Microsoft Hints at Fable Intent, Pokemon Cafe’s Special Costumer?

TODAY: It looks like Microsoft are making moves with the Fable Franchise — Find out what mystery guest is going to be visiting your Pokemon Cafe soon — What’s the Panzer Dragoon and Sonic Chronicles Connection?

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Nine major indie games for Sony platforms

Sony just unveiled their new PlayStation Indies initiative and announced nine indie games on their way to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Keeping the indie scene vibrant is “increasingly important for the future of the video game industry, as AAA game development has grown so financially demanding that big companies are finding it harder to take risks”, explained PlayStation indies boss Shuhei Yoshida.

PlayStation Indies round-up – Montage trailer

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What Ink Spots song plays at the intro and outro of Fallout 1?

  • I Don’t Want to Set The World on Fire
  • Maybe
  • Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
  • It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie

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.

Daily Fact

BioWare’s Sonic RPG had Panzer Dragoon connection

You probably forgot that BioWare developed Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood for Sega back in 2008, right? The RPG was BioWare’s first handheld project, and there was a competition to name a group of enemies in the game.

The winning suggestion was “The Zoah”, which also happened to be the name of a town in Sega’s Panzer Dragoon Saga. Fans also discovered an Easter Egg in Chapter 5: Battle for Angel Island: You can find a Sega Genesis model 2 console with a controller in the bottom left corner of Metropolis overground.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Fable's Intent

Microsoft renews Fable trademark

Microsoft has just renewed the Fable trademark by Microsoft for use in the United States, declaring an “Intent To Use” in the filing.

There have been rumours about a new Fable game for a long time now, but there hasn’t been a full entry to the series since Fable III in 2010, and not so much as a spin-off since 2012’s Fable: The Journey. Lionhead was shut down in 2016, so the series’ future has been uncertain.

Spin-offs scrapped: Fable Legends was a multiplayer spin-off where a band of heroes fought against a player-controlled villain, but the project was cancelled in 2016 when Microsoft closed Lionhead.

Fourth foray: Could this filing mean that Fable IV or a reboot is on the way? There have been rumours of a Fable-related project at Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, and Xboss Phil Spencer more or less confirmed it at E3 2018.

Pokemon News and Events

Battle Royale Cup starts and the first Special Customer arrives in Pokémon Café

There’s plenty going on in the world of Pokémon, including a bunch of tournaments, events and updates.

Pokémon Masters

  • Two 5 Star Select Scouts available
    • First costs 300 Paid Gems and lasts 48 hours; select a Scout and any 5 Star Sync Pair
    • Second costs 3000 Paid Gems and lasts a week; select 10 Scouts and any 5 Star Sync Pair

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Ranked Battle Series 5 is now live
    • Duration: July 1st to August 30th
  • Series 4 June is concluding, and Ranked Battle rewards are now available
  • International Friendly Online Competition rankings now online

Pokémon Home

  • Version 1.1.1 update: Transfered Pokémon are correctly added to Isle of Armor Pokédex

Pokémon GO

  • Research Breakthrough Pokémon have shifted; Larvitar now reward until August 1st

Pokémon Café Mix

  • First Special Customer event has begun
    • Lasts until July 15th
    • Scorbunny will appear as a customer
    • Complete orders will unlock Scorbunny as staff
    • Make friends and invite then to Party so you can recruit them later
  • New Regular Orders have been implemented

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  • Battle Royale Cup has begun
    • Pheromosa Cup lasts until July 8th
    • Fighting and Bug-type moves powered-up
    • Two pieces of Poké Glam as reward

What Else Happened Today?

VR Bits

VR support for Dreams

Media Molecule is adding PSVR support to Dreams in a free update scheduled to launch on July 22nd. The update includes brand new tutorials and starting kits. You are not required to own a PSVR headset to create VR content, but if you have Move controllers you can use them for sculpting.

There will be some VR experiences available at launch, including a shooting game named Box Blaster and Box Gallery, which showcases art by the development team. A selection of Dreams creators got access to the VR tools early, so you can expect to see community content available as soon as the update is out, and some are showcased in the VR update trailer.

Onward arrives on Oculus Quest

If you’re looking for a hardcore VR first-person shooter, then you should take a look at Downpour Interactive’s Onward. It’s already popular (and on sale) on Steam, and will launch for Oculus Quest on July 30th.

Onward supports Oculus and SteamVR cross-play, and there’s both single-player and co-op modes if you’re not into competitive multiplayer. Onward will cost $24.99 and you can wishlist it on the Oculus Store right now.

ChillDex cooler back on sale

Earlier this year, Redditor Kyle ‘Kylobyte25’ Fredericks invented a cooling solution for Valve Index: A USB fan that can be mounted in the Index’s front USB slot, or … frunk.

Clearly, VR gamers are a sweaty lot, because the ChillDex raised nearly CA$100,000 on Kickstarter. After being sold out for a while, the Chilldex is finally back on sale, and for CA$50 your face will never get sweaty from playing Beat Saber again!

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Command & Conquer Remastered

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Command & Conquer and Red Alert helped define the real-time strategy genre 25 years ago and both have been fully remastered in 4K by the former Westwood Studios team members at Petroglyph Games.

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What Ink Spots song plays at the intro and outro of Fallout 1?

Answer: Maybe!

Fallout games have started with a 50s pop song since the very beginning.

The Ink Spots’ “Maybe” both opened and bookended the first Fallout, and later games featured classics like “Blue Moon”, “A Kiss to Build a Dream On”, and “I Don’t Want to Set The World on Fire”.

It’s nearly 25 years since the first Fallout, but none of the later games have hit quite the same note of melancholy, satire and nostalgia as that scratchy, rickety rendition of “Maybe”. It perfectly encapsulates the idealized past that suffuses the Fallout universe.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, Christian Vaz and Jamie Davey.