Firaxis developing XCOM-style Marvel’s Avengers game

Today: Ratchet & Clank finally provides PlayStation 5 raison d’etre — Injustice Mobile Celebrates Pride month by asking players to beat up a bisexual character — Yuji Naka no longer with Square Enix after Balan Wonderland flops

Firaxis making XCOM-style Marvel game

Marvel universe is vast and it might not be set on Earth

2K Games' E3 2021 line-up has leaked, and suggests that Firaxis is making an XCOM-style turn-based strategy game based on Marvel's Avengers.

First appearing on Reddit, the information has been corroborated. Time to put down bets on which heroes will be included in the roster and who the “famous actors” voicing them are!

Not quite XCOM: It seems safe to assume that there will be big differences between the XCOM formula and the new Marvel game, since XCOM features broad customization options and gleefully kills off your squaddies when you make mistakes.

We demand:

  • An upgradable ‘ant farm’ base/lair/helicarrier for our heroes
  • Entirely new heroes of our own creation with custom powers
  • Playable big names like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow
  • XCOM’s Central Officer Bradford or likewise as an advisor
  • Original story or at least an option to ‘break’ established canon

Which lawyer tried to ban GTA before their disbarment in 2008?

a) Janet Reno
b) Al Cárdenas
c) Jack Thompson 
d) Federico A. Moreno

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.

Popularity contests as bloodsport

SNK decided who should appear in King of Fighters ’97’s Special Team by issuing three separate polls that ran in Japanese videogame magazines during development.

The King of Fighters '97 updated in 2018 with online multiplayer

Neo Geo Freaks picked Billy Kane, while Famitsu readers wanted the newcomer Ryuji Yamazaki. Finally, Gamest readers narrowly elected newcomer Blue Mary over Duck King with just a few votes to spare.

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

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart out for PS5

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is made by Insomniac Games

Final Fantasy VII Remake update Intergrade is out for PlayStation 5 this week along with the eagerly anticipated Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, while Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection slashes its way onto PC and console.

Tuesday – June 08th

  • Chivalry 2 for PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX
  • Edge of Eternity for PC
  • Neptunia ReVerse for PS5

Wednesday – June 09th

  • Alba: A Wildlife Adventure for NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX
  • No More Heroes for PC
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle for PC
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis for PC, XBO, XSX
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (JP) for PC, NS, PS4

Thursday – June 10th

  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale for PC, PS4, PS5
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade for PS5
  • Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection for PC, NS, PS4, XBO

Friday – June 11th

  • Game Builder Garage for NS
  • Guilty Gear -STRIVE- for PC, PS4, PS5
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart for PS5

Injustice 2 Mobile Celebrates Pride by beating up Poison Ivy

Injustice 2 Mobile uses RPG and collection mechanics

A recent Global Challenge posed to the Injustice 2 Mobile community has caused controversy due to an attempt to tie Pride Month into the challenge, which features Poison Ivy – a canonically bisexual character.

The marketing ploy didn't quite work out, since players rightfully agreed that it was not very tasteful to celebrate Pride Month by beating up Poison Ivy 500,000 times to unlock rewards.

Oopsie-daisy: “We recognize associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate,” read a statement on the games official Twitter account.

No bed of roses: Poison Ivy is a murderous villain in the DC universe, but she has also become an LGBTQ+ icon for her relationships with characters like Harley Quinn, which DC Comics confirmed on Twitter back in 2015.

Which lawyer tried to ban GTA before their disbarment in 2008?

Do kids these days even remember Jack Thompson?

ANSWER: Jack Thompson!

Remember the great videogame panic of the 2000s, when ambulance chasing lawyer Jack Thompson tried to ban videogames? He also had it in for rap music and radio shock-jockey Howard Stern, accusing them all of obscenity. His penchant for frivolous lawsuits and extreme allegations earned him loads of media coverage, where he spread bon mots like calling Grand Theft Auto IV “the gravest assault upon children in this country since polio”.

Thompson's crusade eventually came to an abrupt end when he was disbarred for improper conduct. He was accused of repeated counts of defamation, with the transcript detailing them stretching on for no less than 2000 pages, so the Florida Supreme Court decided he was not fit for lawyering. As a result, no-one saved America's youth from Grand Theft Auto IV, rap music, or Howard Stern and, well, see where we are now!

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!