Next-Gen Xbox Stolen GPU Source Code, Nintendo Direct Mini

TODAY: Remedy signs new games that will definitely be Epic Game Store exclusives — Hacker misses beat by not asking for $500 billion ransom from AMD — Valve has enabled motion sickness mode in Half-Life: Alyx

Surprise Nintendo Direct Mini

Nintendo shows off veritable avalanche of new Switch games coming in 2020

Nintendo just broadcast a Nintendo Direct Mini with over 25 minutes worth of Switch news. You can learn about new and upcoming games, as well as major updates to ones that are already out – including Pokémon Sword & Shield.

They also warn that “due to COVD-19, release dates and other information presented in this video are subject to change”

  • Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition (Nintendo) – Trailer – May 28, 2020
  • BioShock The Collection / Borderlands Legendary Collection / XCOM 2 Collection (2K Games) – Trailer – May 29th
  • MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order (Team NINJA/KOEI TECMO) – Expansion Pass Trailer – Out Now
  • Shinsekai: Into the Depths (Capcom) – Trailer – March 26th
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) – Update Trailer – Out Now
  • Good Job! (Nintendo) – Trailer – March 26th
  • Catherine: Full Body (Studio Zero/SEGA) – Trailer – July 7th
  • Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) – Update Trailer – Out Now
  • King’s Bounty II (1C Entertainment) – Trailer – TBA 2020
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Challenger Pack 6 (Nintendo) – Challenger Pack 6 Reveal Trailer – June
  • ARMS (Nintendo) – Free Game Trial Trailer – Out Now
  • BRAVELY DEFAULT II (Nintendo) – Trailer – TBA 2020
  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo) – Trailer – June 4th
  • Ninjala (GUNGHOONLINE) – Trailer – May
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (Aspyr) – Trailer – March 26th
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake (Forever Entertainment) – Trailer – March 26th
  • Pokémon Sword / Pokémon Shield (GAME FREAK/Nintendo) – Expansion Pass Trailer – Out Now
  • What’s Coming to Nintendo Switch?Round-up Trailer
    • Trials of Mana (Square Enix) – April 24th
    • FUSER (NCSOFT) – Fall
    • The Elder Scrolls: Blades (Bethesda Softworks) – Spring
    • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus (Kasedo Games) – May
    • Vigor (Bohemia Interactive) – (Closed Beta) April 9th
    • Burnout Paradise Remastered (EA) – TBA 2020
    • Saints Row IV – Re-Elected (Deep Silver) – March 27th
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (NIS America) – June 30th
    • Mr. DRILLER DrillLand (Bandai Namco) – June 25th
    • Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox Game Studios) – Spring

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Which Telltale Game featured Ash Williams from Evil Dead?

  • The Walking Dead
  • Poker Night 2
  • CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
  • Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People

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

Earthworm Jim rewarded you with a rousing speech if you beat it on hard

If you love chasing the dragon of high difficulty levels, then Shiny Entertainment’s Earthworm Jim Special Edition from 1995 will give you your fix – so make sure you play that rather than the original Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis release from 1994.

If you beat the Special Edition on the hard difficulty, you will be treated to a motivational speech congratulating you for mastering the heck out of the game. You are also treated to a bonus animation of Earthworm Jim having a Tex Avery-style reaction to Princess What’s-Her-Face. Not worth it? Well, consider that beating the game on easy yields nothing more than made-up facts about worms.

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Next-Gen Alan Wake?

Remedy signs deal for two new games

The crazy Finns at Remedy Entertainment have just announced a fresh deal “with a major publisher” for two projects that allows the studio to keep IP rights.

The first is a “AAA multi-platform game” that’s already in pre-production, while the second project is “smaller-scale” and will be set in the same universe as the big hitter. Both games are developed using the studio’s own Northlight engine.

Hit and miss: Remedy’s last game was Control, following their ambitious ‘hybrid game’ Quantum Break from 2016 which attempted to blend game and TV show together. Remedy is perhaps most famous for the two first Max Payne games, which turned slow-motion ‘bullet time’ action sequences into a videogame staple.

