#120: New Rare And Obsidian Games At XO19

TODAY: Luigi’s still big in Japan — Rockstar promises free DLC as compensation for Red Dead Redemption 2 launch woes — Netflix’ The Witcher is here to stay according to showrunner

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Rare and Obsidian likely revealing new games at X019

Microsoft’s big X019 conference starts today, and it will most likely bring a load of announcements – although most of them seem to have been leaked already. The hottest rumours are about new games from Rare and Obsidian, who most recently created Sea of Thieves and The Outer Worlds.

Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad has been feeding the rumour mill, tweeting that the event will present “solid 2020 release dates for XGS games like Bleeding Edge, Minecraft Dungeons and Wasteland 3. New IP from Obsidian and Rare. A shadow drop. Plus much more.”

X019 gon’ give it to ya

There are claims that the release date – apparently December 3rd – for the PC version of Halo Reach will be announced today, and that it will be available today for Xbox One owners.

According to VGC, Rare – perhaps more famous for GoldenEye, Perfect Dark and Banjo-Kazooie than Sea of Thieves – will show off “a third-person adventure game based on a totally original IP”. We shouldn’t expect the new game to launch anytime soon, though.

No-one knows what Obsidian’s next big thing after The Outer Worlds will be, but it’s probably going to be a big one since it’s their first project for Microsoft, so keep your eyes peeled – there’s bound to be some kind of news about Microsoft’s shiny new RPG studio.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

How many games has Rare made in the last decade, excluding Rare Replay?

  •  4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

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

News Bits

Luigi’s Mansion 3 still at #2 in Japanese charts a week later

Last week we reported that Luigi’s burning up the charts in Japan, with Luigi’s Mansion 3 sitting at a comfortable second place right behind Persona 5 Royal for PlayStation 4.

Well, Luigi’s still big in Japan: Persona 5 Royal has slipped to fourth place, but Luigi’s Mansion 3 is still in second place, only beaten by Death Stranding. Not bad, Luigi, but you’re still number two!

Daily Fact

There was already a Witcher TV series

There’s still a whole month until Netflix drops the first season of their The Witcher series, and a second season has already been confirmed! But did you know that it’s not the first time The Witcher is adapted for TV?

A Polish show based on the Wiedźmin books by Andrzej Sapkowski aired in 2001 and 2002, long before the first game came out in 2007. CD Projekt actually invented the name The Witcher, so the English translation of the Polish TV series is actually called The Hexer.

The series was first released as a movie cut together from the 13 episodes of the TV show, which followed the next year. Unfortunately, it was not particularly well-received, even in its native Poland: The ever-cheerful author of the books delivered one of his typical scathing takes: “I can answer only with a single word – an obscene, short one.” Let’s hope the Netflix show fares better!

Daily News

Free DLC for Red Dead Redemption 2 PC as compensation for “issues”

After a year of waiting, Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally launched for PC – and what a rip-roaring success the launch has been! Probably Rockstar’s finest launch effort to date, right up there with Grand Theft Auto 4. Yup, that’s right: Crashes, stuttering framerate and quite a few players who can’t even get past the first loading screen. Yee-haw!

Rockstar has finally acknowledged the issues, apologized for horsing around and promised to fix them as soon as possible. The studio says they’ve identified and fixed a number of bugs already, but that the stuttering issues on Nvidia cards might “take us up to a few days” to sort out.

Not a good boi

”We sincerely apologize for this temporary inconvenience and will update you as soon as we have more information to share – we want everyone to be able to experience Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC as we intended as soon as possible,” says the Sheriff of Rockstar.

To demonstrate their sincerity, Rockstar will give away some free DLC for Red Dead Online, the game’s multiplayer component. The “complimentary care package” includes the Prieto Poncho outfit and “an assortment of provisions and ammo.” Everyone will surely be mighty pleased with their new poncho once they can actually load the game.

Netflix already working on The Witcher Season 2, with plans for up to seven

Netflix isn’t launching their new The Witcher show until December 20th, but at least we won’t have to worry about the show ending on a cliffhanger that never gets resolved: Netflix has already confirmed that a second season is on the way.

Showrunner Lauren Hissrich announced the second season on Twitter, confirming that Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer would return – hardly a surprise, since they’re the main characters. She also gushed that, “I could not be more proud of what the amazing cast and crew of The Witcher have accomplished, and can’t wait for the world to dig in and enjoy these stories with us.”

”I had them filed down”

If ratings are good, there will be much more than two seasons: Hissrich has already told SFX that she has mapped out stories for seven seasons worth of witching. “The worst thing we could do,” she said, “is put all of our energies just into season one, and not be thinking about where these characters can grow to.”

Actor Henry Cavill also revealed that he’s “a big gamer, PC gamer in particular” and that he used to have LAN parties with his four brothers. He’s also a big fan of the Witcher games, of course: “I played The Witcher 2 many years ago when it first came out. I played The Witcher 3 a number of times through.” How does he feel about portraying Geralt in a big, expensive and hopefully long-running adaptation? “I’m a happy man,” he says.

Esports Weekly

League of Legends heading to Shanghai in 2020

The League of Legends World Championship concluded on Sunday, with FunPlus Phoenix trouncing G2 Esports 3-0. This year’s finals took place in Paris, and Riot Games has already announced that the next one will be held in Shanghai. This isn’t the first time the World Championship is hosted in China: The 2017 championship was held in a number of cities across China.

Battlegrounds mode for Hearthstone

Blizzard has launched a new Hearthstone mode inspired by the wildly popular Auto Chess: Battlegrounds is currently in open beta, and rewards players with a free pack for completing two games.

Leading up to the launch of the Descent of Dragons expansion on December 10th, Blizzard is also launching a bunch of quests awarding between one and three packs for the current set of expansions as well as the upcoming ones. Make sure to keep an eye on your daily quests and start collecting packs you can open on launch day.

LA Gladiators sign Paintbrush

The Los Angeles Gladiators have signed Nolan ‘Paintbrush’ Edwards, completing their lineup for next year’s season of Overwatch league. It’ll be interesting to see where Edwards will fit in, since he traditionally plays support, and LA Gladiators already have two excellent support players: Jonas ‘Shaz’ Suovaara and Benjamin ‘BigGoose’ Isohanni.

Tomorrow is the deadline for signing up Overwatch league teams, so expect to see a few more teams announce their participation in the very near future.

News Bits

Sonic’s movie redesign was spearheaded by a major Sonic artist

The new Sonic design for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie was unveiled this week, replacing the abominable blue man from the first trailers. The redesign was apparently led by Tyson Hesse, an artist on the Sonic comics who also animated the fantastic Sonic Mania title sequence as well as a number of fan flicks published on YouTube. The man knows his hedgehog!

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

How many games has Rare made in the last decade, excluding Rare Replay?

Answer: Five!

The decade comes to a close next month, prompting developers (and DailyBits writers) to take a long, hard look at what they have achieved these last ten years. Rare, for example, used to be extremely productive, but since 2010 they’ve only released five games and one collection.

The games are Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports: Season Two, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sea of Thieves and Killer Instinct (in collaboration with Double Helix Games and Iron Galaxy). Let’s hope X019 will feature a brand new Rare game we can look forward to in the next decade!

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