Free Starter Pack for Hitman 3, Pokemon AR Glasses

Today: Niantic is getting into the augmented reality hardware business — CD Projekt is expanding its operations with a new studio in Vancouver — Sony ends support for old platforms on July 2nd

See the world and kill interesting people

Don't call it a demo, call it a free starter pack! Whatever you call it, you can download Hitman 3 and enjoy the ICA Facility for free.

World of Assassination wrapped up with Hitman 3

The Dubai – On Top of the World mission is also free until April 5th, so head over to Epic Game Store and download the starter pack so you can “Skydive down onto the tallest building in the world and experience the breath-taking scenery before hunting down your targets,”.

Free vacation: “Explore the top floors of this exquisite building – both inside and out, complete your objectives and then make your escape.” As you complete missions in the game you earn XP and unlock items and weapons that you can then carry over in future playthroughs.

Sample the delights: The starter pack will also offer demos of other locations. From March 30th, you can enjoy the opening Hitman 2 mission Nightcall, set in the idyllic Hawke's Bay in New Zealand. Elusive Targets might also make an appearance in the future.

Who were the protagonists of the prototype that became Pikmin?

a) David and Goliath
b) Cain and Abel
c) Adam and Eve
d) Jesus and Paul

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.

Any colour you want, as long as it’s black

The Varia suit in Metroid II: Return of Samus has bigger shoulders than before since the Game Boy could only display four shades of black and no colours, necessitating a redesign for the sake of clarity and contrast.

Game Boy’s mighty four shades of black

The limited palette also meant that Samus’ arm cannon needed a new way to indicate that it was ready to use. Instead of turning blue like in the previous game, the tip of the arm cannon would open and extend, a touch that was carried on in future instalments.

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Pokémon GO’s Niantic trial AR glasses

Niantic is thinking big, and are working on their own augmented reality glasses that will support games like Pokémon Go and the newly announced Pikmin mobile game.

Microsoft Hololens was demonstrated with Pokemon GO

Niantic clearly wants to establish its own games platform rather than rely on iOS or Android, suggesting the company has bigger plans than just making fancy pedometers for all eternity. Niantic is also opening registrations for testing their new Pikmin game for Singaporean users.

Pokémon Go

  • Raid Bosses have shifted until April 13th
  • Tornadus Therian Forme added
  • Leaf Storm move coming April 12th to multiple Pokémon
  • Payback move learned by multiple Pokémon on April 12
  • Spring into Spring event
    • Runs: April 4th-8th
    • Spring and Easter related Pokémon spawn increase
    • Shiny Bunnelby and Mega Lopunny added
    • Multiple Pokémon variants in flower crowns added
    • Mega Lopunny themed outfits
    • Exclusive Gift Stickers will be at PokéStops
  • Pokémon GO Battle League
    • Shifted to Master League format until April 5th
    • Runs alongside Master League Classic and Great League Remix

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Latest update released with 6 Star EX outfit for Barry & Piplup
  • Sync Pairs: Elio, Selene, May (Spring 2021) & Burgh (Spring 2021)

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Max Raid Battle Event reverts back until March 31st
    • Fairy & Flying-types now the focus
    • Gigantamax Hatterene & Corviknight

CD Projekt acquires studio Digital Scapes

CD Projekt has acquired the Vancouver-based developer Digital Scapes after working with them on Cyberpunk 2077 for three years.

Always online DRM is rarely welcomed by users

The studio will be renamed CD Projekt RED Vancouver and will apparently contribute to CD Projekt's technology research and development. CD Projekt already has three studios in Warsaw, Krakow and Wroclaw.

Action plan: The company just started talking about their Strategic Development Framework, which aims to Expand, Build out and Transform. This is presumably corporate speech meaning "we will make more cool stuff and try not to mess up".

Circus of values: Unsurprisingly, CD Projekt's ambitions are not limited to videogames: They mention TV and merchandising, and already announced Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, an anime series in development at Studio Trigger in Japan. Another key area of investment is the in-house game engine CD Projekt has used since The Witcher 2.

Who were the protagonists of the prototype that became Pikmin?

ANSWER: Adam and Eve!

When I think Pikmin, I definitely think Genesis

Pikmin is a pretty odd game, but it started out considerably weirder. It was originally conceived as a god game starring Adam and Eve in a prehistoric world. The player’s job was to spur them into action, inspiring them to start a tribe or go to war against each other. The problem was that the game lacked a true goal.

Sure, you could start a family, fight mammoths and wage war on other tribes – but the game never truly found a purpose beyond survival. The whole premise was scrapped, but the idea of controlling multiple characters at once was interesting and became the foundation Pikmin was built on top of.

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