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Today: Go bug hunting with the colonial marines in Aliens: Fireteam — Epic and Apple finally get their day in court after over six months of legal sniping — Save a bundle on Mario Kart Live Home Circuit kits

Watch upscaled Elden Ring footage

Extremely low-resolution footage from Elden Ring, the George R. R. Martin and FromSoftware collaboration, has been upscaled by fans in an effort to get a better look at the eagerly anticipated game.

Elden Ring is unlikely to launch in 2021

The upscaled version is still pretty rough but at least it's halfway possible to distinguish the different blobs of colour from each other. Now that the cat's out of the bag, Bandai Namco will hopefully show off some more recent footage.

Soulmates: The footage shows various characters and monsters like a fire-breathing dragon as well as familiar, Souls-style melee and brand-new horseback combat. You can also see glimpses of what appears to be an open-world environment.

No Xbox reveal: Fans were hoping Elden Ring might be unveiled at the Xbox event later this month, but Aaron Greenberg deftly dashed those hopes by stating that there would be no world premieres at the show.

What band composed songs for the Sonic franchise such as “Open Your Heart”, “Live and Learn”, and “Sonic Heroes”?

a) Crush 40
b) Zebrahead 
c) Cash Cash
d) Ark Performance 

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.

Murlocs have conquered Bikini Bottom

Hearthstone has an uncollectible card called I Am Murloc that can be gained from the Elite Tauren Chieftain battlecry. The artwork depicts a fierce-looking, battle-ready murloc surrounded by various debris.

‘I Am Murloc’ also features a terran marine from StarCraft

Take a good look at the various clutter in the picture, and you’ll soon discover a yellow sponge impaled on the murloc’s weapon, a pink starfish on a clam shell and a hermit crab peeking out of a shell. Remind you of someone? Yup, that’s Spongebob, Patrick Star and Mr. Krabs from perennial children’s favourite Spongebob Squarepants.

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Team up and drive back the Xenomorphs

Aliens: Fireteam has burst from Cold Iron Studios’ chest and revealed itself to be a third-person shooter featuring a singleplayer campaign and online co-op modes where you take on the xenomorph terror.

Aliens: Fireteam features 12 campaign missions

The “cooperative third-person survival shooter” is set 23 years after Alien 3, and follows colonial marines from the USS Endeavour as they take on endless waves of skittering gunmetal terror across no less than four different campaigns.

Ooh-Rah: You can enjoy the campaigns alone with AI team mates, or team up with other players. You can create and customize your very own colonial marine by choosing from “an extensive variety of classes, weapons, gear and perks,” before facing off against no less than 20 different enemy types.

Gigerlicious: Each of the xenomorph variants have been “designed with their own intelligence to ambush, outsmart and eviscerate vulnerable marines”, so strap yourself in and get ready for the alien menace to hit PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S this summer.

Epic and Apple gets their day in court

The legal kerfuffle between Epic Games and Apple shows no sign of abating, and a judge has decided to call the companies’ legal teams and their witnesses to court on May 3rd.

Epic Games have drawn public opinion into the battle

There's not a lot of news yet, with most of the court summons detailing COVID-19 safety measures, including a two-week quarantine following the trial, which both companies were deemed equipped to handle.

Protection money: Epic Games brought the suit against Apple following Fortnite's removal from the iOS App Store after Epic introduced in-game payment options circumventing Apple's payment system and thus denying them their cut of the revenue.

Monopoly: Apple then decided to strongarm Epic into submission by revoking their developer's license, temporarily rendering Epic unable to support Unreal Engine on Apple platforms. Since then, the two companies have been locked in a legal struggle where Epic argues that Apple operates an unfair monopoly that stifles competition.

Scrapnaut coming to Switch after PC

Scrapnaut is a top-down base-building survival game from developer SpiffyBit and publisher RockGame S.A, which hits Steam Early Access tomorrow for $14.99.

Scrapnaut will launch on Nintendo Switch after the PC release

Explore a planet featuring different biomes where you build farms to produce food, a home to keep you sheltered and produce energy so you can build weapons and defend against enemy raiders.

Originally announced for PC, a Switch version is also in the works: "We expect to release Scrapnaut on Nintendo Switch in the near future, about 4-6 months after the PC release," RockGame S.A told us today.

Mario Kart Live discounted in the UK

Admit it: You’ve always wanted to build a race track in your living room, and that’s exactly what Mario Kart Live lets you do by mixing remote control cars and video games with augmented reality.

Unsurprisingly, the initial stock sold out pretty much immediately but availability is good now – although the price remains steep. Fortunately, some retailers are offering a 20% discount, which means you can get a Mario or Luigi Home Circuit kit from Amazon or Game for £79.99, which is no less than £39 off.

Mario Kart Live: Discounts

  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – Mario – £79.99 @ Amazon
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – Luigi – £79.99 @ Amazon
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – Mario – £79.99 @ GAME
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – Luigi – £79.99 @ GAME

Win a copy of Mail Mole for PC or Switch

A charming 3D platformer called Mail Mole is our latest giveaway prize and it’s from indie Talpa Games and Undercoders. In order to save Carrotland from disaster you’ve got to deliver the mail, make new friends, solve puzzles, and race against Mecha-Moles!

Saving Carrotland one stamped envelope at a time

Mail Mole launches this week and for a chance to win one of our 5 giveaway codes for either Steam (PC) or the Nintendo Switch all you need to do is follow us @DailyBitsGaming, retweet us and visit the DailyBits website. Check out the Mail Mole Giveaway to learn more.

  • Sinking City developer accuses publisher of piracy in a lengthy video where Frogwares denounces Nacon's dastardly dealings
  • Onion Games' server crashes after fans flood to their survey asking what fans would like to see the cult developer bring to consoles
  • Criterion's Need for Speed has been delayed after Criterion started supporting DICE on Battlefield 6, due later this year
  • Sega is planning a concert to mark Sonic's 30th anniversary complete with “special guests” according to a licensing magazine
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ updated to version 1.8.0 and regaled with Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary swag

What band composed songs for the Sonic franchise such as “Open Your Heart”, “Live and Learn”, and “Sonic Heroes”?

ANSWER: Crush 40

Hanging on the edge of tomorrow!

When you hum a Sonic tune, there’s a good chance it’s a Crush 40 song. Sure, a lot of artists have appeared in Sonic games (even Akon), but Crush 40 has composed and performed songs for the fastest thing alive since providing Open Your Heart for Sonic Adventure all the way back in 1998.

The band consists of guitarist Jun Senoue, a composer from Sega, and singer Johnny Gioeli from the band Hardline. They started out calling themselves Sons of Angels when contributing to Sonic Adventure and Daytona, but there was a Norwegian band already using that name, so they renamed the band to Crush 40. Sonic just wouldn’t be the same without their characteristic heavy metal sound.

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