#164: Konami plotting terror with new Silent Hill

TODAY: Nintendo Japan ends Wii repair support after 13 years of service – Did you know that Guacamelee! is filled with cheeky Easter Egg references? – Ubisoft holds BBC interview deep in the cyberspace of Watch Dogs

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Additional source adds fire to new Silent Hill project rumours

Already there are whispers of a possible soft reboot for Silent Hill by Konami, who have allegedly been shopping around for third-parties interested in undertaking the horror franchise’s return.

Now there are some more sources coming forward adding their two cents to the shroud of secrecy that’s long cloaked the beloved horror series. Website Rely on Horror claims their own source has confirmed Konami does indeed have a Silent Hills project in the works.

Silent Hill first launched in February 1999 for the original PlayStation

Currently Silent Hill is experiencing its own horror as little more than dressing for Konami’s line of gambling machines. This fate has also befallen Metal Gear Solid, much to the dismay of fans following the rather lacklustre Metal Gear Survive, which attempted a survival experience set in a different dimension.

As for more Silent Hill, a possible teaser or maybe even a full announcement could arrive this year at E3, which begins June 9. It would likely aim for launch on the next generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles. They might also use one of the platforms own events, like Sony’s State of Play. One thing is certain; P.T. will likely never become a full experience.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What was the codename for the Wii during development?

  • Dolphin
  • Revolution
  • Project Reality
  • Cafe

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.

News Bits

Marooners and Crash Drive 2 are coming to Nintendo Switch February 7, reveals Dutch studio M2H

Two helpings of Dutch entertainment arrive early next month as Marooners and Crash Drive 2 from M2H launch for Nintendo Switch. They debut February 7, and each game is focused on multiplayer. Marooners is a ‘party game’ as you work through switching minigames, while Crash Drive 2 has competitive online events with 30 unique vehicles to unlock with a special car levelling system, and four huge levels.

Nintendo Japan calls time on Wii console repair services after 13 years, and ‘thanks us for our patronage’

The launch for Nintendo Wii came in late 2006 for Europe, North America and Japan. Now official repair services for Nintendo’s hit motion-control console are ending, having sold over 100 million units worldwide. Ubisoft released Just Dance 2020 last year, declaring itself “the last soldier standing” for the console. All Wii repair ends officially March 31, 2020 due to ‘difficulty securing parts’.

Daily Fact

Guacamelee! had quite a number of Easter Egg parodies, from iconic characters to indie games

The Metroidvania style action platformer Guacamelee! from DrinkBox Studios in 2013 set aside quite a bit of time to include a generous number of cheeky Easter Egg references. You can find the red-robed Wanderer from Journey, a poster of ‘Casa Crashers’ nodding to Castle Crashers and ‘Simulador de Cabra’ for Goat Simulator.

Then there’s a statue of Squirtle atop of a stone Pokéball, Super Mario Bros. references for a pair of tag-team brothers, Donkey Kong with his barrel as a statue, a Luchador-version of Link from The Legend of Zelda, an 8-bit Mega Man wall pattern, a store called ‘Viva Piñatas!’ nodding to Viva Piñata, a statue of Final Fantasy’s Cactuar in the desert, and many, many more.

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Daily News

BBC conducts ‘in-game interview’ for Watch Dogs: Legion

A recent interview between the BBC and Ubisoft for the delayed Watch Dogs: Legion was conducted within the game itself. They chatted with creative director Clint Hocking at the virtual Piccadilly Circus, whilst actually being in Toronto, Canada.

Gimmicky, sure, but at least it makes things a bit more interesting. The reporter from BBC Click underwent a full body scan so Ubisoft could demonstrate how far the technology has come, and what they’ve been using for the latest Watch Dogs, which is set in Britain.

Ubisoft had delayed Watch Dogs over the poor reception to Ghost Recon

In gameplay terms little was actually revealed that Ubisoft hasn’t already let slip. Setting the game in the UK in the near-future might be contentious for some, argued the BBC, given how Brexit has unfolded. Ubisoft’s Hocking says it will be dealing with many emerging ‘hot topics’, and not just domestic politics in this alternate Britain.

Driverless cars and the increasing use of drones will be playing their part. Watch Dogs: Legion differs greatly from the original two games in that you play as any character that hasn’t died yet – it’s sort of roguelike; it doesn’t have a ‘central protagonist’ exactly. Watch Dogs: Legion releases on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later in 2020.

Reggie Fils-Aime reveals Nintendo America ‘almost ashamed’ over their brand

Nintendo is many things and being child and family friendly is chief among them — it’s a core part of their brand and identity. This led to Nintendo America wanting to change their logo.

Former president Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo America put a stop to that immediately. “From a branding standpoint, we had to be clear in what Nintendo as a brand stood for, as well as what the individual franchises stood for,” he explained. They couldn’t be ambiguous in their messaging.

Nintendo Switch continues to outperform expectations, with broad appeal

He gives the example that there was a “sense of almost shame” that Nintendo was for ‘younger consumers’ and the marketing team wanted to ‘age up’ the logo for the company. “…they would put it into graffiti style, or they’d do different things…”, he said, “…and I put a stop to that because that is not our brand.”

They should reach out to broaden appeal but “we needed to do it based on what the brand stood for, and not doing it in some false way.” He believes they succeeded in ‘cleaning up’ the brand while ‘coupling messaging with content’ that led to the Nintendo Wii, Wii Fit, “and eventually the Nintendo Switch.” Nintendo has had about 10 different logos since it founded.

