First PS5 Gameplay using UE5, Mafia Remakes Coming Soon

TODAY: Viral marketing protip: Don’t direct fans to unaffiliated companies — Nintendo decides they don’t want to pack theatres with kids just yet — Microsoft pulls a Tony Hawk, leaks 2K Games’ Mafia Trilogy release date

Unreal Engine 5 Shows PS5 Gameplay

Epic shows off first Unreal Engine 5 tech demo on PlayStation 5 hardware

The latest and greatest from this Summer of Gaming Event is a real-time PlayStation 5 tech demo.

The playable tech demo is powered by Epic’s new Unreal Engine 5, and both the developers and Epic declared that the demo would be impossible without the “massive, massive increase in graphics performance” offered by PlayStation 5.

Epic’s statement: “This is not just a whole lot of polygons and memory. It’s also a lot of polygons being loaded every frame as you walk around through the environment and this sort of detail you don’t see in the world would absolutely not be possible at any scale without these breakthroughs that Sony’s made,” said Tim Sweeney.

Going next-gen: Epic is also working to launch Fortnite for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. While we still haven’t seen any other PlayStation 5 gameplay, the Unreal Engine 5 tech demo is the best indication of what to expect from Sony’s new console.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which Panzer Dragoon game included a port of the original Saturn game?

  • Panzer Dragoon Mini
  • Panzer Dragoon II Zwei
  • Panzer Dragoon Saga
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta

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.

Daily Fact

Five Nights at Freddy’s 4, a pizzeria, and a bunch of 7s and 8s

The viral marketing campaign for 2015 horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 featured a glitchy website that would display a series of 7s and 8s.

People quickly figured out that the sequence 8788788778 could be put into Google Maps and would show you a pizzeria. Unfortunately – but perhaps predictably – people started harassing the pizzeria, forcing Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon to announce that the pizza place had nothing to do with the games.

The pizzeria owner, on the other hand, decided to make the best of the weird situation, and offered a Fazbears Pizzeria Special for a limited time.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Pokemon News and Events

Pokémon the Movie Coco delayed

Upcoming animated feature Pokémon the Movie Coco was scheduled to open in Japanese cinemas on July 10th, but has been delayed since packed cinemas and pandemics don’t go well together.

Fortunately, the latest Pokémon Masters and Pokémon Rumble Rush events are right on time!

Blissful Bonanza for Pokémon Masters lasts until May 30th, offering one battle a day which rewards a Happy Ticket, Joy Ticket or Bliss Ticket.

The Rumble Rush Battle Royale Cup lasts until May 27th, featuring special power-up bonuses for Dragon-type moves.

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Wild Area Event shift
    • Ends: 23:59 UTC on May 18th
    • Dragapult, Togekiss and Rotom leave boosted Raids
    • Event focuses on Gigantamax Pikachu
    • Shiny Gigantamax Pikachu available with Hidden Ability
  • Gigantamax Eevee in Max Raid Battles May 19th – 25th
  • Gigantamax Meowth in Max Raid Battles May 26th – June 1st

Pokemon GO

  • Community Day details revealed for May 24th
    • Niantic hosting 24 hour live stream starting 01:00 UTC on May 24th
    • Focuses on Seedot
    • 3 Hour Incense and triple Capture Experience
    • Bullet Seed given to Shiftry
    • Elite Fast TM, 30 Ultra Balls, 3 Incense and 3 Lucky Eggs in Community Day bundle
  • Virizion Raid Hour 18:00 on May 13th
  • Virizionwill with Shiny variant appears as Level 5 Raid Boss until 20:00 UTC on May 19th
  • Terrakion appears in Raid Battles from 20:00 UTC on May 19th until 20:00 UTC on May 26th
  • Terrakion Raid Hour 18:00 on May 20th local time

PlayStation Operating Reports

Sony lowers revenue expectations

PlayStation hardware revenue has plunged both because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imminent arrival of a brand-new console.

The Game and Network Services division of Sony reported ¥1.98 trillion in revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, a 14 percent decrease year-on-year. The games division made an operating profit of ¥238 billion, which is down from ¥311 billion last year. Sony blamed a dearth of first-party hits.

PlayStation 5: “…although factors such as employees working from home and restrictions on international travel have presented some challenges in regards to part of the testing process and the qualification of production lines, development is progressing with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season,” Sony said in a statement.

Income warning: The setbacks and expectations of lower revenues and profits in coming quarters are not affecting Sony’s next-generation console plans. They expect their results for the end of fiscal year 2020 on March 31st 2021 “to be at least 30% lower” than last year.

What Else Happened Today?

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which Panzer Dragoon game included a port of the original Saturn game?

Answer: Panzer Dragoon Orta!

While not quite as expensive as Panzer Dragoon Saga, the original Panzer Dragoon often fetches $100 on eBay.

Add a Saturn console plus adapters to get the old hunk to display decent pictures on your TV, and you’re definitely a few hundred dollars poorer. But there is a better solution: Panzer Dragoon Orta for Xbox!

The 2002 classic is backwards compatible with Xbox One and it’s even for sale on the Xbox Games Store for a tenner. Then you just need to beat Panzer Dragoon Orta on any difficulty and you’ll unlock the original. Both games are well worth your time, so maybe it’s time to saddle up for some dragon riding fun?

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