Halo veteran heads up new FPS studio for EA

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EA’s new studio is headed by Halo veteran

Exterior of an Electronic Arts office building

EA is setting up a new development studio in Seattle, Washington helmed by none other than Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto, who used to serve as creative director at Bungie.

Lehto acted as art director on Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 as well as Halo 3, and recently headed V1 Interactive as co-founder, president, and game director until the studio closed following the failure of its first game, Disintegration.

  • Marcus Lehto will be game director at the new studio
  • It’s an “entirely new studio” focused on FPS titles
  • Name and exact location of the studio is yet to be revealed

First-person: “I’m very excited to announce that I’ve joined @EA as a Game Director, building a new studio in the Seattle area working on first-person games,” Lehto tweeted.

New studios: Former Monolith vice president Kevin Stephens also opened a new EA studio in Seattle earlier this year, which will harness his experience working on the popular Shadow of Mordor series to make new open-world action adventures.

Which FMV game was hauled before US Congress alongside Mortal Kombat in 1993?

a) Phantasmagoria 
b) Sewer Shark
c) Night Trap
d) Voyeur

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.

New Splinter Cell game is in production

Sam Fisher’s cameo in Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ubisoft is apparently bringing Sam Fisher out of retirement for real this time, and rumours say a new Splinter Cell game has been greenlit and is in the early stages of production.

The goal is to “win back fans” frustrated by half-baked spin-offs and crossovers with what will likely be a reboot of the classic stealth series. Last year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot promised that “At one point you will see something, but I can’t say more than that.”

Blacklisted: The last game in the series was Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist from 2013, the controversial final chapter in the series where Eric Johnson replaced Michael Ironside as the voice of Sam Fisher.

VR spin-off: Ubisoft announced that Red Storm Entertainment is working on Oculus exclusive Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed games at Facebook Connect last year.

Found footage of unfortunate researcher meeting the wrong Pokémon in Hisui

Trainers in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

The Pokémon Company has released some “mysterious footage” of the Hisui region from the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Arceus, but it doesn't show any gameplay.

The footage is a highly distorted and shaky recording from a researcher venturing into the region and lasts just over two minutes. Most of the visuals are unintelligible, but you can hear the researcher exclaim surprise, awe, and shock at what he's seeing.

Dangers ahead: The video ends on a somewhat dark note, as the footage ends shortly after the man encounters a Pokémon he can't quite identify but describes as “adorable” before fear starts creeping into his voice.

On the case: Fans are already working double time to figure out which Pokémon the researcher ran into, but either way, we will find out for sure on January 28th next year.

Devolver, Lovers x Fighters and Dead by Daylight sales over at Humble Bundle

Lovers x Fighters Sale banner

There is quite an eclectic mix of sales at Humble Bundle this week, starting with the Devolver Publisher Sale which offers up to 90% off, matched by the Lovers x Fighters Sale that also offers up to a 90% discount.

Then things get more appropriately spooky in the Dead by Daylight Sale which takes up to 60% off your favorite serial killer escapades. Finally, the DC Fandome Sale dispenses discounted justice and offers up to 85% off.

Toy Soldiers HD Giveaway

Promotional artwork for Toy Soldiers HD

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Which FMV game was hauled before US Congress alongside Mortal Kombat in 1993?

A group of gals enjoying a sleepover in Night Trap

ANSWER: Night Trap!

1993 was a big year for videogame controversies thanks to US congressional hearings on videogame violence, which led to the establishment of the ESRB. Night Trap and Mortal Kombat were at the center of the fracas, while Lethal Enforcers lurked on the sidelines. Mortal Kombat was certainly notable for its cartoonish yet blood-dripping violence, but the kerfuffle over Night Trap feels odd in hindsight.

Night Trap was a silly FMV game where you protect a group of girls on a sleepover from vampires, but Senator Joe Lieberman accused it of promoting extreme sexual violence (probably because he never played it). The game became a very hot topic indeed, and former Nintendo of America president Howard Lincoln stated that "Night Trap will never appear on a Nintendo system”. Well, the joke's on him because the 25th-anniversary edition of Night Trap launched for Switch in 2018.

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!