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Esports Bits

League of Legends Pro League in China delayed due to Coronavirus

The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) has confirmed on Twitter that week 2 will be postponed. This also confirms the delay to the League of Legends Development League (LDL). Though no reason has been specified, we can assume the delay is due to the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus which has been spreading throughout China. LPL was scheduled to reopen on February 5th, however, with the way things currently stand, it is unlikely the LPL and LDL will return any time soon until the virus can be dealt with. League of Legends isn’t the only esport to face delays.

The World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) announced the Asian Pacific CSGO event hosted in Macau has been cancelled. Likewise, the Overwatch League had scheduled a number of games in China, however it is highly likely these matches will also face cancellations.

Activision Blizzard announce YouTube as its exclusive streaming partner worldwide

Activision Blizzard has announced a multi-year partnership with Google, which will see all Activision Blizzard Esports tournaments being streamed on YouTube. This will see all the Esports leagues of Hearthstone, Call of Duty and Overwatch move from Twitch.TV to YouTube. In addition to the streaming rights, Google Cloud will be used for all of Activision Blizzard’s games hosting infrastructure. Activision Blizzard’s previous deal with Twitch.TV was worth an incredible $90m across two years. Unlike the Twitch.TV deal, both Google and Activision Blizzard has decided not to release any numbers in their joint press release.

Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka retires from competitive DOTA 2

The two-time TI winner, Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, has announced his retirement from competitive DOTA 2 in a blog post hosted on OG’s website. Having earned over six million dollars across his seven year career, Vainikka has decided to pursue new things in life as he no longer has any passion to continue playing DOTA 2. “I have no willingness nor passion to play Dota 2 anymore, and I have trouble fitting myself into my competitor’s shoes,” said Vainikka. “For me the decision to pursue to another direction is clear, and I have no doubts about it.”. Vainikka is the second OG player to depart the team, with Anathan Pham confirming his break will extend to 2021.

News Bits

Journey to the Savage Planet review round-up

The satirical space explorer Journey to the Savage Planet from developer Typhoon Studios and 505 Games is out officially January 28. It’s coming to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. How have some of the critics faired in the vast vacuum of the starry void?

  • Destructoid (Score 8.5/10) – ”Journey to the Savage Planet was such a fun way to kick off the decade.”
  • PC Gamer (Score 84/100) – ”Funny, fresh, and full of surprises, Typhoon’s debut blends genres expertly. Co-op doesn’t add much, though.”
  • Game Informer (Score 8/10) – ”Journey to the Savage Planet presents you with a well-constructed world full of fun collectibles to hunt down and interesting wildlife to survey, but the way the world design encourages and rewards exploration is its biggest accomplishment.”
  • GamesRadar+ (Score 4/5) – ”A short and satisfying space adventure which really is laugh out loud funny.”
  • TheSixthAxis (Score 8/10) – ”A rollicking space adventure, Journey to the Savage Planet has the smarts to make you laugh out loud while taking shots at consumerism and big business.”
  • IGN (Score 6/10) – ”This comedy exploration experience blasts off with a lot of fresh ideas, but doesn’t quite stick the landing.”
  • EGM (Score 4/5) – ”Journey to the Savage Planet’s greatest quality is that it respects its players. Perfectly paced, genuinely charming, and rewardingly explorable, developer Typhoon Studios’ debut is a love letter to thoughtful game design and the ancient art of fun over function. If you grew up loving 3D platformers and games with worlds that felt bigger than they actually were, Journey to the Savage Planet will make you feel like you’re coming home.”
  • USgamer (Score 2.5/5) – ”Journey to the Savage Planet puts you in a brilliantly colorful world, and tasks you with exploring to your heart’s content. The moment-to-moment exploration is enjoyable, but the act of combat offers very little in the way of a challenge. The score and insane FMV adverts give Journey to the Savage Planet a lot of personality, but the tiresome parody nature of the writing really lets it down.”

Patapon 2 Remastered has been announced “taking full advantage” of PlayStation 4, and it’s out January 30

Sony has released an announcement trailer for Patapon 2 Remastered, which has been given a tune up so it can take “ full advantage” of both the PlayStation 4 and the more bicep-bulging PS4 Pro. The original Patapon 2 came out in late 2008 and early 2009 for the PlayStation Portable. It’s a rhythm-based god game from Sony’s first-party Japan Studio.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What was the codename for the Wii during development?

Answer: Revolution!

Every console has a codename during development that is used internally. Some become so well-known that people continue to refer to them by those names right up until release. If you said Dolphin, you’re not far off, as this was the codename for the Nintendo GameCube. The N64 was codenamed Project Reality. What about Cafe? Well, that was Wii U!

Weekly Giveaway

Sleep Attack on Nintendo Switch

This week’s giveaway is for Sleep Attack on Nintendo Switch, which is a Tower Defense strategy game from Bad Seed, and is currently available on the Nintendo eShop.

“Enjoy an amazing new TWIST in Tower Defense! You control the layout of the battlefield, and you decide the paths your enemies follow. Combine tactical planning with strategic tower upgrades to slow, divert and damage your enemies. Carefully choose the placement and upgrade levels of your towers, as each turret possesses unique strengths and weaknesses.”

Enter into our giveaway by following us on Twitter or Facebook, and you can also enter by retweeting our tweet about the giveaway too. There will be a total of five codes that we can send out for Sleep Attack during the week, which will only be available to subscribers of DailyBits!

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