 2021, a significant drop from the $1.37 million profits in the same period in 2020. CFO Piotr Nielubowicz announced that there will be changes, specifically a return to the original concept: Curated DRM-free games.

Downsizing: Some of the GOG developers will be transferred to other parts of the company, and the store will no longer be part of the Gwent consortium to avoid affecting its financial results. GOG was recently the subject of some controversy after it started selling Hitman – Game of the Year Edition, which features online DRM.

Go behind the scenes of Starfield

Still from Into the Starfield series’ first episode

Bethesda has launched a behind-the-scenes series called Into the Starfield, and the first episode features a chat with game director Todd Howard.

Studio director Angela Browder and art director Matt Carofano also appear, chatting with Howard about how the studio's “ambitions, passions, and history” have evolved alongside its games over the years.

Space Scrolls: Of course, they are also talking about Starfield, Bethesda's upcoming science-fiction role-playing game that is being developed alongside the next Elder Scrolls game.

Stay tuned: “Keep an eye out in the coming months for more episodes of ‘Into the Starfield,’” ahead of the game's scheduled launch on November 11th, 2022.

Akupara Games & Nacon Collection sales

Nacon Space, Sports & Orcs Collection banner

Humble Bundle has more pay-what-you-want bundles as usual, such as the Akupara Games 5th Anniversary Bundle which features no less than 14 items that can be yours if you pay more than £7.44.

Next up is the Nacon Space, Sports & Orcs Collection boasting 9 items that can be all yours if you pay £7.30 or more.

Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector keys

Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector artwork

If the grim darkness of the future sounds tempting and war is just icing on the cake, then rejoice for we have Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector keys for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in our latest giveaway. More keys for the key god!

Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector is a fast paced, turn-based strategy game that plunges you into the fray of the 41st millennium where you will develop armies and field mighty heroes. Enter our Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector Giveaway for your chance to seize glory!

Apple AR headset late next year

Rumour has it Apple's not-so-secret augmented reality project will be released next year. A research report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the AR device will feature two processors, one of which will likely be an M1 chip. Displays are apparently delivered by Sony and will be 4K micro OLED panels.

Build and fly your own planes in VR

Now you can achieve your dream of flying, at least in VR. SimplePlanes VR is out on December 17th, and also enables you to build planes in VR via the original SimplePlanes but you need to buy that separately.

Fruit Ninja VR 2 is finally in Early Access

Halfbrick Studios is almost ready to deliver a fresh and tasty Fruit Ninja VR 2 experience thanks to months of testing and polish, and the Steam Early Access version will be available on December 3rd.

Which game character do you assassinate in Grand Theft Auto 3?

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ANSWER: Tanner!

Before Grand Theft Auto 3 changed open-world games forever, the closest you would get to driving around in a living, breathing city was Driver 2. It's a pretty clear inspiration for Grand Theft Auto 3, and it's not exactly a surprise that Rockstar paid homage to the series. What's a little more surprising is how they decided to go about it.

The Yakuza asks you to kill an undercover cop posing as a driver, described as “strangely animated” and “useless out of his car”. Harsh, but possibly fair considering Grand Theft Auto is now the biggest name in games while the Driver series stalled after Driver San Francisco. Tanner just didn't have the chops.

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!