Free Radical Design reformed for Timesplitters return

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Free Radical Design has been resurrected

Free Radical became Crytek UK before closing down

Embracer Group's annual financial report reveals that Free Radical Design is starting up again, reformed by the original founders.

The resurrected studio is already working on its first project: A brand-new TimeSplitters game. It will be published by Deep Silver, which is also owned by Embracer. Free Radical Design was originally founded in 1999 by part of the team behind GoldenEye 007, and they made three TimeSplitters games between 2000 and 2005.

Radical dudes: “We are happy to announce the formation of a new studio, Free Radical Design, based in Nottingham, UK,” says the report. It will operate as a subsidiary of Deep Silver.

Cult classic: Embracer Group has built up an impressive portfolio of game companies over the last few years, often picking up and reviving abandoned intellectual property with a loyal following, as well as world-class studios like Gearbox.

What was Hokuto no Ken for Sega Master System called in the West?

a) Black Belt 
b) Last Battle
c) Fighting Mania
d) Lost Paradise 

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.

No pirates allowed in Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku II for Game Boy Advance would display an admonishment and dump you right back at the title screen if the game detected that you were playing a pirated copy.

One Piece today has 98 manga volumes

The piracy check would be performed when Gohan first goes to the world map, making pirated versions distinctly unenjoyable. The game’s opening FMV was cut out of the European version, since the cartridge space was needed for all the additional languages.

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Final Fantasy XIV fans honour Berserk

FFXIV players honouring Kentaro Miura

Berserk creator Kentaro Miura has passed away at the age of 54, and Final Fantasy XIV players gathered to pay their respects to the legendary manga writer and artist.

The memorial quickly grew as images and video of the mourning players appeared online, and an ever-increasing number of players started lining up around the cities Ul'dah and Limsa Lominsa.

Guts and glory: Many players switched their character class to Dark Knight, which was strongly inspired by Berserk, and posing with their swords plunged into the ground.

Manga icon: Miura started working on Berserk in October 1989, and worked on it until he passed away on May 6th from acute aortic dissection. His death was formally announced this week by Young Animal Comics.

Epic Games Store Mega Sale 2021

The Epic Mega Sale 2021 runs May 20 to June 17

The Mega Sale 2021 is under way on Epic Games Store, with discounts up to 75% off until the sale ends on June 17th, and there's a $10 coupon as a reward just for showing up.

You can also nab a free copy of NBA 2K21 until May 27th, and buying any game that costs more than $14.99 during the sale will earn you that $10 coupon.

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What was Hokuto no Ken for Sega Master System called in the West?

Omae wa mo shindeiru

ANSWER: Black Belt!

If you’re into manga and anime, you might know Hokuto no Ken, or Fist of the North Star. The manga was a monster hit in Japan before it conquered the rest of the world, and there have been quite a few games based on Kenshiro’s adventures. The first one was simply called Hokuto no Ken, and it was a 2D beat’em-up where your enemies explode when you defeat them.

Since Fist of the North Star was still unknown outside Japan at the time and the developer didn’t have an international license for the IP, the international version simply scrubbed the game of any references to the manga and renamed to Black Belt. Kenshiro was renamed Riki, while Yuria was renamed Kyoko. It might not be the most popular of Sega’s early games, but it was one of the first ones Yuji Naka worked on before he created Sonic the Hedgehog.

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!