#66: Let’s Have Some Witcherpunk

TODAY: PlanetSide Arena enters Early Access in 3 weeks — Gearbox is finally revealing the future of Homeworld — Pokémon Masters is finally out

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CD Projekt RED adopts “dual franchise model” for The Witcher and Cyberpunk

Geralt of Rivia might have retired to his vineyard but CD Projekt RED isn’t putting the franchise out to pasture quite yet: The Polish studio has unveiled their “dual franchise model” based around The Witcher and Cyberpunk.

The continuing strong sales of The Witcher 3 has convinced CD Project RED that there’s plenty of hungry fans out there: “Our financial results for the first half of the year again was mainly affected by sales of The Witcher 3, which remains strong. This further confirms our belief that investing in top quality games pays off,” said chief financial officer Piotr Nielubowicz.

”Life might be black and white to you witchers, but to us common folk it’s all just shades of grey.”

“Managing two separate major franchises (The Witcher/Cyberpunk), along with several independent development teams, enables the company to conduct parallel on several projects and smoothens its longterm release schedule,” he continued in the report.

There’s no indication what sort of Witcher games the studio will make in the future, but CD Project RED stresses the important of investing in the growth of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. They also released Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales in October last year as a stand-alone single player component for Gwent, though they admit sales were weaker than hoped since the game was exclusive to GOG.

CD Projekt RED’s new big thing is – of course – the eagerly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, which they intend to keep updating with new content they way they did for The Witcher 3. The studio is also deep in R&D to figure out how to add a strong multiplayer component, but their highest priority remains the single-player campaign.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition launches on Nintendo Switch October 15th.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Who made the first Blair Witch game?

  • Terminal Reality (Ghostbusters)
  • Ritual Entertainment (SiN)
  • Bloober Team (Layers of Fear)
  • Human Head Studios (Prey)

The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!

News Bits

Supermassive Games already teasing Man of Medan follow-up for 2020

This week’s The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is only the first part of an ongoing series of horror stories from Supermassive Games – and they’re already teasing their next one.

It’s called The Dark Pictures: Little Hope and will be out next year. The teaser trailer visits a town called Little Hope and follows Andrew and Angela – presumably the two protagonists – as they get lost in the woods.

Sci-fi MMO PlanetSide Arena jetpacks onto Steam Early Access September 19

A sequel to 2012’s PlanetSide 2 is almost ready to blast onto Steam Early Access. The sci-fi MMO PlanetSide Arena from developer Daybreak Game Company will become available to brave testers September 19, with a full multi-platform launch following in 2020.

Early Access starts with “Squads (12-player groups) and Teams (3-player groups) in matches of 300+ players.” Check out the Early Access FAQ for more.

Daily Fact

SEGA Dreamcast really phoned it in for online gaming

When you think of game consoles today they are synonymous with online services like Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, with even Nintendo getting in on it more with Switch Online. However the first home console to try and achieve an online network presence was SEGA Dreamcast.

The Dreamcast was the first to include an actual built-in modem to connect to the Internet via a telephone cable for that dial-up goodness. SEGA beat the competition to the punch by trying to set up an online ecosystem called SegaNet, and though it failed in the end it did help pave the way for Xbox and PlayStation to get in on this gimmick of ‘online multiplayer’. Obviously it was just a passing fancy…

Daily News

Sony sniffing up Remedy?

Sony Interactive Entertainment Wordwide recently added Insomniac Games to their stable, turning the long-time collaborator into a first-party studio.

This development was not exactly shocking, since most of Insomniac’s games have been PlayStation exclusives, and they share a building with Sony heavy-hitter Naughty Dog.

Shuhei Yoshida visited both Remedy and Housemarque while in Finland

Sony Worldwide Studios big cheese Shuhei Yoshida was recently touring studios in Northern Europe, including Remedy, sparking rumours that Sony might be tempted to buy the studio.

Remedy is looking pretty independent these days, following up the Microsoft exclusive Quantum Break with multiplatform heavy-hitter Control, as well as re-acquiring the rights to Alan Wake – but that might only make the studio look more tempting to Sony.

Sony is probably looking to bolster their development capabilities ahead of the impending PlayStation 5 launch. After all, Microsoft has recently gobbled up Double Fine, Ninja Theory and inXile Entertainment.

Homeworld announcement imminent from Gearbox Software @ PAX West

It looks like something is finally happening with Homeworld! The official Homeworld twitter account has started charging the hyperdrive ahead of a big announcement at PAX West.

The announcement will be made later today, during the Gearbox Main Theater Show between 1.30pm – 2.30pm PDT/9.30pm – 10.30pm GMT+1 on August 30th. Gearbox Software has already said they will show more Borderlands 3, as well as new content for Risk of Rain 2, We Happy Few and Homeworld: Remastered. Could they be showing Homeworld 3 too?

Homeworld was originally created by Relic Entertainment and released in late 1999

“We will have never-before-seen reveals, exclusives, and surprises, so don’t miss out!” according to the official blurb on the PAX West schedule. Gearbox has already revealed that they have big plans for Homeworld, in time for the series’ 20th anniversary.

The last addition to the sci-fi franchise was a prequel to the 1999 original called Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, released by Blackbird Interactive in 2016.

News Bits

Total War: Warhammer 2 – The Hunter & The Beast DLC out September 11

The next DLC for Creative Assembly’s Total War: Warhammer 2 will be out September 11th. It’s called The Hunter & The Beast and features the Empire’s Hunstmarshal, Markus Wulfhart, as well as a revered Kroxigor of the Lizardmen, Nakai The Wanderer. There are also new ranged units such as mobile gunpowder batteries, and hulking Dread Saurians.

Free-to-play Pokémon Masters hits mobile devices, launch trailer now live

The Pokémon Masters launch trailer is here to remind us that the game is out now for mobile platforms. Pokémon Masters is a free-to-play title created by DeNA that focuses on Trainers from the entire Pokémon series. It takes place on the Pasio Artificial Island, where Trainers gather to battle in a great tournament. You don’t catch any Pokémon in Pokémon Masters – the game is all about the battles.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Who made the first Blair Witch game?

Answer: Terminal Reality!

There’s a brand new Blair Witch game out today, and it’s a first-person survival horror set deep in the movie’s iconic Black Hills Forest – however, as we’ve mentioned in previous DailyBits issues, it’s not the first game based on The Blair Witch Project! There were a trio of games released in 2000 to accompany the second movie – and like Book of Shadows, they were all kind of forgettable, sadly.

The first game to be released, and so the first Blair Witch game ever, was Blair Witch Volume I: Rustin Parr – which was made by Terminal Reality, the developer behind Bloodrayne and Ghostbusters: The Videogame (the good one). It also made Kinect Star Wars, but don’t hold that against the team. Human Head and Ritual would handle the following two Volumes, and Layers of Fear developer Bloober Team are doing the new Blair Witch. Will that be better than the others though?

Weekly Giveaway

Mable & The Wood!

Time for another great giveaway! We have 5 Steam keys to give away, and all you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is to follow us on Twitter and on our Facebook page, and we will choose five random followers who will each receive a Mable & The Wood Steam key! It couldn’t be any easier.

Find out more about our giveaway here.