Hideo Kojima’s Blue Box conspiracy

Today: Catch a ride on the Pokémon jet, only in Japan — Streamers are outraged that Marvel’s Avengers has started broadcasting your IP — Activision Blizzard approves $155 million pay for CEO Bobby Kotick

Blue Box: Kojima conspiracy or not?

Hideo Kojima had his Silent Hill project cancelled

Rumours claim Konami is reviving Silent Hill, and excited fans have cooked up a theory that a Dutch studio called Blue Box Game Studios does not actually exist and that its recently announced horror game Abandoned is actually the new Silent Hill game – and that all this has been orchestrated by none other than Hideo Kojima.

It all started when the Abandoned announcement trailer appeared and got fans rather excited with its cryptic voice-over, hyperrealistic nature shots and droning soundtrack.

Echoes of the past: The theory might sound nuts, but it's not without precedence. Metal Gear Solid V was actually announced as The Phantom Pain by Moby Dick Studio at Spike Video Game Awards in 2012. It was all a publicity stunt cooked up by Kojima, of course, who kept the ruse up for over 3 months.

Night and fog: Blue Box has been strikingly coy throughout the entire ordeal, vehemently denying that Abandoned is a Silent Hill game while also making references to Silent Hill and the fan theory. Game director Hasan Kahraman flatly denies any connection to Kojima Productions. Time will tell.

What was the first Agatha Christie novel adapted into a video game?

a) Murder on the Orient Express
b) Evil Under the Sun
c) And Then There Were None
d) The ABC Murders

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.

Missing dumpsters and quick exits

The European Nintendo 64 version of 007: The World Is Not Enough was missing a yellow dumpster at the beginning of the level Turncoat. But why? No-one knows.

Mission ‘objectives’ are for amateurs anyway

Another oddity is that a bug allows you to complete the opening level, Courier, without actually completing the objectives. Either trigger an alarm or harm someone, then collect your gear and simply leave the building.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Rankings, tests and planes for Pokémon

Catch some air as you Catch ‘Em All

The results from the Pokémon Sword & Shield Fair And Square online competition are live, and there are new features and updates coming to Pokémon Go currently being tested in the US and New Zealand.

In addition, there's a new Go Community Day scheduled for July 3rd and Pokémon Air Adventures is commemorated by a Pokémon-themed airliner unveiled by Japanese airline Skymark.

Pokémon Go

  • New exploration bonuses
    • Starting in the US and New Zealand at the end of July
    • Bonuses terminate as Season of Discovery ends on September 1st
    • 2 free Raid Passes per day spinning Gym Photo Discs
    • Increased Incense effectiveness while moving
    • Guaranteed gifts when spinning PokéStops within gift limit
    • Receive 10x bonus XP from spinning a PokéStop first time
  • Introduced bonuses being removed
    • Incense effectiveness reducing to pre-lockdown levels
    • Buddy Pokémon gift frequency reduced back down
    • PokéStop and Gym interaction distances trimmed down
  • Go Community Day – July 3rd
    • Focused on Tepig with 3 star Catch Stardust and 3 hour Incense & Lure Modules
    • Emboar learns move Blast Burn, with Shiny Tepig debuting
    • Ticket for Special Research Roasted Berries

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Grass & Poison-type Egg Event until July 8th
    • Main character & Nidoran, Zubat, Bulbasaur and Tangela Sync Pairs
    • Shiny Nidoran, Bulbasaur and Tangela available
  • Triple Feature Spotlight Scout June 20th – July 7th
    • Sync Pairs Dawn & Turtwig, Plumeria & Salazzle and Lyra & Chikorita

Marvel’s Avengers bug shows your IP

Patches can fix one thing, and break another five

The latest update for the somewhat troubled Marvel's Avengers introduces an unfortunate bug that displays your Gamertag, date and time, and IP address above your avatar on the PS5.

This is usually a safety measure during closed alpha or beta testing, in effect watermarking footage with the identity of whoever has recorded and leaked it.

Doxx or not? Some users have expressed outrage at having their IP address revealed this way, claiming it can be used to identify them and their location, while Crystal Dynamics is less worried and simply acknowledged the error and recommended that players don't stream if they are affected by the bug. There will be a quick patch released today at 8am PT to fix the issue. 

  • Get ready for two-player adventures with Lego Super Mario as Nintendo adds Luigi to the mix
  • Sonic gets a little blocky with this Minecraft DLC, which creates fimiliar locations and foes to celebrate Sonic’s 30th anniversary
  • Panzer Dragoon publisher Forever Entertainment partners with Nintendo to work on Switch games
  • Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s $155 million pay package approved by shareholders after some eyebrows were raised at the sum, with junior developers making less than $40,000 a year
  • Takashi Iizuka pins hopes on new Sonic game coming next year, hoping it will revive the series the way Sonic Adventure did in 1998
  • Final Fantasy IX animated show announced by French animation studio with production starting by the end of the year

What was the first Agatha Christie novel adapted into a video game?

Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to Dine...

ANSWER: And Then There Were None!

Agatha Christie is probably the most famous mystery writer of all time, so it's hardly surprising that some of her stories have been adapted into games. The first one was And Then There Was None for PC and Wii, which tells the story of ten strangers guilty of various crimes who are invited to an island and then killed one by one.

The game introduces a new main character, a certain Patrick Norracott who is only mentioned in passing in the book, as well as multiple endings. Although it was a fairly faithful adaptation, it was also full of frustrating puzzles and pretty dodgy graphics. But hey, at least they didn't use the original title of the book!

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!