HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us

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First image of HBO’s The Last of Us and murmurings of multiplayer game

First image of HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation

Neil Druckmann of Naughty Dog just shared the first image from HBO's television adaptation of The Last of Us, starring Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie.

At the same time, Naughty Dog is celebrating The Last of Us Day and revealed their multiplayer ambitions for the series by advertising for “MP-related positions”.

  • The Last of Us HBO series premieres in 2022
  • Naughty Dog working on The Last of Us multiplayer project
  • They will not be adding multiplayer to The Last of Us Part II
  • Studio in “full swing of hiring” for new positions

Online tease: “We’ll say that we love what the team is developing and want to give them time to build out their ambitious project, we’ll reveal more when it’s ready!” was all Naughty Dog would say about the multiplayer project.

Spin-off: It seems likely that the multiplayer project will be a stand-alone online game similar to The Last of Us Factions, the multiplayer mode from the first game.

When was Rockstar’s Bully released in Brazil?

a) 2006
b) 2008
c) 2012
d) 2016

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.

Marvel multiplayer from Insomniac?

Wolverine’s hand with claws exposed

Rumour has it Insomniac Games are working on a PlayStation 5 exclusive Marvel multiplayer game alongside the upcoming Wolverine and Spider-Man games.

Insomniac has been keeping very busy indeed, launching Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales alongside PlayStation 5 and just releasing Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart to great acclaim.

Speculation: The rumours are fuelled by Insomniac recently hiring for a new multiplayer project, and its considerable success working with Marvel properties.

Solo Spidey: The upcoming Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will be a singleplayer game just like the first one, and although little is known about Marvel's Wolverine it seems reasonable to assume it will also be singleplayer.

Pokémon Go’s Halloween schedule

Pokemon GO Halloween 2021 banner

The spooky season is drawing near, and Niantic has announced its Halloween plans for Pokémon Go which includes special Research Breakthroughs, raids, and more. Pokémon Unite has been updated to fix some bugs and game balance updates, and Holowear for Alolan Ninetales will debut on October 1st.

Pokémon Go

  • Halloween 2021
    • October Research Breakthrough encounters (October 1st – November 1st)
    • PokéCoin bundles weekly every Monday for 1 PokéCoin
    • Five-star raids
      • Mythical Pokémon Genesect holding Douse Drive (October 1st-12th)
      • Altered Forme Giratina (October 12th-22nd)
      • Darkrai with attack Sludge Bomb (October 22nd – November 5th)
    • Mega Raids: Mega Gengar (October 1st-22nd), Mega Absol (October 22nd – November 5th)
    • Raid Hour every Wednesday 6pm – 7pm local time
    • Pokémon Spotlight Hours (6:00pm – 7:00pm local time)
      • October 5th: Drifloon, 2x XP for evolving
      • October 12th: Gastly, 2x Stardust for catching
      • October 19th: Gothita , 2x XP for catching
      • October 26th: Murkrow, 2x XP for evoling
    • October Community Day (October 9th)
      • Duskull appears more frequently in wild
      • Evolve Dusclops to get Dusknoir that knows Charged Attack Shadow Ball

Pokémon Unite

  • Game balance bug fix
    • Crustle’s attack kept getting boosted
    • Lucario's Extreme Speed damage inconsistent
  • Premium Sacred Style Holowear for Alolan Ninetales October 1st

Indie Hits up to 90% off at Humble Bundle

Indie Hits sale banner

If you're into indie games, then you need to point your eyeballs at Humble Bundle's Indie Hits sale, featuring up to 90% off various indie classics.

Hone your survival skills in 7 Days to Die and Project Zomboid, run your own game studio in Game Dev Tycoon or create your own pandemic in Plague Inc. Evolved.

Resident Evil 4 VR out before Halloween

The Resident Evil 4 VR remake is out exclusively on Oculus Quest 2 in time for Halloween, hitting the Oculus store on October 21st. The VR version supports both free movement and teleportation and features a new inventory system that allows you to equip a weapon or health item by reaching for it.

Rec Room presents Rec Rally

Rec Room has released a new trailer for Rec Rally, a stylish VR racing game with Mario Kart vibes, loads of customization, and multiple passengers wielding weapons. Rec Rally is scheduled to release on September 29th on all VR platforms.

Still no VR support for Steam Deck

Enthusiastic modders have been experimenting with running VR games off Valve's Steam Deck, with mixed success. Progress has been made, but the lack of official support and the comparatively weak hardware presents considerable problems – not that it'll stop the enthusiasts from trying.

When was Rockstar’s Bully released in Brazil?

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ANSWER: 2016!

Bully is possibly Rockstar's most controversial game, which is really saying something. Sure, it's not as brutal as Manhunt or glorifying crime like Grand Theft Auto, but bullying is a pretty sensitive subject. While the controversy might have been overwrought, it was still banned or otherwise restricted in many countries including Brazil, which outright banned the game in 2008.

The ban was lifted in 2016 when Bully was re-released for PC and PlayStation 4, for no apparent reason. Times change, and Bully's little schoolyard brawls and pranks must seem quaint compared to whatever games raise parent groups' hackles these days.

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!