Heat raising on Bobby Kotick’s resignation

Today: Warner Bros unveils their cross-universe Smash Bros-inspired brawler — 90s platforming icon Earthworm Jim is staging a comeback on TV — Ed Sheeran is evolving into a Pokémon star

No zero-tolerance policy for Bobby Kotick

Activision logo on an office building

Following the Wall Street Journal's damning report about CEO Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard has told staff that there is insufficient evidence to invoke the company's zero-tolerance policy.

PlayStation President and CEO Jim Ryan expressed “our deep concern” about the allegations, saying that he does “not believe their statements of response properly address the situation.”

  • Kotick is accused of “being aware” of sexual misconduct
  • Left a voicemail in 2006 threatening to harm an assistant
  • Kotick “quickly apologized” for the “obviously hyperbolic” message
  • Pre-screened Q&A put to company leadership after WSJ report
  • Activision Blizzard remains under intense regulatory scrutiny

Evidence: Kotick has apparently told company directors he was unaware of the allegations of impropriety at Activision Blizzard, but Wall Street Journal claims to have evidence to the contrary from various sources including former staff and internal documents.

Dismissal: Activision Blizzard shareholders are now calling for Kotick's resignation following a staff walkout involving 110 employees at its Irvine California location that houses Blizzard Entertainment, as well as the resignation of two leading company directors.

Who voices Raz’s archetype in Psychonauts 2?

a) Rikki Simons
b) Richard Steven Horvitz
c) Elijah Wood
d) Stephanie Komure

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.

Free-to-play brawler Multiversus revealed

Initially revealed fighter roster for Multiversus

Warner Bros has announced its IP crossover brawler Multiversus to great fanfare, although perhaps not great surprise.

The free-to-play cross-platform game will launch for PC and console next year, and developer Player First Games claims “best-in-class” netcode and dedicated servers ensure buttery smooth, latency-free fights.

Roster: Characters revealed include Batman, Shaggy, Superman, Bugs Bunny, Harley Quinn, Tom & Jerry, Adventure Time’s Finn & Jake, Arya from Game of Thrones as well as Steven and Garnet from Steven Universe.

Playtest: The game will grow over time with new skins and modes according to Player First. The first thing on the agenda is a series of Multiversus playtests, which you can register for online.

A modest revival for Earthworm Jim

Concept artwork for the new Earthworm Jim series

16-bit cult classic Earthworm Jim is being revived as the hero of a new animated series. The first Earthworm Jim game launched in 1994, and a tie-in animated show ran for two seasons in 1995 and 1996.

“It will feature a host of new faces as they navigate an absurd, hostile and colorful galaxy, where each planet is home to a race of anthropomorphic animals,” according to the creators. The show is being developed by Passion Pictures.

Old & new: “We are thrilled for the opportunity to create a show for an iconic character that we grew up both playing on Genesis, and watching on TV. The fans have matured and deserve a current take as we bring in new audiences,” said producer Aaron Billet.

Coming soon: You can get an idea of what's in store in a tongue-in-cheek interview on the show's website called “All The Dirt On Jim.”

Empire of Sin keys for budding gangsters

Empire of Sin feature montage

Crime doesn't pay – unless you're good at it, and that's every sensible and enterprising crime entrepreneur needs lackeys. Prohibition, racketeering, money laundering – it’s the Chicago dream. Empire of Sin blends real-time strategy and turn-based tactical combat as you climb the ranks in the sleazy criminal underworld.

Here's the list of winners for this week's giveaway:

  • Gareth Billington
  • Mac Christensen
  • Dave Johnston
  • Duncan Akken
  • Ian Martin

Big savings over on IndieGala right now

Raw Fury Sale banner

There’s a war on over at IndieGala, a war against high game prices. First out, Raw Fury is cutting prices up to 90%, but Plug In Digital will not be bested and also lops up to 90% off its prices.

Nacon has also opened up a front offering up to 90% off in what can only be described as a discount massacre, while the Outright Games Sale looms on the horizon with its own 90% discounts. There are also plenty of individual games scrambling about the battlefield with huge discounts too! Elden Ring, for example, has 16% off on pre-orders.

Who voices Raz’s archetype in Psychonauts 2?

Nicknamed Doodle Raz by fans of Psych

ANSWER: Rikki Simmons!

Psychonauts 2 has received tons of praise and has somehow managed to meet the lofty expectations set by its predecessor 15 years ago. It features a strong cast whose hilarious performances brings the witty writing to life, and it's also packed to the proverbial gills with little secrets.

One of those secrets involves the psychic projection power, whose personification is voiced by Rikki Simons – best known as the voice of Gir from Invader Zim. Raz is voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz, who played Zim, so hearing the two actors perform together again is like a little reunion for scene kids.

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!