Konami partnership marks the return of Silent Hill?

Today: Star Fox developer wants to take the series back to basics — Prepare for avalanche of weird floofy beaver things in Pokémon Go — CD Projekt and Netflix join forces to host WitcherCon this summer

Konami forms partnership with Bloober Team, sparking Silent Hill rumours

Silent Hill: Book of Memories is the most recent Silent Hil, released in October 2012 for the PS Vita

Konami announced this morning that it’s signed a “strategic cooperation agreement” with Bloober Team, which confirms that the two companies will work on developing games together.

Bloober Team's most recent title was The Medium, and is best known for developing horror titles like Blair Witch and Layers of Fear, while Konami has one of the most influential horror IPs with Silent Hill.

The Partnership: Today's news has sparked rumours about a potential Silent Hill game, with Konami telling us that it's "excited to work with Bloober Team and other highly regarded development partners to produce games from existing and new IPs."

Konami also mentioned the following IPs in the press release that Bloober Team issued to the public:

  • PES
  • Metal Gear
  • Silent Hill
  • Castlevania
  • Contra
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!

Rumour-mil:

  • Earlier this year in February, Bloober Team CEO Piotr Babieno informed GI.biz that the team was working on a horror title with a well-known publisher.
  • VGC reports that Konami could be working on two Silent Hill projects, with one being outsourced to an unnamed Japanese studio and then another one with Bloober Team.

P.T.'s Ashes: Silent Hill was last seen as a playable teaser called P.T., which released on the PlayStation Store in 2014, but was ultimately cancelled when Konami had a widely publicised fallout with Hideo Kojima. Could the franchise be about to return from the ashes, and can Bloober Team bring it back to its former glory?

Which Facebook game was on Time Magazine’s list of worst inventions?

a) Farmville
b) Bejeweled
c) Chefville
d) Candy Crush Saga

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.

Nothing on the Midnight Channel? Why not curl up with a nice book?

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 features a rather scathing indirect review of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. Yu Narukami can come across and interact with a book called Witch Detective, prompting a spot of literary criticism.

Reading the book boosts character stats

The novel is described as “ploddingly-written romantic comedy about a girl on her first day of school” with vampires. “The content of this book was almost physically painful for you to read,” is the final verdict. Why not just drive a stake through its heart too?

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

Housemarque joins PlayStation Studios

PlayStation’s extended family gets a bit bigger

Returnal developer Housemarque is now a fully-fledged member of PlayStation Studios.

Housemarque has had a close relationship with Sony since developing Super Stardust HD for PlayStation 3, according to co-founder Ilari Kuittinen. The acquisition ensures the studio has a “clear future and a stable opportunity”.

Branding malfunction: It also looks like Sony has acquired Bluepoint Games, since PlayStation Japan posted Bluepoint's logo instead of Housemarque's when announcing the Housemarque acquisition. We're expecting this to be officially revealed sometime this week. 

Strategic acquisition: Hermen Hulst says PlayStation is “very selective” about which developers they bring into the fold, and that Housemarque is a “very, very targeted” acquisition.

Star Fox developer laments gimmicks

Let’s just get back to basic barrel rolls

One of the original programmers on Star Fox for SNES has said that they would probably ditch the gimmicks that plagued Star Fox Zero for Wii U if they made a new Star Fox game.

He would, for example, ditch the free-roaming segments and try to recapture the simple, straightforward fun of the original. “I don't know how popular it would be, but we could always try,” said Giles Goddard.

Neo-retro: “If we did do it, it would have to be a new… either an extremely stylised retro look or very updated and modern looking,” he mused, but he would avoid replicating the Super FX-style polygons.

Where is McCloud? Star Fox 2 for SNES was finally released for Switch in 2017 as part of the Super NES Classic Edition bundle, but otherwise the venerable series has been dormant ever since PlatinumGames' 2016 reboot.

Bidoof Breakout and Pokémon controllers

Pokemon GO: Bidoof Edition

Pokémon Go is nearly ready for the Bidoof Breakout event on July 1st between 10:00AM and 8:00PM local time. Expect a ridiculous amount of Bidoof as the toothy fella takes over all challenges in 1, 3 and 5 star Raid Battles. There's also a chance to encounter a Shiny Bidoof, but Mega Raids will not be available during the event.

  • Bidoof caught during the event will know Superpower
  • Charged TM can teach them Ice Beam, Shadow Ball, or Thunderbolt
  • Team GO Rocket Grunts will have Shadow Bidoof more often
  • Bidoof Cup available in the Go Battle League, only for Bidoof
  • Special Research story and rewards exclusive to event
  • Exclusive Bidoof Hat avatar earned from research

Design ‘Em All: Fans are making Pokémon-themed controllers in the Xbox Design Lab using color schemes inspired by Charizard, Totodile, Tepig, Ivysaur, Galarian Slowpoke, Gengar and others.

Which Facebook game was on Time Magazine’s list of worst inventions?

Wasted all that time for some digital strawberries...

ANSWER: Farmville!

FarmVille is one of the most successful social games ever, but it is also one of the most reviled. Joining the likes of Agent Orange, Ford Pinto and Clippy, FarmVille featured in Time Magazine's list of worst inventions of 2010. Famously managing to be both addicting and boring, FarmVille popularized predatory monetization design and manipulative advertising.

According to Zynga, about 10% of the world's population signed up for a FarmVille account, so don't feel bad for the not-so-poor farming game. Zynga made a spectacular amount of money from FarmVille, enough to carry them through the eventual collapse of the social game market as social networks like Facebook clamped down on their excesses. Zynga will be looking for similar success with Star Wars Hunters, which is set to release later on this year for Switch and mobile platforms.

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!