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Job listings hint at Bungie’s next game

Bungie’s latest job listings have revealed a tiny sliver about what’s next from the creators of Halo and Destiny.

Bungie is looking for artists who want to work on “something comedic with lighthearted and whimsical characters”. Looks like Bungie’s next IP will be even less serious than Destiny, although the job listing suggests the next IP is pretty far away since the Incubation Art Director they’re advertising for will help “guide a prototype on the path to production”.

  • Last year Bungie told IGN that the company are looking to launch another franchise by 2025
  • Destiny will continue to be developed alongside this new IP and Destiny 2 will launch on next-gen consoles

What else do we know? There is also a listing for an Incubation Investment Designer and Incubation Senior/Lead Combat Designer, so you can expect pursuit and loot systems. Don’t hold your breath, though – development seems to be at a very early stage.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What disease does the player character struggle with in Far Cry 2?

  • H1N1
  • Malaria
  • Ebola
  • Lyme Disease

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

Old wine in new bottles, Blizzard-style

When Hearthstone launched in 2014, it featured 383 cards to collect. Drawing that much artwork is pretty time and capital expensive, so Blizzard repurposed some art from the discontinued World of WarCraft trading card game for Hearthstone.

Of course, reusing art introduces its own problems, such as consistency: Quite a few Hearthstone cards feature art that doesn’t match the character. For example, the art for Bloodmage Thalnos is actually Turov the Risen. Same goes for Malygos, who is represented with a picture of Kalecgos. This got a bit confusing when Kalecgos was added to the game in 2018!

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

Far Cry 6 News

Next Far Cry might be revealed soon

Rumour has it Far Cry 6 will be revealed on July 12th at Ubisoft Forward.

Apparently, Far Cry 6 is made for PC and next-gen consoles, and will not be available on the current-gen consoles. If that’s true, Far Cry 6 should feature some mightily impressive graphics since it won’t be held back by aging console hardware. The game is scheduled to launch before April next year, though this could easily change.

  • If Far Cry 6 is not a cross-generation game, Ubisoft would be leaving a lot of money on the table
  • Other rumours have suggested that Far Cry 6 will be set in the Carribean

Near or far? There is also a vague hint of a more exotic setting: “I can say with certainty that those of you who didn’t like Far Cry 5’s North American setting are likely to find this game more interesting when it’s officially unveiled during Ubisoft Forward on July 12”.

What's next for Naughty Dog?

Neil Druckmann is not sure what’s next

Neil Druckmann talked to GQ about the six years of work he has put into The Last of Us Part II.

The article goes into detail about the game’s development process, but the really eye-catching revelation is Druckmann’s response when asked what his next project might be.

“As you start wrapping things up, creatively there are fewer and fewer responsibilities and my mind can’t help but think about the next thing. So, yeah, the next thing could be a Part III, the next thing could be some new IP.”

  • Naughty Dog got permission from Pearl Jam to use their song “Future Days” in the game
  • The Last Of Us Part II will to be around thirty hours long

So much to do, so little time: After finishing The Last of Us Part II, Druckmann will help HBO adapt the game into a television series. “It really lets us focus on the characters and the drama and show you other aspects of those characters,” said Druckmann about the upcoming TV show.

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What disease does the player character struggle with in Far Cry 2?

Answer: Malaria!

Far Cry 2 is a pretty unusual game, a high-budget follow-up to a surprise hit that refuses to play it safe and goes all-in on experiments in gameplay, storytelling and aesthetics.

Above all, it’s a chaotic and relentless game. Your player character has contracted malaria, and every now and then you will get malaria attacks that stops you running and jumping on top of tinting and blurring the screen.

If you don’t take medicine, the attacks will get worse and worse until you pass out, so you need to make sure you always have a bottle of anti-malaria medicine. The only way to get medicine is to complete side missions, so you won’t always be able to play your way.

That’s just one of the many reasons why Far Cry 2 is one of those games you either love or hate, and that dared to venture where very few games has followed it since.

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