Frontier’s disappointing results delay Age of Sigmar RTS

Today: Sony ramps up PlayStation 4 production as PlayStation 5 is still suffering shortages — Official Pokémon Unite tournaments starting this year — Cook for ghosts in VR with Lost Recipes

Frontier delays Warhammer RTS project

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar artwork

Frontier Developments' upcoming Warhammer: Age of Sigmar real-time strategy game has been delayed, sending the publicly traded company's stock tumbling.

The Warhammer real-time strategy game was announced a couple of years ago, but Frontier has not talked much about the project since. It is expected to launch late next year as the company decided it needs time to “further improve” the game.

  • Age of Sigmar is the new name for the original Warhammer fantasy world
  • Frontier's Formula 1 management sim should launch later this year
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2 DLC will tie into the new movie
  • The company is planning more Planet Zoo DLC as well

Dino Disappointment: Jurassic World Evolution 2 didn't sell well at launch, but picked up some steam during the holidays and enjoyed a very strong second month of sale in December.

Forecast: Frontier's interim financial report announced an operating loss for the six months leading up to November 30th, and the company narrowed its revenue forecast guidance to the 100-120 million pound range.

What’s the name of the developer whose games we explore in The Beginner’s Guide?

a) Waltz
b) Coda
c) Bridge
d) Rest

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.

Sony ramps up PlayStation 4 production

PlayStation 4 and DualShock controller

PlayStation 5 is still suffering from stock shortages, and Sony has responded by ramping up PlayStation 4 production so the company can meet demand.

Sony had planned to wind down PlayStation 4 production last year, but the continued shortage of key PlayStation 5 components has forced the company to produce another million PlayStation 4 units this year.

Old but new: The hope is apparently that supplying more PlayStation 4 units will help ease demand for PlayStation 5. This change means Sony might be keeping the PlayStation 4 alive a bit longer than expected according to Bloomberg.

Best-seller: “It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” stated Sony. PlayStation 4 has sold 116 million units since launching in November 2013.

Pokémon Unite championships begin

Pokemon UNITE A Letter From the Producer banner

Pokémon Unite producer Masaaki Hoshino has published an open letter outlining what's next for the MOBA.

“We’ve been blown away by the strategies and playstyles that we’ve watched evolve over time as Trainers climb the ranks and discover new ways to victory.”

Championship: Pokémon Unite will be one of the events at the Pokémon World Championships in 2022 and teams from all over the world will fight it out “over a competitive season”, culminating in a tournament in August.

Tourney mode: A new “tournament mode” is in the works and details will be announced soon. Additional languages are coming too in an effort to gain a foothold in new markets.

Rescue Party: Live PC keys need a home

Rescue Party: Live! animation

We have some Rescue Party: Live! keys for Steam burning a hole in our virtual pocket, so you could be the lucky owner of a charming local co-op party game by Tag Studio and 505 Games!

Save the day by entering our Rescue Party: Live Giveaway and prepare to fumble and stumble your way through danger alone or with up to three chums when the game launches on January 13th.

Get a good deal on God of War

God of War title art

IndieGala's NACON Sale offers up to 90% off on 84 games spanning a slew of genres like fishing, racing, hunting, brawling, simulating, and loads more.

IndieGala also has a pre-purchase offer lopping 16% off God of War for PC! If you're up for more mythological action, Ubisoft’s Immortals Fenyx Rising – Gold Edition is 60% off until next week.

Cook for ghosts in Lost Recipes

Lost Recipes is a soothing VR cooking game where you cook for ghosts. Learn how to cook recipes from Greek, Chinese and Mayan cuisine on Quest 2 later this year.

Final Space: The Rescue announced

Final Space is a sci-fi cartoon co-op shooter following the misadventures of Gary, Avocato, Nightfall, and Tibore as they struggle to rescue their friend. It is launching soon for Meta Quest, Meta Quest 2, and PC VR platforms.

Garden of the Sea out of Early Access

Garden of the Sea is leaving Early Access and is now officially released. Tend your little island garden and furnish your home, tame the local wildlife and explore the land.

  • Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is coming to Switch and the new trailer announces a February 17th launch date
  • Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem is a new stand-alone adventure and is launching on January 25th
  • Attack on Titan crosses over with Call of Duty with special gear available in both Vanguard and Warzone from January 20th
  • New Kirby and the Forgotten Land trailer showcases Kirby's many new abilities and co-op gameplay, which will release on 25th March
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been delayed until December 8th after GSC Game World decides they need more time to “fulfil our vision”

What’s the name of the developer whose games we explore in The Beginner’s Guide?

Three cube-faced people sit at a table in The Beginner's Guide

ANSWER: Coda!

The Beginner's Guide is about as meta as a videogame gets. It is presented as a journey through a collection of games and levels created by a mysterious developer called Coda, narrated by developer Davey Whedon who talks about Coda and what his games might mean.

Coda doesn't really exist and all the games and levels are constructed to support the fiction, but The Beginner's Guide genuinely feels like a playable documentary about games and their development. It is a truly unique experience and explores themes like creativity, expression, and the struggle of creating art from a deeply intimate yet depersonalized perspective. There is simply nothing else like it.

DailyBits reader Jason responded to our question yesterday about videogame TV shows, reminding us that Metal Gear Solid is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, so it deserves a TV series based around it. Who should play Solid Snake?

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