New Witcher Game after Cyberpunk 2077, Lego Mario Sets

TODAY: Porting The Witcher to console very nearly destroyed CD Projekt — LEGO and Nintendo team up with new Mario Maker-esque set — Valve Index is back on sale, but can you get one in time for Half-Life: Alyx?

What's next, Witcher?

CD Projekt will offer up more single-player fun after Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński has confirmed that CD Projekt RED will direct their attention towards another single-player game after Cyberpunk 2077.

Kiciński said it will not be The Witcher 4, but did not exclude the possibility that it could be set in the Witcher universe. CD Projekt signed a new deal with Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski last December, renewing the company’s rights to exploit the Witcher IP across videogames, board games, comic books and related merchandise.

  • Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed from April 16th to September 17th
  • CD Projekt has ruled out a sequel to The Witcher 3, so fans are speculating that a prequel might be next

On CD Projekt’s next game: “We have two worlds and we want to create games in those two worlds. That’s why all planned games are either Witcher or Cyberpunk.” The Witcher is more popular than ever following the success of the Netflix series, so expect to see more games in the near future.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which company did both the creators of Two Point Hospital work at before?

  • Codemasters
  • Hello Games
  • Team17
  • Bullfrog Productions

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

Toss a coin to your Witcher developer

It may sound strange now, but CD Projekt was almost wiped out by the original Witcher. After its successful PC launch, CD Projekt started work on two new Witcher games, but Atari wanted console ports of the original game.

They hired Widescreen Games to work on the port, tentatively titled The Witcher: The White Wolf. Unfortunately, the company ran into huge problems porting the game, so CD Projekt sent a team to help them out – which ended up costing a massive amount of money, burning through nearly all the money they made from the original and putting the company on the brink of bankruptcy.

Their solution was to stop working on The Witcher 3 and pour all their heart, soul and ideas into The Witcher 2 – which ended up selling millions of copies, saving the company and paving the way for the spectacularly successful third game in the series.

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Pokemon News and Events

Pokémon News Roundup

The next Pokémon Sword & Shield online competition is all about ‘Extreme Speed! Single Battles!’. Turn-timers are limited to just 10 seconds, forcing players to think on their feet and make quick decisions.

A new Battle Royale Cup has started in Pokémon Rumble Rush. The Mewtwo Cup is available from March 11th-25th, granting two pieces of Poké Glam to players who manage to earn it.

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX launched for Switch on March 6th
  • Netflix released a remake of the first Pokemon movie Mewtwo Strikes Back on Pokémon Day, February 27th

Still selling like crazy: Pokémon Sword & Shield continue to dominate the Japanese charts months after it launched. Sword & Shield sold over 95,000 units last month, earning the third place in the retails charts behind Granblue Fantasy Versus and Person 5 Scramble.

Nintendo Lego Partnership

LEGO and Nintendo reveal Mario sets

LEGO and Nintendo have partnered to produce Super Mario LEGO sets with a unique twist: Children can interact with the Super Mario figure and collect coins in a level created using LEGO bricks.

The video shows a power button and a bluetooth icon on the back of the Mario figure, meaning Mario can collect coins and even take damage from hazards.

  • Nintendo have said they are exploring new ways to engage with fans, and this LEGO set is certainly a novel one
  • The sets are expected to launch later this year, but Nintendo and LEGO have yet to announce prices and availability

Takashi Tezuka on the sets: “The new product we created together with the LEGO Group seeks to combine two different styles of play – one where you freely build the world of Mario and the other where you play with Mario in the very world that you have created.”

VR Bits

Swords of Gargantua coming to PSVR

Swords of Gargantua is already available for Oculus and Steam VR, and now it is finally coming to PlayStation VR. The rogue-lite action game boasts realistic swordsmanship and – judging by the trailer – it’s a jolly good way to exercise too. But not too realistic: You can also chuck your weapon at the opponent and have it come back like a boomerang, God of War-style!

Camera paths added to Tilt Brush

Google’s VR drawing app Tilt Brush has been updated to include custom camera paths as well as Sketchfab and Google Drive integration. Custom camera paths allow artists to show off their work by setting up a spline-based camera track, offering much greater precision and flexibility than before. Check out the patch notes for details.

Valve Index back on sale, out of stock

Valve has finally managed to put the Index back on sale, just in time for Half-Life: Alyx. Or at least almost: orders are unlikely to be fulfilled in less than two months, as all the new stock got cleared out within hours and new orders will be fulfilled as stock becomes available.

What Else Happened Today?

  • Ring Fit Adventure spirits coming to Smash Bros Ultimate! The three spirits are available between March 13th and 18th
  • New expansion for Two Point Hospital. Off the Grid adds three new areas and a host of new ailments to cure, and will be available on Steam from March 17th.
  • Peggle-like rogue-lite Roundguard out tomorrow for PC, Xbox One and Switch. Sound too good to be true? Check out the astonishing trailer
  • Six million people have played Call of Duty: Warzone since it was released last night according to Activision. Initially assumed to be a multiplayer add-on for Modern Warfare, Warzone is stand-alone and free-to-play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • Nintendo supports the ESA’s decision to cancel E3, even though they had no plans to go there. Nintendo takes the opportunity to reiterate that they are engaging with their audience without big trade shows

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which company did both the creators of Two Point Hospital work at before?

Answer: Bullfrog Productions!

You probably don’t know Carr and Webley by name, but you are very likely to have enjoyed their work on Two Point Hospital’s distant ancestor, Bullfrog Productions’ Theme Hospital.

Webley was Theme Hospital’s lead designer, while Carr was the lead artist. Webley stayed at Bullfrog after Theme Hospital as the company turned into Lionhead Studios and started work on Black & White. Carr joined Lionhead later, after a brief stint at Mucky Foot Productions.

Lionhead eventually closed down in 2016, prompting Webley and Carr to found Two Point Studios, sign a deal with Sega and start work on Two Point Hospital. The fruits of their labour launched in 2018, 20 years after Theme Hospital. In other words, Mark Webley and Gary Carr are responsible for turning hospital management into a fun pastime!

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