Halo Infinite’s surprise beta release marks Xbox’s 20th

Today: Quantic Dream’s Star Wars project covering the High Republic era – Elder Scrolls VI needs to be a ‘decade game’ – Rare McDonald’s Nintendo DS spotted

Xbox Anniversary Celebration as Halo Infinite multiplayer beta goes live

Artwork of Xbox Anniversary Celebration

Microsoft marked the 20th anniversary of the Xbox platform and hosted a special Xbox Anniversary Celebration stream where it looked back at where Xbox started and where it’s going.

Much of the opening of the 30-minute long event was focused on how gaming connects people together, as well as highlights of key announcements in the history of the console.

  • Power On – The Story of Xbox documentary trailer
  • FPS Boost expanded with 11 more games
  • 70+ new Xbox 360 and original Xbox backward compatible
  • Xbox Game Studios family now up to 23 developers
  • Halo TV series live-action teaser with Spring 2022 release

History: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson even returned having helped launch the original Xbox 20 years ago in Las Vegas alongside Bill Gates. There’s also 37 titles getting added to the FPS Boost mode list.

Halo beta: Xbox backward compatibility also gets over 70 more Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles, but it did confirm later that this will be the last backward compatibility update due to licensing and technical issues.

The biggest news is the beta launch of free-to-play Halo Infinite multiplayer Season 1: Heroes of Reach, which peaked at 272,586 players over night on Steam.

What Dr. Suess book was made into a game by Konami?

a) How the Grinch Stole Christmas
b) Horton Hears a Who
c) Cat in the Hat
d) The Lorax

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.

High Republic the ‘likely setting’ for Quantic Dream’s Star Wars project

High Republic concept artwork from Disney

VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb has reported that the rumoured Quantic Dream Star Wars project is “ready to be announced soon,” which could line it up for a world premiere at The Game Awards 2021.

’Star Wars Eclipse’ is the name of the title he’s told by sources, and while he can’t be certain of its setting there’s a strong possibility it will be set during the High Republic era with Jedi everywhere.

Longer ago: This would place the game 200 years before the events of the films but still much later than The Old Republic setting brought to prominence by BioWare’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

More action: This new Quantic Dream Star Wars project is also said to be ‘more action orientated’ than the studio’s previous works like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human.

The Elder Scrolls VI ‘almost certainly’ PC & Xbox exclusive, and will use Starfield tech

Artwork of space station from Bethesda’s Starfield

In a lengthy write-up by GQ magazine looking back at Xbox’s long journey, there are a number of interesting revelations. Xbox Game Pass was originally meant to be a rental service for example.

It was the proliferation of Netflix and Spotify that led Microsoft to morph it into a subscription-based ‘Netflix-for-games’ service instead, but was met by staunch opposition initially by other publishers.

Exclusivity: Starfield and the eventual Elder Scrolls VI will be PC and Xbox exclusives, although thanks to Xbox Game Pass adding cloud-streaming features this has less meaning than it would have before.

Decade long: Todd Howard says the next Elder Scrolls has “got to be a ‘decade game’,” and they’ll be using much of the technology base from their new IP Starfield to power the fantasy RPG’s return.

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Empire of Sin feature montage

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  • Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector out December 7 for Xbox and PlayStation and is day one for Xbox Game Pass
  • Translucent Xbox One 20th anniversary gamepads include the signed message “when everybody plays, we all win” by Phil spencer
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What Dr. Suess book was made into a game by Konami?

The title screen for the PC/PS1/Dreamcast port of The Grinch

ANSWER: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

With how popular Dr. Suess’ bibliography has been, very few games were made based on his books. One of these adaptations was made by Konami of all publishers for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Artificial Mind & Movement was one of the main developers alongside Konami, who later became Behavior Interactive of Dead by Daylight fame.

As an adaption of the 2000 film, the game was a stealth platformer where the Grinch finds his gadget blueprints all across Whoville. It might have some fans who loved the Jim Carrey flick, but its stiff controls and surprising complexity made it a hard game to love. We don’t think your heart will grow three sizes if you give it another shot.

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!