PlayStation State Of Play, Fantasy Game From Hitman Devs

Today: IO Interactive allegedly working on fantasy game for Xbox — No more Crash Bandicoot for Toys for Bob as Activision consolidates — Lots of great deals on Star Wars games in celebration of May 4th

Highlights from State of Play

The latest State of Play is live, and offers a closer look at Subnautica: Below Zero, Among Us and the upcoming and eagerly anticipated Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart introduces a new playable character

The broadcast includes 15 minutes of gameplay footage from Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which looks much like a playable Pixar movie. The footage includes developer commentary and shows off the explosive new arsenal.

Game highlights

  • Subnautica: Below Zero (Unknown Worlds Entertainment)Trailer
    May 14, 2021 (PS4, PS5)
  • Among Us (Innersloth)Trailer
    TBA 2021 (PS4, PS5)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games)Gameplay trailer
    June 11, 2021 (PS5)

What religious imagery was removed from Splatterhouse on TurboGrafx 16?

a) A Crescent Moon
b) An Inverted Cross
c) A Star of David 
d) A Dharmachakra

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.

When Keen gets idle he gets cheeky

id Software’s Commander Keen in Goodbye, Galaxy consists of two episodes and in the Temple of the Moons level from Secret of the Oracle, Keen has a very cheeky idle animation.

The damn cheek of this 8-year-old galactic saviour!

He usually whips out a book and starts reading, but if you keep Keen standing for too long on top of one of the moon drawings on the floor in the temple, he’ll drop his pants and moon you instead.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Hitman creator taking a stab at fantasy

IO Interactive, most famous for the murderous adventures of everyone's favorite baldie Agent 47, is apparently working on an all-new, Xbox-exclusive fantasy IP.

Hitman, Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch, 007

While there are literally no details, the game is codenamed Project Dragon and will be published by Xbox Game Studios. The project is just creaking into motion, and IO Interactive is busy building the team.

My word is my Bond: A fantasy game would be a considerable departure from IO Interactive's well-established brand of gritty yet glamorous contemporary realism. The studio is also working on a James Bond game featuring an original story.

All hands on deck for Call of Duty

Call of Duty is Activision’s biggest name with over 400 million games sold, and it has only grown more dominant after the success of Call of Duty: Warzone. Now all of its internal studios are dedicated entirely to providing a satisfactory man-shooting experience.

Toys for Bob will work on COD Warzone’s Season 3

Toys for Bob, the developer behind Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, has been reassigned away from colorful mascot platformers to providing support to the grim goings-on in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Toys for COD: “Toys for Bob is proud to support development for Season 3 of Call of Duty #Warzone, and look forward to more to come,” the studio tweeted. There are also reports of downsizings at the studio.

Consolidation: Vicarious Visions, the venerable porting studio who released Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 last year is now part of Blizzard Entertainment, and is working on Diablo II: Resurrected.

  • Collectors finally get their hands on silver and teal Game Boy Advance, an unreleased special edition produced for the Spaceworld event in 2000
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be updated for next-gen consoles this summer, while May 4th means big sales on Star Wars games
  • Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom – Prince's Edition is coming to Switch judging by an ESRB listing
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout delayed for Xbox and Switch since Mediatonic needs more time to make sure crossplay works as smoothly as possible
  • Riot Games monitoring voice chat in Valorant to combat toxic players and might extend the new surveillance program to League of Legends

What religious imagery was removed from Splatterhouse on TurboGrafx 16?

ANSWER: An Inverted Cross!

Don’t worry, just a Cross of St. Peter, nothin’ satanic there

Splatterhouse and its violent horror was a pretty significant departure for Namco, who was most famous for colorful and adorable arcade games like Bubble Bobble. The game proved controversial enough that the Turbografx 16 version had to be toned down a bit for the North American release, most noticeable in the game’s fourth boss battle.

The arcade version featured an inverted cross surrounded by a shield of severed heads, but the Turbografx 16 version switched the cross for a mask – but kept the severed heads. In fact, any and all religious references such as altars and cathedral arches were culled as well. Splatterhouse might not be the most fondly remembered Namco classic, but at least it lives on in Namco Museum for Switch.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!