Haunted Chocolatier’s greater focus on Combat

Today: Grand Theft Auto takes its first official step into virtual reality — Adorable Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl ads appearing in Japan — It’s Sonic’s birthday, and HumbleBundle’s put together a sale

ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier out when he’s “personally satisfied” with it

Animation of Haunted Chocolatier combat

Stardew Valley creator ConcernedApe is hard at work on his next game, Haunted Chocolatier and it will not be out until the developer is personally satisfied with it.

The latest developer diary discusses combat mechanics like shields and stuns, and ConcernedApe says that the game needs to be “very fun and compelling” before it's ready to launch.

  • Haunted Chocolatier is more focused on combat
  • It’s “positive, uplifting” and full of ghosts
  • No release date has been announced
  • Stardew Valley has sold 15 million units

New design: “Rest assured that I’m not “copying and pasting” Stardew’s combat,” he said. Almost everything “including the combat, is completely coded (and drawn) from scratch.”

Playstyles: If you want to play defensively, shields can block attacks and stun enemies before you attack, but if you want to play aggressively you are also free to go on the offensive. There will be other off-hand items than the shield as well.

Who performs Scorpion’s iconic “GET OVER HERE!” in Mortal Kombat?

a) Ed Boon
b) Dan Forden
c) John Tobias
d) Ho-Sung Pak

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.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas VR exclusive for Oculus Quest 2

Remastered cutscene of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Rockstar Games has been working on a virtual reality version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for years, and now it is finally ready to launch for Oculus Quest 2.

“Get a new perspective on Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas as you experience (again or for the first time) one of gaming’s most iconic open worlds,” announced Oculus. There is no release date yet.

Remasters: Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is just around the corner, and bundles up the original Grand Theft Auto 3D trilogy in one remastered package for PC and consoles.

Subscription: The remastered Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will appear on Xbox Game Pass on November 11th, while Grand Theft Auto III will appear on PlayStation Now on December 7th.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl teased in short Japanese ads

Montage of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is coming to Switch on November 19th, and the first adverts have appeared in Japan.

A series of short spots featuring 20 to 30 seconds of gameplay have been run at Japanese train stations, offering brief glimpses of the remake:

Modernised: The new versions play almost exactly the same as the original games, but with a few modernizations like the Exp. Share system from Sword & Shield.

Let’s Build a Zoo PC giveaway

Designed park in Let's Build a Zoo

Do you like pixels? Do you like animals? Then you are going to love Let's Build a Zoo, which lets you build and manage your own zoo with over 500 different animals that you can also genetically engineer into a veritable infinity of adorable abominations.

Design enclosures, hire staff, keep your guests happy and make sure nature does not find a way out of your park. Enter our Let's Build a Zoo Giveaway for a chance to win a key and build the zoo of your dreams.

Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary sale

Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary sale banner

HumbleBundle is celebrating three decades of the fastest thing alive with a Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Bundle.

Go fast and get those rings in a generous collection of classics including Sonic Adventure DX and its follow-up Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Sonic Generations, Sonic Mania and kart-racing extravaganza Sonic & All-Stars Racing.

Who performs Scorpion’s iconic “GET OVER HERE!” in Mortal Kombat?

Scorpion using his trademark kunai against… himself?

ANSWER: Ed Boon!

Mortal Kombat is still one of gaming’s most quotable series thanks to lines like “Finish him!”, “Test your might!” and “Fatality!”. But “Get Over Here!” holds a special place in the heart of every Scorpion fan out there. What you might not have known is that line has been performed by Ed Boon, MK’s co-creator, ever since the game’s inception.

The original Mortal Kombat didn’t have the budget to hire voice actors, so Ed Boon performed various voice clips for the game including Scorpion's trademark scream when he hits someone with his kunai. It’s such a staple that even when actual VAs voiced the ninja, Ed Boon still got to scream “Get over here!”.

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!