What’s next: Both games are coming to PC and next-gen consoles in “the next few years,” and the deal is pretty good for a fully-funded development: Remedy keeps 50 percent of revenue, and keeps the IP. The studio is already busy developing a single-player campaign for online tactical shooter CrossFire X, as well as two expansions for Control.

Xbox Series X GPU Source Code

AMD hacker wants $100 million ransom

AMD has confirmed that they’re dealing with a hacker who claims to have stolen source code pertaining to Big Navi and Arden GPUs, presumably code for AMD’s closed-source drivers, and is trying to extract a ransom.

Arden is supposedly the codename for the GPU used in the Xbox Series X, and the hacker has started leaking parts of the code. So far, AMD has issued DMCA takedown notices to GitHub, a popular service allowing programmers to host source control repositories – essentially a big project management and sharing site for code.

Official statement: “While we are aware the perpetrator has additional files that have not been made public, we believe the stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products,” said AMD. They are “working closely with law enforcement officials and other experts as a part of an ongoing criminal investigation.”

Plugging the leak: According to TorrentFreak, the hacker is demanding no less than $100 million dollars and will “just leak everything” if the demand is not met. The hacker claims the code was stolen from “a hacked computer” in November 2019, and AMD says they were informed about the breach in December.

VR Bits

Oculus leak references to a new headset in the developer settings

The Oculus developer page has accidentally leaked the codename for a brand new Oculus headset: Del Mar. Like the previous Oculus codenames, the name is taken from a place in California.

The new headset – along witr the new Jedi controllers – are rumoured to be part of Oculus’ next-generation stand-alone VR headset. The new headset is rumoured to include an Oculus Link cable so you can switch between stand-alone and PC modes.

Half-Life: Alyx gets continous turning

Rejoince, fans of room-scale VR: Valve has updated Half-Life: Alyx to enable continuous turning. Originally, the game only supported snap turning, which is designed to reduce motion sickness, but many users wanted full freedom of movement, motion sickness be damned.

The update also allows you to disable controller turning completely if you are playing in a big enough space to simply move about without it. Read all the patch notes here.

Oculus Quest new UI starts to rollout

Oculus revealed their latest UI update for Oculus Quest last week as part of their GDC presentation, and it looks like the update is getting rolled out in batches. If you want to try out the new interface, you need to opt-in by opening the Experimental Features tab in the settings menu, and wait for the V15 Oculus Quest firmware update to become available.

What Else Happened Today?

  • First Generation Zero teaser from Avalanche Studios offers a brief glimpse of a snowy cave, some gunfire – and possibly monsters
  • Doom Eternal sets new records for Bethesda, slaying their old opening weekend records and selling twice as much as Doom reboot “despite thousands of retail stores closing”
  • UK’s National Videogame Museum launches emergency appeal begging for £80,000 via JustGiving since the museum has “no safety net”
  • More Ash Williams Mortal Kombat 11 leaks, this time from Warner Bros. very own legal department in a copyright notice which mentions Ash and Army of Darkness
  • Update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons fixes “serious bug affecting game balance”, so no more item duping exploits for you and your visitors

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which Telltale Game featured Ash Williams from Evil Dead?

Answer: Poker Night 2!

“Hail to the King, Baby!”

Sure, it was a bit of a surprise to find Ash playing poker with characters like Claptrap and Sam the psychotic bunny. No, it wasn’t some kind of collective hallucination: It actually happened back in 2013. Unfortunately, the game vanished from sale when Telltale Games collapsed, so it can be tricky to find a copy.

Unfortunately, Ash isn’t voiced by Bruce Campbell, but Danny Webber. He’s an actor and musician who worked on the music for the TV show Workaholics and acted in the so-bad-it’s-good movie Birdemic: Shock and Terror. Despite his somewhat unimpressive credentials, Webber does a great job as Ash. Only goes to show you still get better from bad work.

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