Is Nintendo almost done with Xenoblade Chronicles 3?

Today: Korean developer revives Sega’s classic Shining Force series — Fans are decompiling Ocarina of Time in order to bring it to PC — Relive the late 80s with Retro Games’ new Amiga 500 mini-console

New Xenoblade Chronicles on the way

Melia is not so good at keeping sequel secrets

During an interview, actress Jenna Coleman let slip that another Xenoblade Chronicles is in the works – before stating that she was probably not allowed to say that.

The interview didn't raise much attention at the time, but now other sources also claim there's a new Xenoblade Chronicles on the way.

  • Next Xenoblade Chronicles is almost complete
  • Developed by series creator Monolith Soft
  • Originally supposed to be announced earlier this year
  • Unlikely to be ready in time for the intended winter 2021 launch

10 years later: The British actress played Melia in the first game from 2010. “Yeah, I think they’re going to do another,” she told YouTube channel Din's Meteorite earlier this summer.

Direct sequel: The new game is rumoured to be a direct sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the project is in its final stages, but the announcement is being delayed for a variety of reasons.

What was anime forum Gaia Online’s own MMO called?

a) Glomps Ahoy!
b) zOMG!
c) What the heck?!
d) Outdated Web Slang

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.

Shining Force coming to mobile next year

Shining Force first released in March 1992

Korean developer Vespa has licensed the rights to Sega's classic Shining Force via its subsidiary HIVE, and announced a simulation RPG called Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness.

Called Shining Force: Hikari to Yami no Eiyuu in Japan, the plan is to launch the game on mobile platforms in the first half of 2022.

Free to play: The game will launch worldwide, be free to play, and feature item-based microtransactions. HIVE has yet to announce its launch plans and which territories the game will be available in first, but the license deal includes the right to distribute across Asia, North America, and Europe.

Fresh start: HIVE is planning to run a beta test closer to launch, and it appears that there are plans for several more Shining Force projects in the future.

Zelda: Ocarina of Time 90% decompiled

Link might leap onto PC in the near future

Fans are working to decompile the source code for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and the Zelda Reverse Engineering Team has almost finished the job.

The team has been at work for over 18 months, and the goal is most likely to make a PC version much like the Super Mario 64 port that appeared last year.

Homestretch: The team estimates that they have decompiled 91% of the code, and the goal is for the source code to be a so-called clean room reimplementation, meaning they are not actually reproducing the original source code but writing all-new code that complies with the specifications of the original source.

Legend of PC: The Super Mario 64 decompilation project led to a PC port that in turn fuelled a mod community. The hope is that Ocarina of Time could cause a similar splash.

Secure your online privacy with NordVPN

NordVPN Message

If you care about online privacy, or just need to pop over to another territory for a bit, have you considered using a virtual private network, or VPN?

NordVPN offers a 3 months free deal at 69% off right now, with over 5,600 servers around the world and unlimited bandwidth. It’s ideal for keeping your data to yourself while you work, watch streams or play games.

What was anime forum Gaia Online’s own MMO called?

A cutting edge zOMG screenshot from 2010

ANSWER: zOMG!

Want a blast from the past? Check out the Gaia Online website, an anime fansite that hasn’t really changed much in the last 15 years and that grew popular enough to spawn its own MMO called zOMG. Released in 2008, it tasked players with finding rings of power that could be leveled up. The game eventually shut down in 2014 thanks to hardware limitations.

That wasn’t the end of the story, though: zOMG returned in 2017 following an engine overhaul, and is still playable to this day. Is it worth getting into? Well, that depends on how nostalgic you are for that mid-2000s anime forum experience. It’s safe to say there is nothing else quite like it.

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!