TODAY: It was a bit easier to revolutionize gaming back in the early 90s — Microsoft and Sony announce partnership to deliver best cloud gaming — Epic Games finally features refunds! Now where's the shopping cart?
2K announces Definitive Mafia Trilogy
2K has finally confirmed that Hangar 13 is busy putting together Mafia: Trilogy, a collection of the definitive editions of each game. You can buy the games individually or as a collection, and the definitive versions of Mafia II and Mafia III are available today.
The games have been remastered to varying degrees. The first Mafia game is being rebuilt from the ground up, while Mafia II is a 4K remaster featuring all DLC. Mafia III is already pretty state-of-the-art, so the definitive edition simply includes all the DLC.
- If you own any games in the series, you can buy the others at a discount
- Steam copies of Mafia II will be upgraded to Definitive Edition for free
- PC, PlayStation and Xbox copies of Mafia III will also be upgraded to Definitive Edition for free
- The entire collection costs $60, while the original Mafia costs $40 and Mafia II and Mafia III cost $30
Release dates! Mafia II and Mafia III are available right now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam while the Mafia I remake is scheduled for August 28th. If you purchase the Mafia Trilogy today, you receive Mafia II and Mafia III right now.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
What cheat code enabled blood in Mortal Kombat on Sega Genesis?
- B, A, ⬇️, ⬅️, A, ⬇️, C, ➡️, ⬆️, ⬇️ at the title.
- A, B, A, C, A, B, B at the Code of Honor screen.
- ⬅️, ⬇️, ⬅️ , ➡️, ⬇️, ➡️, ⬅️, ⬅️ , Right, Right at the options screen.
- C, ➡️, A, ⬅️ , A, ⬆️, C,➡️, A, ⬅️, A, ⬆️at the title screen
Mortal Kombat Done Quick
Mortal Kombat is on its 11th iteration (well, by numbering anyway) and just a few years shy of its 30th anniversary, but the first game in the series was made in less than a year.
The original Mortal Kombat was made from scratch by a team led by Ed Boon, who was just 27 at the time. The game was designed by Boon and combic book artist John Tobias along with Dan Forden and John Vogel. That's right, in the early 90s a handful of people could revolutionize the game industry and gaming culture!
The game wasn't even meant to be Mortal Kombat – it was supposed to be a Universal Soldier tie-in starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. That obviously didn't happen, and now Mortal Kombat has spawned a bunch of movies and TV series of its own.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Players discover a nuclear warhead in Call of Duty: Warzone’s bunkers
A recent Call of Duty: Warzone update added red access cards, a key item allowing you to access the previously impenetrable bunkers dotted around the map. The bunkers' most obvious utility is the high-value gear and weapons you can usually find inside, but it appears there's more of mystery to bunker 11, which remains locked.
Bunker 11 can't be opened with an access card, but enterprising players have discovered ways to glitch their way into the bunker using a drone. What did they find inside? Turns out the mysterious bunker contains a nuclear warhead – and a red button.
- Dataminers discovered the warhead asset is named “nuke_coreless”, so it might need to be armed
- There are also RC-XD and U-2 models in the files from the latest update
Hunkering down: Bunker 11 also contains a war room, mist room and a server room. Fans are speculating that the next key card will allow you to enter the bunker, arm the nuke and take out everyone caught in the blast radius.
Sony & Microsoft Together
Sony and Microsoft partner up to deliver the best cloud gaming
Sony's executive vice president Toru Katsumoto commented on Sony's cloud gaming relationship with Microsoft in Sony’s earnings call earlier today. “In a mid to long-term basis, it is going to be a very strong partnership,” said Katsumoto.
Microsoft and Sony recently announced a partnership. Sony will use Microsoft's Azure data centres for content streaming services such as PlayStation Now.
- The companies will collaborate to solve problems like server congestion at peak hours
- Sony has chosen Microsoft rather than Amazon or Google despite their console rivalry
- By working together, Sony and Microsoft hope to streamline experiences for both creators and consumers
Sony on Microsoft: “In addition to cloud streaming games [there are] semiconductors, consumer electronics and remote solutions… in these areas we are proceeding with our discussions”. Looks like the two companies have more projects in mind than just server solutions.
What Else Happened Today?
- Sneak a peek at Friendships in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath thanks to the latest trailer. Friendships will be part of a free update launching alongside the Aftermath DLC which expands the story and adds three new characters
- Nintendo shows off all 51 Clubhouse Games in a new 5-minute long video unveiling the collection of minigames based on popular toys and card games
- Gamescom 2020 will be a digital event this year since the German government has banned all public events until the end of August. Geoff Keighley opens the show on August 27th, and it will last until August 30th
- Sony hosted its Corporate Strategy Meeting today where Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida announced that the company is getting ready to announce the first wave of PlayStation 5 games soon
- Epic Games Store offers self-service refund feature similar to the one in Steam. You can request a refund within 14 days as long as you’ve played the game for less than 2 hours
Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?
What code would be used to bring blood back into Mortal Kombat on the Sega Genesis?
Answer: A, B, A, C, A, B, B at the Code of Honor screen!
I’m more of an Invisible Touch guy myself.
Mortal Kombat was one of the biggest arguments in favour of the Genesis in the old playground arguments about whether Sega or Nintendo was better. If you input the code correctly, Scorpion's “Get Over Here!” voice sample would play, and then you could revel in the state of the art in blood and gore. But does the code itself mean anything?
It does if you’re a music fan! Ed Boon is a big music buff, and the code is a reference to the Genesis album Abacab – which marked Genesis' transition from prog rock to poppier, more mainstream fare. The juxtaposition of the radio-friendly pop-rock and the decidedly unfriendly Mortal Kombat makes it one of gaming's more memorable cheat codes.
Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Christian Vaz, Ken McKown and Jamie Davey.