Nintendo’s Indie World Recap, Jurassic World in Minecraft

TODAY: 343 Industries is struggling to deliver next-gen Halo and TV show — Microsoft’s New Xbox Experience focuses on connectivity — Build and explore your own Jurassic World in upcoming Minecraft crossover DLC

Indie World Showcase round-up

Nintendo’s latest Indie World Showcase offers over 20 minutes of gameplay, trailers and news about upcoming indie games for Switch.

There’s also an Indie World Sale on the Nintendo eShop offering up to 40 percent off a selection of indie games.

Indie World Showcase round-up

  • Hades by Supergiant Games – Announcement Trailer – Fall 2020
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic by Nodding Heads Games/Super.com – Launch Trailer – Out Now
  • Spiritfarer by Thunder Lotus – Launch Trailer – Out Now
  • Untitled Goose Game (Two-Player Update) by House House / Panic – Two-Player Update Trailer – September 23, 2020
  • A Short Hike by Adam Robinson-Yu / Whippoorwill – Launch Trailer – Out Now
  • Torchlight III by Perfect World Entertainment / Echtra Games, Inc. – Announcement Trailer – Fall 2020
  • Takeshi & Hiroshi by Oink Games Inc. – Launch Trailer – Out Now
  • Manifold Garden by William Chyr Studio – Launch Trailer – Out Now
  • Evergate by Stone Lantern Games / PQube Limited – Launch Trailer – Out Now
  • Hypnospace Outlaw by Tendershoot / Mike Lasch / ThatWhichIs Media / Xalavier Nelson Jr. / No More Robots – August 27, 2020
  • Card Shark by Nerial / Devolver Digital – TBA 2021
  • Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero by Unknown Worlds Entertainment – TBA 2021
  • Garden Story by Picogram / Rose City Games – TBA 2021
  • Bear and Breakfast by Gummy Cat Studio / Armor Games Studios – TBA 2021
  • Inmost by Hidden Layer Games / Chucklefish – August 21, 2020
  • The Red Lantern by Timberline Studio – Fall 2020
  • She Dreams Elsewhere by Studio Zevere – TBA 2021
  • Haven by The Game Bakers – TBA
  • Going Under by Team17 – September 24, 2020
  • Unrailed! by Daedalic Entertainment – September 23, 2020
  • Grindstone by CAPY – Fall 2020
  • GONNER2 by Art in Heart / Raw Fury – Fall 2020

What was Davey Wreden’s 2015 Stanley Parable follow-up called?

  • Alchemilla
  • The Beginner’s Guide
  • Paranoia
  • Hunt Down the Freeman

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.

An adorably infantile Easter egg

Pocket Studios’ 2003 move-tie in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl for Game Boy Advance featured a password-related Easter Egg.

If you enter L1TTLVN – read as ‘little one’ – you will be presented with a picture of a new-born baby alongside the message “Congratulations Tom & Yvonne”, presumably recent and proud parents at the time of the game’s release. The Tom in question is presumably Tom Heaton, a game and level designer.

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

343 Industries struggles to deliver both next-gen Halo and upcoming TV show

There has apparently been a fair bit of problems at 343 Industries, which might explain why Microsoft decided to delay former Xbox Series X launch title Halo Infinite.

In addition to the typical challenges associated with reimagining a classic and much-loved series for a new generation of consoles and players, 343 Industries has struggled to manage third-party studios as much of the work on the game has been outsourced.

The studio’s engineering and marketing departments are also apparently on “two different planets,” with engineering pleading for delays and marketing just “plowing forward.”

Outsourced and outgunned: Reportedly, “One person familiar with the company’s plans indicated that they believed the out-sourcing for Infinite was at a ratio higher than a typical studio undertakes during development which has caused significant headaches for cross-development collaboration.”

Distractions: There have also been considerable changes in the 343 Industries’ creative leadership, and the production of ShowTime’s Halo television series has “been a significant distraction for 343 management.” Halo Infinite is coming to PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X in 2021.

New Xbox Experience promises a more connected cross-platform ecosystem

Microsoft is planning a whole new ecosystem for Xbox, which Microsoft will start rolling out with the launch of the Xbox Series X.

Xbox head of R&D Chris Novak explains more on the official Xbox website. The idea is to connect the Xbox experience across many different devices through the integration of xCloud into Xbox Game Pass, leveraging the technical advances of the Series X console.

Feedback frenzy: There’s also a video overview of the New Xbox Experience, explaining the how and why of Microsoft’s push for more connectivity. A lot of data and feedback has been gathered from users to help reduce clutter and improve response times in the most heavily used features.

Store overhaul: The Xbox team also wants to make it easier to connect with friends online, and their solution is a new Xbox mobile app, which will be launched alongside the new Microsoft store. “We’ve cut the app launch time to about two seconds, and updated navigation makes it quicker and easier to find what you’re looking for,” said Chris Novak.

Brave Browser rewards you for surfing

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Dreamscaper Steam Codes

You have a chance to nab a Steam code for Dreamscaper if you refer DailyBits to a friend! Use our widget to start earning referrals, which you can build up throughout the year to increase your chance of being selected.

Dreamscaper is releasing today on Steam for $13.99 or £10.86, and we’ve got some codes to hand out this week, with the giveaway ending this Friday.

Dreamscaper is an ARPG Roguelite blending elements from brawlers, top-down shooters, and dungeon crawlers. Every slumber is a different dungeon in an ever-changing world with a multitude of unique events and challenges. Play as Cassidy, dive into her subconscious and take on the surreal nightmares she wrestles with in order to save her from a dark fate

What was Davey Wreden’s 2015 Stanley Parable follow-up called?

Answer: The Beginner’s Guide!

Since science has proven that The Stanley Parable is completely off its rocker, it’s fair to assume that the sequel would be rather bonkers too, right?

The Beginner’s Guide stars Davey Wreden himself acting as a mix of narrator and commentary track, showcasing small experimental games by a mysterious designer called Coda.

Odd, but not exactly wild – yet it certainly has its twists and turns. Just like the Stanley Parable, telling you much more would ruin the fun. Suffice to say, if you liked The Stanley Parable and would like something similar but more personal, The Beginner’s Guide will do it for you. Just be prepared for something a lot more melancholic.

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